Internists at Comprehensive Wellness are physicians specializing in internal medicine, a discipline focused on the care of adults emphasizing use of the best medical science available in caring for patients in the context of thoughtful, meaningful doctor-patient relationships. Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings—no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.
Comprehensive Wellness clinicians recognize that challenges for patients and families related to aging require flexibility and accommodation to the older patients’ unique needs. Our clinicians understand that a multifaceted approach is needed and strive to evaluate the older person’s medical, social, emotional, and other needs. The team also focuses on health concerns common in older people such as incontinence, falls, memory problems, and managing multiple chronic conditions and medications. We offer home visits and telephone visits to make caring for this patient population simpler for families and for the patients themselves.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. At Comprehensive Wellness, we focus on understanding each patient’s complete health history to assess risk factors for cardiovascular disease. For patients who are identified as having two or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease, it is recommended that further assessment and screening be performed. Understanding one’s risk for heart disease and stroke is an important part of any preventive care plan. Early identification of cardiovascular risk factors is key. We work with patients to modify their risk through weight management, improved nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, stress reduction, and other lifestyle changes.
One-third of US adults report not getting adequate sleep. Poor quality sleep can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, hormone changes, substance abuse, and more—many of which can be addressed by learning and practicing good sleep hygiene. Sleep disorders, which cause poor quality sleep and sleep deprivation have been linked with many chronic diseases and conditions – such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder in which patients suffer intermittent blockage of their airway during sleep. It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. With these numbers continuing to grow, it is important to do adequate screening for OSA and other sleep disorders. Getting enough restful sleep is not a luxury – it is necessary for good health. At Comprehensive Wellness, we understand the complexity of sleep-related concerns and know that the first step in management is a good history and physical exam.
The Comprehensive Wellness Membership is the ultimate personal medical resource for global families and others who desire a different kind of relationship with their physicians.