Board certified in Pediatrics
Residency: Children's Hospital of Buffalo, New York State University New York of Buffalo
Hospital Affiliation: Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children's Hospital, Lakewood Regional Hospital, La Palma Hospital
Board certified in Family Practice
Residency: University of Texas in Houston
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Member of American Academy of Family Medicine
What is a Family Doctor?
A family doctor is one who takes care of the whole family. Many doctors train in a specialty area of medicine. However, family doctors are trained in all areas of medicine. They care for you as a whole person through all stages of your life, regardless of your age or sex.
What does a family doctor do?
Your family doctor is responsible for diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses. They also provide routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes. This helps prevent health issues before they develop. If you require care from a specialist, your family doctor will refer you to a specialist. He or she will help coordinate all aspects of your care.
Should everyone have a family doctor?
Everyone should have a family doctor, even if they don’t have a current health problem. Family doctors are trained in preventive medicine. Preventing or avoiding a health problem is better than having to treat or manage one. Your family doctor can help keep you and your family healthy.
How to find a family doctor who is right for you?
There are several ways to find the right family doctor. Talk to your friends and family. They may have a recommendation. Check your insurance to see getting a list of doctors in your insurance network. Check patients reviews in the internet also can give you some ideas.
Why you should see a board certified family doctor?
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) requires that family doctors get re-certified every 7 to 10 years. Family doctors also are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of continuing medical education every 3 years. In addition, family doctors have the support of a national medical association, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
When do I see my family doctor?
You and your family should see your doctor at least once a year. At this time, your doctor will do a physical exam and routine screenings. They also can answer any questions or concerns you have. If a health problem occurs, contact your doctor to make an appointment. Some doctors have “ask a nurse” phone lines. Others may have secure messaging through an online
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