House-call doctor re-opens practice

by Sue Mroz Special to The Review

Dr. Barb Weber, a rural family practitioner and noted equestrian, gained acclaim as a physician who made house calls, while operating her medical practice in the Sheboygan, Ozaukee and Washington county areas, from 2002-11.

Her office during those years was first located on the upper floor of Attorney Ed Ritger’s law-office building, at 675 Wolf Road, Random Lake. She later moved her practice to a farmhouse at N639 Silver Creek-Cascade Road in Silver Creek.

Unfortunately for her patients, Weber discontinued her medical practice in December 2011. In the interim, “Many of my former patients contacted me to make house calls,” she said.

They also encouraged her to re-open her practice. Thus, three months ago, she did so, setting up practice in her former office space in Ritger’s facility.

She has her black leather doctor’s bag packed, a gift she received years ago from a patient Carl Johnson, and she will continue making house calls within a 20-mile radius of Random Lake, for patients unable to travel to her office.

Weber will host an open house at her office, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Thursday, June 12. The event will feature free blood-pressure screenings and an opportunity for patients to schedule an appointment at a reduced fee. Refreshments will also be served.

Appointments may be scheduled at the open house for a later date. Her office hours are slated for 2-5 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturdays, or per appointments for house calls.

Her two receptionists are Jennifer Eggers and Sara Marten. Weber’s father, Robert Weber, a retired Sheboygan Falls dentist, whose son Paul has taken over his father’s dental practice, will also assist with filing and receptionist duties.

Weber operates her practice as an independent physician, unaffiliated with an HMO (healthmaintenance organization). She will not be billing insurance companies.

“HMO’s are geared more to profit,” she said. “I went into medicine to help people out, not to have a big income.”

The cost and hassle entailed with billing insurance companies are two reasons Weber gave up her medical practice three years ago.

An equestrian since her teenage years, the Sheboygan Falls native, trains, raises and sells horses -- mainly Russian Riding horses -- Orlov Rostopchins -- a nearly extinct breed..

Geriatrics (care of the elderly) and women’s health are her two favorite aspects of family practice.

As for obstetrics, Weber will offer services to women through their 20th week of pregnancy and will then refer them to an OB/GYN specialist.

In cases regarding the hospitalization of a patient, “Arrangements are made at the hospital of the patient’s choice,” she said. “A hospitalist [physician who specializes in treating hospitalized patients] takes care of the patient and communicates closely with me.”

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