Private Patient Advocacy for You and Your Family

Offering medical expertise, personal guidance and peace of mind for all your healthcare needs

All services are provided by the sole owner-advocate of GPS, Dr. Annette Ticoras. She trained and practiced as an internal medicine physician and has experience serving as an advocate and navigator. Click the Patient Stories tab to read what others are saying and the About GPS tab to learn more about our advocate.

Services are billed at an hourly rate and are not covered by most insurance companies.

The advocacy and navigation services provided to our clients are private in nature. Other health care entities may employ advocates/navigators to assist insured individuals or patients within their facility. These employed advocates, while helpful, ultimately have an allegiance to their employer. At GPS, we work exclusively with and for the client alone.

GPS serves the greater Columbus area including Franklin and Delaware counties. Other areas may be included as well–please contact the office to discuss your unique situation.

No. GPS can only act as your health advocate or navigator. An advocate can help you understand, organize and process medical information. All medical knowledge, authority and advice must come from the client’s own physicians and medical care team. Absolutely no medical advice or treatment is rendered to the client by the advocate.

GPS is able to provide medical interpretation, guidance, and support services to clients and their families. GPS can assist in a myriad of capacities, including, but not limited to, accompanying clients to routine medical care and appointments, surgery, ER visits, or hospitalization. Out-of- town family and overextended caregivers now have a reliable, caring and experienced alternative to act as their liaison when necessary or desired. See GPS Services tab for more details.

Just click on the Contact Us tab. GPS will arrange an initial consultation to assess your unique advocacy needs and personalize a plan for guiding and improving your healthcare experience.

Reasonable efforts are made by GPS in transmitting health records, electronic mail and billing of contracted clients to adhere to privacy and security regulations.

Patient Stories

Learn about the clients we have helped

When the Caregiver Needs Care

As the primary caretaker for my family, I was at a loss when I was suddenly faced with a serious medical diagnosis. We all wanted to be certain that I was receiving the best care and emotional support, while being well informed and confident in my healthcare decisions. That is where my advocate, Annette, stepped in. She provided knowledgeable, objective and timely translation of all my appointments and treatment regimens– not just for me, but for my family as well.

Additionally, she gave the emotional support I needed, while patiently and compassionately walking me through the storm. Having an advocate provided a comfortable connection between me and the healthcare system. She was able to listen objectively, take notes, prompt questions and confirm my understanding during physician visits. Her ability to put me at ease was a gift. With knowledge and understanding came less worry for me and my family.

B.V. Dublin, OH

Help, I'm Drowning

When I called Annette, I was feeling overwhelmed, underwater, and fearful of what the future might hold. I had no idea what steps to take next. There were so many decisions to be made about places, doctors and care. All of these decisions had to be made quickly, as well. I found it very difficult to make decisions when I was emotionally involved. Everything fell on me–the caregiver.

I felt like I needed to partner with someone during this difficult journey. I needed someone to be another set of ears and eyes in meetings and medical situations. I needed an objective person to help me ask questions because I was too involved to even think of the right questions to ask. I was so burdened that I couldn’t focus. A friend suggested that I get an advocate to help me.

Since Annette started working with me, we have overcome many obstacles and been faced with innumerable health care choices and decisions. Options regarding available treatments and optimal care are carefully researched, pursued, and discussed. Care appointments for my husband are coordinated, while vital medical team meetings and communications are handled efficiently by Annette, who always keeps me well-informed. With Annette’s medical knowledge and clinical experience, I am now confident in the choices I make for my husband today and for the future.

R.S. Canal Winchester, OH

My Smartest Healthcare Decision

Guided Patient Services (GPS) responded immediately in my moment of emotional crisis. As a recently appointed guardian for my 75 year-old sister stricken by a hemorrhagic stroke, I was physically removed by considerable distance in providing for her care. Annette Ticoras, MD at GPS agreed to consult with me and insure that my sister’s care was paramount. Through Dr Annette Ticoras’s guidance, I was ultimately able to relocate my sister and insure her a newer, superior level of care. Dr Ticoras and I had consistent patient care conferences where she interceded on my behalf with medical and healthcare professionals to insure accountability. We reviewed medical records and considered alternative care. We successfully moved from strategic initiatives to tactical implementation. I am proud to say that with Dr Ticoras’s professional guidance my sister is now receiving an amazing level of care.

Annette Ticoras, MD is a consummate professional based on her integrity, honesty, tenacity, and compassion. She is a respected medical leader who combines a sensitivity for clients with a deep level of experience in working in the medical community. Dr. Annette Ticoras is a highly skilled medical professional who brings a wealth of personal experience to her clients. She is thoughtful and creative. Dr Ticoras is an empathetic listener with excellent problem-solving skills.

Aligning with Dr. Annette Ticoras at Guided Patient Services (GPS) is one of the smartest healthcare decisions I made as my sister’s guardian.

Randy Treer, Westerville OH

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