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.
For patients in Portland, Oregon and the surrounding area (within a three-hour drive), The Frida Center offers comprehensive specialty medical care for fibromyalgia. We have a thorough new patient process that includes two appointments with either Dr. Ginevra Liptan or Megan Smith, PA-C, our Physician Assistant who works under the direct supervision of Dr. Liptan.
- New Patient First Visit with Dr. Liptan or Megan Smith, PA-C: This two-hour 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 two-hour first visit is $600 with Dr. Liptan or $400 with Megan Smith, PA-C, with a $100 non-refundable deposit required when scheduling.
- New Patient Second Visit: 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 one-hour second visit is $300 with Dr. Liptan or $200 with Megan Smith, PA-C.
After the new patient process, monthly followup visits will be needed for a few months as we fine-tune your treatment plan to your specific needs. These in-clinic visits are 30–40 minutes in length, and cost $240 with Dr. Liptan and $200 with Megan Smith, PA-C.
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.
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.