Lauren Wheeler

Lost Coast Advocacy

Lauren Wheeler

Lost Coast Advocacy
Advocate Location
Eureka , CA 95501
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Special Care & Aging
(785) 429-4732
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
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How I Can Help
I focus on helping people feel "found" within their healthcare journey. So many times, it can be easy to get lost in a maze of hospital corridors or hard-to-understand internet information. I can help you (or your loved one) figure out what you need to make the next right decision for your health.

Nationwide, I help people find the answers to their questions - like, what information is out there about the rare disease the doctor thinks I have? What are the risks and benefits of the certain surgery my doctor mentioned and why doesn't insurance cover it? Do my symptoms really fit the diagnosis I've been given or might another answer fit better? Are there any experts in this specific thing I have? I always answer questions in writing that a normal person can understand, with links to the medical journals. I also offer video/phone explanations.

For my clients in Northern California, we often work together to identify needs, desires, and preferences and communicate them effectively. I can help you navigate your doctor's office, the hospital, the psychiatric hospital, outside services (like dentists, audiologists, PT, etc.) and find community resources.
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • I am insured
  • My geographical area of practice is Humboldt County, Nationwide
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
After earning my MD, I entered a family medicine residency, but left early to pursue medical writing. After 5 years of medical research/writing experience, I missed caring for people directly and helping them solve the healthcare problems they couldn't fix on their own. I found a comprehensive patient advocacy course and completed the board certification exam, so I could say that I'm confident I can help you and your loved ones with whatever challenges arise next.
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Formal Education
University of Kansas, Doctor of Medicine (MD), 2017
Kansas State University, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Microbiology, 2013
Additional Skills
I can help with nearly any concern including mental health, genetic differences, autoimmune diseases, neurological conditions, rare diseases, aging concerns, palliative and hospice care, and end-of-life planning, cross-cultural care differences, hospital safety, disability issues, care coordination and communication gaps.

As a writer, I'm also excellent at helping people research answers to any medical question they have.