Appointment Options

Work-in Appointments

"Work-ins" are patients who have called and requested an appointment on the same day. Often, work-in patients are being fitted into an already filled appointment book and for this reason, although we make every attempt to limit your wait, there may be a longer than usual delay before seeing a physician.

There is also the possibility that the physician seeing you may not be your usual doctor if his/her schedule is already completely booked. We are anxious to address your concerns in a timely fashion and because of the obvious time constraints, we would appreciate limiting the time available to the problem that initiated the visit and use regularly scheduled appointments for other routine problems. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. In an effort to take care of all of our patients in a timely manner, we have employed a physician assistant. If your doctor's schedule is full, you may elect to see our physician assistant.

During office hours every effort is made to keep waiting time to a minimum as we recognize your time is valuable. However, even though appointment slots are kept open for emergencies, on occasion the unforeseen development of such a problem delays the office. In those few instances when the wait appears to be predictably long, you will be offered the opportunity to reschedule. Although inconvenient, it can be reassuring to realize that should you personally ever need time on an emergency basis, that time will be made available.

What About Referrals?

Patients are responsible for obtaining all necessary referrals prior to seeing a sub-specialist. Most plans prohibit retroactive referrals, thereby making the patient responsible for any charges incurred while seeing a sub-specialist without a referral. Please allow at least 72 hours for our office to complete a referral. We do ask that our patients take the necessary referrals to the appointments. Our office will not be able to fax forgotten or misplaced referrals.