Pinehurst Family Medicine Staff

Family Medicine

Family Medicine is the medical specialty that delivers comprehensive healthcare to every member of the family, regardless of age or illness. The family physician is responsible for the total healthcare of the patient, emphasizing the patient as a whole person rather than as separate organ systems.

Three years of residency training in the specialty of Family Practice prepares the family physician for this unique role in healthcare. Following that, the family physician is eligible to take a certification exam by the American Board of Family Practice.

The many medical services you’ll find at our center include:

  • Minor injuries and illnesses
  • Chronic disease management
  • Physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Sports physicals
  • Lab work
  • Psychological counseling

General Health Maintenance Guidelines

  • Unless a medical condition prohibits it, 30 minutes of aerobic activity (like brisk walking) at least three to four times a week is recommended
  • A low-fat, low-cholesterol, relatively low-sugar diet is recommended for all patients
  • We strongly advise a no-smoking policy for all patients and we are happy to provide information on smoking cessation aids and programs
  • We recommend yearly flu shots for all people 65 or older, tetanus boosters every 10 years, and a pneumonovax, or “pneumonia shot,” for those not previously vaccinated by age 65
  • Any alcohol consumption should be limited to two ounces or two beers per day
  • Because excessive sun exposure is a major risk factor, always use recommended sunscreens and avoid sun exposure during peak hours
  • Always use seat belts; statistics show they greatly reduce serious injury