I’m writing to invite you to participate in a small-group program called Lyme Academy, designed specifically for people with Lyme disease. Our Lyme Academy group will meet with me once weekly for four weeks to address medical and other issues related to living with Lyme. By choosing to participate we’ll encourage you to:
- Help us develop the program for your particular group so it specifically meets your needs.
- Evaluate the success of Lyme Academy.
Here’s how it will work. You’ll meet with me, an assistant, and from 15 to 20 other patients for an hour and a half in a conference room in our offices. During each visit, we’ll establish time to discuss a specific health topic related to Lyme, time for exchanging with other patients, and time for asking me individual questions.
Lyme Academy is being established to help patients cope with Lyme-related health problems. Group visits offer an opportunity to exchange helpful information with those who are dealing with similar issues. From time to time, we’ll be joined by other health professionals, such as herbalists and nutritionists.
Our next group visit will be held from 5:30 to 7 pm Tuesday, October 4th (and for the following three Tuesdays), at WholeHealth Chicago. Feel free to bring a family member with you. If you’re interested, please call 773-296-6700 to sign up. When you come in for your Lyme Academy group visit, check in with the front desk, pay your usual co-pay, and the receptionist will direct you to our meeting place.
We welcome your participation. If you decide against it, however, I’ll continue to see you in the office as in the past.
Casey Kelley, MD
PS: Because this visit includes a medical evaluation, the group visits are billed as brief doctor visits and a co-pay for BC/BS patients or $50 for out-of-network patients will be collected on the day of service. Also, because this is a doctor’s visit, we’ll maintain the same cancellation policy we have for individual office visits.