Our two offices are currently open and we are giving allergy injections according to our customary schedules. We are directing patients with dry cough and fever to go to the medical centers like Banner Hospital emergency or urgent care, where testing is available by appointment. We are using social distancing as much as possible at our office, and when appropriate our staff are wearing masks and we are thoroughly disinfecting all surfaces frequently. As of March 27 there are 500 or so cases documented of covid – 19 out of 7 1/2 million Arizona residents, and although this number may eventually rise there is no reason for panic, nor hoarding of household supplies. We are Americans; we got through the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the 2008 housing/banking crisis, and now we will get through this.
At Alvernon Allergy & Asthma PC, we now have 3 trained specialty allergist/immunologists, all accepting new patients at this time. At all new visits and any recheck visits patients always see an MD with a two-year fellowship completed in Allergy and Immunology.
Physicians in our practice have consistently been listed as national top doctors as reported annually in Tucson Lifestyle Magazine. At times Alvernon Allergy has taken 3 of the 5 slots for local top Allergists/ Iimmunologists.
The American Board of Medical Specialties list only 5 local allergists as having achieved the “maintenance of certification”. This indicates their board certification is up-to-date and they have passed all continuing education and testing requirements. 2 of these 5 doctors practice within Alvernon Allergy.
Last, but certainly not least, Medicare rates the cost effectiveness of every doctor that sees Medicare patients. One may look this up for any MD and any specialist by googling “Medicare Unmasked, Behind the Numbers”, putting in the city/state/doctor’s specialty. These numbers can give you a relative idea of what you will be charged at various practices; our doctors are the most cost-effective of any private practice of Allergy and Immunology in the city of Tucson, and in the very top percentage for the state of Arizona. This of course with the patient responsible for increasing co-pays and coinsurance, is important for commercially insured patients also, as our cost effectiveness is across the line with all products. Certain local Allergy practices are listed at charging 200% – 300% more than our physicians.
We are ready to see you!
We are having a warm winter as far, with some rain. It is likely this will lead to an active spring pollen season. Fortunately now our practice has four MD specialists with plenty of available new openings due to the recent addition of our latest physician. That means on every visit you will be seeing an MD specialist who has completed 3 years of either internal medicine or pediatric training, and a 2 year fellowship in adult/pediatric allergy and immunology. Our waiting time for a new patient has been dramatically reduced, and sometimes we can get patients in the same week that they call. Remember, if you think you may elect to have allergy skin testing, stop all antihistamine medications at least 5 days prior to your scheduled visit.
Since we have added a new doctor to our practice, the waiting time to see a new patient has been dramatically reduced. We are entering the fall allergy season, when the grasses and weeds pollenate, and November tends to have the highest mold counts. Please call our office to schedule an appointment, and you may be surprised how quickly we can get you in. We see patients with asthma, allergic rhinitis, hives, eczema, drug allergy and sinus disease among other conditions.
We are happy to announce the addition of our newest M.D., Dr. Christine Kucera. She is a board certified allergy/immunology specialist with experience working with adult and pediatric allergy patients, previously practicing in Houston, Texas. We now have 4 physicians available, making the wait for new patient appointments significantly shorter than in the past. We welcome patients of all ages at both of our clinic locations, mid-town and Northwest.
We are having a warm winter, and spring could be quite a pollen season. We now have three allergist/immunologists on staff, and may be adding a fourth in summer 2017. Our practice again had 3 physicians listed on the Top Doctor’s national listing, and we are always seeing new patients.
We now have four full-time allergist/immunologists available in our practice. All of us are seeing new patients every day; all patients are evaluated by one of our physicians with a complete history and then an appropriate physical exam. Treatment in our office is individualized to fit the needs of the patient, resulting in cost effective care. In fact, Medicare has just released the cost of care per patient of each specialist in the US that sees Medicare patients. Continue reading “Spring 2015”
We have great news for our patients. We are adding another trained, certified allergist to our busy practice, which should help with our availability to see new patients. She will be seeing patients later this summer, and we intend to extend the hours for our SouthEast office to 2 full days once again. Continue reading “News from our practice”
I am happy to announce that we now have 3 of our doctors listed in the prestigious Best Doctor’s national listing, as detailed in the July 2013 edition of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine. This is a first for a Tucson allergy/immunology practice, and we are quite honored. All of our doctors are taking new patients, and we see patients with allergies, asthma, hives, eczema, food allergies, adverse drug reactions and immune disorders. Continue reading “Summer/Fall 2013 update”
We are now experiencing a brisk Spring pollen season, as a result of winter rains, and a mild and relatively cool Spring. We have 5 MD specialists on staff, and can see new patients without serious delay at one of our 3 Tucson locations. Continue reading “Spring 2013”