Background. I’ve practiced medicine locally since 1982. I am certified by the boards of three specialties: the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the American Board of Pain Medicine. I’m a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. I have broad experience in addiction medicine and pain medicine. I closed my internal medicine practice in 2014 and now limit my practice to addiction medicine and pain medicine.
Contact information. Call (818) 790-4300 weekdays. Most of the time you’ll leave a message and I’ll call back. Fax is (818) 790-4301.
Office hours. I see patients all day on Tuesdays at 1530 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Suite 204, Glendale CA 91208.
Types of problems addressed:
- You feel stressed out or overwhelmed.
- You’re abusing drugs or alcohol.
- You’d like to start Suboxone, Zubsolv, or another brand of buprenorphine plus naloxone.
- You need monthly Vivitrol (naltrexone) injections to treat opiate dependence or alcoholism.
- You have fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, or other chronic pain.
- The medications you’re using for pain aren’t working properly, or you’re misusing them.
My approach. I spend the time with my patients I think they need to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. Many of my patients tell me their previous physicians have never taken the time to listen to them. When appropriate, much of my treatment is counseling in self-help measures and proper lifestyle. I know about the proper use of herbal medicines and supplements.
Costs and insurance. The current system pays physicians to do things to patients, not to take the time to figure out what’s wrong and what to do about it. Because I spend more time with patients than most, patients are responsible for paying in full at each visit. Except for patients with Medicare or workers compensation, I do not bill insurance directly but will assist you in recovering the maximum insurance reimbursement.
I do not accept Medi-Cal but am a provider in Medicare. Thus, though you will pay at the time of service, Medicare and your secondary insurance will reimburse you for most of the cost of your visits. All fees are set by Medicare and are substantially less than our usual charges. Because of Medicare rules, I cannot see you if you have the combination of Medicare and Medi-Cal.
For those not on Medicare, here is a rough guide to how much visits may cost (but your insurance should cover at least some of this):
- Initial visit: usually about $395, occasionally less
- Routine follow-up visits: usually $125 but may be $195 (or very rarely more) for unusually long visits
- X-rays, labs, specialist referrals, etc.: Costs are set by providers — almost all are “in network” and accept PPO and Medicare insurance payments.