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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.
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SEPTEMBER
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month http://www.ovarian.org/
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month http://www.pcf.org/
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month  http://www.coam-month.org/
World Alzheimer's Month http://www.alz.org
Celiac Disease Awareness Day (Sept 13) http://www.csaceliacs.org/
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month  http://curesearch.org/
National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month http://www.stopafib.org/
Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month  http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/
Newborn Screening Awareness Month http://www.savebabies.org/
Head Lice Prevention Month http://www.headlice.org/
Suicide Prevention Day  https://www.iasp.info/contact.php
National School Backpack Awareness Day (Sept 20) http://www.aota.org/
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.

Questions are always welcome!

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!

FLU SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
MAKE YOUR FLU SHOT
APPOINTMENT TODAY!!

We are getting our flu shots in, so
call our office to make an appointment for your shot. We are scheduling appoinments, so don't get caught without yours. Appointments times are filling up-Call today to ensure you get your desired appointment time!


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!








PROUD MEMBERS OF
BEAUMONT HEALTH SYSTEM

OUR OFFICE HOURS


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

HAVE YOU ACTIVATED YOUR myBEAUMONTCHART?

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!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

SIGN UP TODAY AT:

(click here)

Or ask at our Front Desk!

WE ARE A PATIENT CENTERED MEDICAL
HOME PRACTICE
For more information go to:

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.

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.
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 forwa
rd to developing a relationship with you and your family to provide 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.
Alzheimer's impact is growing
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
Did You Know...?
There is a New Vaccine Recommendation for Adults Age 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.prevnar13.com
STEP UP FOR BLUE
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Nearly 181,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.  Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America; 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with it at some point in their lives. The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although only 1 in 10,000 under age 40 will be diagnosed, the rate shoots up to 1 in 39 for ages 40 to 59, and 1 in 14 for ages 60 to 69. In fact, nearly 60% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65.

The roles of race and family history are important. Men with a relative with a history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease, while those with two or more relatives are nearly 4 times as likely to be diagnosed. The risk is even higher if the affected family members were diagnosed at a young age, with the highest risk seen in men whose family members were diagnosed before age 65. African-American men are 64% more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with Caucasian men, and are nearly 2.4 times as likely to die from the disease.

The PSA blood test and Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) can be used to detect the presence of prostate cancer when no symptoms are present. They can help catch the disease at an early stage when treatment is thought to be more effective and potentially has fewer side effects.

The American Urological Association recommends that both the PSA and DRE should be offered annually, beginning at age 40, to men who have at least a 10-year life expectancy. Men at high risk, such as men of African descent and men with a strong family history of one or more firstdegree relatives diagnosed at an early age, are encouraged to also begin testing at age 40.

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can be a life-altering experience. It requires making some very difficult decisions about treatments about treatment options and diet and lifestyle changes that can affect not only the life of the man diagnosed, but also the lives of his family members in significant ways for many years to come. 

Although genetics might play a leading role in deciding why one man might be at higher risk than another, social and environmental factors, particularly diet and lifestyle, likely have an effect as well. The exact relationship between obesity and prostate cancer remains unclear, but there is no doubt that obesity can have a negative effect on outcomes. Research in the past few years has shown that diet modification might decrease the chances of developing prostate cancer, reduce the likelihood of having a prostate cancer recurrence, or help slow the progression of the disease.

Because a decision of whether to be screened for prostate cancer is a personal one, it’s important that each man talk with his doctor about whether prostate cancer screening is right for him.
Vist the Prostate Cancer Foundation Website for Important and Helpful information.
Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month.


Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough.Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits. People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for:
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Some types of cancer
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:
  • Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer
  • Maintain or reach a healthy weight
  • Keep your body strong and active
Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:
  • Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
  • Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks.
  • Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week
Communities, health professionals, businesses, and families can work together to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Make a difference: Spread the word about tips for healthy eating and encourage families, and individuals to get involved.
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/

OvarianCancerAwareness.org

Get the Facts. Recognize the Signs

​Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women's cancers. In women ages 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. An estimated one woman in 75 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in the US this year and that more than 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer this year. It is estimated by the World Health Organization that there are over 238,000 new cases diagnosed annually and nearly 152,000 deaths worldwide.

This cancer typically occurs in women in their fifties and sixties with the median age being 63. Many women who are diagnosed with Ovarian cancer have a genetic history that may include carrying the BRCA mutation gene and having a strong family history of ovarian cancer.  Unfortunately, because of the nonspecific and generalized symptons, many women don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. There is no adequate screening test of ovarian cancer at this time which is one of the reasons that this cancer is often discovered in later stages. Due to ovarian cancer's non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, about 20 percent of all cases are found early, meaning in stage I or II. If caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate can be as low as 28 percent.

Due to the nature of the disease, each woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer has a different profile and it is impossible to provide a general prognosis.The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments and may include: 
• Bloating
• Pelvic or Abdominal pain
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary urgency or frequency
 • Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
• Extreme fatigue
• Shortness of breath
• Backaches
• Weight Gain

Talk to your doctor if symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. You are your best advocate.
 Visit Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) for important information
It's Never Too Early to Begin Living a Healthy Lifestyle

In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups.  This rise in obesity rates has affected our youth in alarming fashion. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.  And this epidemic puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.  Even greater disparities exist among young Hispanics and children of color. But there are opportunities every day to change these trends. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents and families to model healthy behaviors for children. Your pediatrician can help families find ways to do this together. Families can take simple steps to eat healthier. Changing the food parents bring into the home – and how they store and serve it -- can help children make healthful choices. The AAP recommends:
  • Buy fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, high-calorie snacks and sweets.
  • If you want to have these foods for a special celebration, buy them shortly before the event, and remove them immediately afterward.
  • Healthy foods and beverages (water, fruits, vegetables and other low-calorie snacks) should be readily available and in plain sight on the kitchen table or counter, or in the front of the shelf in the refrigerator.
  • High-calorie foods should be less visible – wrapped in foil rather than clear wrap, and placed in the back of the fridge or pantry.
  • Encourage children to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

The AAP also recommends reducing sedentary behaviors. One way to achieve this is to have fewer TV sets in the home and to remove the TV and other media from the bedroom and the kitchen. Children who sleep less than 9 hours a night are more likely to be overweight or obese; focusing on bedtime, and understanding how much sleep children need at various ages can help improve a child’s overall health and well-being.

Families can enjoy physical activities together to meet the recommended 60 minutes of activity a day. This can include participating in team sports, going to a park, playground or walking/bicycle trails, bowling, dog walking, using the stairs or walking to a destination rather than driving.

Along with diet modifications and reducing screen time, ask your pediatrician for other ways to work with your family to identify opportunities for physical activity and set goals for physical activity.

Visit the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month website at http://www.coam-month.org/

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're 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
Don’t take chances with meningitis.
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

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.
 To Learn more about Menactra vaccine  start here.  
* information courtesy of www.menactra.com
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SPORTS SAFETY FOR KIDS

As the new school year approaches, so does the return of fall sports and that can mean injuries ranging from sprained ankles to ACL injuries and concussions.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, sports-related injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits in 12 to 17-year-olds. Injuries from organized and unorganized sports also account for 775,000 emergency room visits annually.
Here are some tips parents and athletes should consider before participating in any sports related activity. 
  • Get a sports physical before the season, which can uncover underlying medical problems that can increase complications and injuries.
  • Participate in regular warm-up exercises to increase flexibility.
  • Use recommended safety equipment such as pads, helmets, mouthpieces, protective cups and eyewear.
  • Get proper conditioning to strengthen muscles.
  • Proper coaching about prevention of overuse injuries of the upper and lower extremities can significantly reduce the risk of injuries during the season.
  • Hydrate before, during and after exercise to avoid heat-related illness.
  • Wear sunscreen for outdoor sports to prevent burns.
  • Do not continue activity if pain is severe or if it persists more than 2 weeks.