Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions
What are the doctors office hours?

Dr. Richardson - 8:30am to 6:30pm Monday - Friday, by appointment.

Dr. Patrawalla - 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday - Friday, by appointment.

Dr. Khoshnu - 11:00am to 5:00pm Wednesdays only, by appointment.

Dr. Howland - 9:00am to 3:00pm Fridays only, by appointment.

What insurances do the doctors take?

Dr. Richardson
Dr. Richardson does not accept insurance. However you may have out-of-network mental health benefits. His staff will work with you to determine what your benefits are and will help you with the billing process.
He has opted out of MediCare and neither he nor you can bill MediCare for your visits.

Dr. Khoshnu
Dr. Khoshnu is in network with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield plans (except Magellan), United Healthcare, Aetna and Medicare (with a secondary insurance).

Dr. Patrawalla
Dr. Patrawalla will accept MediCare (with a secondary insurance). If the patient has no secondary insurance, then he or she will need to pay the medicare fee at the time of service.

Dr. Howland
Dr. Howland will accept MediCare (with a secondary insurance). If the patient has no secondary insurance, then he or she will need to pay the medicare fee at the time of service.

Frequently Asked Questions About rEEG Testing
Does it hurt?

No. There is no pain while the EEG is recorded. There is some rubbing of the scalp prior to the recording.

Will my head be shaved?


Will I be shocked by the electrodes?

No. The instrument only reads your brain's electrical activity.

Will I be injected with anything?

No. The EEG recording is completely non-invasive.

How long will it take?

Approximately 45 - 60 minutes.

Should I do anything special before the test?
  • Get a good night's sleep the evening before.
  • On the morning of the test wash your hair thoroughly.
  • Do not use cream rinse or conditioner, hair spray, mousse, etc. These products can leave a residue which can make it difficult to get good EEG readings.
  • Dry your hair completely and do not braid it.
  • Do not drink alcohol for at least two days before the test (48 hours).
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco for 10 hours prior to the test.
  • No coffee or tea for 15 hours prior to the test.
  • Do not take any supplements unless you have been directed to do so by your prescriber.
What about medications?

Discuss your medications with your prescriber and follow his or her instructions. You may need to discontinue some or all medications. Unless instructed by your prescriber, do not take any over the counter medications; i.e. aspirin, antihistamines, ibuprofen, Tylenol, nasal sprays, cough medicine, allergy medication, analgesics, herbs, food supplements, amino acids, etc.

Why cant I be on any medications for the test?

The rEEG database was standardized with medication-free EEG's, so any EEG data that is used to create a rEEG report, also has to be free of medications to ensure the most valid results.

My physician has never heard of rEEG, what should I do?

rEEG is a relatively new advance in the field of psychiatry, so many doctors may not be aware of the rEEG, or of its success. If your physician is interested in learning more about rEEG they may go to .

What is a Psychiatric EEG Evaluation Registry (PEER)?

A simple computerized electroencephalogram (EEG) is collected. An EEG records a person's brain electrical activity, much like an EKG does for the heart. This helps us to understand a patient's unique brain patterns or neurophysiology.

The EEG is compared to people with similar EEGsto see what medications worked and did not work for them.

A report is generated which will help your prescriber better understand treatment options specifically for you.