A Letter from Dr. Fraser

I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones well. It has been a rewarding experience to work at AAA for the last two years. I’ve come to know many of you very well so it’s with mixed emotions that I am announcing my next venture outside of Virginia. This will allow me to continue my work and be closer to my three young children and husband. I am grateful to Dr. Blair for giving me the opportunity to work here alongside her in this practice. I am grateful to the amazing staff for supporting me and for taking such great care of all of you. You are all in good hands and my hope for you is that you find health and happiness now and in the future.
My last day at AAA will be on June, 30, 2021, and until then you may reach out to me about your transition of care. Additionally, you can reach out to Dr. Blair or our office manager, Jill McReynolds, if you have any questions or concerns.
Sincerely
Burcin Fraser

**Summer Office Hours**

Please note that both offices will be closed on Monday 7/5/2021, in observance of the holiday.

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Our Summer Hours include updated FRIDAY hours. Please see front desk if you would like a printed copy.

Our McLean office will be CLOSED July 12th-13th, and 16th.

Our Sterling office will be CLOSED July 14th-16th.

Both offices will be closed Monday, 9/6/2021, in observance of the holiday.

FRIDAY OPENINGS:

McLean Location
7/9, 7/23, 8/6, 8/20, 9/3, 9/17

Sterling Location

7/2, 7/30, 8/13, 8/27, 9/10, 9/24

 

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

 

Allergy and Asthma Associates is fielding a large number of calls and questions regarding the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.  At this time, we are responding to COVID-19 vaccination questions with the following statement.  We hope the following answers your questions and addresses your concerns.

 

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccination at Allergy and Asthma Associates (AAA)? At this time AAA does not have the vaccine and for the time being AAA will not be providing the vaccination in our office.  AAA has registered with the Virginia Dept of Health to receive vaccines, but we have no timeline on when to expect them.  It’s possible that AAA may not have the vaccination until this summer 2021.

 

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine, and which one should I get? AAA strongly recommends that all of our patients, including those with a history of anaphylaxis, immune deficiency, or adverse reactions to other vaccinations, receive either of the currently available vaccines for COVID-19. The only exception would be if you have a known polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate allergy – these allergies are extremely rare.

 

Are there extra precautions I should take with the vaccination?  If you have an epinephrine pen, please bring this with you to the vaccination appointment and wait 30 minutes after receiving your vaccine.  You should expect a sore arm, low grade temperatures, body aches and fatigue for several days after the vaccination – this is expected and evidence that the vaccination is stimulating your immune system in the expected way.  Please also see the following information sheets about each vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/eua/index.html.

 

What category group am I in?  This depends on your age, job, and health status. Depending on where you live you may be eligible for a vaccination.  Please check your local county health department to register for a vaccine. Also please reference this page to calculate what vaccination group you fall into: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/

 

We sincerely hope this answers your questions. If you have additional questions or concerns we are happy to schedule you a telemedicine visit with the next available AAA provider. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please respond to this message or call our office.

 

Sincerely,

Allergy and Asthma Associates

Attention Allergy Shot Patients

In an effort to keep current with guidelines for COVID-19 prevention, we are limiting our allergy shots to BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and suspending walk-in appointments until further notice. We ask that you call prior to coming into the office to schedule any appointment. Please cover up and limit those with you at your scheduled appointments.

We are greatly reducing the patient volume in our office at this time. Due to the ongoing situation, we may at times have to update our schedules. We thank you for your support and patience. 

If you have not received an allergy injection for an extended period of time and are unsure of your current dosing schedule, please contact our lab supervisor for an update. We will do our best to return you to your previous schedule.

COVID-19 Precautions

Attention All Patients:

If you are in need of scheduling an appointment, sick or otherwise, please contact our staff via telephone or the patient portal PRIOR to coming into the office. We are enforcing strict guidelines in order to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff. These guidelines may result in the cancellation of appointments or referrals to outside facilities.

Any patient diagnosed with severe lung disease or who is immunodeficient, we ask that you cancel in-office appointments and reschedule virtual visits with your provider. 

If you have been exposed to and/or traveling in areas where the conronavirus has been detected PLEASE reschedule any appointments.

Please take precaution if you have a fever and/or cough or shortness of breath. Wear a mask. Contact your routine medical provider in order for all treatment to be appropriately triaged. Stay home and contact the office via the patient portal or request a virtual visit.

***Our office does not have any testing available for viral infections***

 

Employ the following measures to limit the spread of infection:

  • Stay home if you are feeling ill, have a fever and/or shortness of breath.
  • Cover you cough.
  • Wash you hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes with unclean hands.
  • Wipe down all surfaces frequently and after each use.

Important Reminders for New Patients

Please review the following reminders prior to coming in for your new patient appointment:

  • If scheduling online please note we only schedule one person per family, per day.
  • This appointment lasts approximately 2 hours. We have allocated time for allergy skin testing. If medically possible, please refrain from taking antihistamines (including over-the-counter and/or prescribed pills, creams, nasal sprays, and eye drops) to have the testing completed at your initial visit. Ask your pharmacist if your current medications are antihistamines or contact our office.
  • If you need to cancel or change this appointment, we require 48 hours notice. Please speak to one of our receptionists to confirm your appointment has been cancelled. By providing notice, you avoid being charged the $100 missed appointment/late cancellation fee.
  • Please confirm with your insurance company PRIOR to your appointment if there is a preferred lab in the event that lab work is ordered by your provider. You will be asked to provide this information at check in.
  • Please complete your new patient paperwork PRIOR to your appointment. This greatly reduces the time required to properly register you as a patient and helps us see you on time. As noted in our financial policy, please contact your insurance company in advance to ensure you are aware of your financial responsibility and benefit coverage.
  • Please contact our office if you have any questions, are unable to refrain from taking antihistamines or need assistance registering for the patient portal to access your paperwork.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.

Allergy and Asthma Associates

Announcing new hire- Bridget Schaefer, PA!

We are so pleased to welcome to Allergy and Asthma Associates a new team member! Beginning in July 2019, Bridget will be seeing patients in both of our offices. She is a board certified physician assistant who grew up in Richmond, VA. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University and subsequently completed her Masters of Science degree and Physician Assistant studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Bridget joins our practice after gaining over 20 years of experience as a physician assistant with most of her experience in the specialty of allergy and asthma, along with experience from the field of dermatology. She loves working with her patients and their families in order to help them manage their environmental allergies, food allergies, asthma and skin conditions.

Bridget lives in Reston and enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her loyal dog, Jax. She also enjoys cycling on her Peloton bike and practicing yoga.

Avoid Lengthy Check-In

Whether you are new to our practice or established, you may have questions prior to your appointment. Avoid a lengthy check-in process by getting answers prior to coming in!

We will be happy to help you with:

  • verifying new insurance
  • providing you with details about your visit
  • giving you an estimate of your out of pocket costs
  • supplying billing codes
  • listing what information you will need in order to contact your insurance
  • anything else

Please reach out to our reception or billing team with any questions you may have. We look forward to assisting you!

Testing Medication Checklist

Reminder: If you are requiring allergy skin testing or a specialized test, some medications limit test accuracy. If medically possible, you must refrain from certain medications one week prior to the test date. Please speak to our nursing team if there are any questions about medications you are currently taking- prior to your appointment.

This is not a complete list, please check with your pharmacy/nursing team to ensure any medication (prescribed or over the counter) you take does not conflict with the testing procedure.

MEDICATION CHECK LIST

The following medication (over the counter & prescription) MUST be discontinued one week prior any Skin Testing.

There are numerous medications, including some Anti-Depressant medication that interfere with testing and should not be stopped due to the nature of the drugs. Please check with your physician or pharmacist if you have any question about specific drugs not listed below.

All antihistamines or combinations that include antihistamines.

Actifed                                       AccuHist                                Tylenol PM

Allegra (Fexofenadine)          Alavert                                   Advil PM

Astelin Nasal Spray                Atarax(Hydroxazine)          Nyquil

Astepro                                     Atrohist                                  Zaditor(Eye drops)

Benadryl (3 days)                   Bepreve                                 All over the counter sleep aid medications

Bromfed                                  Claritin or Clarinex (Loratadine)

Chlortrimeton                        Dimetapp

Dymista                                   Elestat

Meclizine                                Optivar

Pataday                                   Patanase

Patanol                                   Rhinotan

Semprex D                              Tavist

Triaminic                                 Xyzal (Levocetirizine)

Zyrtec

ANTACIDS

Zantac-Ranitidine

Pepcid-Famotidine

Tagamet-Cimetidine

The following medications DO NOT interfere with testing and may be taken.

Advair                         Prednisone (if on for a couple of weeks ask provider)

Albuterol                    Prelone

Antibiotic                    Pulmicort

Atrovent                     Rhinocort

Azmacort                    Serevent

Beclovent                    Singular (Montelukast)

Cromolyn                      Slobid

Flonase (Fluticasone)   Sudafed

Flovent                        Symbicort

Guaifed                       Tilade

Humibid                      Vancenase

Nasalcrom                  Vanceril

Nasocort                     Ventolin

Nasonex                      Veramyst

ProAir                          Zicam

Breo                            Motrin

Dulera                         Asmanex

ANTACIDS

Previcid-Lansoprazole

Prilosec-Omeprazole

Nexium – Esomeprazole Magnesium

 

**On some occasions, even if you have avoided the above medications, the physician may decide that a blood test would be indicated before allergy testing is preformed.

Serum Lab Hours

Please note that serum lab has updated hours: Monday-Thursday 8 AM-4 PM. Please contact the Sterling Office to speak with the lab supervisor or send non-urgent messages via the patient portal.

Phone: (703) 430-0833, ext 103.