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How to Select the Right Primary Care Clinician

Finding a primary care provider you like and trust is one of the best things you can do for your health. Here's how to find your perfect provider.

Finding a primary care clinician who you like and trust, and building a partnership with him or her over time is one of the best things you can do for your health. Our goal is to help you navigate that process, taking the stress and anxiety out of finding a new primary care clinician, and talking through the process and answering any questions you may have so we can get you on the road to good health.

Research shows that people who have an ongoing relationship with a primary care clinician have better overall health outcomes and save money in the long run by doing yearly preventative visits. As you begin looking for a primary care clinician, consider the following:

  • Are the office hours or location convenient?
    Some patients want to have a clinician closer to their workplace versus their home. We have several convenient locations to meet your health care needs. We offer same-day appointments, extended hours during the week and also weekend hours at some of our locations.
  • What do you want in a clinician?
    I often get asked how long a particular clinician has been practicing, or what their specialty is. If you have specific needs, like treating high cholesterol, or are interested in treatments such as integrative medicine or acupuncture, keep those in mind while you search.
  • Do you want a clinician with similar interests as you?
    For some, finding the clinician who will not only provide you with exceptional medical care but also talk to you about the latest score of the Packer game is important! As a connection specialist, I can help you find a clinician that shares the same interests as you do.
  • What type of clinician do you need? Internal medicine or family?
     treat adults ages 18 and over and are the broadest category of primary care clinicians. A family practitioner will see patients of all ages and tends to see more than one member of the family.

Whether you are looking for a specialist such as an OB/GYN or you are new to the area and need to find a primary care clinician, we look forward to making your search as easy and efficient as possible.