What movement disorders are treated at The Parkinson's Institute?
  • Ataxia
  • Blepharospasm
  • Bradykinesia
  • Cervical Dystonia/Spasmodic Torticollis
  • Corticobasal Degeneration
  • Dementia with Lewy body disease (DLBD)
  • Dyskinesias (paroxysmal)
  • Dystonia
  • Essential Tremor
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Paroxysmal Dyskinesias
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Tardive Dyskinesia/Dystonia
  • Tics
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Tremor
  • Wilson Disease
   

Does my insurance cover my visit?

We currently contract with Medicare Part B and the following PPOs:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • Healthnet
  • Interplan
  • Private Healthcare Systems
  • United Healthcare
  • 1st Health
   

Kaiser and other HMOs will not cover our services.

Many insurance companies offer out of network benefits.  Please call your insurance company to verify your benefits.  We can provide you with a billing statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

We do accept cash paying patients as well.


Do I need a referral?

Yes, we require a referral from either a Neurologist or Primary Care Physician in order to become a patient here.


How long are the appointments?

The initial appointment is usually two hours long.  This includes check in as well as your visit with the doctor.  The follow-up appointments are scheduled based on patient need and average 30 minutes.


What do I bring to my appointment?

Please bring your insurance cards, new patient packet, and any additional medical records you have that have not yet been forwarded to our office.


Are there any special preparations I need to make for my appointment?

No, make no changes to your daily routine.


After my appointment, what do I do if I am not feeling well, or I am having problems with medication adjustments?

Call 408-734-2800 and ask to speak with the advice nurse, who is available Monday Friday 8:30am 5:30pm. All calls after 4:30pm may be returned the following business day.


Will you be my main Neurologist or do I continue with my current Neurologist?

The Parkinson's Institute has three approaches to seeing patients:

  1. One-Time Consultation: The patient is seen only for diagnosis or confirmation of a diagnosis, or for suggestions about management.
  2. Annual or Infrequent Visits: The patient has a consultation visit similar to that described above and then returns to the referring physician who conducts all aspects of treatment and follow-up care based upon the recommendations made by our movement disorders specialist. The patient returns to our clinic as needed, often on an annual basis, for re-assessment so that additional recommendations may be made to the referring physician.
  3. Continuing Care: The patient elects to be regular patient of our clinic with regular care generally requiring a 20- to 30-minute visit every three to four months. More frequent visits may be necessary for complex problems. Treatment and follow-up care are coordinated by our movement disorders specialist.

Additional questions about becoming a new patient at The Parkinson's Institute?

Send an email to clinic@thepi.org or call 408-734-2800 and ask to speak with the New Patient Coordinator.


675 Almanor Avenue | Sunnyvale, CA 94085
408.734.2800 main | 408.734.8455 fax (Main) | 408.734.9208 fax (Clinic Secure)