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A starting place for common questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Dr. Dimick

What if I have an emergency?

Dr. Dimick, or someone on call for her, is available to patients for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please remember that these after-hour calls are intended for emergencies only.

How much does it cost to "see the doctor"?

It depends. If you'd like a detailed breakdown, download Dr. Dimick's fee schedule document to see our charges for each code.

What if I need to be admitted to a hospital?

Dr. Dimick is not owned by any hospital. You may choose the hospital closest to you or the hospital of your choice. Hospitalists (doctors who do only in patient care) will care for you while in the hospital and make appropriate referrals.

What should I expect during an appointment?

Each patient, new or old, is scheduled to see the nurse for 20 minutes prior to seeing the doctor. This is to collect information, vital signs and, on occasion, fluid tests. If you are a first time patient, please plan on seeing the doctor for a full hour.

Do you refer patients to other physicians?

Yes, occasionally we schedule testing procedures to be done with other doctors. In that event, you will be called by the referred doctors' office to schedule an appointment.

How quickly will I receive my test results?

It may take up to 2 weeks to receive test results. If you have extensive laboratory studies, you will meet with Dr. Dimick to review them about 2 weeks after collection of lab samples.

If lab results are urgent, we will call you on the day we receive them. Otherwise you will receive results in the mail with instructions. If you never receive your results, please call us. That means we never got a result either.

What should I do if my prescription medications are not covered by my insurance?

You have a number of options if your prescription medications are not covered by your insurance. Download a detailed document to read more about these options.

What is an Internist?

Internists are a special group of physicians with a wide variety of clinical skills and advanced training who deliver sophisticated, non-surgical, ethical, longitudinal and comprehensive care for the majority of conditions and illnesses that affect adults and adolescents. Internists prevent, detect and treat illnesses across a full spectrum of practice settings, thus ensuring the continued health and well-functioning of the overwhelming majority of patients, both male and female, from early adulthood through the end of life.

Internal Medicine Specialists deal a with a variety of issues:

  • Cardiology: dealing with disorders of the heart and blood vessels, including high blood pressure.
  • Endocrinology: dealing with disorders of the endocrine system, including Diabetes, and its specific secretions called hormones
  • Lipidology: Concerned with fats, such as Cholesterol, Triglycerides and their relationship to early detection and treatment of atherosclerosis.
  • Hematology: concerned with blood, the blood-forming organs and its disorders
  • Women’s Health: Issues including Menopausal medicine and treatment.

What is a Lipidologist?

Lipidologists play a major role in stemming the future burden of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and associated co-morbidities by employing aggressive strategies for the early detection and comprehensive management of patients presenting with multiple cardiometabolic risk factors.

They're are also trained to diagnose and treat advanced lipid disorders, which include familial lipid problems, such as familial hypercholesterolemia, and numerous genetic anomalies.

Clinical lipidologists are physicians who come from a variety of backgrounds such as internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, and family practice. Dr. Dimick has successfully credentialed and passed the certification exam, and has been endorsed by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology as displaying a high level of expertise, knowledge, and competence in clinical lipidology.

For more information, anyone can access the newly created Clinical Lipidology Resource Center, or the patient-friendly website, www.learnyourlipids.com.

20 Reasons to See a Lipidologist

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

An Exercise Physiologist has completed a graduate level degree in the study of exercise effects on health. It is used in the treatment and prevention of disease. Areas of study include bio-energetics, cardiopulmonary function, biomechanics, and neuroendocrine function. Exercise physiologists oversee the analysis and improvement of health and fitness, cardiac rehabilitation and the treatment of other chronic disease, including obesity.