Common Questions

What should I bring to my first appointment? 

Please make sure that you arrive to the physician’s clinic at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time; If you are a new patient be here 30 mins prior to appointment time, so that you can provide us the necessary paperwork and insurance information to put you into our system.

To save time, please print the New Patient Forms located on our New Patient page and bring them filled out to your appointment.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment? 

We are currently accepting new patients.  However, for your visit to be covered through your insurance please contact your insurance provider to understand the terms of your policy.  Some insurance carriers do require a referral to see a specialist while other insurance carriers do not.

What is your cancellation policy? 

We require a 24 hour notice to cancel all appointments. Please be sure to contact us if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment with your medical doctor to avoid having to pay a cancellation fee.

Do you allow urgent or same day appointments? 

We do set aside time for urgent visits. However, if you are having an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

What are your office hours of operation? 

We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

What is a bronchoscopy?

It is a procedure that allows your doctor to look inside your lungs' airways, called the bronchi and bronchioles.  The airways carry air from the trachea (windpipe) to the lungs.  Bronchoscopy can help find the cause of a lung problem.  For example, during the procedure, your doctor may see:  

  • Signs of infection
  • Excess mucus in the airways
  • The site of bleeding
  • A blockage in your airway by Polyp or Tumor

What is a complete Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)?

It is a test that lasts approximately 45 minutes consisting of multiple different non-invasive lung tests, followed by the administration of a fast acting bronchodilator (Albuterol or Xopenex) and a repetition of 2 of the previous tests.  Each of the different tests consists of different kinds of breathing techniques taught to you by one of our Respiratory Therapists using the most accurate breathing machine there is.  This test tells us valuable information about your lung capacities, flows, pressures, airway resistance and diffusion capabilities.

What is a Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test (CPX)?

It is a test that lasts approximately one hour which is a non-invasive and objective method of evaluating heart activity, pulmonary activity and gas exchange.  It allows a very accurate assessment of possible cardiac failure, in a quantified fashion.  Test is done by the patient pedaling on a stationary bike while the workload is gradually increased.    This test is typically ordered for patients with unexplained shortness of breath. 

What is a Polysomnogram (PSG)?

It is a test that is largely regarded as the gold standard for diagnosis of sleep disorders.  It is an overnight test typically done at a sleep center and monitored by a trained technician.  It records various parameters including: EEG, EKG, respirations, oxygen levels, muscle tone, and eye and extremity movements.  This test is used to diagnose sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and parasomnias. 


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