Change Is In The Air

Greetings, everyone. Welcome to our new website – and to updates about exciting changes happening in my practice and in my life. Some of these changes are long overdue, and some are unexpected but necessary. The overall goal is to create a more efficient and productive way of working together.

Now, onto the changes.My intention is to write a weekly blog post, so I am going to use this first one to give you an overview of the changes. As always, if you have any questions, email me or contact the front desk. Finally, I want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season, filled with light, love and time with family and loved ones.

  1. Website: The first development is our new website. Besides making it easier for patients to access information, it streamlines the process of becoming a new patient; allows for our patients to make online appointments, which should relieve some of the workload for Laura and Alyssa; and allows patients to receive practice updates.
  1. Online store: The new website now allows you to order directly most of the medicines and supplements I recommend, as well as other items I use and suggest to support a healthy life. These items will be available at a 5 to 10 percent discount to you.
  1. New practitioners: A couple of new people are sharing our office space. The first is an osteopath I have known and worked with for several years. His name is Chris Brown, DO, and he has a better understanding of how I approach medicine than any other physician I’ve worked with. He combines this knowledge with the wonderful skill of traditional, hands-on osteopathy. You can schedule an appointment with Chris through the front desk. Carissa Kelly is a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in treating children and expectant mothers.   She is currently scheduling her own appointments, and we’ll have further information about her work soon.
  1. A new family business: In a very exciting development for my family and me, we have decided to start a business using the produce I am growing in Napa to make vegetable powders.   I will go more into this venture in future posts, but we will be carrying our products at the office, through the online store, and on a new, separate website soon. Again, more later on the history and “why’s” behind what is, for me, a very exciting venture. 
  1. Medicare: Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, I will no longer accept Medicare payments.   This does not mean I will no longer see Medicare patients; it means only that I will no longer bill Medicare for re-imbursement.   It was a long process for me to get to this decision, and I will happily share my reasons in a future post. For now, I want to reassure all my Medicare patients that it is not my intention to stop seeing you nor to make it more expensive for you to see me
  1. Office days: I now see patients twice a week in the office – for now, on Tuesdays and Fridays. I am available by phone on most other days but will be in the office on only those days.
  1. IV Vitamin C: We are no longer offering IV therapies, including vitamin C, at the office.   I have made arrangements with a local naturopathic practice in the city that is very skilled and experienced at IV therapies, so I can refer my patients who use this therapy to this practice.
  1. My new series of booklets: I am writing a series of booklets that outlines my views on the major topics that I speak and write about.   I see it as a summary of my career, and, in some ways, my life to this point.   (In addition, I have a longer book coming out about the heart, which will be published next year by Chelsea Green.) The booklets will include one on “The Cowan Diet,” which outlines what I think is a new and improved take on traditional diets and “Nourishing Traditions.” It also outlines the theory and practice behind our new powder business. The next one is called “Growing up with Golf,” which includes my story of playing golf but is mostly about how I can help almost any golfer become better.   The next one is the theory and practice for the treatment of autoimmune disease, followed by a booklet on the theory and practice of my approach to treating cancer.   Hopefully, these will all be finished by this spring and will be available at the practice and through our online store. We are looking for a book designer, so if you know anyone, please let me know. 

Stay tuned for more updates!

All the best to you and your family,

- Tom