I provide general “all around” care for adults, using a blend of conventional and integrative therapies. I tailor therapies to what is appropriate for each individual, using evidence based medical practices and guidelines as a foundation. I order labs, imaging and refer to specialists and coordinate care as needed.
Wellness and Preventive Care
I provide physicals, check-ups, and primary preventative care for adults, including obtaining mammograms and colonoscopies. I also work with you to implement strategies to reduce your risk of illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. I recommend including vaccinations in your preventive health care according to the CDC vaccination schedule, including a yearly immunization against the flu.
Chronic and Acute Illness
I see patient for chronic conditions and for acute illnesses such as colds and bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and pinkeye. While I provide initial and follow up care for minor lacerations and sprains, please call the office first before coming in for injuries to determine if you should be seen here or urgent care. (If it is life-threatening or serious, please call 9-1-1.)
For both adults and children, I fully support and recommend immunization according to the CDC schedule. I have reached this conclusion through both my professional training, which included learning about the science behind why vaccinations support health, and through my own experience and observations in dealing with vaccinations over 30+ years of parenting.
If you have questions about vaccines and vaccination, please make an appointment to talk about any concerns you may have. At this time I do not offer vaccines in-office, but will work with you to obtain them elsewhere.
Other than an initial diagnosis of pregnancy, I do not provide prenatal care and do not deliver babies. If you are pregnant, I can continue to provide your general healthcare, and I will refer you for your prenatal care and obstetrical care to another provider.
Primary care or adjunct?
The doctor who is your primary care provider (PCP) is not only the doctor that you “see first” for conditions. For some insurances, your PCP is also the doctor who is responsible for coordinating your overall healthcare, including making many referrals.
There are cases where you will want to have an internist or MD/DO/ARNP as your primary care provider instead of myself:
- If you require controlled medications (e.g. painkillers, tranquilizers) as I do not prescribe those.
- If you have an illness requiring hospitalizations that your PCP would be overseeing.
- If you need a social worker or other resources that are best provided by a larger clinic.
- For some patients who have several chronic illnesses, numerous medications or rare conditions.
In these cases it’s better to have me as an additional part of your team (“adjunct care”) rather than as the PCP. This will ensure that you get good care from all along the medical continuum.
If you do not live in the immediate Seattle area, you will need a primary care doctor who is closer to where you live. In that case I can continue to work with you as part of your overall healthcare team.