When are you open?
Monday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
We are not open on weekends and we will be closed on Memorial Day, July 4th-5th, Labor Day, the United Way's Day of Caring, the day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, the week of Christmas, New Year's Day, and on days of elections to allow staff to go vote.
We will occasionally be closed due to inclement weather to prevent staff and patients from traveling on unsafe roads.
How do I contact you?
You can call us at (757) 378-3952
You can fax us at (757) 378-5246
You can send mail to: Apple Tree Medicine, 1303 Mount Vernon Ave., Williamsburg, VA 23185
In order to protect the security of your private information we do not email or Facebook message/comment. Even if you don't care about such security, we will not respond to attempts to contact us by means other than phone, fax, mail, or at the office.
What should I bring with me to my appointment?
Please bring any prescriptions, herbals, supplements, topical, and over-the-counter medications that you use. If you have insurance, please bring your current insurance card.
If you are new and have a photo ID, please bring it with you.
If you are bringing a child for a well exam/yearly checkup/sports physical and the child is a new patient, please fax the child's immunization record to the office before the visit. If they are new and coming for a sick visit, you can just bring the immunization record with you.
If the child has been treated at Apple Tree Medicine before but has received a vaccine(s) elsewhere since last seen, please bring documentation of the vaccination(s) with you.
Do you take insurance?
No. Dr. Weeks is a "non-participating" physician. She has not contracted with ANY insurance companies. If you have insurance, Dr. Weeks would be considered "out-of-network."
This does not affect how your insurance pays when you pick up medications, see a specialist, have imaging studies done, have bloodwork tested, or receive any other service that Dr. Weeks has ordered that takes place outside of our office.
Do you see patients who have insurance?
Yes! Dr. Weeks can see anyone, regardless of whether they have insurance or not. Just because she does not have a relationship with your insurance company doesn't mean she can't have a physician-patient relationship with you.
If you have insurance you can request that we create a "super-bill". This document contains the codes for the services provided and you can submit this to your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for what you paid that day. Please allow 1-3 business days for us to create the super-bill and let us know if you would prefer to pick it up or have it mailed to you. Note: Per government regulations, super-bills must not be submitted to Medicare/Medicaid because we do not participate with them.
Is this a "concierge medicine" practice?
Nope! We are also not "direct pay" or "direct primary care". In all of those models of practice, a patient is billed a monthly or annual fee whether they see their primary care doctor or not. We don't do that. The best term we've come across for describing our way of doing things is that we are a "cash-based practice" which just means that you will only have to pay for the services that you use, at the time that you use them, be it by cash, credit, or debit. This is how doctors operated before 1965; just like any other business.
So what will it cost me?
If you come to Apple Tree Medicine for an office visit, it will cost you $85. It doesn't matter if the visit is for illness, a yearly physical, etc. Any visit with the doctor costs $85. This cost covers the office rent and utilities, usual supplies, and spending typically 30 to 60 minutes with the doctor.
If you require a procedure that isn't typically part of a normal visit then an additional charge will be made, depending on what procedure(s) you have done. Below is the list of procedures that we offer that would result in a fee that would be added to the $85 for the visit and how much they cost.
How do I pay?
We do not send out bills because payment is expected at the time of your visit. We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover credit/debit cards. We do not accept checks or prepaid cards.
Why would someone choose to come to such an office?
Most people who come here fall into one of three categories:
They don't have insurance but have an income too high to qualify for care from a "free clinic." Because of insurance contracts, other offices are forced to charge these folks inflated prices whereas Apple Tree Medicine doesn't.
They have insurance but it's not great. For example, Dr. Weeks had 4 options for health insurance through her previous employer and she paid for the 2nd best. With that insurance, the most basic of doctor's visits cost her $110 after the insurance had already done their part. For an even shorter urgent care visit, it cost her $128. This is the case for most people with high deductible plans, catastrophic insurance, and those on Obamacare. Again, Apple Tree Medicine costs less.
Those who have great insurance but want to actually spend time with their doctor. For these folks, $85 is more than they'd normally pay for a single doctor's visit but they get to spend far more time with a doctor at Apple Tree Medicine than they would elsewhere.
Should I even have insurance?
Regardless of whether or not it's mandated by law, we do recommend that everyone have at least catastrophic insurance because you never know when you're going to get hit by a bus. No one ever expects to wind up in the hospital or to be diagnosed with cancer, and while insurance can be quite the expense, if something big and bad happens you can end up owing millions of dollars in medical bills if you don't have insurance.
Think of it like car insurance. You have it to cover your car in case of a terrible accident but it doesn't play into your usual car maintenance or trouble-shooting mechanic visits.
Why do you want to see my insurance card if you don't participate with them?
If we need to refer you to a specialist, they will likely participate with insurance companies, and which insurance you have can affect which specialist will see you.
We do a limited number of laboratory tests at the office and we don't have ultrasound, xray, CT, or MRI machines. If you require a test that we don't do in the office then the lab or imaging center will sometimes require we give them your insurance information before we send you.
The following procedures, if performed, incur a charge in addition to the $85 for the office visit.*
Medication Administration Procedures
*The potential exception is administration of the Depo-Provera shot which can be given during a full office visit with the physician or as the only service performed that day, in which case there is no $85 charge.
Other than listed above, we do not do blood tests. We do not draw blood to be sent to a lab for processing. Instead, you will be given a lab order slip to take to the lab of your choice.
If a procedure, for example, a skin biopsy, leads to a sample being sent out for additional testing then you may receive a bill from the company that does the additional testing.
We have negotiated with a lab company so that we can offer lower prices to people without insurance for most routine send-out tests. For example: PAP smears, strep cultures, STD swabs, urine samples, etc. We can offer these prices to people with insurance too! We will show you the price list for the negotiated tests before sending any samples so that you may choose whether to pay through us or through your insurance company.
Dr. Weeks also makes and sells reusable heating pads of varying sizes. Each pad is filled with feed corn and comes with a removable machine washable patterned fabric case. The pad and case are placed in the microwave to heat up.
Large heating pads cost $20 and smaller heating pads cost $15.
She uses her own at home to warm her feet in bed in the winter and when she has menstrual cramps or sore tense muscles.
Pictured are a few examples. Just ask to see the various sizes and colors!