Too often medical care can become fragmented, yet patients benefit enormously
from having one doctor who is committed to every aspect of their health—physical,
emotional and psychological. Family medicine allows me to focus on the
whole person, instead of just a narrow specialty or certain organ. One
of my favorite elements of being a family doctor is the chance to really
get to know my patients and learn how I can help maximize their health
and quality of life.
I love the wide span of ages within my practice: I enjoy my conversations
with 10-year-old patients as much as I enjoy the conversations with 46-year-old
moms or 82-year-old grandfathers. My patients have a sense of being cared
for—they recognize that their good health is my only priority. For
me, the goal isn't just to treat an illness or specific condition,
it's to improve a patient's life. Sometimes my job is two parts
doctor, one part life coach, which means discovering my patient's
needs and how I can meet them, so they can more effectively accomplish
their goals and aspirations.