Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive can be found below. For additional information, please feel free to contact our office.
When is Dr. Dudney available?
Dr. Dudney's office hours are from 7:00 AM until 12:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and on occasional Fridays.
How quickly can I get an appointment?
Every morning we try to hold slots for urgent appointments, so long wait times are unusual. Click here to check availability.
Can I fill out Client forms before arriving?
Yes, click here to view our client forms. New clients are encouraged to print and complete these pages prior to arrival at our clinic in order to save time.
cost & insurance
What are Dr. Dudney's rates?
The initial new client visit is $350. Return visits are $265 and may be medically necessary to monitor progress and refill controlled medication. The first return visit is typically within 4 weeks, although there are exceptions in certain situations. Medications, if needed, are separate and costs vary. Some prescriptions can be filled in our office while others may require an outside pharmacy visit.
Do you accept health insurance?
No, we do not accept or file any type of insurance. Payment is required at the time of service. We accept credit cards, debit cards, and cash. (Sorry, checks are not accepted.)
If required, what type of blood tests will be done?
Lab panels may be suggested if medically necessary. Examples of these tests include blood cell count, lipid panel, and thyroid tests. If you have had blood tests done within the last twelve (12) months, please bring a copy with you for review, which may make further testing unnecessary.
We do not draw blood in our office. You may choose any commercial lab such as LabCorp or Quest, or a hospital-based lab. (Your insurance may be billed by your chosen lab.)
Dr. Dudney will review the results of your blood tests and provide a copy for your own records.
Do you require shots, supplements, packed meals or vitamins for weight loss?
No, these add-on gimmicks are not necessary and can be unsafe and expensive. See:
Does Dr. Dudney offer Ketamine treatment for depression?
What about Medical Marijuana?
Dr Dudney is certified with the Florida Medical Marijuana Registry as a physician who can recommend medical use of marijuana. This requires a new patient visit and confirmation of symptoms that may benefit when balanced against the risks, and following the online procedures to obtain the patient registry card. Please contact Sherie@DrDudney.com or call for information.
Do antidepressants cause weight gain?
Yes, some more so than others. For this reason, Dr. Dudney is very cautious about choosing an antidepressant for you.
Are medications addictive?
Controlled substances do carry a risk of abuse, and we prescribe them carefully to reduce this risk. If you have had a problem with alcohol or drugs in the past, have a family history of addiction, or your controlled drug pharmacy record indicates a risk, Dr. Dudney will discuss your options and suggest the safest medications for your situation.
How long does it take for medication to work?
While most anti-depressants take a few weeks, anti-anxiety medications usually take only a few days. Appetite suppressants and A.D.D medications take only a few hours. Special precautions need to be followed with all medicines to avoid side effects. Sensitivity to medication is different for every pill and every person. Cautious prescribing is a good plan, but we want you to feel the medication is working as soon as possible. We want your prescriptions to be both safe and effective. Please tell us if any medication is too strong, or not strong enough.