Here is the letter I emailed to my patients in September:
It is with a heart full of gratitude, that I write to inform you that there will be some big changes coming quickly to my practice.
First, the reason. An amazing team of medical professionals tell me there is cancer in my breasts. This same team recommends that I begin treatment in the upcoming weeks. I am choosing to believe their assessment and follow their guidance. I will be spending the next 3-6 months focused primarily on my own health and healing.
I love my work. I treasure the time I spend with patients. You have taught me so much, lifted my spirits, and inspired me. The past 18 months of attempting to shepherd my community through a global pandemic have been the most satisfying of my career. I will miss being a full time doctor for however long I need to step aside.
I was already in the process of expanding my team to include two really amazing nurse practitioners and they have both agreed to step up to meet your health care needs while I am less available.
Lori Maybrier, CNM, APRN is already onboarding and will be available to see any adult women (and newborns up to 6 weeks of age). This is a long time dream come true for me and she has my full confidence as a healer. You can schedule with Lori on Schedulicity or by calling the office.
Mellissa Holcomb, DNP, FNP will be joining the team September 14. She will be available to provide primary care for children and adults regardless of gender. Some of you met Melissa when she shadowed me as a part of her training this past spring. If so, you are likely to have been impressed with her kindness, patience and depth of experience as I was.
I will be moving my own practice to completely virtual as of September 10 at the recommendation of my medical care team. I will also be decreasing my hours, likely to 1-2 half days/week. As soon as I know what that will look like, I will share that.
As of September 1, our practice will be raising our prices. As always, you can find our current prices on our website (www.drallemann.com) or on Schedulicity. If you need a payment plan, please inquire.
If you need to move your care elsewhere, I will miss you and I understand. Please let us know where we can send your records, and then be patient. It’s a challenging time for all of us.
Updates about my progress, ways you can help, and a place to leave supportive comments will be up on the website shortly. In the meantime, be kind to yourself and your neighbors and know that I am missing seeing you.