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.
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, PA-C: fmaofsa.doxy.me/katiedionpa
BECKY GALLIMORE, FNP/BC:
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, please go to:
to learn more about scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine at a Massachusetts vaccine site
As of now, the CDC has recommended an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after an initial 2-dose primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series for people with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. These conditions and treatments include but are not limited to:
Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
Advanced or untreated HIV infection
Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
The third dose is recommended a minumum of 28 days after a patient's second dose.
TO OUR PATIENTS
The Delta Variant
We continue to learn more each day about this variant. We do know that it more contagious than the original COVID-19 virus. 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.
Masking In Public Locations
Masking guidelines have been updated by CDC because of the Delta variant. It now recommends that even fully vaccinated people wear masks or face coverings when inside for certain situations. This includes when you are in an area that has a high rate of COVID-19 infections, or if you have a weakened immune system. Please visit this link for the full guidance summary https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/20
The state of Massachusetts has updated their guidance to advise that some fully vaccinated people wear a mask or face covering when inside. This includes fully vaccinated people who:
Have a weakened immune system
Are at increased risk for severe disease because of age or an underlying medical condition
Have a household member who has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is an unvaccinated adult
These recommendations were made to protect those who are at increased risk of getting very sick with COVID-19. If you have questions about what your risk is, ask your primary care provider.
May 21, 2021
A message to our patients,
The CDC has recently just updated its guidelines for wearing masks. Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/20
to learn more about when and where you may remove your mask.
Please note that these recent changes do not apply to health care settings.
Patients and visitors to Family Medicine Associates must continue to wear a mask at all times when you are 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.
We at FMA remain committed to keeping our patients as safe as possible during the ongoing pandemic. For this reason we cannot accept walk-ins. We are asking that everyone call the office before they need to come in for any reason (forms,appointments. etc.) in order to be screened. In addition, we are NOT doing COVID-19 testing at our office-if you have symptoms and/or wish to be tested please contact the office by phone or by portal and you will be directed accordingly. Thank you for your continued cooperation.
24-48 hrs. prior to your visit, you will be called by one of our staff to be “screened” for any COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposures. If positive, those patients will then be asked to change their appointment to a telehealth visit. If you are coming into the office you will be asked to arrive 15 minutes early. You will then wait in your car until you are called by a staff member to come into the office to register. Upon arrival at the front desk you will have your temperature taken to be sure you are clear for your visit. Masks are still required for entry into either office and are to remain on for the entirety of your visit. In addition, we ask for a maximum of one support person for patients unable to visit alone. We continue to try and keep our office as safe as possible for those coming in and thank you for your cooperation.
We are happy to start to see more of you in-person! That being said if you or your provider would feel more comfortable doing a telehealth visit, that is still an option at this time. If you are asked to change your visit to a telehealth visit and are otherwise healthy it is often because we are still trying to space out our in-office visits per Massachusetts Dept. of Health guidelines.
As we have previously updated, we have RESUMED Saturday morning office hours for in-person same day sick visits. Our office will remained closed on Sunday mornings and weekday evenings for in-person visits, but we will still be available for telehealth visits. We thank you for your continued patience during this unprecedented time. As always if you have any questions please just ask!
INFORMATION REGARDING TELEHEALTH:
What is telehealth? Telehealth is a way to have medical care provided by your physician over video chat. Video chat is preferred because sometimes even if it doesn’t seem it, more can be gained by looking at you than just over the phone. Plus, we are all missing social interaction these days so it is a nice way to connect with your family doctor.
How do I get a visit set up? A telehealth visit can be scheduled by calling the office or contacting your provider through the portal. You may even be simply sent a link through text or email asking you to schedule a telehealth visit in response to a call or question you sent. FMA providers are using the doxy.me HIPPA compliant platform and you need only a smart phone or computer with microphone and camera to participate. In addition, you need to be in either Massachusetts or Rhode Island during the time of the visit.
I don’t have a smart phone or microphone/camera on my computer- what do I do? In that case a telephone visit will be arranged if you are unable to come into the office.
What kinds of visits can be done with telehealth? Any kind of medication follow-up visits as well as blood pressure and diabetes follow-up visits; anxiety/depression/mental health; sick visits for cough, breathing difficulties, sinus symptoms, rashes. In addition, if you are concerned you may have COVID-19 or would like to be tested, a telehealth visit can be arranged.
Is this considered equivalent to an in-office visit? Yes. Just as an in-office visit is scheduled you will be given an appointment time. The link you will need can be found in the section below, to be used ONLY at your designated appointment time or when requested by your provider.
Does it cost money? During the pandemic it is posted to your insurance company just as an in-office visit. You may be billed a copay – this will be determined by your insurance company.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for this visit? We ask that if it is for a follow-up visit for your diabetes and/or blood pressure that you check your blood pressure and/or blood sugar just prior to the visit in order to report to your provider. If you are not able to do this, not to worry, your provider will still be able to check-in and discuss a plan with you. In addition, if you have a list of, or even the medication bottles you need to review, that will be helpful as well. It is important especially during this time that we make sure you are taking medications correctly and that follow-up visits do not get missed or forgotten. The healthier you are, the better able your body will be to fight COVID-19.
STAYING IN THE KNOW
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.
Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
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.
Face masks are needed for people who are coughing or sick. For individuals 2 years and older, it is now recommended to wear a face mask in public to prevent yourself from getting an infection and to protect others from getting an infection
Taking Care of You
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.
Expanding Our Reach
We are happy to welcome several specialists to our practice. Services include:
Convenient Onsite Locations
Quest Laboratory has an office adjacent to our South Attleboro site only
*Please note - the North Attleboro Quest site has closed
Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm
Saturday from 8am to 11am
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.
HOURS OF OPERATION
North Attleboro & South Attleboro
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: 8am - 4pm
Saturday: 8am - 11am (South Attleboro only)
We will be closed
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
In observance of Columbus Day
OUR TEAM OF PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS
Personalized Care and Guidance
DANIEL BROWN, MD
CHRISTOPHER GAROFALO, MD
MARGUERITE GAROFALO, MD
ROBIN LAJOIE, MD
SUYIN LEE, MD
JANICE PATACSIL-TRULL, DO
JENNIFER SOUZA, MD
STEVEN STEIN, MD
KATIE DION, PA-C
BECKY GALLIMORE, FNP-BC
OUR TEAM OF SPECIALISTS
Specialized Care Located at Family Medicine Associates
DAVID M. GREENBERG, DPM
STEVEN SCHECHTER, MD
ALICE SHEN, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology
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.
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562 Washington Street, South Attleboro, MA
500 East Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA