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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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MAY 2018
HAPPY SPRING!
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!


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!


SPRING SPORTS PHYSICALS

Does your school or team require a recent physical to participate? Don’t let your child miss a tryout or practice because their physicial is not up to date. Don't entrust your child's well being to an unknown practioner that does not know their history. Call our office today to make an appointment for your child's sports physical.

If your child has had a physical in our office within the last year we can conduct a sports physical at a reduced rate.  Call our office for more information.

ADULTS AGE 50 OR OLDER!

\There is a new recommended vaccine available to fight Shingles.
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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (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.
CDC recommends Shingrix for adults 50 years and older. 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 or visit:
Did You Know...?
There is a 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​​​​

Michigan: Why Arthritis Matters

Arthritis affects 30% of the population in Michigan.  That’s 2,305,000 adults living with doctor-diagnosed arthritis in the state.
  • There are over 54 Million American adults with doctor diagnosed arthritis in the U.S. Millions more are living with arthritis and don't know it.
  • 1 in 3 veterans has arthritis, and veterans account for 13% of the people in Michigan living with arthritis
Over 24 million Americans experience activity limitations due to their arthritis.
  • 1, 038,000 adults in Michigan have activity limitations caused by arthritis
  • Among all adults in Michigan with arthritis, 36 % hove work limitations
  • Arthritis in the U.S. has an economic burden of $304 billion- made up of direct medical expenses and lost wages
Adults with arthritis often have one or more chronic conditions.
  • Mental Health: Anxiety and depression affect 1/3 o f  U.S. adults with arthritis 45 years of age or older
  • Diabetes: 53% of adults in Ml with diabeles also have arthritis
  • Hypertension: 48% of adults in Ml with hypertension also have arthritis
  • Obesity : 39% of adults in Ml who are obese also have arthritis

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!







PROUD MEMBERS OF
BEAUMONT HEALTH SYSTEM
www.beaumont.edu
Stroke Awarenss
A stroke is a "brain attack". It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who had a small stroke may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability.
Stroke By The Numbers
  • Each year nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke.
  • A stroke happens every 40 seconds.
  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Every 4 minutes someone dies from stroke.
  • Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.​
Myths by Numbers
Stroke affects only the elderly: A stroke can happen to anyone at anytime
Stroke happens in the heart: A stroke is a brain attack
Strokes are rare: There are 7 million stroke survivors in the US
Strokes are not hereditary: Family history of stroke increases your chances
If stroke symtoms go away you don’t need to see a doctor: Temporary stroke symtoms are a warning to an actual stroke.

WELCOME TO OUR 
PATIENT CENTERED MEDICAL
HOME 
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  • 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.
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/​​​
Nip Seasonal Allergies in the Bud

Spring is officially here and so is allergy and asthma season. Most of us love it when spring finally gets its turn on the calendar, but for many of us, the sunny skies come with pesky allergies. If you've got seasonal allergies, you may already be experiencing the hallmarks of seasonal allergies: sneezing, runny nose, congestion, watery eyes and itching.

For most allergy sufferers, over-the-counter treatments are enough to ease the discomfort. There are a number of treatments available to help manage the symptoms of seasonal allergies, including antihistamines such as Claritin, Alavert, Zyrtec and Allegra. Over-the-counter medicines like Zyrtec and Claritin do a good job treating symptoms without the sedative effect of products like Benadryl. Steroid nasal sprays can help relieve allergies. Nasal sprays like Nasacort contain corticosteroids and help reduce swelling and stuffiness in the nose. Rinsing your sinuses with a distilled saline is a another good way to relieve congestion. Neti pots or squeeze bottles for this purpose can be found at most pharmacies. Eye drops can help control eye symptoms. 
One of the most helpful things you can do is to start your allergy medication before the symptoms start showing up, but the best way to manage allergies is allergen avoidance. Avoiding allergens in the air can be tough, but doing so can help reduce exposure and manage your symptoms.

For severe cases, other options are available through a doctor’s office. In some cases, your physician may recommend skin tests to determine the exact nature of your allergy and prescribe allergy shots.  If your symptoms don’t seem to be alleviated by over the counter medications or if your asthma is becoming difficult to control, call our office to make an appointment with your doctor.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ASTHMA!
Asthma causes swelling of the airways. This results in narrowing of the airways that carry air from the nose and mouth to the lungs. Allergens or irritating things entering the lungs trigger asthma symptoms. Symptoms include trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest. Asthma can be deadly.
  • There is no cure for asthma, but it can be managed with proper prevention of asthma attacks and treatment. More Americans than ever before have asthma. It is one of this country’s most common and costly diseases.
How Common Is Asthma?
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 13 people have asthma.
  • About 25 million Americans have asthma. This is 7.6 percent of adults and 8.4 percent of children. Asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s in all age, sex and racial groups.
  • Asthma is more common in adult women than adult men.
  • African-Americans in the U.S. die from asthma at a higher rate than people of other races or ethnicities.
  • More than 11.5 million people with asthma, including nearly 3 million children, report having had one or more asthma episodes or attacks in 2015.
  • Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children.
  • Asthma is more common in children than adults.
  • Asthma is more common in boys than girls.
  • Currently, there are about 6 million children under the age of 18 with asthma.
  • In 2015, 1 in 12 children had asthma.
  • It is the top reason for missed school days. In 2013, about 13.8 million missed school days were reported due to asthma.

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

With 5.4 million cases in more than 3.3 million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and highly treatable when detected early.  
Find out all you can by visiting   www.Skincancer.org
Share the educational material with your family, friends and colleagues. You will be able to download rescources like the  prevention guidelines and early detection guides.
May is National Osteoporosis Month!
Osteoporosis is common. Osteoporosis is serious, even deadly. Osteoporosis is costly. Osteoporosis is preventable.

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes a person’s bones weak and more likely to break. Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk.

  • 54 million Americans, half of all adults age 50 and older, are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about bone health.
  • One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. For women, the incidence is greater than that of heart attack, stroke
  • and breast cancer combined.
  • Diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are keys to preventing and managing the disease.

NOF recommends seven steps to improve bone health, build Peak and maintain Bone Mass and prevent osteoporosis and broken bones:
  1. Get the calcium and vitamin D you need every day.
  2. Eat A healthy diet, one rich in fruits and vegetables
  3. Do regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises.
  4. Don’t smoke and don’t drink too much alcohol.
  5. Talk to your healthcare provider about your chance of getting osteoporosis and ask when you should have a bone density test.
  6. Take an osteoporosis medication when it’s right for you.

Diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are keys to preventing and managing the disease. Take the Jumping Jack Challenge in May (if you’re able!) and help spread the word to raise awareness about bone health and resources for research.
Please check the website for additional information about ways to prevent or manage osteoporosis.