OPEN AND READY TO SERVE OUR PATIENTS

All providers are now conducting telehealth visits.  Please know we are here for you during this challenging time.

 
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ACCESS

We offer access to our office and providers via the Athena Patient Portal.  Once registered, patients may securely schedule appointments, ask their provider questions and review their medical records. 


Please note, the portal should not be used for urgent matters or concerns that may need an in-person evaluation with a provider.

 
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ACCESS YOUR PROVIDER ON DOXY.ME

Click on a link below to access your doctor for your upcoming telehealth visit.  Please note these links should be used for scheduled appointments only.

DR. C. GAROFALO: fmaofsa.doxy.me/drchris

DR. M. GAROFALO: fmaofsa.doxy.me/drmargotgarofalo

DR. LAJOIE: fmaofsa.doxy.me/drlajoie

DR. LEE: fmaofsa.doxy.me/drslee

DR. SOUZA: fmaofsa.doxy.me/drjsouza

DR. STEIN: fmaofsa.doxy.me/stein

DR. TRULL: fmaofsa.doxy.me/trull

KATIE (DION) SHEARY, PA-C: fmaofsa.doxy.me/katiedionpa

BECKY GALLIMORE, FNP/BC:

fmaofsa.doxy.me/bgallimore

 
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COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

Vaccines and Boosters are now available for patients 5-11 years old.  Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, please go to:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations

or

https://vaxfinder.mass.gov 

to learn more about scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine at a Massachusetts vaccine site

For the latest information regarding booster vaccines, please visit the link below.  The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines have all been approved to be given as booster doses.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

 
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DO YOU NEED TO BE TESTED FOR COVID-19?

Please follow the links below:

 
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TO OUR  PATIENTS

January 6, 2022

The Omicron Variant 

We continue to learn more each day about this variant. We do know that it much more contagious than the Delta Variant. In the last week, we have seen a 98% increase in COVID-19 positive cases.  Because we are seeing such high transmission in the community, we will be asking that any patient with respiratory symptoms requesting a visit be seen VIRTUALLY, regardless of vaccine status or testing results.  This will be in place for the next two weeks and then we will re-evaluate our protocol. 


Again, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated. People who have not been vaccinated are at the highest risk for serious illness.  We understand that testing has been very difficult to obtain.  Please follow this link to look for available testing sites in MA. 


For full CDC guidance during the pandemic, please follow this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/20

 We will continue to ask patients to mask at all times when at our offices. Employees will continue to do so as well. This is for the health and safety of everyone in our care.  Furthermore, we will continue to screen all patients and visitors before entering our office.  Seating in our waiting rooms will remain limited and socially distant.  We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you soon.

 

STAYING IN THE KNOW

Responding to the Recent Monkey Pox Outbreak


What is Monkey Pox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

TO LEARN MORE, PLEASE VISIT:

https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/about/index.html

Responding to the Recent Coronavirus Outbreak

We have been closely monitoring the developments regarding Coronavirus in and around our community.  We are closely following the Massachusetts Department of Health as well as CDC guidelines.

The symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, and/or conjunctivitis occurring 2-14 days after exposure to an infected person.  Furthermore, COVID-19 individuals may appear asymptomatic.  

Please call our office if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled.

Please do not come to the office or go to an Urgent Care Unit without calling first.  If you are sick, please stay home from work and school. 

Most cases of fever and cough are not due to Coronavirus. Your risk for developing Coronavirus is low if you have not come into contact with someone who has the infection and have not traveled to areas where the virus is widespread. Information on areas where the risk for infection is higher is available at CDC.gov or Mass.gov.

There are important things that you can do to prevent the spread of viruses. 

The Department of Health recommends:

  • Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same. 

  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use at  least 60% alcohol-based hand gel. 

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Flu and coronavirus are spread through coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way. 

  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods. 

  • Stay home if you are ill.  Don't return to work until you have not had a fever without taking medications for at least 24 hours

If you have questions about the virus, the Center for Disease Control has information at CDC.gov  or at Mass.gov

 

OUR SERVICES

Taking Care of You

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PRIMARY CARE

Full Spectrum Family Medicine

We are committed to providing full spectrum care for children and adults.  Our services include newborn, child/adolescent, pre-natal, and adult care.  Our providers are also trained in minor surgical procedures, routine and specialized gynecological care as well as obstetric care.

SAME DAY SICK VISITS

 Acute Care 6 Days a Week

We provided same-day sick visits Monday through Friday in both our North and South Attleboro locations. 


Same-day sick visits may be scheduled on Saturdays in our South Attleboro location.

SPECIALTY CARE

Expanding Our Reach

We are happy to welcome several specialists to our practice.  Services include:

OB/GYN

Colorectal Surgery

Podiatry

Blood Samples

LABORATORY SERVICES

Convenient Onsite Locations

Quest Laboratory has an office adjacent to our South Attleboro site only 

*Please note - the North Attleboro Quest site has REOPENED


LABORATORY HOURS:

(South Attleboro)

Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm

Saturday from 8am to 11am

(North Attleboro)

Monday-Friday from 8am to 2pm

 

Meet our Plant Docs, Dr. Suyin Lee and Dr. Steven Stein

Dr. Lee and Dr. Stein want to share their passion for living a plant-based lifestyle.If you are interested in learning more about Plant Docs, please visit their website: 

https://www.plantdocspvd.com/connect 

Please enjoy their interview with Chef AJ on YouTube yesterday

 

HOURS OF OPERATION

North Attleboro & South Attleboro

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm 

Friday: 8am - 4pm

Saturday: 8am - 11am (South Attleboro only)

Sunday: closed

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY

We will be closed Saturday October 8th and Monday October 10th

in observance of 

Indigenous Peoples' Day


 

OUR TEAM OF PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS

Personalized Care and Guidance

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CHRISTOPHER GAROFALO, MD

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MARGUERITE GAROFALO, MD

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ROBIN LAJOIE, MD

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SUYIN LEE, MD

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JANICE PATACSIL-TRULL, DO

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JENNIFER SOUZA, MD

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STEVEN STEIN, MD

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KATIE (DION) SHEARY, PA-C

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BECKY GALLIMORE, FNP-BC

 

OUR TEAM OF SPECIALISTS

Specialized Care Located at Family Medicine Associates

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DAVID M. GREENBERG, DPM

Podiatry

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STEVEN SCHECHTER, MD

Colorectal Surgery

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ALICE SHEN, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

 

OUR STAFF

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STACY CORRIVEAU

Practice Manager

 

RIGHT TO RECEIVE GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate”  explaining how much your health care will cost  

UNDER THE LAW, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS NEED TO GIVE PATIENTS WHO DON’T HAVE CERTAIN TYPES OF  HEALTH CARE COVERAGE OR WHO ARE NOT USING CERTAIN TYPES OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AN  ESTIMATE OF THEIR BILL FOR HEALTH CARE ITEMS AND SERVICES BEFORE THOSE ITEMS OR SERVICES ARE  PROVIDED.  

• YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE FOR THE TOTAL EXPECTED COST OF  ANY HEALTH CARE ITEMS OR SERVICES UPON REQUEST OR WHEN SCHEDULING SUCH ITEMS OR  SERVICES. THIS INCLUDES RELATED COSTS LIKE MEDICAL TESTS, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS,  EQUIPMENT, AND HOSPITAL FEES. 

• IF YOU SCHEDULE A HEALTH CARE ITEM OR SERVICE AT LEAST 3 BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE,  MAKE SURE YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR FACILITY GIVES YOU A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE IN  WRITING WITHIN 1 BUSINESS DAY AFTER SCHEDULING. IF YOU SCHEDULE A HEALTH CARE ITEM OR  SERVICE AT LEAST 10 BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE, MAKE SURE YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER  OR FACILITY GIVES YOU A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE IN WRITING WITHIN 3 BUSINESS DAYS AFTER  SCHEDULING. YOU CAN ALSO ASK ANY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR FACILITY FOR A GOOD FAITH  ESTIMATE BEFORE YOU SCHEDULE AN ITEM OR SERVICE. IF YOU DO, MAKE SURE THE HEALTH  CARE PROVIDER OR FACILITY GIVES YOU A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE IN WRITING WITHIN 3  BUSINESS DAYS AFTER YOU ASK. 

• IF YOU RECEIVE A BILL THAT IS AT LEAST $400 MORE FOR ANY PROVIDER OR FACILITY THAN YOUR GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE FROM THAT PROVIDER OR FACILITY, YOU CAN DISPUTE THE BILL.  

FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR RIGHT TO A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE, VISIT  WWW.CMS.GOV/NOSURPRISES/CONSUMERS, EMAIL FEDERALPPDRQUESTIONS@CMS.HHS.GOV, OR CALL 1- 800-985-3059. 

PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT: CMS IS AUTHORIZED TO COLLECT THE INFORMATION ON THIS FORM AND ANY  SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION UNDER SECTION 2799B-7 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT, AS ADDED BY  SECTION 112 OF THE NO SURPRISES ACT, TITLE I OF DIVISION BB OF THE CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT,  2021 (PUB. L. 116-260). WE NEED THE INFORMATION ON THE FORM TO PROCESS YOUR REQUEST TO INITIATE  A PAYMENT DISPUTE, VERIFY THE ELIGIBILITY OF YOUR DISPUTE FOR THE PPDR PROCESS, AND TO DETERMINE  WHETHER ANY CONFLICT OF INTEREST EXISTS WITH THE INDEPENDENT DISPUTE RESOLUTION ENTITY SELECTED TO  DECIDE YOUR DISPUTE. THE INFORMATION MAY ALSO BE USED TO: (1) SUPPORT A DECISION ON YOUR  DISPUTE; (2) SUPPORT THE ONGOING OPERATION AND OVERSIGHT OF THE PPDR PROGRAM; (3) EVALUATE  SELECTED IDR ENTITY’S COMPLIANCE WITH PROGRAM RULES. PROVIDING THE REQUESTED INFORMATION IS  VOLUNTARY. BUT FAILING TO PROVIDE IT MAY DELAY OR PREVENT PROCESSING OF YOUR DISPUTE, OR IT COULD  CAUSE YOUR DISPUTE TO BE DECIDED IN FAVOR OF THE PROVIDER OR FACILITY.

 
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CONTACT US

Are you looking for a new Primary Care Provider? We have two offices conveniently located in South Attleboro and North Attleboro, MA to serve you.  Please call to schedule an appointment today.

Already a patient? Please use the links below to follow us on Facebook or to access your Athena Patient Portal Account.

562 Washington Street, South Attleboro, MA
500 East Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA

Main: 508.761.5650

Fax: 508.761.9870

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