Patient Resources

New Patient Information & FAQ's


How To Schedule

If you would like to set-up an appointment, please call our office at 415-362-2614 or click here for more contact and location information including our online appointments and inquiries form.


What To Expect

All new patient appointments first start with a consultation with your physician. Often, skin testing may be necessary. For same-day skin allergy testing to be performed, you will need to avoid antihistamines for five to seven days prior to your scheduled appointment. This includes Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra & Benadryl. Antihistamines are found in medications that treat allergy symptoms, but may also be found in some anti-reflux medications such as Pepcid or Zantac, and sleep aids such as Tylenol PM and NyQuil. Please call if you have questions about specific medications. If you are expecting skin testing, we recommend you wear a short sleeve shirt, as testing is typically performed on the arms. Testing may take up to 90 minutes - please plan accordingly.

If you are on antihistamines due to a recent allergic reaction or if the medications are medically necessary, please do not stop your medications. If you are not able to stop antihistamines, we still recommend that you keep your appointment. Do NOT stop taking asthma medications (including inhalers, oral steroids, such as prednisone, methylprednisolone/Medrol) or any other important medications.


Information About New Patient Forms

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New & Current Patient Requests & Inquiries

Please call one of our offices directly for your scheduling and other inquiries. You can also use our online form to reach out to us for requests like questions, medication refills, lab test results, and medical records. Please know that this form is only available as a convenience and should not be used for any urgent matters whatsoever. Additionally, we cannot guarantee Internet functionality and circumstances surrounding your submitted requests. Therefore, always contact 911, your medical professional, or one of our offices directly via phone depending on your needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I underwent allergy testing, should I bring in my old results?

If you have had a prior allergy work-up, any allergy-related clinical information can be helpful. We encourage to have your previous records sent to our office when possible. Alternatively, you can bring these records with your to your appointment.

Our allergists / immunologists (Dr. Fast and Dr. Gupta) are board-certified or board-eligible physicians who are trained in Internal Medicine and/or Pediatrics followed by 2-3 years of specific specialized training in Allergy/Immunology. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and immune deficiencies.

An otolaryngologist is an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist trained in the surgical management of disorders of the ears, nose, and throat. Many ENT physicians also perform allergy skin testing for disorders that affect the nasal passages, sinuses, and airway. Our ENT-allergist (Dr. Piepergerdes) treats many of these common disorders in adult patients.

For our young patients with allergic symptoms, or for our patients with food allergies, skin allergies, breathing issues, or immune concerns, we recommend you see one of our medical allergists (Dr. Fast or Dr. Gupta).

Dr. Fast does accept transfer of allergen immunotherapy if you have already reached steady maintenance dosing. However, prior to us being able to book your appointment, we will require clinical notes, shot recipe, skin/blood testing results, and shot records.

If you cannot keep your appointment, please cancel 24 hours in advance. Failure to cancel an appointment 24 hours in advance of your scheduled time may generate a fee.

In order to access high quality asthma and allergy care at your convenience, some of our providers do provide e-visits. This service is used to assist patients who have already established care with us and is not available for new patient consultations. These visits can be used to review lab results, request refills, and follow up with your physician.

For new patients who are under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must be present.