How to Prepare for Your First Visit

Patient Forms

It can be difficult trying to remember medical history, insurance information, medications and all of the other information that we will need in order to have a complete medical history on file for you. Because of that, you might find it easier to fill out the new patient paperwork before your first visit. For your convenience, […]

Family Medicine – Definition

Family Medicine definition

Which type of physician is your family doctor? Here are some simple definitions to help clear up the distinctions among the various types of primary care providers. Primary Care Provider (PCP) This usually refers to a physician, but also includes nurse practitioners (NP) and physician’s assistants (PA), working under the guidance of a physician. Essentially, […]

Bone Density, Osteoporosis and Osteopenia – Definitions

Bone density x-ray

What is a Bone Density test? A bone density test is a special type of x-ray called a dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or DXA. The test looks at the hip and spine (or sometimes the forearm) and helps estimate the density of your bones and whether or not you might have low bone density (osteopenia) […]

Does It Matter If Your Doctor Is Board Certified?

Board Certification

One of the ways to ensure you or your loved ones are receiving the best medical care is to use a board-certified physician. You can check whether any physician you are considering is board-certified by checking the website of the American Board of Medical Specialties (free registration is required). If the physician you are considering […]

Primary Care Physician – Definition

Primary Care Doctor

A primary care physician (PCP) is one who cares for patients of any age with a variety of medical conditions, from first contact through continuing care. This type of physician is also referred to as a general practitioner. A primary care medical practice is one in which the physicians are PCPs: family medicine, pediatrics and/or […]