Our Practice

We have been serving northwest New Jersey families in Hackettstown since 2009. Our patients' experience is one of our highest priorities, second only to their health - we take tremendous pride in providing a warm and caring environment for each person who comes through our doors. We proudly accept many insurance plans - call to see if yours is included.

We are always striving to offer the highest level of care to our patients, and part of that is offering them convenience. We provide many services in-house that are typically performed by outside specialists. Lab draws and ultrasounds are conducted on premises, and we also have resident allergists, lactation consultants, and a registered dietitian. In addition to these one on one services, we host monthly support groups, workshops, and classes.

Our Staff

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Insurance Plans Accepted*:

 

Aetna

United Healthcare
Amerihealth
CIGNA

Coventry/First Health
Medicare-Part B
Beech Street

Consumer Health Network
Qualcare/AHS PPO

Devon
Great West
Healthcare Payers Coalition
Intergroup
Magnacare
Railroad Medicare
Multiplan
PHCS

Horizon BCBS of NJ (fee for svc)

* Call to see if we accept your insurance plan

Please note -
This list is subject to change and may not include all insurance plans accepted at this time.  Please confirm insurance participation with your physician's office or insurance company.
It is important to be aware of your insurance plan's policies: co-payments, deductibles, co-insurances, participation status and responsibilities, and referral requirements.
Your co-payment is due at check-in. If you do not have insurance, a full payment is required at the time of your visit.

Our Policies

  • Payment: All co-pays and deductibles are required at the time of your visit. We accept cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards.

  • Cancelled or missed appointments: we know that "life happens." Sometimes things may arise that will necessitate cancelling appointments. Please give us 24 hours if possible. *Fees may apply

  • Lateness: please try to maximize your experience by being on time for your appointment. Dr. Merkle strives to give each of his patients the care they deserve, and that includes seeing them promptly at their scheduled times. Lateness may result in rescheduling of your appointment.

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Kate Fresso, BA, IBCLC

Kate is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with a bachelor's degree in communications from Rutgers University and certification from University of San Diego. Her passion for breastfeeding was born with her first child, and continues to grow with each mom and baby pair that cross her path. Kate has special areas of interest in milk sharing, babywearing, breastfeeding and working, and how to make breastfeeding work for each individual family as practically as possible.