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REACH YOUR OPTIMAL HEALTH
We are committed to providing the highest standard of traditional, integrative and functional medicine to individuals. We strive to provide personalized services that empower our patients to attain optimal health of their body, minds and spirit.
What is Private Medicine?
As medical care in America and the larger world has evolved access to highly trained, skilled and experienced physicians has declined. Sometimes it is difficult to find a doctor at all. Other times you may find a doctor who has over 2,000 patients and they are stretched so thin that you really don’t get much of their time and attention unless you are critically ill. Often you don’t see the same person for follow up or you see their team members who are not physicians.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept insurance?
We do not accept any forms of private insurance. We do accept Medicare for Medicare covered services but all members both Medicare and Non-Medicare must pay our yearly membership fee to be a part of our practice. For non-Medicare patients, this includes the annual physical, follow up visit, and acute visits as delineated along with access to complementary medicine, functional medicine and integrative medicine care and services as outlined. For Medicare patients, the annual fee covers access to care for services not covered by Medicare such as care and services based on complementary medicine, functional medicine and integrative medicine, hypnosis, narrative medicine, Anti-fragility, T’ai Chi, Qigong, and MBSR, advanced medication techniques, and certain biofeedback or device based approaches.
Should I keep my medical insurance if I become a member of your practice?
Yes, we are not an insurance plan or service of any type. If you have private insurance or do not have insurance our membership and all services are strictly on a cash basis. If you have Medicare our fees are strictly designated to cover services that are not covered by Medicare. Either way your regular insurance will still be needed to cover hospitalizations, surgery, ER Visits, Specialty Care, and any other medical services not performed in our office.
Do I have access to care outside of office hours?
Yes, we provide phone follow up and if appropriate office care outside of traditional office hours if needed.
What if I need to be hospitalized?
You may choose any hospital system for your hospital care. We will coordinate your aftercare and follow-up ongoing care post-hospitalization but we do not dictate what hospital you should choose. We will work with specialists of all types from any hospital system to coordinate your care.
What if I am a snowbird?
We provide care for snowbirds at no additional charge beyond our membership fee and usual and customary charges. We will provide coordination of care in your other location or locations and while you are traveling to the extent it is feasible and permissible by regulations. We do need to see you once a year for ongoing care when you are here in Arizona.
What if I am an International Patient?
We welcome international patients. We provide detailed consultation and testing when we see you here at our offices in Arizona. After that as is permitted we are available for secure portal email, phone, and telemedicine consultations as well as coordination of our services with other care to the extent possible.
Do you protect my private health information?
Yes, we use HIPAA compliant secure cloud based encrypted medical records. We can access these records through the cloud by a secure portal and can coordinate care, prescribe medication, or check details of your medical history from both the office and remote locations. Our medical record interfaces with a secure phone app. called Spruce. The practice pays a fee for this service but it is available to you at no additional charge beyond your membership. This app. supports both text and direct phone contact with your doctors.
What is your philosophy on vaccines?
There is little debate that the invention of vaccines transformed the world into a place where people live longer and suffer much less from devastating infectious diseases. We grew up when polio crippled many people and Haemophilus influenza caused fatal meningitis and life-threatening throat infections. These have now been virtually eradicated in the Western world.
When you get a vaccine, there is a good chance that you will develop protective antibodies that will last for many years. You are also helping to prevent the spread of disease. When you are vaccinated, you help yourself and you do your part in protecting others. Sometimes these others are the very young and the very old who don’t mount good responses to vaccination and are thus more likely to get sick and die from infectious illnesses even if they are vaccinated. By protecting the population with vaccinations, we protect the most vulnerable members.
There are some people with compromised immune systems or autoimmunity who may be at increased risk for problems with vaccines. For instance, certain immune defects are reasons not to give live vaccines. Sometimes patients with specific types of autoimmune dysfunction received recommendations from their specialists not to get vaccines or boosters unless absolutely essential. In these cases, we work on a case by case basis to discuss risk-benefit and make individualized decisions with our patients.
ALTERNATE VACCINE SCHEDULES:
While it makes sense that everyone be protected from the illnesses that vaccines can protect against we do understand the concerns about giving large numbers of vaccinations at one time. While this has done well for most people we do believe that there are alternatives and priorities in the sequence and timing of giving vaccines that depend on each individual’s unique situation. If this is something important to you, especially in making decisions about when and how to vaccinate your children, we are happy to work with you to discuss risks and benefits of different approaches to getting the protections that vaccines offer with a schedule that best meets your child’s needs.
When families have concerns about the timing and sequencing of vaccination schedules we are happy to work with them to consider alternative schedules to get the protections vaccines offer by prioritizing which vaccines should be given first and which ones could possibly be spread out over a period of time.
COMPLETE AVOIDANCE OF VACCINES:
We understand that there are rare serious reactions to vaccines these concerns need to be balanced against the risks of getting the serious diseases that vaccines can prevent. For this reason, we cannot support and individual or family’s decision to forgo vaccines altogether. If the avoidance of any/all vaccines is important to you, you may choose to seek care from a provider that best suits your preferences.
Every time that we get a vaccine ourselves, when one of our family members gets a vaccine or one of our patients is vaccinated it’s understandable to worry a bit. We never want anyone to have any kind of adverse reaction whether it is to vaccines, medications, or anesthesia. But we carefully weigh this against the risks of getting serious diseases that could have been prevented. We have seen the consequences of these illnesses and so when it comes down to making the final decision we choose to get them for ourselves and our family and we recommend them for our patients.
In special circumstances where a person has immune or autoimmune problems we agree that careful consideration should be given to risks and benefits and an individualized decision should be made.
Dr. Sheeler, I just wanted to let you know how much you have helped me over the years. Your positive and motivative talks have influenced me greatly and I want you to know that I really appreciate you being my physician over the last 20 something years! I thank you so much and think that you are a wonderful physician and nobody else will compare to you! I wish you the best!
Robert D. Sheeler, M.D. was our Mayo Clinic primary care physician for over twenty-five years, he treated our entire family. Dr. Sheeler is an outstanding physician who treats all his patients with utmost dignity and respect. He treats the entire person keeping in mind your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. He demonstrates compassion; he listens and takes all the time necessary to gather what he needs to treat your symptoms. Dr. Sheeler incorporates traditional medicine along with integrative medicine giving you the patient personal choices.
Dr. Sheeler’s approach to medicine is innovative. He utilizes his incredibly well-rounded medical knowledge and education while appropriately networking with colleagues that have diverse expertise in medical and surgical specialties when necessary. Dr. Sheeler engages with his patients in their treatment plans and offers options they are comfortable with resulting in the patient having the final say in their medical care.
Dr. Robert Sheeler was our family Doctor for many years. He always gave excellent care to myself and our family.
He saved our daughters life and we will be forever grateful to him.
He is hardworking, intelligent, caring, diligent, honest and compassionate.He is a great leader.
He goes above and beyond to help people.
I know he will be successful and a huge asset to the Integrative Medicine Clinic.
Dr, Robert Sheeler was our family doctor at Mayo Clinic for more than twenty years. Our loss is Arizona’s gain! His care, dedication, friendship and love for his patient’s well being is second to none. Doc’s attention to detail and perseverance results in the identification and resolution of health issues. Just one year ago he identified a major health issue for me and I am now about to have a life-saving bone marrow transplant. I am fortunate I trusted my life with Dr. Sheeler.
I just wanted to take a few moments to tell you how unbelievably blessed I was to have you as my physician. You always took the time to listen even when you didn’t have the time to take. Not only did you mend me physically but also spiritually. Always reminding me to trust in our ultimate healer, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Even though nowadays that may not be politically correct. You certainly have seen me go through my ups and downs. I’m so grateful that you believed in me years ago before my Endometriosis was diagnosed. For awhile there I thought I was crazy. I remember you taking the time out of your busy schedule to come to my “Grammie’s” funeral. It meant so much to myself and my family. You will truly be missed, always remembered, and NEVER replaced. Thank you for giving so much of you and being much more than just a physician. I wish you the very best in your new endeavors. You deserve the utmost happiness…
It has been my privilege to have Dr. Robert Sheeler as my primary care physician for approximately 15 years. He is a kind, warm and thorough caregiver, who time and time again has gone the extra mile not only for myself, but for my family as well.
In this day and age of ‘drive-thru’ medicine, Dr. Sheeler is the exception, and is truly a wonderful physician.
I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to recommend him to anyone seeking top notch medical care. He is truly one of a kind!
I just wanted to contact you and tell you congratulations and good luck. I cannot say that I wasn’t devastated to get your letter about your retirement. You had such an immense impact on me as my physician over the last 15+ years. The way you looked at each case made me feel like I was in great hands, you never pushed any treatments and had a very logical outlook with everything. You treated me as a person and not just a patient going through the motions. I just wanted to say that I am grateful that I had you as my doc and your replacement will have to live up to some hefty expectations. You will be greatly missed by both me and my family.
Good luck in your future and thank you.
Dr. O’Neil was my physician in Rochester, MN for at least 15 years. After my first appointment, I knew she was a great fit as my doctor. After my children were out of the very young child age (9 and 12 years of age) I transitioned their care to her because I knew they have a great practitioner who cared about them as people, not just another patient.
Dr. O’Neil always took the time needed to understand my medical concerns. I never felt rushed. I always felt like she cared about me and really wanted to help me. She also asked about how I was doing in general. What was going on with my life, my family? I could contact her outside of office hours if I really had a burning question or concern and she would take time to talk to me.
I really miss her as not only my physician, but as a positive, personal relationship in my life.
Dr. O’Neil has been my primary physician for 13 years. She is caring, kind, thorough, and very knowledgeable. She expertise and experience is vast, but just as importantly, she takes the time to listen and truly hear you as a patient. I couldn’t ask for a better physician to care for me.
My children also relied heavily on her as they matured. They refer to her by her first name and know they can call her with questions and medical requests. I really admire and trust Dr. O’Neil. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with her for as long as I did. She will be sorely missed in our community because she is a truly capable, caring and gifted healer. Dr. O’Neil makes a very positive impact on the people in her life. She will be a great asset to her new community!
Dr. Angela O’Neil was my primary physician for over 20 years. The moment I met her I knew I was in good hands! She was both professional and personal. Over two decades, I raised every conceivable issue to her about all aspects of my health. Each time she was able to address my concerns and provide me with medical options that were creative and holistic. I trusted her suggestions regarding testing and felt her approach was practical and efficient. I remain impressed by the depth and breadth of her knowledge.
Dr. O’Neil has been our family physician for approximately 17 years and is the kind of doctor that you hope to get! She has been with this anxious mom of preemies for all those years and has guided us through thick and thin. Dr. O’Neil has this amazing ability to combine her incredible education, knowledge, and skill set with warmth, compassion, understanding, and a fabulous sense of humor. Dr. O’Neil has been a blessing to our family. I wish I had more eloquent words, but bottom line is that we trust her with what we hold most dear.
I worked with Angela professionally for about a year before she became my doctor. She always showed great care and concern for her patients and was very personable. About a year after I began working with her, I was diagnosed with cancer. Angela became my primary doctor and I could not have been more grateful! She was so compassionate and caring that it made me feel like I was a part of her family. She fought tirelessly for immediate and appropriate treatment. She was always there to answer questions or concerns that I may have had and I never felt alone. She was able to calm my fears while providing me with as much information as possible. I am truly blessed to not only call her my doctor, but my friend as well.
As a former patient of Dr. Angela O’Neil, I can say wholeheartedly that she is quite possibly one of the best physicians out there. Her kind & empathetic nature, coupled with her broad knowledge base & years of experience make her an asset to any medical team. What I loved the best about Dr. O’Neil is that I always felt like she genuinely cared for me. She connected with me & she always made time for me. I trusted her & felt safe in her care. To be able to be all of this is one package is a true testament to her competent medical practice & amazing character. I have met no one else like her. She is an exemplar of what other physicians should strive for. Thank you, Angela, for taking such great care of me & my family. We miss you so much. Your new patients are lucky to get you.
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