A Family Physician is concerned with the total healthcare of the individual and the family and is trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of ailments in patients of all ages. The Family Physician receives a broad range of training that includes adult medicine and care of the aged, the care of children, women’s health, maternity care, preventive medicine and behavioral science. Special emphasis is placed on the primary care of families, utilizing consultants and community resources when appropriate.
American Board of Family Medicine
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a doctor. With a major in mathematics and minors in English and Chemistry, I began my medical school training with the intent to obtain an MD, PhD in Biochemistry and to pursue research. After completing my clinical rotations, however, which ended with Family Medicine, I was drawn to direct patient care, specifically Family Practice. This specialty encompasses the whole human being from wellness to illness, from prevention to injury, and from birth to death. I love the continuity of care and continual challenge that Family Medicine encompasses.
Acknowledging that formal medicine does not have "all" the answers, I recognize the importance of balancing physical,intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects of life. Traditional medicine does not always have a “cure”, but as a physician I strive to provide care and compassion even in difficult and complex cases. While preventive medicine is ideal, treatment of disease processes is equally important; this is best accomplished by engaging patients in their care while following established evidence-based guidelines.
Out of the office, I greatly enjoy living in Jacksonville where I have raised my five boys and enjoy my two grandchildren, most of this time as a single mom until recently remarried. I believe as physicians we should adhere to the wellness principles we recommend to our patients and I enjoy swimming, biking, and running regularly with my husband. Having “so many” boys participating in sports, I have been honored to serve throughout the years as team/tournament physician for multiple activities ranging from football to baseball to basketball to wrestling. Volunteering and helping others is critical and I serve on the board of two not-for-profit organizations which assist orphans and underprivileged children. I firmly believe we should never give up, we should always give back, and we should serve others in whatever we are called to do to the greatest extent possible.