Dear Colleague,

In all my years practicing family medicine, I rarely got to spend as much time as I’d have liked counseling patients. There was time to review test results with them, to explain diagnoses and discuss treatment options. There was time enough (barely) to offer compassion or an encouraging word.

But hardly ever was there enough time to really work with patients to be in the best possible frame of mind going into and through a health challenge. Hardly ever was there enough time to fully treat the emotional issues interacting with their physical health.

So that is what I do now. I partner with fellow MDs to help their patients resolve the thoughts, feelings and behaviors affecting their health and quality of life negatively.

These are great partnerships for our patients for two reasons: First, I’ll appreciate the details of their medical history and current health, and can customize counseling around them; and second, I’ll spot important points during therapy that may have ramifications for their medical management, and will report them to you with the patient’s permission.

Below are answers to questions I get asked most frequently by fellow physicians. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss a patient, please call me at 617-899-1060 or use this inquiry form.

I look forward to working with you. To your patients’ health!

Rachel Katz MD, BCFP

Do you obtain referrals prior to treatment?

It’s my strong preference -- I will ask each new patient to obtain a referral from you. I will only treat patients without a referral if they don’t have their own doctor or have a very good reason for declining to obtain the referral.

Do you order tests? Prescribe medications?

My strong preference is to have my patients' primary care physician or specialist order all diagnostic/lab tests and medications. In special situations, I will order limited tests and/or medications that are focused specifically on the condition for which I’m treating a patient. If you refer a patient to me, I will not order any tests nor prescribe any medications without consulting with you first.

Can you ever act as a patients’ complete primary care physician?

I am Board Certified in Family Practice and maintain my license and certifications as mandated by the AAFP and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. So I can act as a primary care physician, but I choose not to make that the focus of my practice. Instead, I seek to collaborate with other physicians to focus on very specific areas of our patients' well-being as outlined on this web site.

What other “integrative health services” are available to your patients?

I recognize that some patients are best served by therapies that I’m not trained to deliver (-- yet!) I am knowledgeable about the benefits of acupuncture, reiki, physical therapy, yoga, massage, etc., and will refer patients to trusted practitioners when appropriate. If you practice an allied health therapy, I’d be glad to learn about your treatments. Please contact me here.

Do you have referral fees?

I neither accept nor pay any referral fees.

Do you take insurance?

I don’t take insurance, but will gladly provide patients with the paperwork they need – including diagnostic codes when required – to submit claims to their insurer for any covered services.

What are your credentials?

I've been a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1991 and a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine since 1996. My training includes...

Brown University School of Medicine, Pawtucket, RI
Family Medicine Residency and Board Certification

The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Doctor of Medicine

Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
R.D. in Dietetics

New England Institute of Hypnosis, Boston MA
Certification in Hypnotherapy

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition