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Appointments & Scheduling
All scheduling of office visits is done by the Reception Desk at (805) 967-9311.
Except in the case of emergencies, it is not our policy to see patients without an appointment. Dr. Pifer fills these schedules well in advance with, in some cases, people who have waited months to make an appointment. We understand that it is tempting to bring someone with you in hopes that they can be seen as well during your appointment time, but in fairness to those who have waited, we are not able to see anyone without a scheduled appointment. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for your appointment for registration and to fill in a health questionnaire.
When you come for your appointments, please remember to bring the following:
- Driver’s License or a valid ID
- Insurance information
- Referral Letter (if required)
- Reports, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, etc. and any other relevant information
- List of medications (if any)
To Cancel an Appointment:
Telephone the office during business hours. Please cancel at least 1 day ahead so that your appointment time can be allocated to another patient who is seeking treatment.
We recognize that your time is valuable, and we make every effort to run on time. Occasionally emergencies or patients require a little more time, and these cause scheduling delays beyond our control. We apologize if we keep you waiting.
For patients whose injury is work-related, you must provide the clinic with an authorization letter from your employer or workers' compensation carrier. Please include a claim number or case number, contact person and their phone number and appropriate billing address.