1. Is TārāMD a medical practice?
Yes, we are a medical practice but may be different compared to your previous medical experiences. TārāMD on the Upper East Side was founded by a double board-certified female physician. Dr. Suzanne Fenske is trained in gynecology and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery through one of the leading academic institutions, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as in integrative medicine through the University of Arizona School of Medicine. TārāMD offers what we consider the best of healthcare - an expert, truly integrated personalized approach combining traditional, functional and integrative medicine. Some people do need medications and surgery and we certainly provide that when indicated.
2. What is integrative medicine?
As Dr. David Rakel has so beautifully said, “ Integrative medicine is a shift in medicine toward recognizing the benefits of combining the external, physical and technological successes of curing with the internal, nonphysical exploration of healing.” Simply put, Integrative medicine places the patient at the center, relies on a trustworthy partnership between the patient and physician, acknowledges the importance of physical and emotional health, and utilizes all the tools including natural approaches as well as medications and surgery. It promotes true healing and health rather than symptom management.
3. What hospital are you affiliated with?
We are proud of our affiliation with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, but we are still a private practice.
4. Do you do obstetrics/deliveries?
No, we do not provide prenatal care or perform deliveries. We do offer expert preconception assessments and counseling and focus on postpartum care and recovery.
5. Do you accept insurance?
Please see insurance details in our ”insurance” section.
6. What is the cost of visits?
We believe in full transparency of costs. Please see our “pricing” section for common visit types and fees.
7. How do I schedule an appointment?
New patients are encouraged to call or email us for an appointment. Established TārāMD patients can contact us or self-schedule through their Athena Health patient portal.
8. What is your cancellation policy?
To ensure efficient use of our time and resources, please provide at least 24 hours' notice for cancellations or reschedules. Otherwise, a fee of $150 may be applied to your first missed appointment. Subsequent missed appointments may be charged the full cost of the missed visit and, in certain cases, may result in discharge from the practice.
9. Can I have a virtual appointment if I do not live in New York?
We are currently offering telehealth visits to residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
10. Do you replace my gynecologist?
Although we can certainly provide the full scope of your gynecologic care, we are also happy to work with you and your regular gynecologist on a more specialized, consultative basis.