After running a solo practice for 15 years and practicing Family Medicine since 1993, I have decided to go on a sabbatical/leave of absence through mid-2018. Much as I advise you to take care of yourself, I feel the call to do the same for myself. I have no plans to retire, though I am ready to leave the running of a business to a larger entity.
I am transferring the management of my practice to Verity Medical Foundation. Verity Medical Group will keep my same office suite, phone numbers and staff, including Nurse Practitioner, Terry, Medical Assistant, Benny and Receptionist, Purple. Teresita Degamo, MD is coming on board to serve as your Primary Care Physician (PCP) and will work alongside Terry in my absence. I plan to return as a physician with Verity next year, refreshed and ready to offer further skills in Functional Medicine, a keen interest of mine.
Teresita Degamo, MD, is a board certified Internal Medicine Physician with added training in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Geriatrics. She is fluent in Tagalog and semi-fluent in Spanish. She has years of experience and an outstanding “bedside manner.” You will be in good hands and rest assured that you will be able to continue seeing your current specialists as well.
For HMO patients, we will request that Brown and Toland reassign Dr. Degamo as your new PCP. You are welcome to select a PCP of your choice, although I hope you will stay on board. Dr. Degamo and Terry will maintain the highest quality of care for you in my absence. Dr. Degamo accepts Medicare patients and will be in-network for most major insurers (please confirm with your specific plan). Marguerite Borba, our nutritionist, will not be joining Verity as she focuses on clients near her home in San Rafael.
With the formal transition date to Verity on November 1, you will see a new address and billing office for visits on or after this date. All visits from October 31st and prior should be settled with my current billing office at 415-972-4500. New visits after the transition will be handled by Verity Medical Foundation billing, reachable at 408-278-3550.
I apologize for my absence, but I am confident you will be in good hands while I am away. I appreciate the trust you have placed in me over the years. I wish you good health and happiness.