Medical Consultation

Dr. Akashi as a General Practitioner attends to pediatric and adult medical problems, minor surgical problems,routine prenatal checkups and gynecological problems. Referrals to specialists and hospitals can be made as appropriate. The Clinic is equipped with an X-ray machine, electrocardiogram, pulse oximeter, spirometer, audiogram, ultra-sonogram, fetal doppler and upper gastrointestinal fiberscope. Holter monitoring can be done at the Clinic as well. Most laboratory tests are sent out to the reference laboratory. Venipunctures are done at the Clinic. Most of the medications are dispensed at the Clinic. Your outside prescription may also be filled by our Doctor with appointment. Medicines such as Propecia (finasteride) used for androgenic alopecia (male hair loss); and Cialis (Tadalafil) and Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) are available. Malaria prophylactics are also available.

Dental Consultation

Dr. Midori Kubota is the dental Director of The Bluff Medical & Dental Clinic. Dr. Midori Kubota graduated from Nagasaki University Dentistry Department, and worked at a number of clinics with a wide range of patients of age ranging from young children to elderlies that gave her numerous clinical and case experiences. She is focusing on general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, aesthetic dentistry, and preventive dentistry. She provides dental treatment in English. Pregnant women who have resident registration in Yokohama City can also take a Yokohama maternity pregnancy dental health examination. Services include the following:

  • Routine dental check ups.
  • Teeth cleaning.
  • Bleaching.
  • Caries treatment (Fillings, Crowns and Bridges).
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental and oral traumatology.
  • Dentures.
  • Extractions.
  • Night guards and Sport guards.
  • Oral surgery.
  • Root canal therapy.

For more information regarding your specific needs or treatment, please call us to inquire.

Physical Examinations

The Clinic offers comprehensive general physical examination for adults and routine physical examination for children. We regularly carry out Visa physical examinations for many countries including for China and Russia. The Clinic provides physical examinations for companies in both English and Japanese. Many foreign companies operating in Yokohama and Tokyo refer their employees to the Clinic. School and University entrance physical examinations for both local and foreign institutions are also available in English and Japanese. Life insurance physicals for European and American companies are also given.


The Clinic offers routine childhood immunizations according to the guidelines of the respective country of origin of the patient as desired. Various vaccinations for travelers are available as well. The Clinic offers the following vaccinations:

  1. – BCG
  2. – Cervarix bivalent human papillomavirus (types 16, 18) recombinant vaccine
  3. – DTaP (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis)
  4. – Gardasil quadrivalent human papillomavirus (types 6, 11, 16, 18) recombinant vaccine
  5. – Hemophilus Influenza B vaccine (Hib)
  6. – Hepatitis A vaccine
  7. – Hepatitis B vaccine
    1. – Twinrix (combined Hepatitis A and B vaccine)
  8. – Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
  9. – Infanrix Hexa (combined DTaP-Hib-IPV-Hep B vaccine)
  10. – Japanese B-Encephalitis vaccine
  11. – Measles vaccine
  12. – Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) Menactra
  13. – MMR (combined Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine)
  14. – MR (combined Measles-Rubella vaccine
  15. – Mumps vaccine
  16. – Neis Vac C (Meningitis C vaccine)
  17. – Pneumovax vaccine
  18. – Prevnar 13 (PCV13)
  19. – Rotarix (Rotavirus vaccine)
  20. – Tdap (tetanus, reduced diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccine)
  21. – Tetanus
  22. – Tetanus-diphtheria
  23. – Typhoid vaccine
  24. – Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
  25. – Rabies vaccine (Rabipur)*
  26. – Influenza (flu) vaccine **
*Cholera and Rabies vaccines may not be in stock at all times. Prior notification and reservation are necessary. **Influenza vaccine will be available from October through February each year. Please check the CDC’s list of immunization schedule for children from birth to 18 years HERE.

Physical Therapy

Physiotherapist Rebecca Huppert

Rebecca graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2009. She has since completed both a Graduate Certificate and Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and has been awarded the title of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. 

Rebecca has extensive experience working in both private practice and with elite athletes, including travelling internationally with the Australian Aerial Ski team. Most recently, she held the position of Rehabilitation Physiotherapist with an elite Australian Rules Football team.

Rebecca has a special interest in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of all sporting injuries, post-operative rehabilitation and general orthopaedic physiotherapy. She has a particular passion for rehabilitation of the hip and knee joints. 

She strives to help her patients recover from any current complaints and prevent any future recurrences whilst maintaining his/her desired level of activity.

Rebecca consults at the Bluff Clinic on Tuesdays and Fridays from 09:00 to 12:30.

You can book your appointment with Rebecca directly online HERE!3

Physiotherapist Rebeca Huppert


Physiotherapist Peggy Zee

American trained physical therapist, Peggy Zee, offers her services at the Bluff Clinic. Appointments are required. Peggy Zee, PT licensed in California, is a graduate of Northwestern University Physical Therapy (NUPT) Program. She has experience in:

  • Musculoskeletal issues: Low back pain, neck pain/whiplash injury, shoulder pain/rotator cuff injury, and other sports related injuries such as elbow tendinitis and sprained ankle. shape Prenatal and postnatal exercises for pain management during and after pregnancy.
  • Postural training and scoliosis screening.
  • Occupational health and work place consultation.
  • Pediatric concerns for babies, toddlers and children: pre-term babies, gross motor developmental delays, developmental coordination disorder. Physical therapy for special needs children, include children with cerebral palsy,Down Syndrome, sensory integrative disorder and autisim.
  • Rehabilitation: multiple sclerosis(MS), Parkinson’s Disease and stroke and spinal cord injury.
  • Peggy Zee is an active member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) with membership in Orthopedics & Pediatrics section, and an active member of World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT).

Peggy Zee was previously the school Physical Therapist at Tokyo International Learning Community (TILC), a school in Tokyo,Japan serving expatriate children with special needs.


American trained Ron Shumsky Psy., D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist sees clients by appointment at the Bluff Clinic. and email : ron@drronshumskycom

  • Services
  • Individual and Family Psychotherapy
  • Learning and Development Evaluation
  • Attention Coaching
  • School Consultation
  • Background
  • Author,”The Survival Guide for Student Success: Use your Brain’s Built-In Apps to Sharpent Attention, Battle Boredom, and Build Mental Muscle”(Free Spirit Publishing,2014) Book for middle-schoolers on how attention works and how to work it.
  • Licensed in Psychology, State of Connecticut since 1990
  • Psychology Practice at the Bluff Clinic and Consulting Pscyhologist for Tokyo International Learning Community since 1993
  • Formerly Associate Director of Psychiatric Patrtial Hospitalization Services, Hartford Hospital, Hartford CT
  • Formerly in Private Practice in Psychology, Avon CT
  • Education
  • Boston North Shore Children’s Hospital, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Rutgers University, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Columbia University, Master’s in Organizational Psychology
  • Cornell University, Bachelor’s in Industrial Psychology

Yokohama City Subsidized Immunizations

The following immunizations are given free of charge at the Clinic using coupons subsidized by Yokohama City depending on the age of children/adult. Please check with your nearest health center or ward office.

  • BCG
  • DT
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hib (hemophilus influenza b vaccine)
  • HPV (human papilloma virus vaccine): HPV2 and HPV4
  • IPV (Inactivated polio vaccine)
  • Japanese B-Encephalitis
  • PCV13 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
  • Varicella
  • Pneumovax

Yokohama City Subsidized Checkups

Residents of Yokohama City are eligible to receive various checkups which are subsidized by Yokohama City. The following checkups are available at the Clinic:

  • Baby Checkups 0-12 months old (3 checkups before the age of 13 months)
  • Adult Physical Checkups age 40 to 74-FREE (Japanese National Health Insurance Holders)
  • Senior Physical Checkups over age 75-FREE (Japanese National Health Insurance Holders)
  • Prenatal Checkup for pregnant women.
  • Prenatal Dental Checkup for pregnant women. FREE
  • Colon Cancer Screening over age 40 FREE
  • Prostate Cancer Screening FREE
  • Breast Cancer Screening for Women ages 40 to 69 (Yen 690) FREE over age 70 (only clinical breast exam is available. Referrals can be made for mammogram).


Japanese Insurances

Both Japanese National and Social Health Insurance are accepted.

Private Insurances

Invoices for foreign private patients are issued in English and we will also sign your foreign private insurance claim forms.

Direct-billing Services

To be eligible for direct-billing services, please contact your insurance company for a guarantee letter of payment that will cover at 100% of all fees with no deductible or co-payment. This letter must be faxed prior to your appointment time. Emailed letter is not acceptable. Our fax number is Country Code+81-45-641-6962.

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