PLEASE NOTE: As of Friday June 30th, our office phone lines will be turned off. Faxes from patients, pharmacies, law firms, etc., should be directed to Haven Medical. Their fax number is (919) 969-1415. Dr. B will catch up with the faxes they receive beginning the week of July 10th.
Dr. Berndtson will be "off the grid" from July 1st through July 9th. He will resume taking emails to schedule phone consults as of July 10th. He will also answer emailed questions as of July 10th. Long emails with multiple questions are better addressed by phone consultation.
ALSO NOTE: Dr. Berndtson will retire his DEA license for controlled substance prescriptions as of July 1. Patients getting refills from Dr. B for opioids, stimulants, or benzodiazepines will need to find another prescriber. This also applies to controlled sleep medications, muscle relaxants, and all other controlled substances. Instead, he will emphasize inflammation control, healthy lifestyle changes, gut-brain health approaches, and various integrative and functional medicine options, referring to pain specialists only as needed.
Based on feedback from a patient, Dr. B no longer recommends the Coleman Institute as a place to obtain help managing controlled pain medications.
We're down to the last three days of patient care here at Park Ridge MultiMed. Thanks agains for the many happy memories, the well-wishes, and the encouragement you have given me over the past 10 years. Will soon set off for Chapel Hill after 35 years living in Park Ridge. That's over half of my life. I'll turn 62 in September. I sure will miss Park Ridge. But I'm excited join my North Carolina colleagues on a mission to help CIRS patients and to help cure CIRS blindness on the part of the medical profession. I hope it will be onward and upward for all of us! - kb ... See MoreSee Less
Chinese research finds new inflammatory health threat from secondary organic compounds that form when citrus-based surface cleaning agents and ammonia meet within indoor air. The new secondary organic molecules formed by these molecular collisions were associated with lung inflammation in mice. This means that organic cleaning products and man-made cleaning products should not be used indoors at the same time. ... See MoreSee Less
Well, pardon the long post, but so far, the main issue with communicating the upcoming changes in my practice has to do with patients who did not read my letter to patients, which is available at https://parkridgemultimed.com/.
To read about why I'll be able to continue caring for patients that live in Illinois and patients who've had an in-person visit with me, in which case you have up to a year since that visit before you'll need to see me in-person again regardless of where you live (based on confusing medical practice rules from state to state).
For those of you who want to transfer your care to another physician or practice, please click on the "On Transferring Care" document on the homepage.
I must express my deepest gratitude to Sherri Lee for her multidisciplinary skills and her incredibly patient-friendly way of interacting with callers and emailers. She's so capable that I'm still not sure she's a human person.
I must also acknowledge the work of Jesse Karpen, DC, who, from 2007 through 2016, was the backbone of Park Ridge MultiMed, and also Jennifer Klotz, RD, who held down the front desk while doing a great job of nutritional counseling for my patients during her stay. Feel free to post your friendly thanks to any or all of these wonderful people. Amy Whiteside, Diane Williamson, Susan Allen, and Christina Guthrie also played key roles in our success over the past 10 years.
Take solace by knowing that Sherri, Jesse, and Jennifer have landed jobs that put them in a better position to take advantage of their talents. My letters of recommendation for these fine people may have played a role ; )
I understand why many of you are saddened by the closing of Park Ridge MultiMed. The good news is that I will continue to be available to most patients by phone and email from Chapel Hill.
For those of you who are looking for help navigating the changes, consider joining the private new Facebook group for patients of the practice who want a sounding board and a source of support and guidance:
Thanks to you all,
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Park Ridge MultiMedAnd pardon my failure to thank Mary Finnegan for her work the front desk, Susan Allen for bringing functional nutrition into the practice, and her assistant, Kim Kawa, for being a great team player.1 · 1 month ago
Lauren DuffySherri - thank you for stepping in with Quest on my behalf when that was needed 😉 💪🏽 And Jesse, for being such a kind presence in the office and even remembering my name very quickly. Fair winds and following seas to you both. 🌬⛵️1 · 4 weeks ago
Well, it has been a while since I posted anything to this Facebook page. I've been too busy with patient care to keep up with social media posts. But now I need to take advantage of social media to announce that I have accepted a position with Haven Medical in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As a result, Park Ridge Multimed will close its doors on June 30th 2017. I will head East to Chapel Hill on July 5th. ... See MoreSee Less
Catherine Tomaras YorkCongrats Keith, I'm so happy for you, may you be happy at your new position and your new home. NC is a lot warmer too! You're a wonderful Dr. And through the years I've seen what you said, studied and believed in become more mainstream. It's difficult at times to hold the torch to light the way, but happy that there are those that do.2 · 2 months ago
Jennifer PaschenCongrats on the new opportunity! Thank you for the care and guidance over the years. It's been a pleasure. I know we will be in touch. Continue the good work, doc!2 months ago
Karen Foswold😢❤️ Going to REALLY miss you, but happy for you! Thank you for being such a wonderful doctor/person -even friend! I might not still be here if it wasn't for you. There's hardly anyone out there who cares like you do! Thank you so much!! Your future patients in North Carolina are blessed!2 · 2 months ago
Anne Warren RushVery happy for you. Sad for those who are loosing you. Best wishes on the next leg of your journey.🌿2 months ago
Paul VarnasKeith--good luck!! Sorry to see you go. Illinois' loss2 months ago
Joan KristiansenKeith, Bless your heart! I hope the move goes well for y'all and nothing goes catawampus. You need to start practicing the jargon of a Tar Heel. (I was born in NC-never lived). Your new venture with CIRS sounds fascinating. Congrats and all the best!2 months ago
Julie ArriagaCongrats and best of luck to you! I will be forever grateful to you for changing my life for the better! You found the answer to my issues when no one else could!2 · 2 months ago
Susan FrangosCongrats Keith on your new adventure! Cheers!2 months ago
Sarah HerzelCongratulations. But where do we go now? We are just getting started.2 months ago
Amy HansonCongratulations on your new opportunity! I can't thank you enough for figuring out all my health issues a few years ago. I can't imagine the pain and suffering if have now if it wasn't for you. Best wishes for your new adventures!2 months ago
Suzi OslerBest of luck to you, Dr. B!1 · 2 months ago
Sylvia Windolph FischerI am sad to read this news, feeling lost, but wish you all the best in your new journey. Dr. B., thank you so much for all the time and wisdom you brought to my health, I will miss you!4 · 2 months ago
To all Lyme patients and advocates, and those who wish the CDC would abide by the stipulations of the Administrative Services Act,
I encourage you to read this petitiion and become a signer. - kb ... See MoreSee Less
Citizen Petition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bacterial Diseases Branch Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 USC § 552, the Patient Centered Care Advocacy Group, a patient advocacy organization with members and supporters throughout the United States, and the undersi…