New Patients in the Portland, Oregon Area
Dr. Ginevra Liptan has developed a treatment approach based on The Four Rs: Rest, Repair, Rebalance, and Reduce. Utilizing her extensive clinical, personal, and research experience with fibromyalgia, this comprehensive approach can help achieve a new level of daily life functionality through meaningful symptom improvement. Learn all about it here.
Your experience working with us may be very different than what you are used to from standard western medicine clinics. For patients in Portland, Oregon and the surrounding area (within a three-hour drive), our new patient process for medical treatment is very comprehensive and includes two intake visits and a free class. Ongoing follow-up appointments occur monthly for the first six months.
We have found that those patients that take an active role in managing their health get the best results. Our program includes dietary recommendations, supplements, medications, and education on self-care techniques.
New Patient Process:
- New Patient Visit 1 with Dr. Liptan and Megan Smith, PA-C: This extended visit is a comprehensive and holistic medical evaluation. We will focus on diagnosis confirmation, symptom review, and treatment history. We will start developing your treatment plan together at this visit. The cost for the first visit is $600, with a $100 non-refundable deposit required when scheduling.
- New Patient Visit 2: Within one to two weeks after your first visit, we will review lab results and received records, go over your personalized treatment plan, and begin initial treatments. The cost for the second visit is $400.
- Class: Self-Care for Fibromyalgia: This free, two-hour class is taught by Dr. Liptan and Elaine Merryfield, an expert in mindfulness for chronic pain. You will learn the latest science behind fibromyalgia, and a variety of self-care techniques you can begin using immediately. This class must be completed within the first three months of starting treatment.
After the new patient process, monthly followup visits will be needed for the first six months as we fine-tune your treatment plan to your specific needs. These in-clinic visits are 30–40 minutes in length, and cost $200. If you are on Medicaid or Social Security Disability, receive SNAP benefits, or are a member of the VA, we offer a 20% discount on follow-up appointments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this process so involved?
In short, this is a big solution to a big problem. Fibromyalgia deeply imbeds itself into the lives of those it affects, taking root and influencing every part of daily life. Dr. Liptan has found that simply visiting a health care provider for medications is not adequate. She has designed this process to thoroughly tackle fibromyalgia’s impact and give patients the skills they need to live well each day. Think of it like diabetes: If your primary care provider diagnoses you with diabetes, the first thing they will recommend you do is take a course that will teach you how to live well with the illness. Similarly, this process will give you a toolbox full of skills you can use right away.
Do you prescribe pain medications?
When appropriate, we do utilize prescription pain medications as part of our treatment. However, we do not prescribe any medications until the new patient process is complete (at the second visit). If these medications are prescribed, followup visits every two months will be necessary to monitor their efficacy and safe use.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
The Frida Center utilizes a direct-pay model. This means you pay us directly and receive an invoice, or “Superbill,” that you can submit to your insurance company and be reimbursed at the out-of-network rates. Please consult with your insurance company to find out about your out-of-network benefits.
Can you fill out my disability or work-related paperwork?
Yes, we can, but we need to be seeing you for at least six months first. At that time, a document preparation fee will be charged, and the amount will depend on the scope of work.
Do I need a referral?
The Frida Center does not require a referral to become a new patient locally. Some insurance companies have a referral process for seeing a new provider. Please consult with your insurance company to find out about their requirements.