Call Ahead at 401-863-3953

For urgent problems, call ahead for a same day appointment. For non urgent (followup, chronic problems, prescription refills) we will often be able to accommodate you the same day or in the near future.

If you cannot keep your appointment, please give us a call and let us know so that we can fit in another patient. We need a 24 hour notice for a physical appointment. For all other appointments, you can call anytime before the scheduled time. Of course, we prefer to know as soon as you do. If we do not hear from you, your Bursar's bill will be charged a $30.00 fee.

Routine Physical Exams and Health Screening /Preventive Care

What kind of visit do I need?

Health Services offers routine physical exams and completion of medical history and physical forms for purposes of travel, pre-employment, scholarship programs (Fullbright, Peace Corps, etc.).

To address specific health problems you may be experiencing (headaches, fatigue, cough), or if you wonder if you need certain lab tests, please schedule an appointment rather than a routine physical. At this visit, you can discuss with your provider if you need a full physical.

Medical professional groups such as the US Preventive Services Task Force and the American Medical Association have taken the stance that for most patients under 40, who have no history of chronic illness or risks, an annual physical, is not necessary.  The National Institute of Health suggests that two routine physicals or check -ups in your twenties is adequate, assuming you have no prior medical problems.  Behavioral risk factors such as smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity or family history may prompt your provider to suggest more frequent checkups and screening tests.

Do I need “blood tests” to see if I am healthy?

Routine blood tests are usually not necessary, unless your provider identifies a particular risk or problem that indicates other testing.  It is recommended that young adults have one cholesterol screening.

Screening Health Tests and Exams for Young Adults

Current research based clinical evidence suggests the following age related screening tests and exams are important if you are under 40.  Screening is designed to look for medical conditions that can be detected before any symptoms are present.   A provider can help to determine what screenings are indicated.

  • Periodic blood pressure checks, at least every two years, can detect early high blood pressure known as hypertension.   Hypertension may increase your risk for many other conditions, and prompt other screening tests, such as cholesterol and diabetes screening.  Blood pressure checks are often performed when you have a visit for other reasons, for example a sore throat or an injury.
  • A cholesterol blood test once in young adulthood is a screen for lipid disorders that may predispose to other cardiovascular problems.
  • Pap smear tests are a screening for cervical cancer in women and are recommended at intervals starting at age 21.
  • Breast and pelvic exams are recommended based on age and history, at specific intervals.
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STI) screening tests, such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, are considered important to screen for in the sexually active young adult age group for both men and women. These tests, which do not require a pelvic exam, can be requested any time or as part of a routine GYN visit.
  • Periodic screenings for HIV (oral or blood tests) are currently encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control for all age groups, regardless of perceived risk. You can request a separate appointment for this, or it can be done for women during a GYN visit.

Are my shots up to date?

Immunizations are another important preventive measure. When you enter Brown, Health Services reviews and notifies you of any deficiencies for required immunizations. Your immunization status may be reviewed at other visits. For example: a provider reviews if a tetanus shot is indicated when you have a wound or cut or checks HPV vaccine status when having GYN care. As you continue at Brown, you can ask for the status of your immunizations at any visit. More information is available at our immunization page.

What if I am an older student?

For students who are 35 - 40 and older, the recommendations for screening and physical exam intervals become more complex.  Screening for colorectal, breast and prostate cancer may be indicated depending on your age and history. If you fall into this age group, feel free to make an appointment to discuss further with a provider.


Dermatology Clinic

Your Health Services fee also covers visits to our in-house dermatology clinic. A consulting physician holds regularly scheduled clinics for dermatology. You must see a Health Services provider first to be referred to the dermatology clinic. The Health Services fee does cover special procedures such as a skin biopsy, however lab charges associated with skin biopsies are not covered. Your insurance policy may cover the cost. Due to the high demand for dermatology appointments and the cost associated with "no shows," Health Services charges $30.00 to patients who do not show up for an appointment and have not cancelled the appointment 24 hours ahead of time.

Male and Female Providers

If you have a preference as to the gender of the person who examines and treats you, please tell the team assistant when you make an appointment. We will do our best to accommodate your wishes. You may wait a little longer to be seen depending on when the provider becomes available. Toward the end of the semester, the availability of female providers for gynecology appointments decreases.
If you feel more comfortable having a chaperone in the room during any part of a physical exam, please tell your provider. We will be happy to arrange for an additional staff member to be present in the room. This may not always be possible during school vacation breaks because of reduced staffing during those times.

Eye Care

We provide the following list of providers in the community to assist students in locating a provider. Please be advised that this list is not meant as endorsement of provider pricing, policies or quality of care.

For students with the Brown University sponsored Health Insurance:

The student health insurance sponsored through Brown University provides limited coverage for eye care. If choosing a provider from the following list, please ask if they are a member of First Health Network and if they accept your insurance coverage. Refer to the Insurance Office for more information.

For students that don't have the Brown University sponsored Health Insurance:

If our are covered under another insurance plan, you are responsible for all related charges; check with your insurance company for coverage.

Please be sure when scheduling your appointment that you discuss with the office your insurance coverage and terms of payment.

Stephen T. Conway, MD
466 East Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 729-9350

East Side Vision Care
213 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 421-4500

Envisions Eyecare Center
1970 Pawtucket Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
(401) 438-1166

Envisions Eyecare Center
319 Pocasset Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 942-1444

Envisions Eyecare Center
868 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
(401) 942-9933

Kendal Gibbs, MD
446 North Broadway
East Providence, RI 02914
(401) 431-1168

Dugald H. Munro, MD
1525 Wampanoag Trail
East Providence, RI 02915
(401) 437-0500



Dental Care

Health Services provides this list of dentists in the geographic area for you convenience. Please be advised that this list is not meant as endorsement of these dentists pricing or quality of care they provide. For more information about an individual dentist, you may call the RI Dental Board of Examiners at (401) 222-2151.

The Dental Savings Program is an exclusive plan for students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. The program is operated by Connection Dental Network to provide students access to general and specialty dental care from a select network of local dentists. The network of providers has met strict credentialing and quality assurance requirements. The network of participating dental providers has agreed to accept negotiated prices for the services they provide. Students will be responsible for paying for services they receive at the time of the visit. Students will generally save from twenty to fifty percent (20% - 50%) of charges for a wide range of dental services – from routine cleanings to root canals. Because the Dental Savings Program is not insurance, there are no claim forms, annual maximums, benefit limitations and conditions or other plan provisions. Students can log onto the website, to locate participating dental providers. Nationwide Life Insurance Company does not underwrite this plan.


Angell Street Dental Associates
Victor Leung, DMD
John Paquette, DMD
Charles Riotto, DMD
425 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 272-2331

Roger Carlsten, DDS
433 Lloyd Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 273-6780

Carl Cotoia, DDS
183 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 831-8998

Lena Karkalas, DDS
151 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 861-2140

Felix K. Liao, DDS/MAGD
345 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 272-5606

Edward Listengart, DDS
144 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 861-2350

Mark Pochebit, DDS
151 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906

Michael Rubinstein, DDS
Robert Ducoff, DMD
362 Ives Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 861-4358

Gary M. Lazaroff, DMD
257 Wayland Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 272-1380

Maxillofacial/Oral Surgery
Brad Kaplan, DMD
149 Govenor Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 861-5100

Orthodontics Partners
Raymond George Sr., DMD
69 Broadway
East Providence, RI
(401) 434-1127

Peter Payne, DMD
534 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 273-6161