What is a family doctor? Why do you need (deserve?!) one?
I am NOT a generalist.
I am NOT a provider
I am NOT a practitioner.
I am a medical professional who cares for complex and healthy patients regardless of age. I am best understood as an integrationist. I integrate the mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of my patients, in the context of their families and community, to help them become whole, to maximize their life. I integrate the sometimes disparate recommendations of medical specialists to insure that treatments that benefit one organ system does not damage another. I integrate and apply complex medical research on populations to the unique biology, needs, and goals of my patient.
I am the “pluripotent stem cell” of the medical community. I start with a broad education and then adapt to the needs of my community to fill the voids in healthcare.
I am the “Marine of medicine“. I get the job done, often under harsh conditions.
I truly have a fantastic job and I feel blessed that I can work as a family physician.