Patients, help us protect our high-risk patients - please wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms, a positive COVID-19 test, or COVID-19 exposure.
Effective 3/13/23, ARC transitions to optional masking for our staff and physicians, with required masking during specific situations. Read more.
If you don’t respond to renewal or information requests from HHS, you could lose your coverage.
Attention Medicaid recipients: It’s time to renew! Look for notices from HHSC in YELLOW envelopes that say "ACTION REQUIRED" in RED lettering, or sent electronically to members who signed up for electronic notices.
Complete and return renewal packets and requests for information on time. Contact HHSC to report any changes (such as contact information, pregnancy, or household changes) as soon as possible.
No longer qualified for Medicaid?
Children: Most kids can still be covered through the Children’s Health Insurance Program / CHIP. For details, check your Medicaid notice or call 800-964-2777.
Adults: Adults may be able to get financial assistance to pay for a health insurance plan through the health insurance Marketplace. To apply, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596.
Update your information at YourTexasBenefits.com or call 2-1-1 and select option 2.
Si no responde a las solicitudes de renovación o de información de la HHSC, podría perder su cobertura.
Atención beneficiarios de Medicaid: ¡Es momento de renovar sus beneficios! Esté atento a los avisos de renovación enviados por correo postal en sobres AMARILLOS que dicen “ACCIÓN REQUERIDA” en rojo, o por correo electrónico a quienes se inscribieron para recibir avisos electrónicos.
Llene y envíe los paquetes de renovación y las solicitudes de información a tiempo. Comuníquese con la HHSC para reportar cualquier cambio (como información de contacto, si hay un embarazo y cambios en el hogar) lo antes posible.
¿No califica más para Medicaid?
Niños: La mayoría de los niños todavía pueden obtener cobertura a través del Programa de seguro médico para niños/CHIP. Para obtener más detalles, consulte su aviso de Medicaid o llame al 800-964-2777.
Adultos: Los adultos pueden obtener cobertura del Mercado de seguros médicos. Visite www.healthcare.gov o llame al 800-318-2596.
Actualice su información en YourTexasBenefits.com o llame al 2-1-1 y seleccione la opción 2.
ARC MyChart downtime: Due to technical maintenance, ARC MyChart will be unavailable 7:00pm Saturday, June 10 to 7:00am Sunday, June 11. To schedule an appointment during this time, please call 512-272-4636 and press "1". You can reach all-night phone nurses by calling any clinic and pressing “4” to speak with a nurse.
Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) doctors, staff, and leadership are committed to providing our community with high quality convenient care. One of the ways we demonstrate this priority is through our online transparency.
You can review our provider ratings and comments on our web site with the confidence that they are all based on verified visits. We post all patient feedback relevant to the entire visit and only refrain from posting comments that are libelous, profane, or those that risk the privacy of our patients.
The below guide provides details about how we collect and share our patient feedback.
ARC partnered with Press Ganey to collect patient feedback about their doctor’s visit. We gather feedback from text surveys that are sent after the visit. Press Ganey is an independent third party customer feedback company that provides the technology to collect the feedback and display ratings and comments on our web site. All ratings are submitted by actual patients and verified by ARC.
Patients for whom we have a mobile phone number receive a text survey within two hours of checking in for their visit. Patients are asked to complete the survey and provide ratings and comments regarding their experience at different touch points of their visit. We use this feedback to recognize doctors and staff, identify issues we can correct, and enhance our care.
ARC posts all positive and negative patient feedback that is relevant to the entire visit. We refrain from posting comments that are libelous, profane, or those that risk the privacy of our patients.
ARC asks questions that touch on the overall patient experience related to their visit. Anyone seeking detailed information about each question can view the ratings for each specific question on the Reviews tab on the provider bio page on the website. We calculate our provider star ratings based on the responses to question number six below. We calculate our location star ratings based on the responses to all the below questions.
Since more recent data provides a more accurate picture, we require a minimum of 30 patient surveys per doctor in the last 12 months before we post a physician’s rating.
ARC physicians and staff review all comments and act to rectify issues. Since the purpose of the feedback is to allow us to improve the overall patient experience, we display the last 90 days of comments which are the most relevant for the practice.
No. Only patients having an outpatient visit by an ARC physician receive a survey. The results are based entirely from patients who have actually been treated by the physician in our clinics.
Comments are reviewed and approved prior to being published to the website. If a comment contains any personally identifiable information, that information will be removed from the comment.
Accepting new patients
ARC South 1st Specialty and Pediatrics
Ages seen: 1 - 99
Joined ARC: 2016
Brian Watabe likes to stay active playing soccer, swimming, and running. He also enjoys cooking, playing piano, being active in his church, and discovering new restaurants with his wife.
Learn more about Physician Assistants.
I chose a career in medicine when I was a child. I cut my hand in the aftermath of an earthquake and the surgeon allowed me to watch as he repaired it and taught me about the various structure in my hand. I strive to know my patients on a personal level and educate them on their disease processes, so we can work together in making decisions about their care.
Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition. Treatment may include oxygen, behavioral changes, surgery, therapy, or the use of a CPAP machine.
Balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis. ENT doctors can open up blocked sinus passageways and drain mucus buildup in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms by using a flexible balloon catheter.
Our ENT specialists can help treat your voice problems through consultation, medicine, or surgery (if necessary).
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, can correct deformities and improve the shape, position, and proportion of the ear.
Ear tube surgery reduces the risk of ear infections. The tubes are placed into your eardrum by an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon and help drain fluid from the ear.
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a procedure to open the passages of the nose and sinuses to treat long-term (chronic) sinus infections.
Eustachian tube balloon dilation can be used on patients who require ear tubes or want to avoid multiple ear tubes.
ARC offers evaluation and management of thyroid nodules and cancer.
Frenulum clipping is the procedure in which the lingual frenulum is cut. It is done when the frenulum seems unusually short or tight.
There are a lot of different cancers covered under "head and neck cancers." These cancers can start in the sinuses, mouth, tongue, throat, tonsils, salivary glands, and voice box.
Surgery for cancers in the head and neck area, including oral, throat, thyroid, parathyroid, and salivary gland areas.
Inspire Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation is an FDA-approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment that opens up your airway while you sleep, without a mask. This small device is placed using an outpatient procedure, and the recovery process is short and easy compared to other sleep procedures. You will use a remote to control the device on your own schedule. While you sleep, Inspire allows you to breathe normally and sleep peacefully using nerve stimulation.
Surgery to correct the nosal, septal, and/or sinus areas.
ARC offers treatment and care for disorders of the head and neck.
Otology is a branch of medicine that studies the ear and diseases, diagnosis, and treatment associated with the area.
Septoplasty is a procedure aimed to alleviate symptoms from a deviated septum.
Treatment and care for acute and chronic sinus conditions.
Our ENT specialists diagnose and treat sleep apnea through medicine and medical devices such as a CPAP machine.
ARC offers telemedicine visits for primary and specialty care. Doctors can quickly evaluate you for a new health issue or follow up with you via a phone call or video visit from the comfort of your home.
Thyroid and parathyroid surgery can help regulate the body's metabolism. Surgery aims to help alleviate disease and cancer symptoms and remove tumors.
A frenulum clipping involves a doctor cutting the frenulum, allowing the tongue to move normally.
Tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies are surgeries to have the tonsils and adenoids removed. Often the tonsils and adenoids are removed at the same time. But sometimes, only one or the other is removed.
An ultrasound-guided biopsy of thyroid can help locate a nodule or abnormality within the thyroid.
Ultrasounds can be used to assess head and neck disorders.
ARC ENT providers offer diagnosis and treatment for voice disorders.
Rating based on "Did the healthcare provider or doctor provide the care you expected?"
I was very grateful that Brian was able to remove the earpiece from my ear. He is very professional and kind. Thank you.
I appreciated the thoroughness of exam and questions to assist in identifying my health issues. Great experience.
Brian very personable.
Dr Brian is awesome
The front desk staff were so nice, kind and friendly. The dr was amazing. I showed up a little early and the dr saw me early. It was like winning the lottery
The staff and PA were very helpful and friendly
Brian Watabe, PA is currently accepting new patients.
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