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

After meeting Annette and hearing what her services would provide we signed up as clients...

We first heard of Guided Patient Services while reading Atul Gawande’s ‘Being Mortal’. After meeting Annette and hearing what her services would provide we signed up as clients. Since then we have used her guidance through two lung cancer diagnoses; the first was stage one, and then a more serious stage 3 requiring chemotherapy and surgery. Annette has been with us during doctor visits, sitting down after each visit and reviewing what was said, which was always more than we retained. She tracked down a physician on vacation to get an answer when we had a decision deadline. Annette suggested getting a second opinion with another healthcare system that was the right call. She does things we have no idea can be done, all the while never telling us what to do, just what is being stated, and in a way that can not be done in the 15-30 minutes we are given in a office visit. Annette has checked in on us while we were in recovery mode, at times acting as the pivot point for all the different practices we were seeing, and along the way solving complex issues that have truly made our lives better while facing a serious illness. We have no medical language to draw on, and we don’t want to scroll our way through the internet, so we choose Annette to be our guide.

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