Our family medicine doctors manage your and your family’s total health. Unlike other physicians who specialize in treating one particular organ or disease, your family physician is uniquely trained to care for you as a whole person, male, female, child or senior.
In addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, your family physician provides routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes in an effort to prevent illnesses before they develop. And, if a health condition arises that requires care from another specialist, your family physician will be there to guide you and to coordinate key aspects of your care. You and your family physician will work together to achieve the best possible outcome in the most cost-effective manner.
We provide a full range of healthcare services led by primary care providers, including:
Acute illnesses or infections occur suddenly and have a rapid onset of symptoms. Typically, acute illnesses and infections will resolve quickly, sometimes on their own and at other times needing medical treatment. Examples of acute illnesses and infections include, but are not limited to, sore throats, influenza (the flu), cough and/or fever, sinus infections, urinary tract infections (a UTI), or broken bones, sprains or lacerations.
Chronic health problems during the teen years can often make physical and emotional development more complicated. Adolescent medicine focuses on addressing the health needs of the adolescent's illness, condition, or injury. Adolescent medicine also anticipates and assesses developmental complications associated with the healthcare needs of the specific medical problem. Healthcare providers help adolescents and their families to develop strategies to deal with chronic health issues.
It is important to see your primary care provider (PCP) at least once a year for an overall physical. This appointment is about preventive care and helps your doctor find potential health problems before they become a health problem. Preventive care may include immunizations, lab tests, physical exams and prescriptions. During this exam your provider will discuss your overall health, any concerns and perform a comprehensive exam on your entire body.
Americans are living longer and living well for longer periods of time. This has created a relatively new and growing area of healthcare and provider services, known as elder care. Elder care encompasses a wide variety of issues, including choosing an appropriate healthcare provider to care for an aging patient, specialty care for chronic disease management and making decisions about moving an elderly person from the home environment to a residential care setting.
Preventive health is important for men of all ages. Regular checkups are key to living a healthy lifestyle. These preventive appointments provide opportunities to find and deal with medical problems in their early stages. This is when many conditions are more treatable and less threatening to overall health.
Same day appointments are available for patients with an acute illness. Please call to schedule an appointment. Examples of acute illnesses and infections include, but are not limited to, sore throats, influenza (the flu), cough and/or fever, sinus infections, urinary tract infections (a UTI), or broken bones, sprains or lacerations.
Our providers have a number of appointments reserved for sick visits. Call 303-403-3670 to schedule.
Skin cancer strikes more people worldwide than any other form of cancer. Although skin cancer is more common in fair-skinned people, anyone can develop it. Catching skin cancer early provides a better chance for successful treatment.
Sport physicals are often required before participation in recreational or organized sports. During the appointment, a healthcare specialist will evaluate and determine if you are able to safely participate. During this exam strengths and weaknesses will be noted and a recommendation for the appropriate sport(s) may be given.
Children grow and develop quickly in the first few years. It is important that they have frequent well-child visits, at least once every 6 months until they are 2 years old. After 2 years of age, most doctors recommend children's preventive care screenings occur at least once a year. During these exams, your doctor will take your child's height and weight, assess their physical skills, review social and emotional development, and ask you about different behavioral health tendencies. Your pediatrician will also provide services for screenings, vaccinations and immunizations, hearing tests and vision tests. After your child starts school, these visits can be school physicals or sports physicals.
It is important to see your care provider at least once a year for an overall physical. This appointment is about preventive care and helps your doctor find potential health problems before they become a health problem. For women, basic gynecologic care should be included in the overall wellness visit along with immunizations, lab tests and prescriptions. Gynecologic care includes pap smears and testing for sexually transmitted infections and diseases for women of all ages, from pre-hormonal ages to post-menopausal.
Your case is unique, which means your treatment will be designed around your needs. Often we will recommend treatments based on best practices that have worked for other patients, consideration of your specific illness, the results of any tests done, as well as your personal preferences.
We provide treatments for these general conditions:
Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of fear, uneasiness, or concern that something bad may happen. Anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as trembling, shaking, muscle aches, restlessness, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, sweating, and clammy hands.
If anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may need treatment with medicines (such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications) and/or professional counseling.
Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease characterized by recurrent breathing problems usually triggered by allergens (infection, exercise, cold air, and other factors may also be triggers).
A type of lung disease marked by permanent damage to tissues in the lungs, making it hard to breathe. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, in which the bronchi (large air passages) are inflamed and scarred, and emphysema, in which the alveoli (tiny air sacs) are damaged. It develops over many years and is usually caused by cigarette smoking. Also called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Depression is an illness that causes a person to feel sad and hopeless for much of the time. It is different from normal feelings of sadness, grief, or low energy.
Diabetes is a serious disease, which, if not controlled, can be life threatening. It is often associated with long-term complications that can affect every system and part of the body.
Diabetes can, among other things, contribute to eye disorders and blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, limb amputation, and nerve damage. It can affect pregnancy and cause birth defects, as well.
Although diabetes is a chronic and incurable disease (with the exception of gestational diabetes), with proper medical care, clinical therapies, diet, hygiene, and exercise, symptoms and complications can be successfully treated and managed.
Protect yourself against the seasonal flu by following the same advice you followed last year: get vaccinated. Everyone who is at least six-months-old should get a flu vaccine this season.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in adults in the United States. We strive to prevent heart disease among our patients and also work with those who have been diagnosed with heart disease to lead a healthy life. Heart disease (also known as cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease) is a term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries. As plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, which makes it more difficult for blood to flow. The narrowing of the arteries puts you at an increased risk for heart attack or stroke. Recognizing signs and symptoms of a stroke are very important for you and your loved ones.
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is defined as a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher. Hypertension usually has no symptoms. It can harm the arteries and increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and blindness.
Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) that the body needs for many important functions, such as producing new cells. High cholesterol increases the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
These shots are a technique used to cause an immune response that result in resistance to a specific disease, especially an infectious disease.
Getting screening tests and vaccinations is an important part of preventive care. Find out which tests and immunizations are recommended by age group and gender. Use these guidelines when discussing a disease prevention plan with your healthcare provider. You may need a plan that is different, depending on your situation.
A physical exam and laboratory tests are two key components in diagnosing and treating your illness. Your doctor may order bloodwork, a urine sample or other laboratory tests.
A procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix for examination under a microscope. It is used to detect cancer and changes that may lead to cancer. A pap smear can also show conditions, such as infection or inflammation, which are not cancer. Also called Pap test and Papanicolaou test.
STIs (also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)) are those spread by sexual contact. They may also be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus before or during delivery.