Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some common questions. Tap them to see the answer. If you have one that isn't listed here, feel free to ask me!

Do you bill healthcare insurance companies?

I do bill some insurances.

Currently I bill Regence and Blue Cross/Blue Shield (and their other policies).

What are your office hours?

9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Other appointment times and days can be arranged. Some evening hours available.

Do you make appointments?

Yes.  Tap here to book an appointment now online or call me at (360) 205-7865

How much does a visit cost?

This depends greatly upon your insurance.  

I do offer a discount for cash payment at the time of your visit.

 

How do I make an appointment?

Currently call (360) 205-7865 and leave a message if I am with another patient. Online appointment scheduling is available on the website.

How much does a DOT exam cost?

$130.00

DOT Exams are usually not paid for by your insurance.

Do you prescribe narcotics for chronic pain?

No, I do not.  This practice is not in the best interest of the patient.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Insurance Card, Photo ID, and Medications (including medications that are not prescription).

If you are being seen for a DOT visit:

If you are diabetic and I have not seen you before, please call me to discuss records that you will need.  I will need a copy of your last Hg1C

If you have sleep apnea you will need to bring the printout from your CPAP machine.  Printout for at least one month recommended.

What should I do if I am ill?

 Call. If I can't answer the phone, PLEASE leave a message and indicate that you need to be seen today. If your call is not returned within 30 minutes call back.

(I was probably with a patient when you called the first time.)

How do I get a refill on my prescriptions?

 Contact the pharmacy where the medication was filled, there should be refills on the prescription.

If there are no refills left on the prescription:

1.  It was filled a year ago and I need to see you.  (Make an appointment.)

2.  I only filled it for a specific period of time because I need to see you to evaluate how the medication is working.  (Make an appointment.)

What if I have to be in the hospital?

There are hospitalists, providers who specialize in managing the care of patients in the hospital. They will keep me informed about your hospital stay.

Why should I come see you?

I listen. I care about your health. You are a partner in your health.  I want you to be informed about your health.

I will refer you to a specialist if if there is an issue I can't handle.

I am qualified.  I have been practicing as a nurse since 1978 and as a nurse practitioner for the last 20 years.