Office Visits in the Time of Covid

UPDATE 8/13/21: The state of Oregon has instituted an indoor mask mandate. Cover up!

UPDATE 7/3/21: The July 1st relaxing of Oregon mask requirements specifically excluded health care settings, airplanes, airports, and public transit. MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED IN THE OFFICE by federal regulation from OSHA. I’m no longer required to wear gloves, although I will happily do so if you ask for it.

I’m currently seeing people who are either fully vaccinated OR strictly isolating in person. Masks are still required. I’m happy to be treating people again! Because many of my patients fall into the higher risk categories, I am taking all possible precautions to reduce our exposure to Covid-19. If you can’t isolate or get vaccinated, read about my telehealth appointments here!

“Fully vaccinated” means two weeks past your second shot (or single J&J shot).

If not fully vaccinated, please limit your potential exposures in the TWO WEEKS before your appointment.

To me, strictly isolating means:

  • Not going into buildings like grocery stores (I’ve been using Fred Meyer curbside pickup- they don’t charge for it and you can usually get same-day slots)
  • Not eating at restaurants
  • Not going to a bar or gym
  • Not using public transport
  • Not hanging out with people you aren’t living with
  • Wearing a tightly woven cotton mask over your nose and mouth if coming in contact with people (when outside, doing curbside pickup, etc).

PLEASE don’t make an appointment if you (and spouses, parents, children, or anyone else you live with or have contact with) cannot stay isolated before coming in. Remember that exposing me means also exposing the rest of my patients, including the medically fragile. Please be considerate and careful.

If you are in a high-risk group, remember I am in a large office building with shared HVAC. The good news is that represents a small risk rather than a large one, but I am building a home office that will open *fingers crossed* in September.

Here are the full details:

1) Changes to the office (the Oregon Health Authority guidelines are here)

UV-C air sanitizers have been placed in each room.
Plastic sheeting is under the linens, and is sanitized between each patient. Of course sheets will continue to be changed between each patient, as always.
A touchless thermometer is used to test all patients. Temps above 99F cannot be treated.
There is a touchless hand sanitizer (alcohol) dispenser in the waiting room for your use.

2) My actions:

I’ll be wiping down surfaces between each patient.
I’ll be masked (N95) and wearing a shield for close contact (neck & facial work).
You’ll get an automated email screening the day before you come in. Please complete it, every time. If you are sick, have had any symptoms in the past 2 weeks, or have been exposed to someone you know is sick in the past two weeks, I cannot treat you.
I have touchless methods of payment (credit cards via square, paypal, venmo). I can also take cash, but will not have change handy. The cash will simply go into quarantine.

3) Changes you’ll make:

You will get a Covid screening email 24 hrs before each appointment. Please complete it. :)


You will need to wear a mask, and keep it on the entire time. I have a limited number of cloth masks to loan you, but if they are used / not yet laundered, I won’t be able to see you.
Please do not bring your entourage. Although I usually enjoy seeing your family and friends, I am limiting companions to those needed for medical disability or language translation.
If you arrive early, please wait in your car or outside the building. I will not be able to take you early. Please keep in mind I am spacing patients apart both for extra cleaning time in between, and to allow potential air particles to settle.

I know this all sounds like a lot.

I know this is scary.

By being smart about this, and taking precautions, we can get back to normal life as soon as possible. 

Ok, now that you’ve read all that, please schedule online here, or call me (503-964-3422) to book or ask questions. I’m looking forward to seeing you!