Information for Patients and Families

Our team members provide education to individuals and their family members about specific bleeding disorders, evaluate family members for bleeding disorders, and make referrals to specialized agencies and foundations for ongoing assistance.

We work collaboratively with each patient to develop a comprehensive, customized treatment plan that will address all physical, emotional, dental, financial, educational, and nutritional needs. Management and treatment of a bleeding disorder can help ensure an independent, productive, and healthy life. 

Your Treatment Team

We have assembled a great team at the Northern Regional Bleeding Disorder Center, including:

  • Adult and pediatric hematologists

  • Nurse practitioner

  • Nurse

  • Social worker

  • Physical therapist

  • Pharmacist

  • Dietitian

  • Dental hygienist

  • Data coordinator

  • Lab technician

  • Research coordinator

Our Services

We provide seamless concierge service to people with bleeding disorders. Our specialized team members are experts at breaking down any barriers to care. 

  • Adult and pediatric comprehensive clinics

  • Counseling – including genetic, financial and insurance  counseling

  • Diagnostic evaluations

  • Education for patients, families, schools, and health care professionals

  • Home infusion training 

  • Legislative advocacy

  • Medical consultations

  • Outpatient infusion services

  • Pharmacy services

  • Pre-procedure preparation planning, including birth, surgical, safe dental care plans

  • Research

  • Special events: retreats, camps, legislative day, walk-a-thon, volunteer opportunities

  • Telemedicine

  • Ultrasound – in office to check for bleeding in joints

Special Pricing

Through our 340B pharmacy, we are able to obtain factor products at significantly reduced pricing. Our staff is well-versed in financial assistance available to help with the costs of services and treatment, including funding through the Michigan Children’s Special Health Care Services.

Comprehensive Care Clinic

The cornerstone of hemophilia care is the Comprehensive Clinic, an integrated approach to bleeding disorders care. Our clinic brings together professionals from multiple disciplines to assist in the development of a comprehensive treatment plan. This happens in a single place on a single day. On the day of your appointment, you will see a hematologist, nurse, social worker, physical therapist, dietitian, and dental clinician.

Planning a Safe Medical or Dental Procedure

A bleeding disorder requires special planning prior to an invasive medical or dental procedure to prevent bleeding complications. Staff coordinate planning your care between your hematologist and surgeon or dentist. Your hematologist will make specific recommendations for care during and after your surgery or dental work. The Bleeding Disorders Center accepts referrals for pre-procedural evaluation for patients with a known or suspected bleeding disorder.

Planning a Safe Birth

Whether planning for a vaginal or cesarean birth, the Bleeding Disorders Center can work with a pregnant woman who has a bleeding disorder and her obstetrician to ensure a safe birth. Our adult hematologist will make specific recommendations to manage bleeding during and after childbirth. Our consulting pediatric hematologist from DeVos Children’s Hospital will provide recommendations for testing and management of your baby’s care.  

Vacationing in Northern Michigan?

If you are planning a trip to northern Michigan and need infusion services while you are here, we can help arrange those services. Infusion services can be provided in Traverse City at the Cowell Family Cancer Center or at our office during office hours. Infusions can be provided through peripheral access or ports.

24/7 Emergency Care

If you have a bleed while you are here, go to the nearest emergency room. Munson Healthcare hospital emergency departments are located in Cadillac, Charlevoix, Frankfort, Gaylord, Grayling, Kalkaska, Manistee, Traverse City, and St. Ignace.

The Bleeding Disorder Center’s pager can be reached 24/7 through Munson Medical Center’s switchboard by calling 231-935-5000.

Services for Visiting Students

We can oversee and manage care for students with bleeding disorders who attend Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Center for the Arts. We share clinic information and partner with other treatment centers around the nation.

How to Find Us

The Bleeding Disorder Center is located on the second floor of the Munson Professional Building:

1221 Sixth St., Suite 211
Traverse City, MI  49684

Park in Parking Lot C behind the building off of Brook Street.

How to Reach Us 24/7

Our office can be reached at 231-935-7227 during regular business hours.

The Bleeding Disorder Center’s pager can be reached 24/7 through Munson Medical Center’s switchboard by calling 231-935-5000.

Patient Advisory Board

The Bleeding Disorders Center meets with a Patient Advisory Board made up of current patients who provide feedback and offer suggestions on ways to improve patient care.

Research and Clinical Trials

Individuals with bleeding disorders in northern Michigan have opportunities to enroll and participate in national clinical trials.  

Signs and Symptoms of Bleeding Disorders

Individuals and pregnant women with a family history of bleeding disorders should talk to their doctors about detection and treatment. Symptoms of bleeding disorders may include:

  • Easy bruising

  • Bleeding gums

  • Heavy bleeding from small cuts or dental work

  • Unexplained nosebleeds

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

  • Bleeding into joints

  • Excessive bleeding following surgery

First Step: Talk to Your Doctor

If you suspect you may have a bleeding disorder, discuss your concerns with your family care provider