Your First Visit
In order to make your first visit more efficient and save you time, we encourage you to download the Registration Form, Financial Policy and Notice of Privacy Practices and bring the completed forms with you. Otherwise, we ask that you please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled new patient appointment time to complete registration forms and verify your insurance.
You are required to bring:
- Insurance card
- Previous medical records, including recent lab, x-ray reports, and any previous allergy testing results
- List of current medication
- Referral from your primary physician, if required by your insurance plan
What to expect:
The first visit may take up to one hour. During this appointment, we will take down a detailed history regarding your symptoms, including: severity, possible relation to allergen exposure, and your response to any previous treatment. We will also perform a physical examination. After the history and physical exam are complete, we will decide if further testing is necessary. This may include skin and/or blood testing to pinpoint the allergens affecting you or your child, as well as lung function testing to objectively diagnose asthma if the symptoms point to it. A comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and physical findings will be followed by an individualized, detailed plan of treatment.
Some medications can interfere with testing, so we ask that you discontinue these medications prior to your first visit.
Some medications can interfere with testing, so we ask that you discontinue the following prior to your visit:
6 days prior:
Claritin, Loratadine, Desloratadine, Clarinex, Atarax, Hydroxyzine, Periactin, Cyproheptadine, Xyzal, Levocitirazine, Zyretec
2 days prior:
Benedryl, Diphenhydramine, Chlortrimeton, Chlorpheniramine, Actifed, Contac, Drixoral, Dimetapp, Carbanoxamine, Pyralamine, Cyporheptadine, Meclizine, Tylenol Allergy, Advil Allergy, Clemastine, Triprolidine, Fexophenadine, Allegra, Semprex D, over-the-counter cold and cough medication
Continue your oral antihistamine if you cannot stop due to severe itching or allergic reaction. We can still evaluate and treat you and postpone testing for another time.
We participate in all major medical insurance networks and accept most major insurance plans. Please check with your insurance company to see if allergy and asthma services are covered. Copayments are due at the time of service.
Your insurance plan may require a referral prior to seeing Dr. Gavani. Please be sure to bring your referral with you to your first appointment.
New patient appointments are generally available within a few days. If existing patients need immediate medical attention, we can arrange same day appointments. We require 24-hour notice to cancel an appointment.