Family medicine physicians at Summit Medical Group (SMG) offer an integrated, holistic approach to care that focuses on treating the entire patient and keeping them healthy, rather than specializing in a certain area of the body or condition. They receive extensive training and experience in a variety of fields including adult, pediatric, and gynecological care. Unlike an internist who only treats adults, family doctors see patients of all genders and ages from newborn to seniors.
“Family medicine allows us to follow children into adulthood,” says Naomi Grobstein, MD, a family medicine physician at SMG. “When you understand someone’s entire history and have a feel for their general appearance and mood, it can be very helpful in determining what might be wrong and what type of treatment would benefit them.”
A family doctor serves as an advocate for patients who need to navigate throughout the complex medical system. They collaborate with other health care professionals to ensure every patient receives the best care possible.
Family physicians manage a variety of medical ailments including minor injuries, short-term illnesses, and chronic conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and headaches. They also offer basic dermatological care and address mental health concerns.
With an expertise in women’s health, family physicians provide the same routine services as a gynecologist including pelvic exams and screening tests, such as pap smears, contraceptive care, and family planning. “Our practice takes a more holistic approach to care, rather than isolating one particular organ and treating it,” says Marianna Shimelfarb, MD, an SMG family medicine physician.
Family physicians also help identify disease before it starts. It is important to have a check-up because you may not realize your blood pressure is elevated or you are prediabetic. Most chronic conditions do not cause symptoms in the early stages.