Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, I am taking new patients, but I do have a waiting list that typically ranges a few months to a year. Give me a call and I can give you an idea of how long the wait is.
Where are you located?
The clinic is in the Mail Depot Building, at the intersection of Liberty Rd and Skyline Rd in South Salem. The address is 4744 Liberty Rd S, Suite 120, Salem, OR 97302.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Call me at 971-599-1002.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, I am in network for commercial plans for the following companies:
- Moda - Beacon, Connexus and Synergy networks only (NOT "CCN," or "Community Cares Network")
- Providence - I am in network with Providence, but please note my clinic is NOT a Providence-certified "medical home," so if you have the "Providence Choice" plan you will need to go to a Providence-certified medical home clinic.
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Regence)
- First Choice Health Network
- Atrio (commercial plans, not Medicare)
- Oregon Processors (William C. Earhart)
- Pacific Source
- United Health Care (commercial plans, not Medicare)
I do not currently accept Medicare, Oregon Health Plan, Tricare, or Aetna.
As a courtesy to my patients I will bill your primary insurance for you, but I do not bill secondary insurance. You will receive the paperwork to bill your secondary insurance company if applicable.
So if I don’t have insurance, or you don’t accept my insurance, will you still see me?
Yes. I accept cash, checks, or credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express).
I don’t live near Salem - are there doctors elsewhere doing this?
Yes! There are over 500 doctors in the country doing this type of model, sometimes called an “ideal medical practice." We all have our individual flavors, of course, but there are similarities in how we set up our practices. For a partial listing of similar clinics, see this map. If your doctor seems like an unhappy physician who wants more time with their patients, please share Dr. Pamela Wible's physician retreats with that doc. Pamela's retreat helped me pursue this dream.
A note on chronic pain...
Many people suffer from chronic pain, and our understanding of how best to manage chronic pain continues to evolve. We in the medical field have created a tremendous problem, in that we have over-prescribed narcotics (opiates) for chronic, non-malignant (non-cancer) pain in the past decade. More people die in the state of Oregon from prescription drugs than from car accidents. More and more studies are coming out that shed light on the harmful effects of being on narcotics in the long term, including their impact on mental health, sexual health, the endocrine and GI systems, among others. Plus, there are very few studies showing that chronic use of narcotics actually decreases pain levels! For these reasons and others, I do not prescribe chronic narcotics, with very rare exceptions.