APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING POLICY
It is our policy to require all patients and prospective patients over the age of 18 to schedule their own appointments.*
This is because successful treatment requires a willingness on the part of the patient to be an engaged participant in a process that may extend over the course of weeks or months. It is not possible for a family member or friend, no matter how well-meaning, to make this commitment on behalf of a patient or prospective patient.
POLICY REGARDING INVOLVEMENT OF FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS AT APPOINTMENTS
Many patients come to me with very complex medical histories. I understand that it is often difficult for patients to recall all aspects of their medical history and/or to objectively/comprehensively report on their past and current condition. I also understand that it is often helpful to have an “extra set of ears” at appointments. For this reason, patients are welcome to bring a person of their choice along with them to their appointments (space and time do not permit me to accommodate more than one person).
As much as I appreciate and value the input of loved ones, please understand that the goal of developing a trusting and open relationship with my patient is undermined when loved ones contact me outside the presence of the patient to “fill in” details that the patient may not or has not disclosed to me. For that reason I do not accept communication (telephone calls, emails, or texts) from loved ones.