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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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JULY 2018
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
ENJOY THE SUMMER!
JULY is….
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month  http://www.arthritis.org
Group B Strep Awareness Month http://www.groupbstrepinternational.org
Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month http://www.nccapm.org
World Hepatitis Day (July 28)  http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.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.

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!​

IT'S NOT TOO EARLY FOR SCHOOL AND SPORTS PHYSICALS
MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY!!
  • Does your child need a physical before the start of the school year?
  • Does your  child's school require a recent physical to participate in sports?​
  • Are your child's immunizations up-to-date?
Call our office to make an appointment for your child's school/sports physical. We are scheduling appoinments, so don't get caught without yours.  Call today to ensure you get your desired appointment time!

If 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. 

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.

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!


 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:
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.

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
July Monthly Health Tip:
Leave Fireworks to Professionals
Fireworks-related injuries are most common on July 4 and New Year’s Eve. However, during the month of July it is not uncommon to hear fireworks being set off nightly-even though most city ordinaces do not allow it. Fireworks can cause death and injury, including burns, contusions, lacerations, and foreign objects in the eye. If you choose to use fireworks or are merely a bystander, make the choice to protect yourself and your family from fireworks injuries.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
  • Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper, which often means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers.
  • Make sure you, your kids, and others watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
  • Call 911 immediately if someone is injured from fireworks.

Click on the video to get more information

Skin Cancer Awareness 
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.
WELCOME TO OUR 
PATIENT CENTERED MEDICAL
HOME 
​​For more information go to:

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!
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
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/​​​
GROUP B STREP IS A BIG DEAL!
Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

Not all babies exposed to GBS become infected, but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. GBS can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, born prematurely, become very sick, have lifelong handicaps, or die. Even babies born to mother who test negative can become infected by group B strep.
Fortunately there are many ways to help protect babies from group B strep. This website contains resources for you learn more about GBS and help prevent its devastating effects: https://www.groupbstrepinternational.org/ or join the
#starttheGBSconversation campaign for ways to share what you know about GBS!
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
SUMMER WATER SAFETY
Warm Weather and Swimming Go Hand in Hand.  Take Steps to Stay Safe Around Water
Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But it’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water. The American Red Cross® offers these important swimming safety tips you should be aware of before you head out to the pool or beach:
  • Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross® water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Maintain constant supervision and always stay within arm’s reach of young children. Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise. Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.
  • Don’t rely on swimming lessons, life preservers, or other equipment to make a child “water safe.” Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
  • Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
  • Never prop the gate to a pool area open.
  • If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use. Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
  • Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first; seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • At the beach swim only in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
  • Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
Contact the Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS or support@redcrosstraining.org. for more information.