Family Medicine Physician
A Family Medicine physician has trained in the major areas of medicine: pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, community medicine and other sub-specialty areas. Family doctors specialize in caring for patients of all ages, beginning with newborns throughout a patient’s lifetime. They may provide care for the whole family.
Internal Medicine Physician
Internal medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with primary care services for adult medical conditions and wellness. Internists are doctors who specialize in caring for adults of all ages, focusing on the whole person. They are particularly skilled at solving complex or difficult-to-diagnose problems and handling chronic illnesses.
A Pediatrician is a physician trained in the preventive care, ailments and disease affecting infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatricians provide whole-person care from newborns through adolescence. They are committed to partnering with patients and their families to produce optimal physical, mental and social development of each patient. Pediatricians can provide wellness check-ups, preventive care, health education, and even the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases and illnesses.
Older adults sometimes have special healthcare needs. Often their needs are more complex because of advancing age. Geriatricians are primary care doctors with special training in caring for the unique medical needs and preferences of older adults.
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are clinical professionals who provide care and treatment while working under the close supervision of your doctor. They are fully licensed and certified to provide patient care. These providers perform physical examinations, provide preventative care, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, provide patient education and emphasize the overall health and wellness of the patient.
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing. A Physician Assistant (PA) is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. Meritas Health views Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants as important and effective members of your health care team.