NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Allergy Injection Patient – Important Urgent Announcement
As you know Allergy and Asthma Care will be closing on September 30, 2019 and Drs Helm and Kelkar will be joining Allina Health. They will be seeing patients in Allina Health- Maple Grove, Blaine, Woodbury and Northfield. If you would like to continue receiving allergy injections from Dr. Helm and Kelkar we will need you to do the following:
Allergy injection patients wanting to transfer allergy injections to Allina Health Maple Grove and other Allina Facilities
1. You will need to register as a patient at Allina Health and then make an appt for your allergy shots and you will not have to see a provider as you are considered patients of Dr. Helm and Kelkar.
2. Allina Health Maple Grove Scheduling Line- 763-236-0200
Allergy injection patients already going to Allina Health for injections-
No change here
Allergy Injection Patients currently getting allergy injections at outside clinics/Primary Care Clinics and wanting to continue injections at their existing outside/Primary Care Clinics-
We requested last week that you establish care with us at Allina, and that your primary care clinic return immunotherapy mixtures, in order for you to continue receiving shots at your outside or primary care clinic.
After further discussions with Allina Health, we are no longer asking you to establish care with us at Allina Health in order to continue your allergy injections. You may continue allergy injections that you are already getting at your primary care clinic.
When your allergy serums run out, we would then need to mix your serums through Allina. This would require you to register as a patient of ours at Allina.
We will be communicating this information to those clinics as well.
If your clinic has not yet mailed us the mixtures, please feel free to continue allergy injections with no change at your doctor’s clinic.
If they have already mailed us the mixtures, no worries. We will mail them back and you may continue allergy injections at your primary care clinic.
For any injection related questions after September 30, 2019, Drs. Helm and Kelkar can be reached at Allina Health Maple Grove, 763-236-0200, or Allina Health Woodbury, 763-241-3000.
We very much appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you!
Drs. Helm and Kelkar
On October 1, Drs Helm and Kelkar will be joining Allina Health. We are confident that this move will help us continue to provide the highest quality state of the art allergy care and service that you and your referring providers have come to expect. Our last day with Allergy and Asthma Care, PA will be September 20th, 2019.
Drs Helm and Kelkar will continue to practice full time seeing patients under “Allina Health”. They will see patients at several Allina Health locations-
Drs. Helm and Kelkar will continue to practice full time at Allina Health. They will see patients at:
- Allina Health Blaine Clinic
- Allina Health Maple Grove Clinic
- Allina Health Northfield Clinic
- Allina Health Woodbury Clinic
Allina Health participates with most insurance carriers and health plans; we always recommend that you call the phone number on the back of your health insurance card to confirm your level of coverage.
After Oct 1, Allina Health will be the custodian of the medical records for Allergy and Asthma Care, PA and we will continue to comanage these. If you would like to obtain a copy of your records now, please on our website go to Resources, New Patient & Forms, Helpful Forms, Release of Information Form. Drs Helm and Kelkar will be happy to continue to see you at Allina Health locations and will have full access to your records.
We are excited about this new endeavor and want to assure you that we remain committed to the highest quality care and dedicated to providing you with excellent care and service.
Billing: Allina Health will send billing statements for Drs. Helm and Kelkar for visits starting Oct. 1.
Thank you so much for trusting us with your care and we hope to continue to serve you at Allina Health.
Allergy and Asthma Care, PA
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“There are two qualities I look for in any physician I’ve had to see over the years: physician expertise and genuine care by the physician for his/her patients. Furthermore, part of a doctors care for his patients is his ability to blend his expertise as a physician with his patients preferences for care. Since becoming a patient at Allergy and Asthma Care, Dr. Kelkar has provided me with all of these important physician qualities.”
“I was very pleased with my experience with Dr. Kelkar at Allergy and Asthma Care. When I was explaining my symptoms he listened to me and I could tell that he truly was there to help . I really appreciated Dr. Kelkar’s kindness and care. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for care with their allergy and asthma symptoms. A++!”
“Hello Amazing staff! Thank you for the special care that our daughter received today during her first OIT appointment. Her entire care team was supportive, friendly, and made her feel comfortable! We appreciate Dr.Helm in how he took so much time to answer our questions, reassure our daughter, and is just all around AMAZING!!!!! His approach is full of kindness, humor, and quality professionalism!!!”
“My wife had been experiencing a worsening cough for many years that was becoming highly disruptive to her everyday life. She had seen various doctors and tried several treatments that had been unsuccessful. Our primary doctor eventually referred her to Dr. Kelkar whom he labeled as a “difficult-to-diagnose cough expert.” We were immediately impressed with Dr. Kelkar’s thorough review of possible causes. He explained each possibility in easily understandable language. After methodically running tests of each option, he diagnosed her with chronic hypersensitive cough receptor syndrome. He referred us to a speech therapist. We admit to great skepticism about that referral but did as he suggested and were extremely pleased to find that after performing a scope test of her nasal track and throat, she taught my wife some exercises that provided immediate results of being able to suppress the severity of her coughs.
“Dr. Kelkar was recommended to me by my ENT. I appreciate Dr. Kelkar taking the time to kindly listen. He had a holistic approach, we discussed diet modification, supplements and medications. Dr. Kelkar provided very compassionate and encompassing care. I credit Dr. Kelkar with saving my life by finding cancer in a CT scan, he was so thorough with the care he provided. He is an amazing doctor, who truly cares about his patients.”
“I have had a cough for over 20 years and I was misdiagnosed with asthma by other physicians and it just did not seem to be getting better. Then I was referred to Dr. Kelkar, he truly listened, I felt like other doctors just moved me along. He listens and takes the time to hear your concerns. My cough has greatly improved with diet modification and medication. I am very happy and impressed with Dr. Kelkar. I would recommend him to everyone.”
“I have suffered with asthma my whole life, was diagnosed as an infant. I struggled as a child, couldn’t be involved in sports, was held back from playing and trips. I learned this was my normal. I became an adult, would have to miss work for extended periods of time if I caught any kind of chest cold or respiratory illness. I met Dr. Kelkar after one episode lasted a month. I was excited to try the new things he suggested, since I was on so many medications. He gave me a vitamin regime and new dietary plan. He used medications to stabilize me, with the goal to get my body healthier and take the medication away.”
“The sign of a great doctor is one who truly wants to see his patients cured and Dr. Kelkar certainly fits that description. I began seeing Dr. Kelkar for extreme allergies about 8 years ago. His genuine interest in my health and wellbeing was a welcome change from many other doctors I’ve seen. His expertise has truly been a life changer for me. When medications weren’t right for me, he pointed me in the direction of an anti-inflammatory diet which helped immensely in all aspects of my health.”
“I saw Dr. Kelkar for a bad cough that had been bothering me for 7-8 months. I was miserable!! His diagnosis & treatment has made me feel 100% better!! I can’t thank him enough for the wonderful care. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone!!”
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