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5 Tips to choosing the right primary care provider

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Let’s imagine we live in an ideal world where you can pick any primary care provider you want (insurance is not an issue).  Here are 5 tips to help you narrow your choice

 

  1. Male or Female – This eliminates 50% of the available providers – you may only want a female doctor or NP for your primary care needs
  2. Family Practice Vs Internal Medicine – Family practice physicians/NP’s are able to treat patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly.  They are generalists who can treat a wide variety of conditions, and often can also treat ailments you’d normally see a specialist for, like sports injuries or some women’s health needs. Internal Medicine –physicians/NP’s typically treat adults and specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and management of disease and chronic conditions.
  3. Ask your Friends – Who do they use or even better who do the doctors themselves use for their doctors/NP’s – you may be surprised
  4. Logistics – Do you work 9-5 ? What are your doctors office hours and how quickly can you get an appointment for an emergency are they also located conveniently to your job or home.  What about evening hours ?
  5. How do they practice – Does your doctor/NP practice holistically with a open mind towards diet, exercise, and complimentary therapies.

 

You can always call the office and try to schedule a meeting with the primary care provider if the provider is agreeable or look out for local area networking events where the provider is possibly a speaker so that you can learn more about them.

 

Remember – the relationship with your provider is going to be personal – it is important to invest some time in your choice.

You can contact Dolores at 561-866-1211 or dolores@synergyhealthandwellness.net

 

Author: Synergy Health and Wellness

Hi and thanks for visiting Synergy Health and Wellness. I’m Dolores, a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and my focus is to make a difference in the Lives, Health and Wellness of my patients. My career began in Broward General a busy inner city hospital with a robust Emergency and Level 1 Trauma department with over 350 patient visits per day. In addition to ED and Trauma I also had 1 year experience in the area of Liver transplant providing care to pateints from all over the United States. My experience working in the emergency department lead me to become more and more frustrated with the repetitive patient ailments that could have been treated with education in diet, exercise and overall Health and Wellness. I came to see that we spent more time, effort, money and resources treating diseases and chronic health conditions rather than focusing on prevention. This opened my eyes to adult Health, women’s Health, the problem of addiction and holistic preventative Health and Wellness which would change the direction of my career. Returning to school my focus became Health, Wellness, Prevention and Maintenance and the treatment of the whole person, mind, body and soul. My masters thesis research concentrated on the development of a nursing model using Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners in the workplace and outpatient settings to ensure population compliance with routine preventive screening, preventative medicine and education of patient populations which would eventually decrease future medical problems for individuals and corporate employees. This model utilizes other specialties such as dieticians, personal trainers and fitness professionals, chiropractors, and mind-body specialists who provide yoga and meditation for stress relief and general improvements in Health and wellbeing. My masters level thesis demonstrates that a synergistic approach to health and wellbeing will be the future model for healthcare and prevention and forms the basis of my everyday practice. In my free time I practice the Healthy lifestyle that preach and try to instill in my patients. I enjoy weight training, running, competitive obstacle events and I actively participate in local community events by participating and volunteering to support local charities. Stop by and see me at Synergy Health and Wellness for personalized health and wellness assessment and treatment plans treating mind-body and soul.

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