Family medicine offers the chance for everyone you love to get the same high level of health care from a provider you know and trust. For many in Lewistown, Montana, Kimberlee Decker, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, of Total Family Care, fills that role. If you’d like to learn more about the family medicine model of practice, call or click the online scheduling tool to book a time to come in and explore all that family medicine has to offer.
Family medicine is an area of medical specialty focused on providing excellent care to people of all ages. Practitioners who choose a family medicine model of practice receive special training in how to care for patients throughout all phases of life.
At Total Family Care, families can receive comprehensive care for everyone, from newborns to grandparents. Spanning services that range from pediatrics to geriatrics is the central focus within family medicine.
Preventive health is the guiding principle of a family medicine practice. Most visits will provide the screenings needed to detect signs of concern in the earliest possible stages. This may include specific indicators of disease, but also involves tracking things like your blood pressure, weight, and blood sugar to identify potentially dangerous trends as early as possible.
Many people prefer to work with a family medicine practitioner for convenience. The ability to schedule appointments for everyone in the household at once makes it easy to prioritize health care. Coming to see the same practitioner is certainly less stressful than driving all over town to attend appointments with numerous providers.
The ability to get to know your practitioner is also essential, as is the opportunity for your practitioner to get to know you and your children or parents. This results in a more personal level of care. As significant research suggests, the importance of social and family connections supports overall health and wellness.
For example, consider the routine health care for a parent raising a toddler while also adapting to assisting a parent who has moved into the household. In addition to their own specific health needs, that caregiver may also benefit from stress management and sleep quality support.
A family medicine practitioner will better understand the household dynamics and deliver targeted care.
You can receive all of the same medical services through family medicine as you’d receive by working with a general internist and a pediatric provider. The only difference is that everyone in your family can receive care from the same provider.
Some of the services available within family medicine include:
If you’re curious about how family medicine might meet the needs of your family, call or click the online scheduling tool to book an initial visit at Total Family Care.
While family medicine care can address numerous health issues, there are some circumstances best addressed in an emergency medicine setting. Hospital emergency rooms are staffed with experts in emergency medicine and provide easy access to specialists who can perform life-saving procedures.
If you have any of the following conditions, seek emergency treatment right away:
Walk-ins are encouraged to come in at 9 am and 2:30 pm. We guarantee the walk-in will be seen but we can't guarantee when we will be able to see you.