Fresno Geriatric Medical Group Team

Our location:

347 E Barstow Ave, Suite 102 Fresno, CA 93710

Open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Closed from 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Closed for Holidays
New Year’s Day (January 1st)
President’s Day (February 19th)
Memorial Day (May 27th)
Independence Day (July 4th)
Labor Day (September 2nd)
Thanksgiving Day (November 28th)
Day after Thanksgiving Day (November 29th)
Christmas Day (December 25th)

Our Care Team

Leidi Arriaga

Leidi Arriaga

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Veronica Mendez

Veronica Mendez

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Vanessa Fonseca

Vanessa Fonseca

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Medicare News!

Schedule Your Annual Wellness Visit

This is a reminder to reach out to your doctor and schedule your annual Medicare wellness visit if you haven’t already.

It’s important to keep up to date with your annual wellness visit so your doctor can note any health changes from year to year. During your visit, you will talk to your doctor about preventive services that may be right for you as part of your prevention plan. Preventive screenings can help you detect many health conditions early when treatment is most effective.

Remember: You pay nothing for your annual wellness visit and many other preventive services if your doctor accepts the Medicare-approved payment amount for the service. You can also log in or create your Medicare account to view your eligible preventive services.

What do I need to do during Fall Open Enrollment?

Fall Enrollment for Medicare is approaching. It runs from October 15 – December 7 every year. During this time, you can make changes to your health insurance coverage, including adding, dropping, or changing your Medicare coverage. Even if you’re happy with your current health and drug coverage, Fall Open Enrollment is the time to review what you have, compare it with other options, and make sure that your current coverage still meets your needs for the coming year.

If you are interested in enrolling or making changes to your current plan, click the button below.

Health Tip

September is National Service Dog Month. Service dogs work with people with disabilities and certain conditions, such as autism, blindness, PTSD, epilepsy, or diabetes. Guide Dogs of America provides tips for people who come across service dogs at work:

  • Do: Keep in mind the handler is supported by the service dog for daily life, offer help when appropriate but do not insist, do use an encounter with a service dog team as an opportunity to educate children
  • Don’t: Pet the service dog without permission, be offended if the handler says no to petting the dog or chatting about the dog, feed the dog, talk to the dog, make sounds to get the dog’s attention, stare at the dog


Thanks to the prescription drug law that went into effect this year, even more vaccines are free for people with Medicare Part D — an average savings of up to $70 in out-of-pocket costs each year. This means more people with Medicare being protected against disease and severe illness.

Examples of vaccines now covered under Medicare Part D include:

  • Shingles
  • Tetanus/diphtheria (Td)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) (Tdap)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

*Flu shots, COVID-19 vaccines, and pneumococcal shots are still covered by Medicare.

Look After Your Mental Health

When patients think about their health, they focus more on the physical side and disregard the mental side. Mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand, so it’s important to look after both equally.

Medicare covers a number of services to support you, including outpatient mental health services like depression screening, individual and group psychotherapy, and family counseling. Many of these services may be accessible via telehealth. As long as you have a good phone or internet connection, you can receive these services within the comfort of your own home. Do not be afraid to take advantage of what Medicare offers for you, and reach out if you need to.

Protect Your Bones

You may be at risk for osteoporosis. Without proper check-ups, you can feel like it came out of nowhere. If you think you may be at risk, talk with your doctor about getting a bone mass measurement. This test can help prevent or detect osteoporosis at an early stage, when treatment works best. 

If you are enrolled in Medicare Part B, you can ask your doctor to order a bone mass measurement test at no cost to you. This can only be done once every 24 months, or more often if medically necessary to you.

In order to keep your bones from getting weak, remember to:

  • Eat healthy foods that support bone health
  • Exercise with weights
  • Don’t smoke, and limit your alcohol consumption

Medicare Cognitive Assessment & Care Plan Services

During an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), your physician will do a fully check up with you. This may include a cognitive assessment to make sure you aren’t showing signs of dementia. Even though Medicare covers one AWV a year, Medicare Part B also covers a separate visit with your doctor, or a specialist, to fully review your cognitive function. By focusing only on your cognitive ability, you physician can establish or confirm a diagnosis like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and create a personalized care plan.

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