Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lipidology?

Li-pid-o-lo-gy is the area of scientific study for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of lipids and lipoproteins.
Lipids are molecules that don’t dissolve in water that are found in living things and include fat, fatty acids, triclycerides and cholesterol.

What is a certified Lipid Specialist?

A lipid specialist is a healthcare provider that has extended and focused study in the diagnosis, treatment and management of cholesterol and lipid disorders and has become certified by passing an examination for competency.

Who Benefits from seeing a Lipid Specialist:

Individuals that benefit from our services include those who are at risk for cardiovascular diseae due to genetic, intolerance to therapy or lifestyle including those with:

  • Marked lipid abnormalities
  • Residual cholesterol and inflammatory risk
  • Those with recurrent cardiovascular events
  • Family history of premature CVD including TIA, CVA, or Peripheral arterial disease
What is a Nurse practitioner?

A Nurse practitioner (NP) is registered nurse that has advanced qualifications and education and training to provide medical care independently.   Like physicians, nurse practitioners scope of practice includes assessing, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic diseases. Nurse practitioners have recognized authority to prescribe medications, order diagnostic testing and provide recommendations based on those results. NP’s partner with other members of the healthcare team to provide coordinated and comprehensive care.


Nursing is ranked as one of the most trusted professions because of their honesty and high ethical standards so as advanced practice nurses, NPs are often preferred by many patients to be their Healthcare provider.


Nicole believes her experience as a nurse provides her with a unique background to provide comprehensive, personalized care and counseling with an emphasis on educating her patients regarding their illnesses


To learn more about NPs

How to refer a patient

Referrals can be faxed to (520) 229-0086        

Patients or providers can call our office at 520-214-0110 to schedule a consult

What to expect at your first visit:

Review records, assess risk and develop care plan and recommendations to tailored to you

Work with your other health care providers

Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your first visit to allow yourself time for paperwork.


What We Do

What should I bring to my visit:

ID card and Insurance card

Any medical record history       

Referral from your HCP if required by your insurance

List of medications

List of allergies and intolerances

We will not be drawing any lab on your first visit so there is no need to be fasting.

Our Locations

Our Tucson office is located on the Northeast corner of Fort Lowell and Alvernon in the, next to the Pet Hospital.

Hospital Affiliations:

Nicole has privileges at local hospitals including

TMC (primary hospital affiliation)

Carondelet St Josephs

Oro Valley Hospital

Northwest Hospital

What insurances do you take?

We accept Medicare, Medicaid, AHCCCS and Commercial Insurances.


We also have self-pay options available

Billing Questions:

Our billing services are provided by HCPP

If you have a question about insurances or payments

Please call

Prescription Refills:

For prescription refills please call

Ruby, our Virtual Operator:

Because we feel it is important to talk to a “real person” During work hours our phones are answered by a virtual operator, Ruby. This means the person virtual operator answering the phones is not physically located at the office but can provide you with basic information and can answer most of your questions about Arizona Lipid Center.  For more specific questions you will be connected to one of our staff members.

Billing Number:
(520) 226-4338

Prescription Refills: 
(520) 229-0085 option #4