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Welcome to the website for Dr. Thomas Bering and Dr. Richard Weiermiller.  It is our goal to provide our patients with valuable information about our Internal Medicine and Pediatric Practice and helpful tips and reminders about healthcare.  If you have any questions or need additional information please do not hesitate to ask us or one of our friendly and supportive staff members.

ATTENTION PATIENTS:

We will be participating with several new insurances although we may not appear in the directory. IF YOU HAVE A NEW INSURANCE PLAN EFFECTIVE JANUARY,PLEASE CALL UR OFFICE BEFORE CHANGING PROVIDERS! 

GM Employees choosing the HAP Plan: HAP has agreed to include Beaumont Primary Care Doctors in the plan although we may not appear in directory of available physicians.  Please call our office if you would like to stay with our Practice.  We can verify that we are participating. 
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MARCH 2019
MARCH IS ...
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month http://www.ccalliance.org/awareness-month
American Diabetes Alert Day (Mar 28nd) http://www.diabetes.org/
National Nutrition Month Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
National School Breakfast Week (Mar 5-9) https://schoolnutrition.org/nsbw/
Multiple Sclerosis Education Month http://msfocus.org/national-ms-awareness-month.aspx
Kick Butts Day (Mar 20) www.kickbuttsday.org
National Youth Violence Prevention Week (Mar 19-23) http://nationalsave.org/
National Poison Prevention Week (Mar 17-23) https://www.aapcc.org/prevention/nppw/ 
World Kidney Day (Mar 14) http://www.worldkidneyday.org
National Endometriosis Awareness Month https://www.endofound.org/
World Tuberculosis Day (Mar 24th) http://www.cdc.gov/tb/worldtbday/
National Sleep Awareness Week ® (March 10-16) https://sleepfoundation.org/SAW
Our  office is located on the northeast corner of South Boulevard and John R Road, just one mile west of William Beaumont Hospital and its ancillary services.
OUR ADDRESS:                                         
Executive Place
1055 South Boulevard E. Suite 220
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

OUR PHONE NUMBERS:
(248)817-2230
(248) 817-2891  (fax)        

WELCOME TO OUR PRACTICE!

We are Board Certified Physicians specializing in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. We see patients from birth to adulthood.

We look foward to caring for you and your family and encourage you to take an active part in your medical treatment plan.

Do you know someone looking for a new physician? If you like our practice please let others know.  We are always accepting new patients and appreciate word of mouth and patient referrals.  Thank you!

Questions are always welcome!​
DID YOU SWITCH TO AN HMO?

PLEASE BE SURE TO SELECT US AS YOUR DOCTORS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.  

We will not able able to see you if we are not listed as your primary care physician.  Call your insurance company to verify this.

Also,  HMO's generally require a referral from the Doctor prior to seeing a specialist. Referrals take 7-10 days to process, so please  call our office BEFORE you make an appointment to see a specialist.  Find out more under Referrals on the Our Practice Tab.
THANK YOU!

The flu season is here.
Stay healthy this winter


​​​​​​​Why get a flu shot?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death Each year in the U.S., more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Over the last 31 flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates annual deaths ranging from a low of 3,000 to a high of 49,000 people.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses and its complications. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older.

Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear annually, which is why the flu vaccine is reformulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.

When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
ATTENTION PATIENTS WHO ARE 65 YEARS AND OLDER:

We Carry the High Dose Flu Vaccine!
It is the first flu vaccine specially formulated for people 65 years and older. As you get older, your immune system weakens. Therefore, you don't have as high an antibody response after receiving the traditional flu vaccine to help your body fight off the flu. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is made for people 65+ to help promote a stronger immune response to the flu than a regular flu shot. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine has 4 times the antigen of a regular flu shot for a stronger immune response to the flu. This helps protect those 65+ from the flu and the dangerous complications that can come with it.
Flu complications can be especially devastating when you're 65 or older. Up to 90% of flu-related deaths and 60% of flu-related hospitalizations in the U.S. occur in people 65 or older. 
Fluzone High-Dose vaccine may be covered with no co-payment or deductible under Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and private insurance policies.
Speak to your Doctor about wheter the High Dose Flu Vaccine is right for you.
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PATIENT CENTERED MEDICAL
HOME 
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OUR OFFICE HOURS


Monday   8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday   9:30am-7:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday  8:30am-5:00pm
Friday      8:30am-5:00pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 everyday except Tuesday
Tuesday closed 2:00-3:00 pm

AFTER HOURS
If you are experiencing an urgent problem and the office is closed, please call our answering service at:
(248) 544-6917

The answering service will contact us and a Doctor will return your call as soon as possible.

Please note: Nonurgent prescription refills and test results are handled during regular business hours.
INSURANCES
We accept most major insurances, please check with your insurance company directly to ensure that we participate with your specific plan. Each insurance company offer many different plans. 
We participate with the following insurance plans:
 Blue Cross Blue Shield:
  • All States
  • All Plans except BC COMPLETE
 Blue Care Network:
  • All Plans
 Medicare
 Aetna
 Humana  
  • except DETROIT HMO
 Cofinity
 Golden Rule
 HAP
 United Healthcare
  • except COMMUNITY PLAN (MEDICAID)
 Health Plus (MI CHILD)
 Priority Health PPO & HMO
 McLaren
 Cigna (HAP/CIGNA)
 Beech Street
 Beaumont Insurance (BHP)
 Champus (CHAMPVA)
 First Health
 Medicaid
  • We do not accept MEDICAID HMO HEALTH PLANS
Not all Insurance Plans are listed.
If you do not see yours listed please call our office at (248) 817-2230
to verify that we accept your insurance.

THANK YOU!







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American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

 Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion. The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Join them on March 28, 2018 as they give America a wake up call to take the Type 2 Diabetes Test. You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes. Take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Visit the American Diabetes website to learn about Health & Fitness, Healthly Diets, what you can do to stop diabetes and how to be an advocate in your community.

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View your medical information online from anywhere through Beaumont's myBeaumontchart electronic medical record.
  • Receive test results online
  • Review your medication
  • Review after visit summaries and discharge summaries
  • Access up to date health information
  • Now you can request proxy access for children and family members
  • Stay in touch and communicate with your physician.
  • Manage appointment and Hospital bills.
  • You can even request your Prescription Refills!
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Expecting
a Baby?
Congratulations!
Having a baby is a very exciting and rewarding experience!  Choosing a pediatrician to care for your baby is an important decision.  We hope you will consider our Practice when it comes time to make that choice.  We are committed to providing excellent care to your child, from birth through adulthood and take great pride in providing the highest quality comprehensive care in a compassionate, friendly yet professional environment.

We are Board Certified Physicians specializing in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.  As “MedPeds” Doctors, we completed a residency in both fields and are Board Certified to practice in both specialties.  Our practice offers you a unique opportunity to provide your child with a physician who can continue to care for him or her throughout their life.

We still see and care for our patients at the Hospital, so we will be there for you and your new baby from the very first day.

In order to better familiarize yourself with our practice as you make this decision, we encourage you to make an appointment to meet with us at the office to answer any questions and learn about the services we offer.

We look forward to developing a relationship with you and your family to provide lifelong excellent care for all your medical needs.

Schedule your “prenatal consult" with one of our physicians today by calling our office at
(248) 817-2230
VACCINES SAVE LIVES!

DON'T PUT YOUR YOUR BABY OR  CHILD AT RISK-VACCINATE TODAY!

Vaccines given to infants and young children over the past two decades will prevent 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doubts about vaccines safety and fading memories of vaccine-preventable diseases have contributed to a resurgence of nearly forgotten diseases such as measles, which was officially declared eradicated in the USA in 2000.

Numerous studies have debunked the notion that vaccines cause autism or other chronic diseases. Factual evidence shows that vaccines are some of the safest medications available, but rumors and conspiracy theories still spread.
Please speak to your Doctor if you have any questions or concerns about Vaccines.  We follow AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) guidelines and recommendatons for vaccines.​​​​​​​​​​​​

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​​​​​​​MARCH IS National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives.
If you’re 50 years old or older, get your colonoscopy! Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But this disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 50. Screening tests including a colonoscopy, help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed. Screening also finds this cancer early, when treatment can be most effective.
What You Can Do:
  • If you’re aged 50 to 75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you’re between 76 and 85, ask your doctor if you should be screened.
  • Be physically active.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol.
  • Don’t smoke. Fast Facts
  • Risk increases with age. More than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50 and older. 
  • Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. 
  • Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. If you think you may be at high risk, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested. 

Learn More: Visit Eatright.org

Eat Right!
Food, Nutrition and Health Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


1) Eat Breakfast Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
2) Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate.
3) Watch Portion Sizes Get out the measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size
 4) Be Active Regular physical activity has so many health benefits. Start by doing what exercise you can for at least 10 minutes at a time.
5) Fix Healthy Snacks Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels between meals, especially when they include a combination of foods.
6) Get to Know Food Labels Reading the Nutrition Facts panel can help you shop and eat or drink smarter.
7) Drink More Water Quench your thirst with water instead of drinks with added sugars. Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
8) Get Cooking Preparing foods at home can be healthy, rewarding and cost-effective..
9) Dine Out without Ditching Your Goals You can eat out and stick to your healthy eating plan! The key is to plan ahead, ask questions and choose foods carefully.
10) Enact Family Meal Time Plan to eat as a family at least a few times each week. Set a regular mealtime. Turn off the TV, phones and other electronic devices to encourage mealtime talk.
11) Cut Back on Added Sugars Foods and drinks with added sugars can contribute empty calories and little or no nutrition.
12) Experiment with More Plant-Based Meals Expand the variety in your menus with budget-friendly meatless meals. Many recipes that use meat and poultry can be made without..
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month MSAA Recognizes March as MS Awareness Month March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month and MSAA is proud to support this national campaign with our new video, Changing Lives Monday to Sunday. Please check out our video and learn more about our inspirational clients and how MSAA helps the MS community today and every day.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Meningococcal Meningitis can spread quickly, and teenagers and young adults are at greatest risk.

Is your teen going off to  college soon?  Have they received their Menactra Booster?  As you are busy checking off the dorm supply list make sure to add getting the vaccine to your to-do list.

So what is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective layer around the brain and spinal cord.This inflammation can be caused by a virus, a bacterium, or even a fungus.
  • Viral meningitis is the most common form. It is serious but generally not life threatening, and it usually goes away in 7 to 10 days.
  • Bacterial meningitis is rare, but it is very serious and potentially fatal. It includes meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal disease, can progress quickly. It can make an infant or teenager very sick and may even be life threatening. Meningococcal disease spreads just like the flu, passing from person to person through everyday activities. Some people carrying the bacteria never get sick, so they might pass it to others without knowing.
According to the CDC, teenagers and young adults are most likely to get meningitis. Research has shown that the following activities put teenagers and young adults at greater risk:
  • Living in close quarters, such as college dormitories
  • Being in crowded situations for prolonged periods of time (such as locker rooms)
  • Sharing drinking glasses, water bottles, or eating utensils
  • Kissing
  • Staying out late and having irregular sleeping patterns, which weakens the immune system.
Meningococcal meningitis symptoms
Meningococcal meningitis can be difficult to diagnose because its most common symptoms – fever, headache, and muscle pain – may be similar to those of influenza (flu). The symptoms of meningitis can occur suddenly and include:
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Stiff neck or other muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion
  • Rash
  • Seizures
Meningococcal disease is rare. But just how serious is it? Did you know that:
  • Up to 1 in 5 survivors suffer brain damage, amputations, kidney damage, and more
  • As many as 1 in 8 people who get the disease die from it
  • The disease can kill a child in just 24 hours
If your child has symptoms – especially if they’ve been around someone with meningitis – contact a doctor immediately. When it comes to treating this potentially deadly disease, speed is essential.
Don’t take chances with meningitis.
You can’t monitor everything your kids do. But you can help protect your child against meningococcal disease and its potentially deadly complications with Menactra vaccine. Menactra is a safe and effective vaccine that helps protect against meningococcal disease.

Your child should receive their first Menactra vaccination at age 11 through 12 years, with a booster dose at age 16 through 18 years 16 years. Talk to your doctor to see if your child has been vaccinated or needs abooster or for any qustions you may have.
* information courtesy of www.menactra.com

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THE FACTS ABOUT HPV MAY SURPRISE YOU
WHAT IS HPV?
IT’S ABOUT CANCER. IT’S ABOUT DISEASES. AND IT CAN BE SERIOUS.
If you haven’t heard about the risks of HPV-related cancers and disease yet, it’s time you did. HPV (short for human papillomavirus) is a virus that can infect both males and females and cause potentially serious diseases.

There are approximately 14 million new HPV infections in the United States every year — about 50% of them in 15- to 24-year-olds. For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, HPV could cause potentially serious diseases. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus. Understanding HPV and its possible consequences is the first step in helping your child be one less at risk for certain HPV-related cancers and diseases.
THE FACTS DON’T LIE
Currently, there are about 79 million Americans infected with HPV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year, 14 million new infections occur in the United States and about half of the newly infected people are 15 to 24 years old.
Please speak to your Doctor about getting your teen the Gardasil Vaccine.  
Get the Facts-Protect their future!
For more info go to https://www.gardasil9.com/​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Do you know about the vaccine
recommended for adults 65 and older?
Prevnar 13® is recommended for all adults 65 years of age or older. 
Adults 65 years of age or older are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease. Elderly patients are about 3 times more likely over the age of 65 to acquire community-acquired pneumonia (the prevalence rate 70 in 100,000). If you yourself have not already suffered from pneumonia at some point in your life, you probably know someone who has. It can be very serious, cause hospitalization, and possibly be fatal.

If you are over the age of 65, or if you know someone who is over the age of 65, take note of this new recommendation and take action. 

​​Ask your Doctor for more information OR  VISIT http://www.adult.prevnar1​​​​​​​​

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 DID YOU KNOW?
 A new recommended vaccine to fight Shingles is now available for adults 50 years and older!

What You Need to Know About Shingles and the Shingles Vaccine
Shingles is a painful rash that usually develops on one side of the body, often the face or torso. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and clears up within 2 to 4 weeks. Some people describe the pain as an intense burning sensation. For some people, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away. This long-lasting pain is called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), and it is the most common complication of shingles. Your risk of getting shingles and PHN increases as you get older.

In the U.S., currently 1 million people get shingles every year, and about one out of every three people will get shingles in their lifetime. Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.  The virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body and can reactivate years later and cause shingles.
A new shingles vaccine called Shingrix was licensed  by the FDA in 2017. CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of Shingrix, 2 to 6 months apart. Shingrix provides strong protection against shingles and PHN. Shingrix is the preferred vaccine, over Zostavax®, a shingles vaccine in use since 2006.

 Even people who have had shingles or previously got Zostavax can be vaccinated with Shingrix to prevent shingles and the complications caused by the disease.
To learn more speak to your Doctor