End-of-Life Care, Hospice and Medical Ethics Consultation
Talk to an experienced physician or hospice nurse to help arrange for ethical and compassionate care consistent with Catholic teaching.

Our specialized ethics team will make every effort to match you with the right provider to help you with your situation. Our team includes an experienced Catholic hospice nurse as well as physicians with specific training and experience in Catholic medical ethics, medically complex patients, and geriatrics. We also have a pediatric intensive care specialist and a pediatrician with graduate training in Catholic medical ethics.  Please meet our team below.

Consultations that include your current treating physician

We are happy to arrange for a virtual meeting that includes your current treating physician or health care provider as well as the patient and/or patient’s loved ones. Telehealth law requires that our providers are licensed in the state in which the patient is located. There is an exception, however, for provider-to-provider consultation. So, as long as your treating provider is included in the meeting, any of our providers can offer our consultation services anywhere in the United States and Mexico.

Caregiver Support

Private consultations without your current healthcare professional

Our team can help you arrange for ethical end-of-life care consistent with Catholic teaching.  We can:

  • think through your options given your current medical situation, or that of a loved one
  • write an advanced directive
  • fill out a healthcare proxy form
  • answer questions about POLST (Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) forms
  • answer medical ethics questions

If you would like a consultation without including your current physician or healthcare professional, we do have licensed professionals in most U.S. states and throughout Mexico. Please follow the “Start Here” directions below to identify the best provider for you and schedule an appointment.  Immediate consultation may be available.

Dementia Care Program

MyCatholicDoctor also provides Dementia Caregiver Support. Our geriatric and dementia coaches, Aimee Gustitis, RN, JD, and Matt Estrade, MA, Gerontology, work with caregivers to create customized treatment plans for their loved one that respects their individual needs – body, mind, and spirit. They can work with patients who are living at home or in a facility setting.

Treatment plans may include any or all of the following:

  • Telehealth care from a physician experienced in geriatrics
  • Geriatric and dementia coaching  from a geriatric health coach with decades of experience creating customized care plans that are pro-life at the end of life
  • Remote patient monitoring using CareMate, a device that allows us to track a patient’s location as well as certain vital signs including heart rate and respiratory rate
  • Virtual geriatric support groups on Zoom, including our rosary based support group for people with dementia and their loved ones

Finding a healthcare provider who shares your pro-life and pro eternal life values is necessary when discussing these heavy concerns with your care team. Allow us to provide that support and walk alongside you during this journey. You are able to invite multiple caregivers into one meeting, such as siblings or spouses.

How is your Catholic parish alleviating the silent suffering of dementia? Matthew Estrade, author of The Peace with Dementia Rosary, provides information on his ministry and how to bring dementia awareness training to your parish here.

Meet our Director of End-of-Life Care

Thomas M. Carroll M.D., Ph.D.
Palliative Care

Dr. Carroll sees adults for end-of-life/palliative care consultation.

Travis J Ptacek, M.D.
Family Physician

Travis enjoys seeing a full range of patient ages, from newborn to elderly, and helping patients address acute and chronic problems. He has an interest in metabolic health, nutrition, weight loss, longevity, and performing basic outpatient procedures including removal of skin lessons, circumcisions, joint injections, and even trimming toenails!

Make an Appointment with our Team

MyCatholicDoctor provides a safe environment for loved ones to discuss their concerns with our team. Telehealth appointments provide the opportunity to begin working one-on-one with a specialist right from your home.

We know you’re busy. That’s why we provide flexible scheduling, including nights and weekends, to meet at a time that is convenient for you.

In order for us to show you which of our licensed providers can help you, we need to know if the patient is an adult and where the patient is located. No other personal information is required unless you choose to see a provider or make an appointment.

Step 1: How old is the patient?

Payment information

MyCatholicDoctor accepts most insurance plans and health shares.  There is no payment necessary at the time of service if you wish to have us bill your insurance. We also offer self-pay rates that are lower than the cost of most in-person visits. Learn more about billing and payment options here.

Talking about death and dying can be difficult and uncomfortable, yet perhaps no conversations are more profound or necessary for all of us. This website is designed to offer Catholics moral clarity and guidance on the Church’s teachings regarding end-of-life decision-making.

MCD colleagues, Dr. Tom Carroll and Matthew Estrade, have an in-depth conversation on forms, hospice, and controlling pain on the Peace with Dementia podcast.
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Our Mission to Serve

By God’s grace, MyCatholicDoctor continues to provide pro-life Catholic healthcare to all of God’s people. We are grateful to the donors that have allowed us to continue our mission. Please prayerfully consider a donation to the MyCatholicDoctor foundation.