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The American Academy of Famiily Practitioners (AAFP) defines a family physician as, “a physician who is educated and trained in family medicine–a broadly encompassing medical specialty.”

Family physicians possess unique attitudes, skills, and knowledge which qualify them to provide continuing and comprehensive medical care, health maintenance and preventive services to each member of the family regardless of sex, age, or type of problem, be it biological, behavioral, or social. These specialists, because of their background and interactions with the family, are best qualified to serve as each patient’s advocate in all health-related matters, including the appropriate use of consultants, health services, and community resources. (Source: http://www.aafp.org/)

Our current scope of practice includes newborn care, obstetrics, pediatrics, non-surgical gynecology, adult medicine, dermatology including skin cancer removal, minor surgery, vasectomies, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, nutritional counseling, and functional medicine. Although our training is strongly based on traditional western medicine’s orientation to physiology and biochemistry, we always prefer to find nutritional solutions to disease as opposed to pharmacological interventions. We strive to find the underlying causes of disease when possible. Often times, the arrival at a diagnosis does little to explain the causation of the underlying problem.

 

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