Family Practice Physicians (MD)
are uniquely trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses. They're equipped to provide continuing, comprehensive, and preventative care to all patients, regardless of sex or age. The residency program in Family Practice includes training in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, psychiatry, and most areas of internal medicine such as gastroenterology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, and pulmonary medicine. Family Practice physicians have been trained to care for the medical needs of patients in the office setting, as well as in the hospital, and have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle 85-90% of all human illness. Our physicians are board certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
Internal Medicine Physicians
are personal physicians who provide long-term, comprehensive care in
the office and the hospital, managing both common and complex illnesses in adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Internists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, infections, and diseases affecting the heart, blood, kidneys, joints, and digestive, respiratory, and vascular systems. They're also trained in the essentials of primary care internal medicine which incorporates an understanding of disease prevention, wellness, substance abuse, mental health, and effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system, and reproductive organs. An internal medicine physician's primary responsibilities include heath maintenance and disease screening, the diagnosis and care of acute and chronic medical conditions, management of patients with multiple, complex medical problems, and serving as consultants to other disciplines such as surgery, obstetrics, and family medicine. An internist's work is characterized by extensive knowledge and skill in diagnosis and treatment.
Physician Assistants (PA)
are health-care professionals licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician. A physician assistant is concerned with preventing, maintaining, and treating human illness and injury by providing a broad range of health-care services that are traditionally performed by a physician. Physician assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision-making as determined by their supervising physician. They're educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training, rather than in the nursing model as nurse practitioners are. Our PAs are certified by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Nurse Practitioners (NP)
are advanced practice nurses who have completed graduate-level education and training in the diagnosis and management of common as well as complex medical conditions. To become licensed to practice, nurse practitioners hold national certification in an area of specialty and are licensed through nursing boards rather than medical boards. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health-care services. They treat both physical and mental conditions through comprehensive history taking, physical exams, physical therapy, and ordering tests, and therapies for patients within their scope of practice. NPs can serve as a patient’s primary health-care provider, and see patients of all ages depending on their designated scope of practice.