Dr. Ingrid Liu Celebrates a Year in Oak Park

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!

Membership medicine is new to Oak Park and our surrounding communities. This approach -- sometimes called "concierge medicine" -- is limited to just a fraction of the number of patients in a traditional practice. Those doctors are so busy that their time and attention can be very restricted.

Our style of practice means that we can see you the same day if you're ill. We have a "waitless" waiting room, because we stay on schedule. Appointments aren't rushed. We can take as long as needed to look after your health. My patients have my email address, and my cell-phone number for emergencies, too. I am really enjoying being able to stay in closer touch.

We charge a fee -- less than the cost of a cable TV subscription -- and it includes a very thorough physical exam and follow-up monitoring. We can follow year-to-year changes very closely for each of our patients, and we can be pro-active about maintaining excellent health-- not just reactive, waiting until you're ill.

For example, I am able to have exploratory discussions about the latest research on diet and nutrition, about pre-diabetic conditions, allergies, and the pros and cons of, say, hormone replacement therapy or prostate tests. We offer guidance from a dietician, musculoskeletal pain and injury evaluations by a specially trained rehabilitation expert, and for new members, two free months at our next-door Oak Park neighbor, the Fitness Formula Club. Women's issues and travel medicine -- helping you make that overseas trip as safe as possible -- are also specialties here.

If any of that is of interest for you and your loved ones, consider paying us a visit. I would love to show you our offices and explain further. Call us at 708-455-2094 or visit WellcomeMD.com for more information.