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Many of our patients prefer a Nurse Practitioner over an MD or DO for their primary medical care.

A Nurse Practitioner has at least four full years of university level medical education beyond a basic Registered Nurse (RN). They are specially educated to provide the same type and quality of outpatient medical care services you receive from a family practice physician (MD). Many patients find that the extra time they spend, as well as their approach to your health, results in better outcomes, regardless of their medical condition. The services they provide include:

  • Diagnose and treat common acute illnesses such as respiratory, bladder and ear infections, pneumonia as well as chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and COPD, using prescription medications and other treatments
  • Perform all types of physical examinations
  • Perform procedures such as minor office surgery, apply casts and splints, and suture lacerations
  • Provide well-child care, including screening, immunizations, and parental counseling
  • Provide comprehensive women's health care, including pap smears, prenatal care, and family planning
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests including x-rays, electrocardiograms, and laboratory tests
  • Identify problems and when appropriate, refer to specialists, such as Cardiologists, Orthopedists, Surgeons, ENTs, Oncologists, Opthomologists, Dermatologists, Pulmonologists, Dentists, or Psychologists.
  • Provide health care education
  • Encourage disease prevention
  • Assist individuals in learning problem solving skills and achieving personal growth

Numerous studies have shown that the medical care provided by a Nurse Practitioner is equal to or better than that provided by physicians (M.D. or D.O.) Nurse Practitioners take the time to get to know you and your problems and approach you as a whole person, not just a disease needing a prescription.


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