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Shared Medical Appointments

Could you benefit from a Shared Medical Appointment?

How Shared Medical Appointments Can Benefit You

Physicians and other healthcare professionals are always seeking better ways to offer access to high quality care to our patients. That’s why several Cleveland Clinic departments now offer shared medical appointments (SMAs).

SMAs offer an innovative, interactive approach to healthcare that brings patients with common needs together with one or more healthcare providers. While an individual appointment typically lasts 15 to 30 minutes, a shared appointment is 90 minutes long, allowing participants to spend more time with the healthcare team.

We piloted SMAs more than 10 years ago and now offer them at several Cleveland Clinic hospitals and family health centers.

What can I expect at a Shared Medical Appointment?

During a typical SMA, 10 to 15 patients are seen together in a setting that encourages asking questions, and sharing concerns and experiences. Patients learn from the healthcare team and from each other in this environment.

Our patients have been overwhelmingly satisfied with the program. They enjoy the opportunity to relate to other people who are dealing with similar health issues, share stories and ideas, learn from one another and truly create a bond. SMAs are particularly valuable to people dealing with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes and hypertension.

Every patient has the opportunity to be a role model to someone else. For example, a 60-year-old asthma patient got back on the treadmill after being motivated by a 10-year-old who was successfully managing his asthma out on the basketball court every day.

During the shared visits, patients can also be seen in a private exam room for individualized care, as needed.

Additional Information

For assistance in finding out additional information or a specific doctor:
Email: weinstl@ccf.org
Call: 216.448.1056

How to Participate

  • Talk with your physician during your routine office visit
  • A scheduler may call to invite you if a shared session will address your health concerns

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Explore the benefits of Shared Medical Appointments

Who benefits from Shared Medical Appointments?

Marianne-Sumego

Marianne Sumego, MD, Director of Shared Medical Appointments

Group visits are especially beneficial for patients who need the following care:

  • Patients needing routine follow up care maybe due to chronic conditions
  • Patients seeking more information regarding their specific health issues
  • Patients who require mind and body care; these are typically patients who require additional time with their physician

Shared medical appointments are not appropriate for every patient. For example this program is not designed to:

  • Replace your regular individual visits with your physician
  • Be used as a 1 time consultation
  • Treat urgent medical concerns that should be addressed by a specialist immediately
  • Diagnose and treat complex medical care

Why are SMA's beneficial?

The need for improved access and stress on our nation’s health care has resulted in creative solutions in tackling these challenges. Shared Medical appointments (or SMA's) are an innovative way of creating appointment access and an opportunity for improving the quality of care for our patients. A shared medical appointment is a visit where multiple patients are seen in a group, usually for follow up care. Patients have the benefit of a longer visit with the physician and when appropriate, access to other members of the health care team, such as a nutritionist or health educator.

Cleveland Clinic is expanding our use of this care model as an option to deliver high quality care in an efficient and effective setting that allows you, the patient, to have a more meaningful relationship with your physician and extended staff. This session provides sharing of information and the answering of questions in an informative and supportive environment. Educated patients have better disease control and shared medical appointments are part of a new wave in medical care. Each patient signs a waiver and confidentiality agreement to assure a secure and private environment in which to share medical information.

Shared appointments can address the hurdles encountered in the traditional one on one office visit: time constraints, other co-morbidity medical conditions, and lack of education resources to name a few. Shared medical appointments last an average of 90 minutes and may have 10-15 patients depending on the type of visit. The visits are with a health care provider, such as a physician or a nurse practitioner. An additional staff member serves as a facilitator. This person may be an RN, behavioralist, psychologist or other physician extender with expertise on the topic. These visits allow 1 topic such as diabetes or hypertension to be addressed over a 90 minute visit. All information that is discussed in the shared medical appointment is confidential.

This program is completely voluntary and more beneficial for certain patients. If you have not experienced a shared medical appointment, talk to your physician and see if it is right for you.

Conditions/Areas of Focus

Learn more about the conditions and areas our SMA's currently focus on along with appointment schedules and locations.

Addiction

Title: Addiction Medicine-Suboxone
Location: Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center- 4th Floor
Provider: Robert Bales, MD | Facilitator: Bobbie Williams
Schedule: Weekly appointments, every Thursday | 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Description

Goal: The goal of this SMA is to help manage patients’ recovery to addiction. This SMA is for people who have an addiction to opiates and are established patients of Dr. Robert Bale. Patients of Dr. Bales who are on a stable dose of Suboxone, should attend this SMA monthly. Suboxone is used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction. Together with a doctor who understands opioid dependence, SUBOXONE can help you manage your physical symptoms and cravings, allowing you to work toward your recovery. Each month there will be a different topic of interest related to comprehensive addiction therapy.

Provider Information

Robert Bales, MD is a board certified family medicine specialist with a special interest in addiction medicine. Dr. Bales joined Cleveland Clinic in 2011. He conducts this SMA with facilitator Bobbie Williams.

Patient Population

All established English speaking patients of Dr. Robert Bales who are on suboxone therapy and who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Established patients on Suboxone therapy should call Dr. Bales office at 330.888.4000 to schedule an appointment.

Contact Number

330.888.4000

Asthma

Title: Management of Asthma
Location: Mentor Medical Office Building
Provider: Marianne Sumego, MD
Schedule: The fourth Tuesday of every month | 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Description
Provider Information

Marianne Sumego, MD, is the Director of Shared Medical Appointments at Cleveland Clinic. She completed her residency in both internal medicine and pediatrics. She is interested in the management of asthma, pulmonary medicine and women’s health.

Patient Population

Anyone interested in obtaining better asthma care through awareness and self-management.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Consult first suggested

Contact Number

440.357.2770

Diabetes - Foot Exams

Title: Diabetic Foot Exams
Location: Cleveland Clinic Elyria Family Health Center
Provider: Thuan Pham, DPM | Facilitator: Jeanne Gabel, RN, CDE
Schedule: The first and third Wednesday of every month | 1:30 p.m - 3:30 pm.
Patients can choose to attend the appointment that is most convenient.

Description

Goal: To understand diabetic foot care and prevent future diabetic foot problems. This shared medical appointment is for people with diabetes and diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetes can affect nerves in the foot and prevent you from feeling injuries. It can also cause reduced or altered blood flow, which can prevent injuries from healing. Because minor injuries can become major infections among diabetics, it is important to keep a diabetic foot healthy. A foot Exam will be administered under the direction of Thuan Pham, DPM and his RN. Group discussions will take place and cover different aspects of diabetes from blood glucose monitoring, nutrition and exercise with an emphasis on diabetic foot care and foot ulcer prevention. Patients will be shown how to check their feet on a daily basis by making this part of their regular routine.

Provider Information

Thuan Pham, DPM is a surgeon who specializes in patients with diabetes and diabetic ulcers with an emphasis on foot wound/infection management. He sees patients at the Elyria Family Health Center. Jeanne Gabel, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator will facilitate the group discussion.

Patient Population

All established English speaking diabetic patients who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment who want to take a more proactive approach in learning about diabetes management and foot ulcer prevention.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

To schedule this diabetic shared medical appointment, please call 440.366.9444.

Contact Number

440.366.9444


Title: Diabetic Foot Exams
Location: Main Campus of Cleveland Clinic main campus | Crile Building, 4th Floor
Provider: Georgeanne Botek, DPM | Facilitator: Nancy Dunn, LPN
Schedule: The second and fourth Wednesday of every month | 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Description

Goal: This shared medical appointment is for people with diabetes and diabetic foot ulcers. The goal of this SMA is for patients to understand diabetic foot care and prevent future diabetic foot problems.

A foot exam will be administered using a biothesiometer and protective sensation under the direction of Georgeanne Botek, DPM and her medical assistant. During this shared medical appointment, group discussions will take place about risk factors associated with diabetes and what you can do to bring your HGBA1C down. Patients will be shown how to check their feet on a daily basis by making this part of their daily routine.

Provider Information

Georgeanne Botek, DPM is a surgeon who specializes in patients with diabetes and diabetic ulcers. She sees patients at the Willoughby Fills Family Health Center and the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. During this SMA, Nancy Dunn, LPN will facilitate the discussions.

Patient Population

All established English speaking diabetic patients who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment and need to be seen once every six months to a year.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patients can call 216.444.6260 to schedule a diabetic shared medical appointment.

Contact Number

216.444.6260

Diabetes - Management

Title: Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes Management
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Crile Building (A120)
Provider: Michelle Schweiger, DO
Schedule: Weekly on Tuesdays | 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

Description

Goal: The goal of this SMA is to improve the medical management of Type 1 Diabetes in children. We have established group shared medical appointments for Cleveland Clinic Children’s patients with Type 1 diabetes to take the place of traditional diabetes clinic appointments. These appointments are designed for children from newborn to young adults 23 years of age. For all ages, visits include: Brief education sessions, individual exams, lab reviews and after-visit summaries and group support. This SMA is separated by gender.

Provider Information

Michelle Schweiger, DO joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 in the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology. She has a special interest in Adolescent Female Health and Type 1 Diabetes and has co-authored several publications in both areas. Dr. Schweiger is the manager of the ESCALAIT (enrichment services and care for adolescents living with autoimmune insulin dependent type 1 diabetes) Clinic. This is a multidisciplinary clinic with an aim of helping to enhance the care and well-being of children with Type 1 diabetes.

Patient Population

There are four different groups:

  • Jr. ESCALAIT is for boys and girls ages 5 and under
  • Elementary ESCALAIT group is for boys and girls 6-11 years of age
  • ESCALAIT is for boys and girls 12 years 16 years
  • Transition ESCALAIT is for males and females 17 years and older
How interested patients can schedule an appointment:

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with a Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Endocrinologist or Nurse practitioner prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a shared medical appointment by calling 216.445.5158.

Contact Number

216.445.5158


Title: Management of Diabetes
Location: Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center
Provider: Leighanne Hustak, CNP | Facilitators: Lauren Sullivan
Schedule:
The second and fourth Tuesday of every month | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Description

Goal: This SMA is for adult patients with diabetes who require a follow up visit. This is run under the guidance of Leighanne Hustak, CNP and facilitators  Lauren Sullivan. This appointment will address education and improved self-management for patients with diabetes. In many cases, you can control diabetes through better nutrition, a healthy weight, physical activity, and regular checkups with your health care team.

Sometimes medication is also necessary, which your health care provider will determine. Medication, if prescribed by your doctor or nurse practitioner, is a crucial component of diabetes management and should be taken as directed. Some medications need to be timed with meals, and if so your doctor or nurse practitioner will instruct you on appropriate timing. What, when and how much you eat are all important factors in managing diabetes. With the help of your health care professional, you should develop and follow a meal plan based on your individual needs.

Provider Information

Leighanne Hustak, CNP is both a graduate of Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing with a degree of family nurse practitioner and also received her doctorate in Nursing. She is a certified family nurse practitioner with special interests in diabetes education and management. She joined Cleveland Clinic in 2010 with the department of Community Internal Medicine.

Patient Population

All English speaking, established patients, who have been seen at Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center and who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patients can schedule this diabetes management SMA by calling 216.986.4000.

Contact Number

216.986.4000


Title: Diabetes Management
Location: Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center, North Building, 22-N
Provider: James Hekman, MD | Facilitator: Susan Perez, NP
Schedule: The third Monday of each month | 5:20 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

Description

Goal: This SMA is for adult patients with diabetes. During the SMA we will discuss topics important to the management of diabetes. These will include a discussion of diet and exercise, medications for diabetes along with goal-setting for weight loss and management of hypertension and cholesterol. We will also address preventive care to avoid diabetic complications. We cover the standards of care. We refer to it as ABCDEF: review A1C levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, diet, eye care, exercise and feet issues.

Provider Information

James Hekman, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine specialist who helps patients manage their diabetes. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Medical Office Building.

Patient Population

All established English speaking patients who have been seen at Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health Center with a diagnosis of diabetes and who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patients can schedule this diabetes management SMA by calling 216.839.3350

Contact Number

216.839.3350 - Please ask for Nathalie Caprini in Scheduling


Title: Diabetes Management
Location: Lorain Family Health & Surgery Center
Provider: Patricio Aycinena, MD
Onsite nutritionist, ophthalmology, podiatrists can be consulted or referred to.
Schedule: The same group meets every 4 months on Wednesdays | 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Description

Goal:

Provider Information

Patricio R. Aycinena, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Department of Endocrinology at Cleveland Clinic's Lorain Family Health and Surgery Center located in Lorain, Ohio. Dr. Aycinena has been with Cleveland Clinic since 2000. Before , he served as Chief of Medicine at Lorain Community Hospital and has worked in private practice in Lorain.

Dr. Aycinena's specialty interests include thyroid disorders, diabetes and diabetes insipidus, and general endocrinology. He is board-certified in internal medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine and in endocrinology from the American Board of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Patient Population

People with Diabetes Mellitus (mainly Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, also Type 1, including pumps).

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Patients can schedule this diabetes management SMA by calling 440.204.7400.

Contact Number

440.204.7400


Title: Type 2 Diabetes Management
Location: Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center, 2nd Floor of the X Building | 10685 Carnegie Avenue
Provider: Leila Khan, MD | Facilitator: Shannon Knapp, RN, CDE
Schedule: The second Friday of the every month | 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Description

Goal: To provide follow up visits to patients with Type 2 Diabetes to help manage their diabetes and keep it under control. Patients are seen within the department of Endocrinology.

Provider Information

Dr. Leila Khan was appointed in August 2010 to the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Institute. She graduated from medical school in 2004 from the University of Maryland, completed internal medicine residency and chief residency at Hershey Medical Center, and went on to complete fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh. Current clinical interests include bone disease and diabetes.

Patient Population

All established English speaking diabetic patients who are ambulatory and in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment who want to take a more proactive approach in learning about diabetes management.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Li- Ng prior to scheduling for the SMA. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a shared medical appointment.

Contact Number

216.444.3672

Diabetes - Prediabetes

Title: Improving the health of patients with PREDIABETES
Location: Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center
Provider: Aphrodite Papadakis, MD
Schedule: The first Wednesday of every month

Description

Goal: The goal of this SMA is to provide an environment that allows patient to work on preventing diabetes. This Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) is for patients who fall into the category of Pre-Diabetes and who also have either High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol or both. Patients will have the opportunity to have specific concerns addressed in a way that benefits the entire group. This will be 90 minutes of focused time with the healthcare team. Patients are encouraged BUT NOT REQUIRED to attend monthly appointments for 6 sessions.

Provider Information

The SMA will be led by family medicine specialist Aphrodite Papadakis, MD. The other members of the health care team are Certified Nurse Practitioner Susan Perez and registered nurse, Carol Krestel.

Patient Population

This SMA is for adult patients with a HgbA1C between 5.7 and 6.4 OR a fasting blood sugar over 100 AND a diagnosis of either high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or both.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Patients can schedule this diabetes management SMA by calling 216.839.3900.

Contact Number

216.839.3900

Foot Problems

Title: Heel Pain
Location: Richard E Jacobs Health Center
Provider: Alan Davis, MD | Facilitator: Beth Dixon, RN
Schedule: The first Tuesday of every month | 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Description

Goal: This SMA is designed to evaluate and treat patients with the variety of diagnoses around the chief complaint of heel pain. This includes pain in the back or bottom of the heel with or without extension to the arch. 

Each patient in the group will be evaluated individually. All patients will complete a questionnaire before the visit describing their symptoms and limitations. All patients will have a physical exam and x ray evaluation. If medicine is necessary it will be prescribed. There will be a physical therapist at the visit to instruct appropriate therapy and exercise. An orthotist will be available to discuss appropriate shoe inserts. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the best shoe styles for heel pain, correct fit, off-the-shelf arch supports and other devices to aid in the resolution of heel pain correct foot wear, and supplementary products to aid in the healing process.

Provider Information

Alan Davis, MD, is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon practicing at the Cleveland Clinic Westlake Family Health Center. He is the former Chairman of the St. John West Shore Hospital Department of Orthopaedics, and joined Cleveland Clinic from his private practice in Westlake in 1999. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the Ohio Orthopaedic Society, the American Medical Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition to his practice, Dr. Davis is Team Physician for the Cleveland Barons American Hockey League (AHL) team and Rocky River High School.

Patient Population

All established English speaking patients who are experiencing heel pain, heel or foot plantar fasciitis, heel spur, foot arch pain, heel plantar calcaneal spur, Achilles spur, or Achilles tendon pain and who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patients can call Dr. Davis at 440.695.4000 or 440. 695.4121.

Contact number

440.695.4000 or 440.695.4121

Macular Degeneration

Title: Macular Degeneration
Location: Elyria Family Health Center
Provider: Amy Babiuch, MD | Facilitator: Barbara Bingham, OD
Schedule: The second Friday of every month | 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Description

Goal: This SMA will provide interval examinations, inform patients about age related macular degeneration, teach risk factors for progression and how to decrease them, and teach warning signs – what they could mean and how to identify them.

Macular degeneration is an eye disease and is the most common type of macular damage in adults. Because the disease develops as a person ages, it is often called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50 in the United States.

Provider Information

Amy Babiuch, MD, is a board certified ophthalmology specialist with a special interest in Medical retinal examination and treatment of the eye. Dr. Babiuch joined Cleveland Clinic in 2010. She conducts this SMA with facilitator Barbara Bingham, OD.

Patient Population

All established English speaking patients with age-related macular degeneration, as well as supporting friends or family member, and caregivers.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patients and referring providers should call Dr. Babiuch’s office at 440.366.9444 to schedule an appointment

Contact Number

440.366.9444

Medicare Wellness

Title: Medicare Wellness
Location: Chagrin Falls Family Health Center
Provider: Donald Long, MD | Facilitators: Betty Kampman/Jan McGibony
Schedule: Once a month on Monday; alternating males and females | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Description

Goal: The goal of this Medicare Wellness SMA is to keep you healthy and stay health and up to date with your medical history. This shared medical appointment is for males and females who are over the age of 65 and who are enrolled in Medicare Part B for more than 12 months. During the visit, your provider will update your medical and family history, check your height, weight, and blood pressure and other routine measurements; provide a screening schedule for appropriate preventive services and a list of risk factors and treatment options for you. Medicare Wellness exams also provide a review of preventive services such as certain screenings, shots and referrals for other care that is needed.

Learn about the adult health maintenance guidelines that we recommend.

Provider Information

Donald Long, MD is a Staff Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in Chagrin Falls, where he has practiced since 1982. He has been a member of the medical staff at Cleveland Clinic since 1999.

Patient Population

All established English speaking patients; both male and females; over the age of 65 who are enrolled in Medicare part B for more than 12 month qualify for this type of visit. This yearly wellness appointment will aid in the development or the update of a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patients who have been on Medicare part B for more than 12 months can contact us at 216.444.5665 or 440.893.9393. Please tell the patient service representative that you are on Medicare Part B.

Contact Number

440.893.9393

Men’s Health & Wellness

Title: Minority Men’s Wellness
Locations:
Glickman Tower, Main Campus, 10th Floor
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Medical Center
Provider:
Charles Modlin, MD, MBA | Additional Providers: Lisa McKenzie
Schedule: Occurs on periodic Wednesdays | 9 a.m. - 10:30 am.
Please call 216.444.5600 to verify date and time.

Description

Goal: This shared medical appointment offers adult men health information on a variety of topics including prostate disease, prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, nutrition, preventive health, and wellness. The Minority Men’s Health Center’s “Minority Men’s Wellness” Shared Medical Appointments are opportunities for male patients to meet with a Urologist (Dr. Modlin) and other health providers of the Minority Men’s Health Center in a group setting with 5-10 other patients.

The advantage of the SMA is that attendees are able to hear, interact with and learn from other patients about their particular medical concerns, which they may in turn also be experiencing. The group setting is a proven technique to enhance the patients’ health literacy through the free flow of health information of patients in the group. Participation in the group is by consent to participate in the shared medical appointment model and patient confidentiality is observed.

Provider Information

Charles Modlin, MD, FACS, is a Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Urologist and Founder and Director of the Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological Institute and is Executive Director of Minority Health for Cleveland Clinic.

Lisa McKenize, MA assists the group members.

Patient Population

All established adult male English speaking, hearing adults who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment. A companion may accompany them to the SMA.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment
Contact Number

216.445.7550

Multiple Sclerosis

Title: Gilenya First Dose Education Session
Location: Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research
Provider:Marie Namey and Kathleen Schwetz
Schedule: The first Friday of every month | 8 a.m.

Description

Goal: This Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) for people (both male and female) with multiple sclerosis. The goal of this SMA is to educate patients regarding a new oral Multiple Sclerosis (MS) medication named Gilenya. Gilenya is an oral disease modifying treatment for MS. Gilenya was approved to reduce relapses and disability progression in patients with relapsing forms of MS. For patients with ongoing disease activity, intolerable side effects, or trouble with the previously-available MS therapies, Gilenya is an appropriate option. After being administered Gilenya, patients are monitored for 6 hours after their first dose and are observed for any potential side effects or allergic reactions.

Patient Population

All established English speaking hearing adult multiple sclerosis patients who have been seen by a Cleveland Clinic neurologist at the Mellen Center before this visit and who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Interested patients can call Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center at 216.445.7132.

Contact Number

216.445.7132

Osteoporosis

Title: Osteoporosis - New Consults
Provider: Feyrouz Al-Ashkar, MD, FACR
Location: Avon-Richard E Jacobs Health Center
Schedule: The last Friday of every month | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Description

Goal: This Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) is for people (both male and female) with osteoporosis. The goal of this SMA is to educate those who have been recently diagnosed as having osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone loss or who recently had a metabolic bone consult. Dr. Al-Ashkar conducts this SMA with certified adult nurse practitioner Beth Wilson.

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, making them more susceptible to sudden and unexpected fractures. Literally meaning "porous bone," it results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. The disease often progresses without any symptoms or pain. Generally, it is not discovered until weakened bones cause painful fractures. Most of these are fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine.

Although osteoporosis occurs in both men and women, women are four times more likely to develop the disease than men. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent osteoporosis from ever occurring. Treatments can also slow the rate of bone loss if osteoporosis is present. After age 50, one in two white women, and one in four white men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetimes. An additional 30 percent have low bone density that puts them at risk of developing osteoporosis (including African Americans). Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 2 million fractures each year, and this number continues to grow.

Provider Information

Feyrouz Al-Ashkar, MD, FACR, is a Staff Physician who specializes in treating rheumatic and immunologic disease at Cleveland Clinic Lorain Family Health and Surgery Center, where she serves as Section Head of Medical Specialties. She is also board-certified by the American Board of Rheumatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Her special interests include adult rheumatology and osteoporosis.

Patient Population

Both male and female patients with diagnosis of osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone loses or who have recently had a metabolic bone consult.

All established English speaking, post-menopausal women, older than 50 years of age who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone loses or who have recently had a metabolic bone consult. Cleveland Clinic Employees enrolled in the Employee Health Plan may be scheduled for the SMA.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Interested patients can request an SMA appointment by calling 440.695.4000.

Contact Number

440.695.4000


Title: Osteoporosis Follow-up Care
Location: Lorain Family Health & Surgery Center
Provider: Feyrouz Al-Ashkar, MD, FACR | Facilitator: Rebecca Hall, APN
Scheduling: Please call for schedule

Description

Goal: This Shared Medical Appointment is for follow up care for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, making them more susceptible to sudden and unexpected fractures. Literally meaning "porous bone," it results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. The disease often progresses without any symptoms or pain. Generally, it is not discovered until weakened bones cause painful fractures. Most of these are fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine.

Although osteoporosis occurs in both men and women, women are four times more likely to develop the disease than men. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent osteoporosis from ever occurring. Treatments can also slow the rate of bone loss if osteoporosis is present. After age 50, one in two white women, and one in four white men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetimes. An additional 30 percent have low bone density that puts them at risk of developing osteoporosis (including African Americans). Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 2 million fractures each year, and this number continues to grow.

Provider Information

Feyrouz Al-Ashkar, MD, FACR, is a Staff Physician who specializes in treating rheumatic and immunologic disease at Cleveland Clinic Lorain Family Health and Surgery Center, where she serves as Section Head of Medical Specialties. She is also board-certified by the American Board of Rheumatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Fey Al-Ashkar prior to scheduling for the shared medical appointment. Interested patients can call 440.204.7400 to schedule.

Contact Number

440.204.7400

Pediatric Conditions

Title: Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes Management
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Crile Building (A120)
Provider: Michelle Schweiger, DO
Schedule: Weekly on Tuesdays | 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

Description

Goal: The goal of this SMA is to improve the medical management of Type 1 Diabetes in children. We have established group shared medical appointments for Cleveland Clinic Children’s patients with Type 1 diabetes to take the place of traditional diabetes clinic appointments. These appointments are designed for children from newborn to young adults 23 years of age. For all ages, visits include: Brief education sessions, individual exams, lab reviews and after-visit summaries and group support. This SMA is separated by gender.

Provider Information

Michelle Schweiger, DO joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 in the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology. She has a special interest in Adolescent Female Health and Type 1 Diabetes and has co-authored several publications in both areas. Dr. Schweiger is the manager of the ESCALAIT (enrichment services and care for adolescents living with autoimmune insulin dependent type 1 diabetes) Clinic. This is a multidisciplinary clinic with an aim of helping to enhance the care and well-being of children with Type 1 diabetes.

Patient Population

There are four different groups:

  • Jr. ESCALAIT is for boys and girls ages 5 and under
  • Elementary ESCALAIT group is for boys and girls 6-11 years of age
  • ESCALAIT is for boys and girls 12 years 16 years
  • Transition ESCALAIT is for males and females 17 years and older
How interested patients can schedule an appointment:

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with a Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Endocrinologist or Nurse practitioner prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a shared medical appointment by calling 216.445.5158.

Contact Number

216.445.5158

Preventive Medicine

Title: Preventive Medicine with a Physical Exam
Location: Independence Family Health Center
Provider: Pelin Batur, MD
Schedule: Monthly | Monday afternoon

Description

Goal: This Shared Medical Appointment is an innovative and interactive approach for your annual physical. This is a health and wellness focused appointment with private physical exam. You will join up to 5 other women in a setting that encourages asking questions, learning from one another by sharing experiences, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Your individual questions, concerns, and medication refills are addressed during this SMA.

Provider Information

Pelin Batur, MD is a board-certified internist at Cleveland Clinic. She graduated from medical school at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, where she completed the accelerated, 6-year BS/MD track. She completed her internal medicine residency training at Cleveland Clinic. With the goal of providing more comprehensive care in all aspects of women’s healthcare, she then completed specialty fellowship training in women’s health at Cleveland Clinic. Her practice now consists of seeing women’s health consults as well as a general internal medicine patients (both men and women).

Her areas of expertise include contraception (especially difficulties with multiple hormonal options), abnormal bleeding (pre or post menopause), breast concerns (including options for high risk patients), osteoporosis, headache, polycystic ovaries, menopause (discussing all types of hormone therapy). She also performs specialty procedures including colposcopy (for evaluation of abnormal pap smears), IUD insertion (contraceptive), endometrial biopsies (for evaluation of heavy menstrual bleeding), cervical polyp removal, vulvar biopsies, and ductal lavage (a procedure for women at high risk for breast cancer).

Dr. Batur runs them with Registered Nurse Lori Sherwood. Lori serves as the behavioral health specialist and facilitator.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, hearing adults who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Established patients can schedule an SMA by calling 216.986.4000.

Contact Number

216.986.4000 ext. 6333


Title: Preventive Medicine with a Physical Exam
Location: Mentor Medical Office Building
Provider: Marianne Sumego, MD
Schedule: The second and third Thursday of every month | 8:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
There will also be periodic Monday SMA's at 8:20 a.m.

Description

Goal: This Shared Medical Appointment is an innovative and interactive approach for your annual physical. This is a health and wellness focused appointment with private physical exam.  You will join up to 5 women in a setting that encourages asking questions, learning from one another by sharing experiences, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Your individual questions, concerns, and medication refills are addressed during this SMA.

Provider Information

Marianne Sumego, MD is the Director of Shared Medical Appointments at Cleveland Clinic. She completed her residency in both internal medicine and pediatrics. She is interested in the management of asthma, pulmonary medicine and women’s health.

Dr. Sumego runs this SMA with Certified Nurse Practitioner Kristina Vaji who serves as the behavioral health assistant and facilitator during the session.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, hearing adults who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

Contact Number

440.357.2770


Title: Preventive Medicine with Physical Exams
Location: Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Provider: Richard Kratche, MD
Schedule:

Description

Goal: This Shared Medical Appointment is an innovative and interactive approach for your annual physical. This is a health and wellness focused appointment with private physical exam.  You will join up to 5 other men or women in a setting that encourages asking questions, learning from one another by sharing experiences, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Your individual questions, concerns, and medication refills are addressed during this SMA.

Provider Information

Richard Kratche, MD, is Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic's Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Kratche came to Cleveland Clinic in 1995 as an associate staff physician. Subsequent positions include acting chair of the Department of Family Medicine and vice chair of the Division of Regional Medical Practice. Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Kratche is particularly interested in leadership, sports medicine, wellness and electronic medical systems.

Dr. Kratche runs these SMAs with Registered Nurse Janell Fossett and Medical Assistant Meagan Sloan. Lynn serves as the behavioral health specialist and facilitator. Additionally, there is another medical assistant who provides additional support during the appointment.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, hearing adults patients of Dr. Richard Kratche who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment. We conduct both male and female shared medical appointment sessions.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Established patients can request a SMA by calling 330.888.4000.

Contact Number

330.888.4000

Skin Conditions

Title: Adolescent Acne for Males
Location: Avon-Richard E Jacobs Health Center, First Floor, Community Room #104
Provider: Mary C Smith, CNS, RN | Facilitator: Nancy Kasick, RN
Schedule: The first Tuesday of every month | 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Description

Goal: This SMA is for adolescent males, age 12-18 years, with acne. This SMA includes a private physical exam, prescription refills, and a group discussion, including current topics and question & answer related to acne. This SMA often includes additional skin care experts, such as an esthetician.

Provider Information

Mary C Smith, CNS, RN is an advanced practice nurse focusing on pediatric dermatology. Mary is a graduate of University of Akron (BSN) and Case Western Reserve University (MSN). Specialty interests include acne, atopic dermatitis/eczema, molluscum contagiosum and warts. She is a member of Pediatric Dermatology Society and Dermatology Nurses Association.

Patient Population

All male English speaking patients between 12-18 years of age. Parents will need to sign the paperwork and privacy agreement and consent to treat forms. Parents do not need to stay for the SMA.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patients can call 440.695.4000 to schedule an appointment.

Contact number

440.695.4000


Title: Adolescent Acne for Females
Location: Avon-Richard E Jacobs Health Center, First Floor, Community Room #104
Provider: Mary C Smith, CNS, RN | Facilitator: Nancy Kasick, RN
Schedule: The fourth Tuesday of every month | 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Description

Goal: This SMA is for adolescent females, age 12-18 years, with acne. This SMA includes a private physical exam, prescription refills, and a group discussion, including current topics and question & answer related to acne. This SMA often includes additional skin care experts, such as an esthetician.

Provider Information

Mary C Smith, CNS, RN is an advanced practice nurse focusing on pediatric dermatology. Mary is a graduate of University of Akron (BSN) and Case Western Reserve University (MSN). Specialty interests include acne, atopic dermatitis/eczema, molluscum contagiosum and warts. She is a member of Pediatric Dermatology Society and Dermatology Nurses Association.

Patient Population

All female English speaking patients between 12-18 years of age. Parents will need to sign the paperwork and privacy agreement and consent to treat forms. Parents do not need to stay for the SMA.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patients can call 440.695.4000 to schedule an appointment.

Contact number

440.695.4000

Stroke

Title: Stroke Survivors
Location: Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest HospitalCleveland Clinic Lakewood Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic main campus
Provider: Sue Jaeger, CNP
Schedule: Monthly

Description

Goal: Goals of the SMA are discussed in the first minutes of the visit. The goal of this SMA is to provide a learning and supportive environment for stroke survivors to achieve optimal stroke risk factor controls. Information is shared in a highly educational group setting. In addition, each patient in the shared medical appointment takes part in an individualized neurological assessment by an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner). This is done in a private exam room and addresses individual recovery, symptoms or concerns.

During a Shared Medical Appointment for Stroke survivors, stroke survivors can learn from each other various ways to gain control of their personal risk factors while having the benefit of a health care professional present to provide expertise on the information discussed.

Using guidelines from the American Stroke Association, the focus of the discussion in the SMA is on achieving optimal stroke risk factor control. Creative ways on how to handle the following controllable risk factors are shared and discussed, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, being overweight or obese, diet, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and alcohol intake.

In addition, each patient in the shared medical appointment takes part in an individualized neurological assessment by an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner). This is done in a private exam room and addresses individual recovery, symptoms or concerns.

Provider Information

Certified Nurse Practitioner Sue Jaeger, CNP, at Cleveland Clinic’s Cerebrovascular Center will hold these monthly sessions for stroke survivors.

Patient Population

Any patient with a diagnosis of stroke, who is an English speaking, hearing adult who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Stroke survivors will be able to schedule a shared medical appointment on both the east side and west side of Cleveland. Established stroke survivor patients can schedule a shared medical appointment at the Neurological Institute at Hillcrest Hospital by calling the medical offices at 440.312.6100. Established stroke survivor patients can schedule a shared medical appointment at the Neurological Institute at Lakewood Hospital by calling the medical offices at 216.529.7110. Established stroke survivor patients can schedule a shared medical appointment at the Neurological Institute at Main Campus 216.445.7132

Contact Number

Neurological Institute at Hillcrest Hospital - 440.312.6100
Neurological Institute at Lakewood Hospital - 216.529.7110
Neurological Institute at Main Campusl - 216.445.7132

Weight Management (Medical)

Title: Medical Weight Management
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, M61
Provider: Archana Gorty, MD
Schedule: Tuesdays | 9 a.m. - 10:30 am

Description

Goal: The goal of this SMA is to provide comprehensive medical monitoring of weight loss with the high protein diet, including the measurement of body fat percentage and muscle mass. Chronic disease management and the promotion of wellness will also be addressed.

Provider Information

Archana Gorty, MD came to Cleveland Clinic in 2010 after she completed her fellowship in Preventive Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. She is board certified in internal medicine and public health and general preventive medicine.

Patient Population

All established patients of Dr. Gorty who are English speaking, hearing adults who are ambulatory and in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Archana Gorty prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request the weight management SMA by calling 216.445.2224.

Contact Number

216.445.2224


Title: Medical Weight Management
Location: Cleveland Clinic Strongsville Family Health and Surgery Center
Provider: Irene Dejak, MD
Schedule: Mondays | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Description

Goal: The goal of this SMA offers the medical monitoring of weight loss by providing the patient with tools that include lifestyle and diet changes. Chronic disease management and the promotion of wellness will also be addressed.

The Weight Management Shared Medical Appointment helps patients with weight loss through lifestyle management. There will be approximately 8 patients present at each appointment. Dr. Dejak will go through a medical appointment with each individual patient while the other are in the room so that everyone can learn from each other. A Psychologist or Dietician will also be present at every appointment. The medical weight management SMA involves an initial consultation with Dr. Irene Dejak prior to continued follow up focusing using a variety of lifestyle and diet changes to help with weight loss.

Provider Information

Irene Louise Dejak, MD, is Associate Staff, Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Dejak runs this shared medical appointment with Psychologist Judy Dodds, PhD and Registered Dietician Gillian Culbertson.

Patient Population

All established patients of Dr. Dejak who are English speaking, hearing adults who are ambulatory and in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment. Additionally, patients with a BMI between the range of 27-43, who also experience one or several of the following: hypertension, hyperlipidemia, metabolic syndrome, liver disease (NASH), diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea (OSA), or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This SMA is not for patients who have had previous bariatric surgery.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Irene Dejak prior to scheduling for the SMA. Otherwise, established patients can simply request the SMA by calling 440.878.2500.

Contact Number

440.878.2500


Title: Weight Management
Location: Willoughby Hills Family Health Center and Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center
Provider: Beth Czerwony, MS, RD, LD
Schedule:
Willoughby Hills: The third Thursday and the fourth Tuesday of every month | Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Beachwood: The second Friday of every month | 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Description

Goal: To address lifestyle changes associated with losing weight and keeping it off. Under the guidance of Beth Czerwony, registered and licensed dietician, this SMA consists of a small group of patients who will be led in an interactive discussion on addressing simple proven ways to improve your diet; fit exercise into your busy day; and focus on making lifelong habits, helping you meet your weight loss goals.

For Cleveland Clinic Employees, this class will count toward your registered dietician visit requirement for the Employee Health Plan.

Provider Information

Beth Czerwony, MS, RD, LD holds a Masters of Science, Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University; Bachelors of Science, Dietetics, University of Akron; Dietetic Internship, Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC. Her specialty interests include weight Loss management; diabetes management; lipid management; and wellness and prevention. Beth is a member of American Dietetic Association and Ohio Dietetic Association.

Patient Population

Any English speaking patient interested in weight management, who is in possession of his/her faculties and does not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

To schedule a weight management SMA, please contact Cleveland Clinic’s Nutrition Therapy office at 216.444.3046, or call Willoughby Hills Family Health Center at 440.943.2500, or Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center at 216.839.3000 and request a weight management shared medical appointment.

Contact Number

216.444.3046 or 440.943.2500 or 216.839.3000


Title: TRIM LIFE® Integrative Weight Management Program
Location: Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, Lyndhurst Campus
Providers: Daniel Neides, MD, Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD, Melissa Young, MD, Christine Spiroch, PhD, Josie Znidarsic, DO
Schedule: Weekly for 6 weeks. For dates and times of TRIM-LIFE classes, please visit cleveland.org/integrativemedicine.

Description

TRIM-LIFE is an integrative medical weight management program. This six-week program will empower you to manage both your hunger and your weight by addressing body, mind and spirit. You will begin to adopt a brand new relationship with food. If you feel trapped in a cycle of binge eating due to food restriction and fears of deprivation, this unique program can also help you.

In TRIM-LIFE, you will learn mindfulness, relaxation and yoga techniques during three-hour weekly sessions. We will also teach you powerful hypnotic tools. The goals are to help participants reduce stress eating, abandon yo-yo dieting and overcome food addictions. Every TRIM-LIFE participant receives a workbook, along with CD recordings. These will help to reinforce your healthy new lifestyle choices at home. Once you enroll in the program, you will also be invited to join a TRIM-LIFE support group that meets every two months.

Our mindfulness and relaxation techniques will allow you to change the inner programming that can make sustained weight loss a challenge. We will help you re-regulate your metabolism to burn “hotter,” releasing unnecessary weight. Our TRIM-LIFE program can also help you identify and release feelings that promote cravings and unhealthy eating behaviors. You will learn to identify what you are truly hungry for, and to work on attracting that into your life.

Our TRIM-LIFE practitioners use hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, to help you shrink your stomach to its normal size. This will help you feel satisfied with smaller portions. Hypnosis will also help you eliminate the desire for foods that poison your body. We also use hypnotherapy to pair any triggers for binge-eating behavior with unpleasant associations in your subconscious.

Provider Information

Daniel Neides, MD, is the Acting Medical Director of the Tanya I. Edwards Center for Integrative Medicine and the Associate Director of Clinical Education for The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM). He oversees all clinical activities during years three through five of the medical school. His medical interests include the primary care approach to treating behavioral disorders, medical student education and preventive medicine.

Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD, is a family medicine specialist who came to Cleveland Clinic in 2013. She is a specialist with the Wellness Institute and the Center for Integrative Medicine. She has special interests in integrative medicine.

Melissa Young, MD, is an internal medicine specialist who came to Cleveland Clinic in 2013. She practices in the Wellness Institute and the Center for Integrative Medicine. She has special interests in integrative medicine.

Christine Spiroch, PhD, is a certified nurse practitioner who came to Cleveland Clinic in 2011 and has a primary appointment with the Wellness Institute and the Center for Integrative Medicine, She has special interests in integrative medicine.

Patient Population

All English speaking patients interested in weight management, who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Develop a new relationship with food in our six-week Integrative Medicine program. TRIM-LIFE will help you manage your weight by addressing body, mind and spirit. To register, please call 216.448.8611.

Women's Health - General (Preventive Medicine)

Title: Women’s Health and Preventive Medicine
Location: Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center, Room 22 North
Provider: Laura Lipold, MD
Schedule: The first and third Monday of every month | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Description

Goal: This Shared Medical Appointment is an innovative and interactive approach for your annual physical. This is a health and wellness focused appointment with private physical exam.  You will join up to 5 other women in a setting that encourages asking questions, learning from one another by sharing experiences, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Your individual questions, concerns, and medication refills are addressed during this SMA.

Provider Information

Laura D. Lipold, MD, is on Staff in the Department of Family Medicine at Cleveland Clinic and Director of Primary Care Women's Health. She sees patients at Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center. Conducting the SMA along with Dr. Lipold is Carol Krestel, RN. Carol serves as the behavioral health specialist and facilitator.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, women aged 18-50 years, who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

This is for established patients of Dr. Laura Lipold. All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Lipold prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a group physical appointment.

Contact Number

216.839.3900


Title: Mood Disorders in Women
Location:
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Provider: Lillian Gonsalves, MD
Schedule: Mondays | 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Description

Goal: The medical management for anxiety and depression. This group will provide support, education, and handouts as needed to keep patients functioning and out of the hospital.

Provider Information

Lilian Gonsalves, MD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Gault Women’s Health Center. She is a Cleveland Clinic-trained, board-certified psychiatrist with interest and expertise in mood disorders in women, chronic pain and psychological aspects of the medically and surgically ill patient. She has also successfully used the group model for medication management in women with anxiety and mood disorders.

Lillian Gonsalves MD and Jeri Hagan Sowell MS address this appointment.

Patient Population

Women 18 and over with mood and anxiety disorders. We exclude severe personality disorders, psychotic and demented patients.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Call 216.636.5860 - ask for Gail OR
Call 216.444.2197 - ask for Jeri

Contact Number

216.636.5860

Women's Health - Menopause

Title: Menopause
Location: Willoughby Hills Family Health Center, South building, 1st Floor, SMA Room
Provider: Char Frires, CNM, MSN | Facilitator: Lisa Siekaniec, RN
Schedule: The first and third Wednesday of every month | 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Description

Goal: The Menopause SMA addresses medical issues of women related to menopause, osteoporosis, hormone therapy, sexual health, and other female health concerns. Each session will allow for 7 to 9 patients to be seen in a shared appointment to discuss menopause-related issues.

Provider Information

Char Frires, CNM, MSN is a certified nurse midwife, who has specialty interests in midwifery, general obstetrics, adolescent health care and pregnancy, menopause, reiki and energy medicine, hypnosis for pain in OB/GYN, centering pregnancy, and water births. She has been with Cleveland Clinic since 2004. She will run this SMA along with Lisa Siekaniec, RN who will act as facilitator.

Patient population

All established English speaking menopausal women who have had an initial exam and physical in the last year and who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment. The Women's Menopause SMA is for any woman who has stopped menstruating for over a year and is interested in learning about treatment options for the normal menopause transition.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment:

Menopausal women can request a SMA appointment at Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Family Health Center by calling 440.943.2500.

Contact Number

440.943.2500


Title: Menopause, Osteoporosis and Hormone Therapy
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus | Main Campus, Crile Building - A10 Specialized Women's Health
Provider: Holly Thacker, MD
Schedule: There are 2 types of Women's Health Shared Medical Visits
Women's Health Issues SMA: Weekly most Fridays | 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Physical/Annual SMA: Once per month on Mondays | 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Description

Goal: This Shared Medical Appointment addresses medical issues of women related to menopause, osteoporosis, hormone therapy, sexual health, and any other female health concerns. Patients are seen individually in the context of a shared group setting with the attending physician, nurse and ancillary health care members. Patients often schedule bone density and mammograms on the same day. These tests are done within our facility. Patients in the Physical/Annual Exam SMA also are examined in a separate exam room first. Shared visits are not appropriate for urgent medical problems.

Provider Information

Holly L. Thacker MD, FACP, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Specialized Women’s Health and Associate Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, recently published her second women’s health book “Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause.” At the end of 2008, the Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health Institute was gifted with the National Speaking of Women’s Health and Dr. Thacker now serves as the Executive Director.

She was honored by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and the Journal of Women’s Health with the "Lila Wallis Women’s Health Award" in recognition of Dr. Thacker’s lifetime achievements, accomplishments, motivation, mentorship, energy and enthusiasm for women’s health, education, and research during the AMWA annual meeting and Women’s Health 2009: The 17th Annual Congress, in Williamsburg, VA.

Patient Population

Women who have medical issues related to menopause, osteoporosis, hormone therapy or other issues of women in mid life .

How interested patients can set up an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Holly Thacker within the Center for Specialized Women's Health. Interested patients can call 216.444.3024 to schedule.

Contact Number

216.444.3024

Womens Health - Pregnancy

Title: Back Pain in Pregnancy
Location: Solon Family Health Center Physical Therapy Suite
Provider: Fredrick Wilson, DO | Facilitator: Laura Taylor
Schedule: One Saturday per month
For new patients: 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. | For established patients: 11 a.m. - Noon

Description

Goal: This goal of this SMA is to reduce back pain and pelvic pain during pregnancy with the help of the partner / spouse. This SMA offers women and their partners medical advice and education for women who are suffering from back pain and pelvic pain related to their pregnancy. Both must attend the appointment for this to be effective. Dr. Frederick Wilson, along with physical therapist Barb Domsic PT, will work with patients that have been referred by their Obstetrics and Gynecology provider.

Discussions will include the topic of osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT). This is a system of evaluation and treatment designed to achieve and maintain health by restoring normal function to the body by balancing body structure with manipulation. Manipulation is the therapeutic application of manual pressure or force. Oftentimes, structural problems in the spinal column can affect the nerves that radiate out to the various organs, thus contributing to disease. OMT is typically used to treat musculoskeletal disorders, such as low back pain, neck pain, pelvic pain, sports injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and tension headaches. While osteopathic and chiropractic techniques overlap, they are not identical. As a general rule, chiropractic manipulation uses direct thrust techniques on the spine (HVLA), while osteopathic practitioners - such as Dr. Wilson - use other, gentler techniques, as well as HVLA.

Provider Information

Fredrick Wilson, DO is an osteopathic medical specialist who treats patients with back and neck pain. He uses traditional conservative medical treatments and incorporates osteopathic spinal manipulation when appropriate. He has been on staff at Cleveland Clinic since 1997 and has been the Director of the Solon Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health since 2000. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and is certified in osteopathic manipulation by the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.

Patient Population

All established English speaking women who are pregnant and have back and pelvic pain; who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Women who are pregnant can talk to their OB/Gyn specialists and see if this SMA is right for you. You can then request a SMA appointment by calling 440.519.6800.

Contact Number

440.519.6800

Departments

Learn more about the departments and locations that you can utilize shared appointments throughout Cleveland Clinic.

Bariatric and Metabolism

Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Doctor: Archana Gorty, MD

Basic Information

The medical weight management SMA involves an initial consultation with Dr. Archana Gorty prior to continued follow up on Fridays. It will be run in conjunction with RN Ron Gambino, who has a background in cardiac rehab. Both Dr. Cooper and Ron will be facilitators, each focusing on various aspects of weight loss.

Brief Description

The goal of this SMA is to provide comprehensive medical monitoring of weight loss with the high protein diet, including the measurement of body fat percentage and muscle mass. Chronic disease management and the promotion of wellness will also be addressed.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, hearing adults who are ambulatory and in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Archana Gorty prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a group physical appointment.

Contact Number

216.445.2224

Center for Spine Health

Title: Back Pain in Pregnancy
Location: Solon Family Health Center Physical Therapy Suite
Provider: Frederick Wilson, DO
Facilitator: Laura Taylor
Schedule: One Saturday per month - 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. for new patients; 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. for established patients.

Basic Information:

This SMA is for women who are suffering from back pain and pelvic pain realted to their pregnancy. It is also for the partners of the pregnant patient. The purpose is to reduce back pain and pelvic pain during pregnancy with the help of the partner / spouse. Both must attend the appointment for this to be effective. Dr. Frederick Wilson, along with physical therapist Barb Domsic PT, will work with patients that have been referred by their Obstetrics and Gynecology provider.

Provider Information:

Dr. Wilson is an osteopathic medical specialist who treats patients with back and neck pain. He uses traditional conservative medical treatments and incorporates osteopathic spinal manipulation when appropriate. He has been on staff at Cleveland Clinic since 1997 and has been the Director of the Solon Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health since 2000. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and is certified in osteopathic manipulation by the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.

Brief Description:

This SMA is for women who are suffering from back pain and pelvic pain related to their pregnancy. It is also for the partners of the pregnant patient. The purpose is to reduce back pain and pelvic pain during pregnancy with the help of the partner / spouse. Discussions will include the topic of osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT). This is a system of evaluation and treatment designed to achieve and maintain health by restoring normal function to the body by balancing body structure with manipulation. Manipulation is the therapeutic application of manual pressure or force. Oftentimes, structural problems in the spinal column can affect the nerves that radiate out to the various organs, thus contributing to disease.

OMT is typically used to treat musculoskeletal disorders, such as low back pain, neck pain, pelvic pain, sports injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and tension headaches. While osteopathic and chiropractic techniques overlap, they are not identical. As a general rule, chiropractic manipulation uses direct thrust techniques on the spine (HVLA), while osteopathic practitioners - such as Dr. Wilson - use other, gentler techniques, as well as HVLA.

Patient Population:

All established English speaking women who are pregnant and have back and pelvic pain; who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment:

Women who are pregnant can talk to their OB/Gyn specialists and see if this SMA is right for you. You can then request a SMA appointment by calling 440.519.6800.

Contact Phone number:

440.519.6800

Cerebrovascular Center

Title: Stroke Survivors
Location: Cleveland Clinic‘s Hillcrest Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Hospital
Provider: Sue Jaeger, CNP

Basic Information

During a Shared Medical Appointment for Stroke survivors, stroke survivors can learn from each other various ways to gain control of their personal risk factors while having the benefit of a health care professional present to provide expertise on the information discussed.

Using guidelines from the American Stroke Association, the focus of the discussion in the SMA is on achieving optimal stroke risk factor control. Creative ways on how to handle the following controllable risk factors are shared and discussed, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, being overweight or obese, diet, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and alcohol intake.

In addition, each patient in the shared medical appointment takes part in an individualized neurological assessment by an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner). This is done in a private exam room and addresses individual recovery, symptoms or concerns.

Provider

Certified Nurse Practitioner Sue Jaeger, CNP, at Cleveland Clinic’s Cerebrovascular Center will hold these monthly sessions for stroke survivors.

Brief Description

Goals of the SMA are discussed in the first minutes of the visit. The goal of this SMA is to provide a learning and supportive environment for stroke survivors to achieve optimal stroke risk factor controls. Information is shared in a highly educational group setting. In addition, each patient in the shared medical appointment takes part in an individualized neurological assessment by an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner). This is done in a private exam room and addresses individual recovery, symptoms or concerns.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, hearing adults who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment and who have a diagnosis of stroke.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Stroke survivors will be able to schedule a shared medical appointment on both the east side and west side of Cleveland. Established stroke survivor patients can schedule a shared medical appointment at the Neurological Institute at Hillcrest Hospital by calling the medical offices at 440.312.6100. Established stroke survivor patients can schedule a shared medical appointment at the Neurological Institute at Lakewood Hospital by calling the medical offices at 216.529.7110.

Contact Number

Neurological Institute at Hillcrest Hospital - 440.312.6100
Neurological Institute at Lakewood Hospital - 216.529.7110

Community Internal Medicine

Location: Independence Family Health Center
Doctor: Pelin Batur, MD

Basic Information
Provider

Dr. Batur runs them with Registered Nurse Lori Sherwood. Lori serves as the behavioral health specialist and facilitator.

Brief Description

The goal of this SMA is to provide comprehensive physical exams in a timely fashion and in a highly educational group setting, attending to women’s health issues and the promotion of wellness (preventive medicine).

Patient Population

All established English speaking, hearing adults who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

This is for established patients of Dr. Pelin Batur. All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Pelin Batur prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a group physical appointment.

Contact Number

216.986.4000 ext. 6333


Location: Cleveland Clinic Strongsville Family Health and Surgery Center
Doctor: Irene Dejak, MD

Provider

Irene Dejak, MD runs this shared medical appointment with Psychologist Juddy Dodds, PhD and Registered Dietician Gillian Culbertson.

Basic Information

The Weight Management Shared Medical Appointment is a program where Dr. Dejak will help with weight loss through lifestyle management. There will be approximately 8 patients present at each meeting. Dr. Dejak will go through a medical appointment with each individual patient while the other are in the room so that everyone can learn from each other. A Psychologist or Dietician will also be present at every session. The goal of this SMA offers the medical monitoring of weight loss by providing the patient with tools that include lifestyle and diet changes. Chronic disease management and the promotion of wellness will also be addressed. The medical weight management SMA involves an initial consultation with Dr. Irene Dejak prior to continued follow up on Mondays, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., focusing using a variety of lifestyle and diet changes to help with weight loss.

Brief Description

The goal of this SMA offers the medical monitoring of weight loss by providing the patient with tools that include lifestyle and diet changes. Chronic disease management and the promotion of wellness will also be addressed. Psychologist Judy Dodds and Registered dietician Gillian Culbertson

Patient Population

All established English speaking, hearing adults who are ambulatory and in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment. Additionally, patients with a BMI between the range of 27-43, who also experience one or several of the following: hypertension, hyperlipidemia, metabolic syndrome, liver disease (NASH), diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea (OSA), or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This SMA is not for patients who have had previous bariatric surgery.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Irene Dejak prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a group physical appointment.

Contact Number

440.878.2500


Location: Mentor Medical Office Building
Doctor: Marianne Sumego, MD

Basic Information

Women's Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) involves a physical examination the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of every month, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Mentor Medical Office Building

Provider

Dr. Sumego runs this SMA with Certified Nurse Practitioner Kristina Vaji who serves as the behavioral health assistant and facilitator during the session.

Brief Description

Goals of the SMA are discussed in the first minutes of the visit. The goal of this SMA is to provide comprehensive physical exams in a timely fashion and in a highly educational group setting, attending to both chronic disease management and the promotion of wellness (preventive medicine).

Patient Population

All established English speaking, hearing adults who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment. We conduct both male and female shared medical appointment sessions.

Contact Number

440.357.2770


Location: Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center, this SMA meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Doctor: Leighanne Hustask, CNP
Facilitator: Gretchen Petz and Lauren Sullivan

Basic Information

This SMA consists of adult patients with diabetes who have been seen by a nurse practitioner and requires a follow up visit. This is run under the guidance of Leighanne Hustak, CNP and facilitators Gretchen Petz and Lauren Sullivan. This group will address education and improved self-management for patients with diabetes. In many cases, you can control diabetes through better nutrition, a healthy weight, physical activity, and regular checkups with your health care team.

Sometimes medication is also necessary, which your health care provider will determine. Medication, if prescribed by your doctor or nurse practitioner, is a crucial component of diabetes management and should be taken as directed. Some medications need to be timed with meals, and if so your doctor or nurse practitioner will instruct you on appropriate timing. What, when and how much you eat are all important factors in managing diabetes. With the help of your health care professional, you should develop and follow a meal plan based on your individual needs.

Provider Information

Leighanne Hustak, CNP is both a graduate of Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing with a degree of family nurse practitioner and also received her doctorate in Nursing. She is a certified family nurse practitioner with special interests in diabetes education and management. She joined Cleveland Clinic in 2010 with the department of Community Internal Medicine.

Brief Description

This SMA will address education and improved self- management for adult patients with diabetes. The SMA meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Patient Population

All English speaking, established patients, who have been seen by a Nurse Practitioner at Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center and who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patients who have been seen by a Nurse Practitioner at Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center can schedule this diabetes management SMA by calling 216.986.4000.


Title: Medicare Wellness
Location: Chagrin Falls Family Health Center
Provider: Dr. Donald Long
Facilitators: Betty Kampman/Jan McGibony
Schedule: This shared medical appointment will take place once a month on Monday, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; alternating males and females

Basic Information

This shared medical appointment is for males and females who are over the age of 65 and who are enrolled in Medicare Part B for more than 12 months. This Medicare Wellness visit is a great way to get up-to-date with your doctor about how to stay healthy. During the visit, your provider will update your medical and family history, check your height, weight, and blood pressure and other routine measurements; provide a screening schedule for appropriate preventive services and a list of risk factors and treatment options for you. Medicare Wellness exams also provide a review of preventive services such as certain screenings, shots and referrals for other care that is needed.

Learn about adult health maintenance guidelines we recommend.

Adult Health Maintenance Guidelines

Provider

Donald Long, MD is a Staff Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in Chagrin Falls, where he has practiced since 1982. He has been a member of the medical staff at Cleveland Clinic since 1999.

Brief Description

If you have been on Medicare Part B for more than 12 months, a yearly wellness appointment is part of your benefits. During the visit, your provider will update your medical and family history, check your height, weight, and blood pressure and other routine measurements; provide a screening schedule for appropriate preventive services and a list of risk factors and treatment options for you. Medicare Wellness exams also provide a review of preventive services such as certain screenings, shots and referrals for other care that is needed.

Patient Population

All established English speaking patients; both male and females; over the age of 65 who are enrolled in Medicare part B for more than 12 month qualify for this type of visit. This yearly wellness appointment will aid in the development or the update of a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patients who have been on Medicare part B for more than 12 months can contact us at 216. 444.5665 or 440.893.9393. Please tell the patient service representative that you are on Medicare Part B.

Contact Phone number

440.893.9393

Community Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Location: Mentor Medical Office Building
Doctor: Marianne Sumego, MD

Basic Information
  • Asthma Shared Medical Appointments meet the 4th Tuesday of the month from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Patient Population

Anyone interested in obtaining better asthma care through awareness and self management.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Consult first suggested

Contact Number

440.943.2500

Department of Integrative Medicine

Title: TRIM LIFE® Integrative Weight Management Program
Location: Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, Lyndhurst Campus, weekly for 6 weeks. For dates and times of TRIM-LIFE classes, please visit cleveland.org/integrativemedicine
Doctor: Daniel Neides, MD

Basic Information

TRIM-LIFE is an integrative medical weight management program. This six-week program will empower you to manage both your hunger and your weight by addressing body, mind and spirit. You will begin to adopt a brand new relationship with food. If you feel trapped in a cycle of binge eating due to food restriction and fears of deprivation, this unique program can also help you.

Provider Information

Daniel Neides, MD, is the Acting Medical Director of the Tanya I. Edwards Center for Integrative Medicine and the Associate Director of Clinical Education for The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM). He oversees all clinical activities during years three through five of the medical school. His medical interests include the primary care approach to treating behavioral disorders, medical student education and preventive medicine.

Brief Description

In TRIM-LIFE, you will learn mindfulness, relaxation and yoga techniques during three-hour weekly sessions. We will also teach you powerful hypnotic tools. The goals are to help participants reduce stress eating, abandon yo-yo dieting and overcome food addictions.

Every TRIM-LIFE participant receives a workbook, along with CD recordings. These will help to reinforce your healthy new lifestyle choices at home. Once you enroll in the program, you will also be invited to join a TRIM-LIFE support group that meets every two months.

Our mindfulness and relaxation techniques will allow you to change the inner programming that can make sustained weight loss a challenge. We will help you re-regulate your metabolism to burn “hotter,” releasing unnecessary weight. Our TRIM-LIFE program can also help you identify and release feelings that promote cravings and unhealthy eating behaviors. You will learn to identify what you are truly hungry for, and to work on attracting that into your life.

Our TRIM-LIFE practitioners use hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, to help you shrink your stomach to its normal size. This will help you feel satisfied with smaller portions. Hypnosis will also help you eliminate the desire for foods that poison your body. We also use hypnotherapy to pair any triggers for binge-eating behavior with unpleasant associations in your subconscious.

Patient Population

All English speaking patients, who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Develop a new relationship with food in our six-week Integrative Medicine program. TRIM-LIFE will help you manage your weight by addressing body, mind and spirit. To register, please call 216.448.8611.

Dermatology and Plastic Surgery

Title: Transplant Dermatology for Skin Cancer
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Crile Building A-61

This SMA meets Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. for the following patient populations:

  • New pre and post-operative patients 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at A-61
  • New pre and post-operative patients from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at A-61
  • Post Transplant patients and established patients from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at A-61

Provider: Alexandra Zhang, MD

Basic Information

These 60-90 minutes Shared Medical Appointments (SMA's) are for organ transplant candidates and orgran transplant recipients who are at high risk of developing multiple aggressive skin cancers. A family member is encouraged to attend this important appointment.  The appointment includes a discussion of incidence and risks of skin cancer development as well as prevention and management of skin cancers in high risk patients.Group disuccsion, indivdual question and answer session as well as a complete skin examination are included in these appointments.

Provider Information

Alexandra Zhang, MD is a board certified dermatologist. She completed her fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology. She has special interest in orgran transplant for skin cancers.

Brief Description

These 60-90 minutes Shared Medical Appointments (SMA’s) are for organ transplant candidates and organ transplant recipients who are at high risk of developing multiple aggressive skin cancers. A family member is encouraged to attend this important appointment. The appointment includes a discussion of incidence and risks of skin cancer development, prevention, and management of skin cancers in high risk patients; followed by group discussion, individual question and answer session and a private complete skin examination.

Patient Population

This SMA is for solid organ transplant candidates, solid organ transplant recipients and patients with a high risk for skin cancers. All English speaking patients, who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can scheduled an appointment

Interested patients should call Katie Russo at 216.445.5299 or Elizabeth O’Donnell at 216.445.3365 to schedule an SMA appointment.

Contact Phone Number

216.445.5299

Endocrinology

Location: Lorain Family Health & Surgery Center
Doctor: Patricio Aycinena, MD

On site, nutritionist, ophthalmology, podiatrists that can be consulted or referred to.

Basic Information
  • Patients with diabetes mellitus, mainly Type 2 although we do see Type 1 diabetes patients, including people using pumps, in a shared medical setting
  • The same group meets every 4 months on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • The groups consists of 6 to 8 patients
  • We cover the standards of care. We refer to it as ABCDEF : review A1C levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, diet, eye care, exercise and feet issues.
  • Each patients' results are covered individually and the topics are discussed in the group setting.
Provider

Dr. Patricio Aycinena

Patient Population

People with Diabetes Mellitus (mainly Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, we have some Type 1, including pumps).

How interested patients can set up an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Patricio Aycinena prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a group physical appointment.

Contact Number

440.204.7400


Location: Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center, 2nd Floor of the X Building
10685 Carnegie Avenue
Doctor: Melissa Li-Ng, MD
Facilitator: Shannon Knapp, RN, CDE

Basic Information

Shared Medical Appointment for patients with Type 2 Diabetes who are follow-up patients to the department. Shared medical appointments meet monthly, the second Friday of the month from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Diabetes Center of Cleveland Clinic at 10685 Carnegie Avenue, Second Floor.

Provider

Dr. Melissa Li-Ng

Associate Staff with Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Center since 2009, received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and then received her medical degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. She completed her medical residency at New York University Medical Center. She proceeded to do a research fellowship at the Bone Mineral Research Center at Winthrop University Hospital in New York, doing research on osteoporosis, vitamin D and bone metabolism. Dr. Li-Ng then completed her endocrinology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. She currently serves as the Associate Program Director of the endocrinology fellowship program.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, hearing adults who are ambulatory and in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Li- Ng prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a shared medical appointment.

Contact Number

216.444.3672


Title: Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Crile Building (A120)
Doctor: Michelle Schweiger, DO

Basic Information

We have established group shared medical appointments for Cleveland Clinic Children’s patients with Type 1 diabetes to take the place of traditional diabetes clinic appointments with the aim of improving their medical management. These programs are designed for children from newborn to young adults 23 years of age. Group visits are held approximately three months apart. For all ages, visits include: Brief education sessions, individual exams, lab reviews and after-visit summaries and group support. These shared medical appointments meet weekly, on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

Provider Information

Dr. Schweiger joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 in the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology. She has a special interest in Adolescent Female Health and Type 1 Diabetes and has co-authored several publications in both areas. Dr. Schweiger is the manager of the ESCALAIT (enrichment services and care for adolescents living with autoimmune insulin dependent type 1 diabetes) Clinic. This is a multidisciplinary clinic with an aim of helping to enhance the care and well-being of children with Type 1 diabetes.

Patient Population

There a four different groups:

  • Jr. ESCALAIT is for boys and girls ages 5 and under
  • Elementary ESCALAIT group is for boys and girls 6-11 years of age
  • ESCALAIT is for boys and girls 12 years 16 years
  • Transition ESCALAIT is for males and females 17 years and older
How interested patients can schedule an appointment:

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with a Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Endocrinologist or Nurse practitioner prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a shared medical appointment.

Contact Number

216.445.5158

Family Medicine

Title: Addiction Medicine-Suboxone
Location: Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center- Fourth Floor
Provider: Robert Bales, MD
Facilitator: Bobbie Williams
Schedule: Weekly meetings, Every Thursday from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Basic Information

This SMA is for people who have an addiction to opiates and are established patients of Dr. Robert Bale. Patients of Dr. Bales who are on a stable dose of Suboxone, should attend this monthly SMA. Suboxone is used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction. Together with a doctor who understands opioid dependence, SUBOXONE can help you manage your physical symptoms and cravings, allowing you to work toward your recovery.

Each month there will be a different topic of interest related to comprehensive addiction therapy. Patients should arrive 20 minutes early and check in at the 4th floor Family Medicine desk.

Provider Information

Dr. Robert Bales is a board certified family medicine specialist with a special interest in addiction medicine. Dr. Bales joined Cleveland Clinic in 2011. He conducts this SMA with facilitator Bobbie Williams.

Brief Description

This SMA is for people who have an addiction to opiates and are established patients of Dr. Robert Bales. Patients of Dr. Bales who are on a stable dose of Suboxone, should attend this monthly SMA. Suboxone is used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction. Together with a doctor who understands opioid dependence, SUBOXONE can help you manage your physical symptoms and cravings, allowing you to work toward your recovery.

Each month there will be a different topic of interest related to comprehensive addiction therapy. Patients should arrive 20 minutes early and check in at the 4th floor Family Medicine desk.

Patient Population

All established English speaking patients of Dr. Robert Bales who are on suboxone therapy and who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Established patients on Suboxone therapy should call Dr. Bales’s office at 330.888.4000 to schedule an appointment.

Contact Number

330.888.4000


Title: Physical Exams
Location:Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Doctor: Rick Kratche, MD

Basic Information
  • Women's Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) involves a physical examination the 1st Monday of every month, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
  • Men's Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) involves a physical examination the 3rd Monday of every month 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., at Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Provider

Dr. Kratche runs them with Registered Nurse Lynn Spencer and Medical Assistant Meagan Sloan.. Lynn serves as the behavioral health specialist and facilitator. Additionally, there is another medical assistant who provides additional support during the session.

Brief Description

Goals of the SMA are discussed in the first minutes of the visit. Thie goal of this SMA is to provide comprehensive physical exams in a timely fashion and in a highly educational group setting, attending to both chronic disease management and the promotion of wellness (preventive medicine).

Patient Population

All established English speaking, hearing adults who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment. We conduct both male and female shared medical appointment sessions.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Richard Kratche prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a group physical appointment.

Contact Number

330.888.4000


Title: Improving the health of patients with PREDIABETES

Location: Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center
Doctor: Aphrodite Papadakis, MD

Basic Information

This SMA will be held monthly, beginning the first Wednesday of the month, beginning May 2012. It is for patients who fall into the category of Pre-Diabetes and also have either High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol or both. Patients will have the opportunity to have specific concerns addressed in a way that benefits the entire group. This will be 90 minutes of focused time with the healthcare team working on preventing diabetes, improving lifestyle and learning about YOUR unique health concerns.

Provider

The SMA will be lead by family medicine specialist Aphrodite Papadakis, MD. The other members of the health care team are Certified Nurse Practitioner Susan Perez and registered nurse, Carol Krestel.

Brief Description

Family Medicine specialist Aphrodite Papadakis, MD and her healthcare team of Susan Perez, CNP and Carol Krestel, RN will provide 90 minutes of focused time to patients who are diagnosed as pre-diabetes, and high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or both. Patients will have the opportunity to have their specific concerns addressed. The healthcare team will offer ways to prevent diabetes, improve one’s lifestyle and address any other health concerns.

Patient Population

This SMA is for adult patients with a HgbA1C between 6.7 and 7.3 OR a fasting blood sugar over 100 AND a diagnosis of either high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or both.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Contact us at Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health Center within the Family Medicine Department at 216.839.3900 to learn more and schedule your appointment. Patients are encouraged BUT NOT REQUIRED to attend monthly appointments for 6 sessions.

Contact Number

216.839.3900


Title: Women’s Health and Preventive Medicine
Location: Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center, Room 22 North
Doctor: Laura Lipold, MD

Basic Information
  • Women's Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) involves a physical examination with women between the ages of 18-50 years, followed by a group discussion.
  • The group meets the first and third Monday of each month from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center
Provider Information

Laura D. Lipold, MD, is on Staff in the Department of Family Medicine at Cleveland Clinic and Director of Primary Care Women's Health. She sees patients at Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center. Conducting the SMA along with Dr. Lipold is Carol Krestel, RN. Carol serves as the behavioral health specialist and facilitator.

Brief Description

The goal of this SMA is to provide comprehensive physical exams in a timely fashion and in a highly educational group setting, attending to women’s health issues and the promotion of wellness (preventive medicine). The group meets the first and third Monday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, women aged 18-50 years, who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

This is for established patients of Dr. Laura Lipold. All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Lipold prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a group physical appointment.

Contact Number

216.839.3900


Title: Women’s Health and Preventive Medicine
Location: Solon Family Health Center, Third Floor, Group Session
Doctor: Kendalle Cobb, MD

Basic Information
  • Women's Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) involves a physical examination with women between the ages of 18-50 years, followed by a group discussion
  • The group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 2:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic Solon Family Health Center
  • A couple of weeks prior to you appointment, you will receive a mailing, asking you to complete information about you so we can assure that your medical chart is accurate. We ask that you go to the laboratory ahead of time so on the day of your appointment, you will be able to discuss your lab results with Dr. Cobb.
Provider

Kendalle Cobb, MD, is on Staff in the Department of Family Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. She sees patients at Cleveland Clinic Solon Family Health Center. She also spends much of her time educating medical students at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, where she serves as a Physician Advisor and as Director of Multicultural Recruitment and Development. Her clinical interests include health maintenance and disease prevention and adolescent health. Conducting the SMA along with Dr. Cobb is Cathy Orange, RN. Carol serves as the facilitator.

Brief Description

The goal of this SMA is to provide comprehensive physical exams in a timely fashion and in a highly educational group setting, attending to women’s health issues and the promotion of wellness (preventive medicine). The group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, women aged 18-50 years, who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

This is for patients who have already been seen by Dr. Kendalle Cobb once in the past three years and need a physical. Established patients can simply request a group physical appointment.

Contact Number

440.519.6800

Gastroenterology

Location: Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center, the third Monday of each month from 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.
Doctor: Luke Weber, MD

Basic Information

This shared medical appointment id for patients previously diagnosed with celiac disease seeking follow up digestive care and education in the gluten free lifestlye.

Celiac disease (also known as celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy) is a digestive and autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder is one in which the immune system directs antibodies to attack the body. The antibody of celiac disease is directed against gluten, a protein found in grains.

Provider Information

Luke Weber MD, is on Staff in the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center as well as the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. In addition to general gastroenterology, Dr. Weber’s clinical interests include celiac disease and colon cancer prevention. Conducting the SMA along with Dr. Weber is licensed registered dietician Beth Czerwony, MS, LD RD, who specializes in food and nutrition, can help you with the gluten-free diet. She serves as the facilitator.

Brief Description

The goal of this SMA is to provide patients who have been previously diagnosed with celiac disease that is seeking follow up digestive care and education in a gluten free lifestyle. The group meets the third Monday of each month from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, adults, aged 18 years and above with an established diagnosis of celiac disease, ho are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

This is for patients with an established diagnosis of celiac disease. They can simply request a SMA appointment by calling 330.888.4000.

Neurology

Title: Gilenya First Dose Education Session
Location: Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research
Provider: Claire Hara-Cleaver, CNP

Basic Information

Patients are educated regarding a new oral Multiple Sclerosis (MS) medication named Gilenya. Gilenya is an oral disease modifying treatment for MS. Gilenya was approved to reduce relapses and disability progression in patients with relapsing forms of MS. For patients with ongoing disease activity, intolerable side effects, or trouble with the previously-available MS therapies, Gilenya is an appropriate option.

Provider

Nurse Practitioner Claire Hara-Cleaver runs the education session and assesses each patient individually. A Medical Assistant assists with vital signs and monitoring.

Brief Description

Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) for people (both male and female) with multiple sclerosis involves an initial consultation with a neurologist from the Mellen Center prior to attending this SMA. After being seen, patients are educated regarding a new oral Multiple Sclerosis (MS) medication named Gilenya. Gilenya is an oral disease modifying treatment for MS. Gilenya was approved to reduce relapses and disability progression in patients with relapsing forms of MS. For patients with ongoing disease activity, intolerable side effects, or trouble with the previously-available MS therapies, Gilenya is an appropriate option. After being administered Gilenya, patients are monitored for 6 hours after their first dose and are observed for any potential side effects or allergic reactions.

Patient Population

All established English speaking hearing adult multiple sclerosis patients who have been seen by a Cleveland Clinic neurologist at the Mellen Center before this visit and who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with a physician at the Mellen Center prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a group physical appointment through the appointment line at Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center at 216.445.7132.

Contact Number

216.445.7132

Nutrition Therapy

Title: Weight Management-Food Smarts
Location: WilloughbyHills Family Health Center, this SMA meets the third Thursday and the fourth Tuesday of each month, from Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Doctor: Beth Czerwony, MS, RD, LD

Basic Information

This SMA consists of a small group of patients under the guidance of Beth Czerwony registered and licensed dietician who will help you meet your weight-loss goals. This group will address the lifestyle changes associated with losing weight and keeping it off.

Provider Information

Beth Czerwony, MS, RD, LD holds a Masters of Science, Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University; Bachelors of Science, Dietetics, University of Akron; Dietetic Internship, Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC. Her specialty interests include weight Loss management; diabetes management; lipid management; and wellness and prevention. Beth is a member of American Dietetic Association and Ohio Dietetic Association.

Brief Description

This SMA will address lifestyle changes associated with losing weight and keeping it off. This interactive discussion will address simple proven ways to improve your diet; fit exercise into your busy day; and focus on making lifelong habits.

For Cleveland Clinic Employees, this class will count toward your registered dietician visit requirement for the Employee Health Plan.

Patient Population

All English speaking patients, who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

To schedule a weight management SMA, please contact Cleveland Clinic’s Nutrition Therapy office at 216.444.3046, or call Willoughby Hills Family Health Center at 440.943.2500 and request a weight management shared medical appointment.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Title: Menopause
Location: Willoughby Hills Family Health Center, South building, 1st Floor, SMA Room
Provider: Char Frires, CNM, MSN
Facilitator: Lisa Siekaniec, RN
Schedule: This SMA for Menopause meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Basic Information

The Menopause SMA addresses medical issues of women related to menopause, osteoporosis, hormone therapy, sexual health, and other female health concerns. Each session will allow for 7 to 9 patients to be seen in a shared appointment to discuss menopause-related issues. These appointments will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 3-:00- 4:30 p.m. at the Willoughby Hills Family Health Center, South Building, first floor, in the SMA room.

Provider Information

Char Frires, CNM, MSN is a certified nurse midwife, who has specialty interests in midwifery, general obstetrics, adolescent health care and pregnancy, menopause, reiki and energy medicine, hypnosis for pain in OB/GYN, centering pregnancy, and water births. She has been with Cleveland Clinic since 2004. She will run this SMA along with Lisa Siekaniec, RN who will act as facilitator.

Patient population

All established English speaking menopausal women who have had an initial exam and physical in the last year and who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment. The Women's Menopause SMA is for any woman who has stopped menstruating for over a year and is interested in learning about treatment options for the normal menopause transition.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment:

Menopausal women can request a SMA appointment at Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Family Health Center by calling 440.953.2500.

Contact Number

440.953.2500

Orthopaedics/Podiatry

Title: Diabetic Foot Exams
Location: Main Campus of Cleveland Clinic, The Crile Building, 4th Floor; The second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Doctor: Georgeanne Botek, DPM

Basic Information

This is a shared medical appointment with people with diabetes and diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetes can affect nerves in the foot and prevent you from feeling injuries. It can also cause reduced or altered blood flow, which can prevent injuries from healing. Because minor injuries can become major infections among diabetics, it is important to keep a diabetic foot healthy. Prevention is the key to avoiding foot problems in diabetic patients. A foot exam will be administered using a biothesiometer and protective sensation under the direction of Georgeanne Botek, DPM and her medical assistant. Group discussions will take place about risk factors associated with diabetes and what you can do to bring down you HGBA1c levels. Patients will be shown how to check their feet on a daily basis by making this part of their regular routine. The visits will take place at the main campus of Cleveland Clinic, The Crile Building, 4th Floor, on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 1 p.m- 2:30 p.m.

Provider Information

Georgeanne Botek, DPM is a surgeon who specializes in patients with diabetes and diabetic ulcers. She sees patients at the Willoughby Fills Family Health Center and the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. During this SMA, Nancy Dunn, LPN will facilitate the discussions.

Brief Description

During this shared medical appointment group visit for patients with diabetic foot ulcers, group discussions will take place about risk factors associated with diabetes and what you can do to bring your HGBA1C down. Patients will be shown how to check their feet on a daily basis by making this part of their daily routine.

Patient Population

All established English speaking diabetic patients who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment and need to be seen once every six months to a year.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patient Service Representatives are offering appointments for patients coming in for their 6-12 month diabetic foot exam. Patients can contact the main campus of Cleveland Clinic at 216.444.6260 to schedule a diabetic shared medical appointment that is held on the 2nd and 4th Wedensday of the month at 1 p.m.

Contact Number

216.444.6260


Title: Diabetic Foot Exams
Location: Cleveland Clinic Elyria Family Health Center
Doctor: Thuan Pham, DPM
Facilitator: Jeanne Gabel, RN, CDE
Schedule: This SMA meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1:30 p.m-3:30 pm. Patients can choose to attend the appointment that is most convenient.

Basic Information

This shared medical appointment is for people with diabetes and diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetes can affect nerves in the foot and prevent you from feeling injuries. It can also cause reduced or altered blood flow, which can prevent injuries from healing. Because minor injuries can become major infections among diabetics, it is important to keep a diabetic foot healthy. Prevention is the key to avoiding foot problems in diabetic patients. A foot Exam will be administered under the direction of Thuan Pham, DPM and his RN. Group discussions will take place and cover different aspects of diabetes from blood glucose monitoring, nutrition and exercise with an emphasis on diabetic foot care and foot ulcer prevention. Patients will be shown how to check their feet on a daily basis by making this part of their regular routine. The visits will take place at the Cleveland Clinic Elyria Family Health Center on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. Follow up appointments are typically every 3 months.

Provider

Thuan Pham, DPM is a surgeon who specializes in patients with diabetes and diabetic ulcers with an emphasis on foot wound/infection management. He sees patients at the Elyria Family Health Center. Jeanne Gabel, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator will facilitate the group discussion.

Brief Description

During this shared medical appointment group visit for patients with diabetic foot ulcers, group discussions will take place about the different aspects of diabetes from blood glucose monitoring, nutrition and exercise with an emphasis on diabetic foot care and foot ulcer prevention. Patients will be shown how to check their feet on a daily basis by making this part of their daily routine.

Patient Population

All established English speaking diabetic patients who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment who want to take a more proactive approach in learning about diabetes management and foot ulcer prevention, and need to be seen once every three months.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Patient Service Representatives are offering appointments for patients coming in for their three month follow up diabetic foot exam. To schedule a diabetic shared medical appointment that is held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Elyria Family Health Center, please call 440.366.9444.

Contact Number

440.366.9444

Pediatric Endocrinology

Provider Name: Nouhad Raissouni, MD
Facilitator: Christine Bowen, LD
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Crile Building (Building A). This SMA meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Basic Information

This 90-minute SMA is for pediatric and adolescents patients with PCOS. Each SMA will cover a different subject, covering PCOS topics and healthy lifestyle to help patients make positive change at a time. There will be a Nutritionist at every SMA and in some sessions a behavior specialist or sports medicine specialist.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is among the most frequent causes of infertility in adult women. PCOS is also the most common cause of menstrual dysfunction and hyperandrogenism in adolescents. It is challenging, yet important, for pediatricians to identify and treat this condition when it presents in childhood and adolescence. Early identification and treatment of PCOS will help prevent long-term consequences, which in addition to infertility, include type 2 diabetes, endometrial hyperplasia and increased risk of carcinoma.

Provider Information

Nauhad Raissouni, MD is a board-certified pediatrician who practices within the Cente for Pediatric Endocrinology. She completed her pediatric endocrinology fellowship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Christine Bowen is a licensed dietician. A registered, licensed dietitian practices the science of medical nutrition therapy. Based on your nutritional status, condition, illness or injury, a dietitian will work with you to optimize your treatment and aid your recovery. Not all "nutritionists" have the same expertise or training. It is important to check their training and credentials.

All of the dietitians employed at Cleveland Clinic are registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and are licensed dietitians in the State of Ohio. Every dietitian at Cleveland Clinic has completed a 4 year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a dietetic internship or comparable supervised experience.

Brief Description

This SMA is for pediatric and adolescent patient with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Each SMA will cover a different topic including health lifestyles to help patients make positive changes. A nutritionist will be at every SMA and some sessions will also include a behavior health specialist or a sports medicine specialist.

Patient Population

All English speaking patients, who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Interested patients should call 216.444.5437 to schedule an SMA for pediatric polycsystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Psychiatry and Psychology

Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Doctor: Lillian Gonsalves, MD

Basic Information
  • Medical management for anxiety and depression.
  • Keeps patients functioning and out of the hospital
  • Provide support, education, handouts as needed
  • Mood Disorders in Women, meets weekly, Mondays, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Provider

Lillian Gonsalves MD and Jeri Hagan Sowell MS

Patient Population

Women 18 and over with mood and anxiety disorders. We exclude severe personality disorders, psychotic and demented patients.

How interested patients can set up an appointment

Call 216.636.5860, ask for Gail or my office at 216.444.2197, ask for Jeri.

Contact Number

216.636.5860

Rheumatology

Location: Lorain Family Health & Surgery Center
Doctor: Feyrouz Al-Ashkar, MD, FACR, Rebecca Hall, APN

Basic Information
  • Self referrals
  • Do not meet regularly, will need to call for schedule
How interested patients can set up an appointment:

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Fey Al-Ashkar prior to scheduling for the group. Otherwise, established patients can simply request a shared medical appointment.

Contact Number

440.204.7400


Title: Osteoporosis - New Consults
Location: Avon-Richard E Jacobs Health Center, this SMA occurs on the last Friday of each month from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Doctor: Feyrouz Al-Ashkar, MD, FACR

Basic Information

This shared medical appointment is for new patients that have been recently diagnosed as having osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone loss or who has recently had a metabolic bond consult. This SMA occurs on the last Friday of each month from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, making them more susceptible to sudden and unexpected fractures. Literally meaning "porous bone," it results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. The disease often progresses without any symptoms or pain. Generally, it is not discovered until weakened bones cause painful fractures. Most of these are fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine.

Although osteoporosis occurs in both men and women, women are four times more likely to develop the disease than men. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent osteoporosis from ever occurring. Treatments can also slow the rate of bone loss if osteoporosis is present. After age 50, one in two white women, and one in four white men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetimes. An additional 30 percent have low bone density that puts them at risk of developing osteoporosis (including African Americans). Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 2 million fractures each year, and this number continues to grow.

Provider Information

Feyrouz Al-Ashkar, MD , is a Staff Physician who specializes in treating rheumatic and immunologic disease at Cleveland Clinic Lorain Family Health and Surgery Center, where she serves as Section Head of Medical Specialties. She is also board-certified by the American Board of Rheumatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Her special interests include adult rheumatology and osteoporosis.

Brief Description

This shared medical appointment is for new patients that have been recently diagnosed as having osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone loss or who has recently had a metabolic bond consult. Dr. Al-Ashkar conducts this SMA with certified adult nurse practitioner Beth Wilson.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, post-menopausal women, older than 50 years of age who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone loses or who have recently had a metabolic bond consult. Cleveland Clinic Employees enrolled in the Employee Health Plan may be scheduled for the SMA.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Post-menopausal women can request a SMA appointment by calling 440.695.4000.

Urology and Nephrology

Name: Minority Men’s Wellness

Location: Glickman Tower, Main Campus, 10th Floor. SMA occurs on periodic Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 10:30 am. Please call 216.444.5600 to verify date and time.

Providers:
Charles Modlin, MD, MBA
Additional Providers: Lisa McKenzie,

Basic Information

This shared medical appointment offer adult men health information on a variety of topics including prostate disease, prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, nutrition, preventive health, and wellness.

Provider
Patient Population

All established adult male English speaking, hearing adults who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment. Their companions may accompany them to the SMA.

Brief Description

The Minority Men’s Health Center’s “Minority Men’s Wellness” Shared Medical Appointment Clinics are opportunities for male patients to meet with a Urologist (Dr. Modlin) and other health providers of the Minority Men’s Health Center in a group setting with 5-10 other patients. Our SMA’s offer health information for men on a variety of topics including prostate disease, prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, nutrition, preventive health, and wellness. The advantage of the SMA is that attendees are able to hear, interact with and learn from other patients about their particular medical concerns, which they may in turn also be experiencing. The group setting is a proven technique to enhance the paatients’ health literacy through the free flow of health information of patients in the group. Participation in the group is by consent to participate in the shared medical appointment model and patient confidentiality is observed.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment
Contact Number

216.445.7550


Title: Chronic Kidney Disease
Location: Richard E. Jacobs Health Center. This SMA meets every other Thursday from 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Please call 440.695.4000 for dates
Provider: Jennifer Hyland, CNP and Carolyn Deakyne, RN

Basic Information

The Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) shared medical appointment consists of 8-12 patients sharing the common medical diagnosis of CKD (decreased glomerular filtration rate < 60 ml/min) whether it be in the setting of diabetes, high blood pressure or any other cause. It will entail review of medications, blood pressure and all pertinent labs related to their disease.

Provider Information

Jennifer Hyland is a certified nurse practitioner with special interests in chronic kidney disease. She is with the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension. She will be leading the visit along with Carolyn Deakyne RN and Joy Lazard MA.

Brief Description

Kidney diseases occur when the nephrons are damaged and cannot filter the blood. The damage can happen quickly, such as when it is caused by injury or toxins. However, most damage occurs over a period of time. High blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes are the two most common causes of the progressive type of damage to the nephrons and the resulting kidney failure (chronic kidney disease or CKD). CKD is also known as chronic renal insufficiency.

Who is at risk for chronic kidney disease?

  • People with diabetes
  • People with high blood pressure
  • People with a family history of kidney disease
  • People who often use painkillers, including over-the-counter products such as aspirin and ibuprofen
Patient Population

All English speaking patients with the diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and is an established patient of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension. They are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can scheule an appointment

Patients can request a SMA appointment by calling 440.695.4000.

Contact Number

440.695.4000

Wellness

Title: TRIM LIFE® Integrative Weight Management Program
Location: Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, Lyndhurst Campus, weekly for 6 weeks. For dates and times of TRIM-LIFE classes, please visit cleveland.org/integrativemedicine
Doctors: Daniel Neides, MD
Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD
Melissa Young, MD
Christine Spiroch, PhD

Basic Information

TRIM-LIFE is an integrative medical weight management program. This six-week program will empower you to manage both your hunger and your weight by addressing body, mind and spirit. You will begin to adopt a brand new relationship with food. If you feel trapped in a cycle of binge eating due to food restriction and fears of deprivation, this unique program can also help you.

Provider Information

Daniel Neides, MD, is the Acting Medical Director of the Tanya I. Edwards Center for Integrative Medicine and the Associate Director of Clinical Education for The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM). He oversees all clinical activities during years three through five of the medical school. His medical interests include the primary care approach to treating behavioral disorders, medical student education and preventive medicine.

Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD, is a family medicine specialist who came to Cleveland Clinic in 2013. She is a specialist with the Wellness Institute and the Center for Integrative Medicine. She has special interests in integrative medicine.

Melissa Young, MD, is an internal medicine specialist who came to Cleveland Clinic in 2013. She practices in the Wellness Institute and the Center for Integrative Medicine. She has special interests in integrative medicine.

Christine Spiroch, PhD, is a certified nurse practitioner who came to Cleveland Clinic in 2011 and has a primary appointment with the Wellness Institute and the Center for Integrative Medicine, She has special interests in integrative medicine.

Brief Description

In TRIM-LIFE, you will learn mindfulness, relaxation and yoga techniques during three-hour weekly sessions. We will also teach you powerful hypnotic tools. The goals are to help participants reduce stress eating, abandon yo-yo dieting and overcome food addictions.

Every TRIM-LIFE participant receives a workbook, along with CD recordings. These will help to reinforce your healthy new lifestyle choices at home. Once you enroll in the program, you will also be invited to join a TRIM-LIFE support group that meets every two months.

Our mindfulness and relaxation techniques will allow you to change the inner programming that can make sustained weight loss a challenge. We will help you re-regulate your metabolism to burn “hotter,” releasing unnecessary weight. Our TRIM-LIFE program can also help you identify and release feelings that promote cravings and unhealthy eating behaviors. You will learn to identify what you are truly hungry for, and to work on attracting that into your life.

Our TRIM-LIFE practitioners use hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, to help you shrink your stomach to its normal size. This will help you feel satisfied with smaller portions. Hypnosis will also help you eliminate the desire for foods that poison your body. We also use hypnotherapy to pair any triggers for binge-eating behavior with unpleasant associations in your subconscious.

Patient Population

All English speaking patients, who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Develop a new relationship with food in our six-week Integrative Medicine program. TRIM-LIFE will help you manage your weight by addressing body, mind and spirit. To register, please call 216.448.8611.

Women's Health

Title: Healthy Expectations-Helping You Achieve the Right Weight for a Healthy Pregnancy
Location: Independence Family Health Center, Pre-Pregnancy or Pregnancy, every Tuesday from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Columbia Road Medical Center, Building A, Westlake; Pre-Pregnancy or Pregnancy, every Wednesday from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.; Post-Partum Pregnancy, every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Health Center, Pre-Pregnancy or Pregnancy, every Monday from Noon -1 p.m.; Post-Partum Pregnancy, every Tuesday from Noon - 1 p.m.
Doctor: Karen Cooper, DO

Basic Information

Cleveland Clinic’s Healthy Expectations program will give you the information you need to optimize your weight and health before and during pregnancy, and after delivery. Too often, women who are significantly overweight feel there is nothing they can do about it – they’ve tried everything. Our goal is to educate and empower you on what a healthy weight for you is. We do this through a 60 minute shared medical appointments with a physician who specializes in weight management and a registered dietician.

Provider Information

Karen Cooper, DO, is on Staff in the Women’s Health Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cooper is board certified in Family Medicine and sub-specializes in Obesity (Bariatric) Medicine. Dr. Cooper medically managed overweight and/or obese patients in the surgical setting for the past seven years, and has now shifted her focus to address overweight and/or obese individuals who are considering pregnancy, are pregnant or who are now post-partum. With a team of expert dieticians, Dr. Cooper provides medical and dietary education and clinical management in individual and group appointments.

Brief Description

The goal of this SMA is to provide you information to optimize your weight and health before and during pregnancy and after delivery. Dr. Cooper and a registered dietician will lead the group in a 1 hour session at various Cleveland Clinic locations; Independence Family Health Center, Columbia Road Medical Center in Westlake and Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Health Center in Cleveland.

Patient Population

All established English speaking, women who and thinking of becoming pregnant, or who are pregnant or who have just delivered; who are in possession of their faculties and do not have a highly contagious disease at the time of the group appointment.

How interested patients can schedule an appointment

Women can request a SMA appointment by calling 216.444.6601 and ask for the Healthy Expectations program.


Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Doctor: Holly Thacker, MD

Basic Information

Addresses medical issues of women related to menopause, osteoporosis, hormone therapy, sexual health, and any other female health concerns. Patients are seen individually in the context of a shared group setting with the attending physician, nurse and ancillary health care members. Patients often schedule bone density and mammograms on the same day. These tests are done within our facility. Patients in the Physical Exam SMA also are examined in a separate exam room first. Shared visits are not appropriate for urgent medical problems.

Specialize Women's Health Shared Medical Visit: 2 types

Provider

Dr. Holly Thacker

Patient Population

Women who have medical issues related to menopause, osteoporosis, hormone therapy or other issues of women in mid life .

How interested patients can set up an appointment

All patients should first have had an individual consultation with Dr. Holly Thacker within the Center for Specialized Women's Health.

Contact Number

216.444.3024


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Al-Ashkar, Feyrouz, MD, FACR
440.204.7400

Location(s): Lorain Family Health Center, Richard E. Jacobs Health Center

Department: Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease

Specialties: Arthritis, Bursitis, Dermatomyositis, Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow, Lupus, Polymyositis, Raynaud's Phenomenon more

Treats: Adults Only

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Education: Ross University School of Medicine

 
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Aycinena, Patricio, MD
440.204.7400

Location(s): Lorain Family Health Center

Department: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Specialties: Acanthosis Nigricans, Acromegaly, Addison's Disease, Adrenal disorders, Amenorrhea, Androgen Deficiency (Low Testosterone), Cushing's Syndrome more

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala

 
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Babiuch, Amy, MD
419.289.6466

Location(s): Ashland Ophthalmology, Lakewood Hospital Professional Building, Elyria Family Health Center

Department: Ophthalmology

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: University of Toledo College of Medicine

 
Robert Bales, MD
 

Robert Bales, MD

Bales, Robert, MD
330.888.4000

Location(s): Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center

Department: Family Medicine

Specialties: Primary Care, Addiction Medicine, Family Medicine, Men's Health, Prevention And Wellness

Treats: Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Surgeon: No

Education: Thomas Jefferson University Medical College

 
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Pelin Batur, MD

Batur, Pelin, MD
216.986.4000

Location(s): Independence Family Health Center

Department: Community Internal Medicine

Specialties: Abdominal Pain, Addison's Disease, Adult Medicine, Alcoholism, Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma more

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

 
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"More in-depth with questions & comments from other patients. Left with positive feeling knowing I'm not the only one going through opiate addiction.”
Suboxone SMA, Dr. Bales

“I liked that there was still the one-on-one time with doctor to discuss any specific concerns. Sharing was a good opportunity to hear other issues/concerns that maybe don't pertain to me yet but could in the future.”
Male CPE SMA, Dr. Kratche

“I believe it is very informative and other women have specific issues the same as I do…in a way it puts you at ease because you're thinking that it's not only you with these problems.”
Women’s Health Issues SMA, Dr. Thacker

"The benefit was being able to see Dr. Cobb sooner, and as we shared, we had a lot in common. The conversation generated knowledge about things I had not even thought of."
Women’s Wellness CPE SMA, Dr. Cobb

“This is a great program. I urge other type 1 diabetic patients to take part in these sessions. I look forward to the next one. Hearing what Dr. Aycinena and his staff [say] is beneficial to us as individual patients and as a group. I learn something new and beneficial to me at each session.”
Diabetes SMA , Dr. Aycinena

“All the difference in the world! Focused and relaxed attention from the doctor and a strong sense of shared concerns. Fine team effort.”
Osteoporosis SMA, Dr. Al-Ashkar

“Group appointment very engaging– supportive, beneficial to hear others experiencing similar issues & problems in day to day life."
Female Depression SMA, Dr. Gonsalves

"This is the 2nd time I've done a shared appointment and would recommend to others. I feel the facilitators are more engaged, with special attention and specific questions that everyone in the group can benefit from."
Women’s Wellness CPE SMA, Dr. Batur

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Shared medical appointments have benefits for patients as well as doctors.

The doctor will see you...and you...and you now

See what O Magazine says about shared medical appointments in the January 2014 issue.

O Magazine, 1/1/14

Happy together

Endocrinologist Li-NG, MD talks about shared medical appointments for diabetes management in Endocrine News.

Endocrine News, 10/1/13

Need to see the doctor? You may have company on your next visit

Dr. Rick Kratche, a Family Medicine Physician and Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg, comments on Shared Medical Appointments.

Are shared medical visits the future?

Dr. Marianne Sumego, Director of Shared Medical Appointments, comments.