Saint Helens Internal Medicine

What is Internal Medicine?
Internal medicine is a medical specialty which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of nonsurgical conditions in patients 15 years of age and older. 
 
This medical specialty is incredibly varied, because it focuses on the whole body of the patient.  Although the name suggests internal organs, internal medicine providers also treat external conditions.  Internal medicine practitioners solve medical puzzles, since they are familiar with a wide range of medical conditions and their causes.  Specialists in internal medicine practice preventative medicine and treat people with all kinds of conditions from the common cold, abdominal pain and chest pain to diabetes.

Our Services Include:

  • Preventative Medicine
  • Wellness Exams, Annual Physicals  and Women's Annual Exams
  • Urgent or Same Day visits and scheduled follow-up visits
  • Routine immunizations based on availability
  • Flu Shots
  • Minor office procedures
  • EKGs, Spirometry, Oximetry, etc.
  • Sore Throat, Sinusitis, Thyroid
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes Management
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Care for patients, 15 years of age and older, with undefined symptoms and complaints who need help in diagnosing their illness.
  • Collaborative care of patients with chronic medical illnesses (high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, COPD, etc.) throughout the various stages of their illness.
  • Preoperative evaluation of medical risks prior to surgery.

Our providers not only act as diagnosticians, but also as consultants in disease prevention, wellness promotion, as well as for consultation on complex medical problems.

We are dedicated to providing the best care possible to our patients. 



What is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine?

We are more than just the sum of our body parts. That’s why doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) practice a “whole person” approach to health care. Instead of only treating your specific symptoms, osteopathic physicians concentrate on treating the entire you.

Osteopathic physicians understand how all the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. They receive special training in the musculoskeletal system so that they can better understand how that system influences the condition of all the other body systems. In addition, DOs are trained to identify and correct structural problems, which can assist your body's natural tendency toward health and self-healing. 

DOs help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don't just fight illness, but also help prevent disease. Millions of Americans prefer this concerned and compassionate care and have made DOs their physicians for life.

Many DOs fill a critical need by practicing in rural and other medically underserved areas.

Osteopathic Physicians

To become a DO, an individual must graduate from one of the nation's osteopathic medical schools, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. This accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The curriculum at osteopathic medical schools consists of four years of academic study. Reflecting osteopathic philosophy, the curriculum emphasizes preventive medicine and comprehensive patient care. Throughout the curriculum, osteopathic medical students learn to use osteopathic principles and osteopathic manipulative treatment to diagnose illness and treat patients.

After completing osteopathic medical school, DOs obtain graduate medical education through internships, residencies and fellowships. DOs specialize in all areas of medicine, ranging from such primary care disciplines as family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics to such specialized disciplines as surgery, radiology, oncology and psychiatry.

DOs offer their patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.

                                                                       --  An excerpt from the American Osteopathic Association

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