Your First Appointment
We are currently accepting new patients. We accept all major insurance carriers in the area with the exception of Cigna, MassHealth and United Medicare (we accept non-Medicare United plans). Please call at (401) 736-4570 to schedule your first appointment.
What to Bring
Please come to your first visit 30 minutes before it is scheduled to complete our medical history forms. If you wish, you may complete this form in advance. We can mail you a copy to complete, or you can download a copy and complete at your convenience.
To reduce the risk of billing errors and frustration, please bring your active insurance card and a photo ID.
Please bring in a bag with all of the medications you take including over-the-counter medications, vitamins and any herbal supplements you take. This will allow your doctor to get to know your medical history and to look for any dangerous interactions.
Bring any old medical or vaccination records you have. We will copy these for your records and give you back your copy.
What to Expect
Your first visit will generally be an extended visit with the doctor so we can get to know you. We will take time discussing your past medical history, any medications you take and any concerns that you may have. We will make a plan for each of your health issues, request your old medical records, order any testing necessary and schedule a follow up visit to discuss the results.
Because getting to know you well is very important, and takes time, we generally are not able to offer complete physical or preventive visits at the first appointment. If you absolutely need a physical at your first visit, please discuss it with the staff member making your appointment.
Since we schedule extra time for first visits, it is very important that patients keep the appointment. If a patient does not come to a first visit and does not give 24 hours notice, we will not be able to reschedule another appointment.
Please take note that there are some medications called controlled substances, which have a high risk of side-effects and are tightly controlled by the Department of Health. Because of the risks associated with these medications, it is our policy to thoroughly review patients' records before deciding if it is appropriate to prescribe or refill these medications. This review takes time, so we are unable to prescribe or refill such medications at first appointments.
If you have specific questions about any of your medications, please feel free to discuss them with our staff when booking your appointment.