The goal of concierge medicine is to re-establish the kind of personal relationship with your primary care physician that once prevailed in American communities, while taking optimal advantage of the many advances in treatment and technology that have been made since then.Read More
Both patients and doctors are looking for solutions. "The doctor shortage is real - it's significant," a medical association president said recently. "Doctors rush through appointments as if on roller skates to see more patients and perform more procedures, " one report concluded.Read More
You may have heard of "membership medicine," "retainer medicine," or a "concierge medical practice" in the news or from friends, and wondered about it. Unlike many aspects of medical care, this subject is not at all complex. This increasingly popular form of primary care — family care — works. And, if it is available in your community, why you might consider it as an option.Read More
Yesterday's Richmond Times Dispatch features our founder, Linda Nash.
“Because of the extra time and the extra research, the doctors are going to be thorough, they’re going to be connected to the patient, and there’s a lot of research that shows that the better your connection with your doctor, the better the outcome,” Nash said.
... With one in three adults battling high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such accountability can make a world a difference for patients.
I have practiced medicine for over 15 years, and I was struck by how many of my patients came to me with symptoms that I could not address with a prescription pad alone. Everything looked “normal”, but they still felt fatigue, pain, and a general lack of vitality.
My med school training told me the answer for these folks was, “Well you are getting older, this is to be expected.” But that was not an answer that satisfied me - I sensed that there was more I could do.Read More
Accommodating demand for an integrative and proactive approach to concierge medical care
RICHMOND (PRWEB) March 07, 2018 - Dr. Mary Colfer joined Dr. Neal Carl at the West End offices of WellcomeMD on March 1 to accommodate the demand for an integrative and proactive approach to concierge medical care.
"The response for a highly personalized approach to concierge care has surpassed our expectations," CEO Linda Nash said. "Dr. Colfer's arrival will allow us to keep pace and maintain small patient panels -- a critical component of delivering this level of care."Read More
I always wondered why I chose tennis as my sport. Not that I was bad at other more popular sports like baseball, basketball, or football, but I excelled in tennis. After looking at the results from a genetic analysis focused on fitness and nutrition genes, I have a better understanding of why tennis fit me so well. Still, I wish I had known this information earlier. I think I would have done more to optimize my potential by training smarter, eating better, and doing more to prevent injury.Read More
I've appreciated the talents of Julia Louis-Dreyfus since her Seinfeld days and was concerned to hear her news: the day after winning an Emmy for her role in the HBO series Veep, she received a sobering diagnosis. "1 in 8 women get breast cancer," she said on Twitter. "Today, I'm the one."Read More
Avoid getting sick: stay away from sick people. But when you need to visit your doctor's office? A recent study in the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiologysays well-child doctor appointments - like annual exams - result in more cases of flu-like symptoms within the next two weeks.
It's not just the kids who are suffering - family members have more risk, too. These findings don't mean you and your family should avoid visiting your doctor. But they are a wake-up call for prevention.
One in five Illinois residents will experience a diagnosable mental disorder each year, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services. Finding the right medication for treatment can be a tedious trial-and-error process with a host of side effects.Read More
Summertime and burgers on the grill go hand in hand–unless you've been bitten by the Lone Star tick. It can give victims an allergic reaction to red meat. The allergy, whose nickname is "Alpha-Gal," may recede over time, but there is currently no cure or vaccine.
As in many areas of the country, Oak Park is seeing an uptick in the kinds and numbers of ticks and related diseases–Illinois has 15 different species. The Lone Star tick is one of the few that is likely to be encountered by people, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
At my Oak Park practice, travel medicine and travel risk management are always on the agenda. If you plan to go abroad -- or even to plenty of places in the U.S. -- a comprehensive, unhurried conversation with your doctor is definitely called for.
A pretravel consultation includes prevention of infections, prescribed medications to bring in case of emergency, and coping with hazardous terrain, for starters.Read More
We've talked about zika virus, health insurance fixes, cannabis, fitness, oxycontin and skeletal problems in these columns, but now it's time to celebrate: your "membership medicine" family practice, and mine, opened a year ago at 1100 Lake Street. It's an honor to help you guard your health!Read More