Leland M. Heller, M.D.
1713 US Hwy 441 N, Suite E
Okeechobee, FL 34972
States and Countries Dr. Heller's Patients are From
For patients coming to Okeechobee for "Biological Unhappiness" evaluation: including the BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder):
Please understand that this is a regular medical practice, and while the
necessary time will be spent, it will likely be interrupted due to the
need to see many other patients. The winter season (December through April)
is extremely busy, the best time to visit is May through November.
The cost is approximately $300-$400 for the first visit, $100-$175 for
subsequent ones. (There may be additional charges for
laboratory tests and an EKG if a stimulant is needed for ADHD
One or two family members are encouraged to be in the room with the patient.
It is acceptable to tape record the session(s). If language is a problem,
please provide a concerned and competent translator. Some of the time will
be spent reading.
There will be many forms to fill out, please follow the directions completely.
You may get these forms in advance to save time.
With rare exception, the patient will only need to be seen initially, one
or two days later, and then approximately 1 week later. Some may benefit
from an additional week, particularly those with attention deficit disorder.
Some patients want the educational opportunity to be seen daily, most want
to be seen only for the most important issues.
Please understand that it's unusual for an individual to have ONLY the
BPD. The other diagnoses also need to be made and treated as part of the
It would be wise to see therapist Mary Sales a few times while visiting
here in Okeechobee. She is located 1.5 hours away in
Palm Beach. (561) 686-9110.
The best places to stay are the Holiday Inn Express (863) 357-3529 or
Pier II Motel (873) 763-8003 or the Flamingo Motel (863) 763-6100 --
although very inexpensive lodging is also available.
Restaurant choices are limited. Okeechobee is less than
two hours away from the ocean and all Orlando area attractions. The closest
airports are West Palm Beach (1.5 hours away) and Orlando (2 hours away).
A summary of the diagnoses and what should be done will be given to you,
and copies of your notes will be made available for you. This plan can
be followed by your health care providers at home.
(2000 September 26)