If you have an emergency, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
As a solo physician, I do not have weekend or evening coverage.
You can also call the 24-hour King County Crisis Line at 211.
# Do I need a referral?
No. I accept patients without a referral from their primary care physician.
# Do you provide treatment over the phone or Skype™?
On a case by case basis, I can provide appointments by video-conferencing technology. If this is of interest to you, please, let me know when we meet for a face-to-face evaluation.
# What happens after I contact you?
If you want to become a patient, my intake coordinator will call you back within 2 business days, and see if I provide the services you are looking for and schedule a first appointment, if you wish.
# What will happen in my first appointment?
We will meet and go over what your concerns are, your medical and personal history, preferences for treatment and so forth. That will also be an opportunity to see if we are a good fit to work together, and make a plan of action for your treatment.
# Are you accepting of LGBT people?
Absolutely. I do not discriminate against gender, sexual identity, race, nationality, political views, religion, spiritual practices, etc. In fact, I believe that understanding each person as they are is paramount to a good treatment relationship. Come as you are.
# What conditions do you treat?
I treat most psychiatric conditions. Some require medications, others psychotherapy, others both. If you already have a therapist, let me know and we can discuss each of our roles in your treatment.
# What services do you NOT provide?
18 years old and above.
# Do you respond to phone calls outside office hours?
No, I do not provide after-hours and weekend coverage. I return most emails and phone calls within 2 business days.
# Do you correspond with patients by email?
Yes, but please remember that email is not a secure form of communication. Please, do not include personal or sensitive information in your email. For current patients, my patient portal is the most secure way to message me.
# Will you communicate with my PCP or other specialists?
I believe communication between providers is very valuable, especially when it comes to medication management. At the same time, you may want to keep some matters private. We can discuss your preferences and decide how much information you feel comfortable sharing.
# What if I have to cancel or miss my appointment?
# Do you charge other fees?
Yes. Besides appointment fees, I charge modest fees for a few services:
# How do I get paid by my insurance?
Depending on your policy, your insurance may reimburse you for part of the visit cost. Click on "Fees / Insurance" above for a guide on what to ask your insurance.
# What if I have Medicare?
I am a participating provider with Medicare and currently I provide consultation services to Medicare patients through Swedish Medical Group. At this time I am not taking Medicare patients in my private practice. If you have Medicare and your primary care doctor works at any of the Swedish clinics, ask them about how to be referred.