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My MD Advisor

Private Patient Advocacy

You deserve help from an experienced physician who knows hospitals, doctors, rehabilitation recovery and medicine

Dr. Maissel is your medical sherpa, guiding you through all the ups and downs of a complex health journey

 

My very first impression of Dr. Gerda Maissel while meeting her on a family zoom call was "What a wonderful listener!" Her understanding and extremely compassionate personality gave our family the support and control we needed at one of the most difficult times in our lives. In a time and culture where many medical opinions, protocols and practices, and personal beliefs can dictate treatment and overshadow the patient, Dr. Gerda was a genuine voice of support and human emotion, allowing the family to make informed decisions based on our loved one's wishes and the wishes of the family. She empowered me and the family by giving us the facts and medical knowledge needed to make medical decisions on behalf of my mother. What I found to be truly wonderful and unique was the fact that Dr. Maissel never questioned, judged or tried to persuade our family's decisions. She gave nothing but total respect and support for our family's (and my mother's) beliefs, decisions and wishes. Dr. Maissel handled our family and my mother with grace, reverence and respect as we fought to save her. Although my mother is no longer with us, I know she sees how hard we fought with her, and the brilliant, loving doctor who stood by our side. I am forever grateful for the wisdom, guidance and trust Dr. Maissel gave our family.

- C.F.
3/17/22

We become the doctor in your family who has time for you, morning noon and night. Weekends too.

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Ensure that your loved one gets the best possible medical care

Resolve road blocks, understand the medical options, and reduce your frustration

In Complex Medical Situations You Need:

  • Insider tips

  • Communication when you are available

  • Customized information

  • Support of an experienced physician and leader

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Every client has a unique and often frustrating situation. We can help.

  • Concierge level support, advice and coordination

  • Assess: Current care with education on medications

  • Translate: Medical terms into common sense language

  • Plan: Clarify your goals and figure out how to get there

  • Research: Programs and experts

  • Guide:  Make sure you get the best care

  • Advocate:  Doctors return calls from other physicians

  • Select: Hospital, rehabilitation, ​long term acute care (LTAC), subacute, nursing home, outpatient or home care 

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The Doctor

My MD Advisor was founded by Dr. Maissel because of her passion for helping people with complex and chronic conditions. She wants to ensure that people receive the best care possible regardless of age or disability.  Dr. Maissel supports clients as if they were family. 

 

Dr. Maissel is a Board Certified Patient Advocate (BPCA), Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician, and a Certified Physician Executive (CPE). 

The Story

Dr. Maissel's brother had severe developmental disabilities. When she visited her brother in the 1970s, the deplorable conditions and disregard for human dignity left an indelible impression. After a career as a Physical Medicine &  Rehabilitation physician and a health care executive, she now brings her experience, knowledge and skills to you. She combines her understanding of medicine, recovery, business and health care culture to ensure that you and your loved one have the best experience possible.

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