Summer is a great time to get back to a healthy lifestyle and a primary care provider can go a long way in helping you get and remain healthy. A primary care provider can give you consistent and efficient care specifically for your needs.

There are many different types of primary care providers and while choosing one can seem overwhelming, the right primary care provider for you and your family is an essential component to reach your healthcare goals.   

Which is right for you?
  • Family Practitioners – A family practitioner is a physician who is board-certified or board-eligible in family medicine. They treat patients of all ages, and in some instances, provide obstetric and minor surgery services. Most commonly, services provided include treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, yearly physicals and routine screening and exams.
  • Pediatricians – A pediatrician is a physician who is board-certified or board-eligible in pediatric medicine. They treat children from infancy until they reach 18 years of age. Most commonly, services provided include treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, well child, school and sports physicals, and childhood immunizations.
  • Internists – An internist is a physician who is board-certified or board-eligible in internal medicine. They treat adults of any age, and most commonly, their services include treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, yearly physicals, immunizations and routine screening and exams.
  • Internal Medicine/Pediatrician – A physician who specializes in internal medicine/pediatrics is board-certified or board-eligible in both internal medicine and pediatrics. This unique combination allows a physician to treat patients from birth to geriatric age. Most commonly, services include treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, yearly physicals including well child, school and sports physicals, and routine screening and exams for patients of all ages.
  • OB/GYN or Gynecologist – A physician who is board-certified or board-eligible in either OB/GYN or gynecology. They treat only women of childbearing age or older, and often serve as the primary care provider for these women. Most commonly, services provided include gynecological services and annual exams for women, as well as obstetric services if the patient is pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
  • APRNs or PA-Cs – An APRN or a PA-C are providers who are trained and certified through different programs than a physician, however, they must still meet strict guidelines in order to treat patients. APRNs or PA-Cs can work in any of the above listed specialties, and often serve as a patient’s primary care provider, opposed to a physician.
If you need help finding a primary care provider, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to establish care with your ideal primary care provider, please call (859) 258-4362.


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If you need help finding a primary care provider, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to establish care with your ideal primary care provider, please call (859) 258-4362.
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