Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please email them to me.

What is Open Access Care?

Open Access means no scheduled appointments.  Seaside Family Health Care is the first practice in the state of Maine to offer the open access primary care model. Also offering services to all on a walk in basis even if  you are not a currently established patient.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner is a nurse who has received advanced training and is able to provide preventive and diagnostic services to patients.  An NP holds a a  Master's degree or higher beyond the registered nurse. The owner of Seaside Family Health Care, Lourie Swimm, is a Family NP which is a particular specialty that is trained to provide health care to all ages.

Can a Nurse Practitioner prescribe medications?

Yes, an NP can diagnose and prescribe medications. 

What hours are you open?


CLINIC TIMES ARE DESIGNED TO COVER THOSE HOURS THAT OTHER WALK-IN CLINICS ARE NOT OPEN. HOURS ARE FLUID AND CAN BE MADE TO FIT YOUR SCHEDULE **I will do house calls and after-hours visits if needed** Call 207-937-8254 after hours and call will be forwarded to me directly.

What types of payments do you accept?

I take ALL major insurances including  Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, Maine Community Health Options, United Healthcare, Martin's Point plans, Mainecare, and Medicare. I am awaiting final credentialing with Tricare. I take all major credit cards. I offer uninsured the PROMPT PAY option of $100 (other fees may apply depending on services provided) which may be paid using cash, debit or credit card. Sorry but I do not take any international insurance, out of state Medicaid or personal checks.

What is the difference between a Nurse Practitioner and a medical doctor?

NPs go through extensive training and credentialing with a focus on treating the whole person. NPs and MDs study diseases and both can diagnose and treat illness as well as prescribe medications. Like MDs, NPs have specialties they choose such as Family, Adult, Geriatric, and Pediatrics. NPs like MDs may also choose to get more intensive training in things that interest them such as orthopedics, skin issues and substance use disorder management. Although their practices overlap, NP  practice is based on the nursing model while MD is based on the medical model.