What to Expect from Your Appointment

Bastyr Center is currently offering in-person patient appointments as well as telehealth visits. Should you choose an in-person appointment, Bastyr Center, in accordance with the Washington governor’s mandate, requires that you wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times while in the clinic. We thank you for your cooperation. Telehealth is the best way for us to protect each other during this unusual time.  In order to provide the best care for you and adhere to current federal guidelines, we are happy to serve you by providing Virtual Visits in addition to in-clinic visits! 

How to schedule an appointment:  

Call us during regular business hours, Mon/Tues/Thurs 8:30am - 8:30pm, Wed/Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm, Sat 8:30am - 12:30pm at (206) 834.4100.  

What will a Virtual Visit be like?

In our Teaching Clinic

Your Virtual Visit will be very similar to your visits in-person.  You will receive a link in a MyChart message from your provider that you will click on a few minutes before your appointment time.  It will take you to your virtual waiting room. Your care team of students will then join you to review your needs and symptoms and create a treatment plan. 

For your comfort, only the student interviewer and supervisor will be seen during your visit, the other student(s) will not have their cameras on. To formulate the treatment plan, it will be like your in-person visits.  The students will ‘step out,’ leaving you in the ‘waiting room’ while they discuss their plan with the supervisor then ‘step back in’ to review it with you.

In Private Practice

Your Virtual Visit will be very similar to your visits in-person.  If you see a provider in our private practice, log into MyChart 30 minutes before your visit time to complete the e-check in process.  Select appointments from the MyChart menu screen and then that day’s appointment and follow the prompts for e-check in. Once check-in is complete, you will be able to click the link to join the telehealth visit and wait for your provider to enter the virtual visit.

What kind of health concerns can be covered virtually? 

We can discuss common ailments like allergies, digestive complaints and hormonal issues. This format also works well for medication updates, blood pressure and diabetes as well.  If you have a concern that really does need a physical exam to provide better diagnosis or treatment, our teams will refer you to a clinic who can do in-person visits. 

Will you be able to prescribe medication/herbal remedies? 

Yes.  All prescriptions will either be sent to a pharmacy electronically or sent to our in-house dispensary, who can mail them to you.  Alternatively, you can use our online dispensary Wellevate to order your supplements. 

How long will a Virtual Visit be? 

Expect about 45-60 minutes if you are returning patient and about 75-90 minutes for new patients.   

What software do I need? 

You don’t need any special software. When you click on the link in your MyChart message, Zoom will automatically download and let you into the ‘meeting’ (Zoom is a cloud-based video solution.  We are using security features such as passwords and meeting rooms to comply with current HIPAA rules). You do need a webcam and a microphone. 

How does payment work? 

You can pay for your appointment using MyChart. During this national emergency, telehealth has the same coverage as a regular in-person office visit.  We will be billing these to your insurance, regular deductibles and co-pays apply. If you are one of our patients on a special fee schedule due to income or senior/military status you will be billed your regular rate as you are accustomed to. 

How should I prepare for my appointment? 

Most medications and supplements can be updated in MyChart prior to your visit.  If you have labs or other documents, you can also upload them into MyChart.