Why Choose a Family Practitioner?
Family Practice is the specialty which involves the medical treatment of all ages, genders and diseases in the context of the family and community and preventative health maintenance.
It is comprised of the following concentrations:
Obstetrics and Pre-Natal Care
Family Physicians are capable of handling 90–95% of all ailments and, in addition, because of our knowledge of you and your family, we are in an excellent position to refer you to the proper person should more specialized care be needed.
At Needham Family Practice Associates we realize that the choice of a personal physician is not easy, nor something to be done haphazardly. It is more than finding a doctor who will accept your insurance. It is more than choosing someone who is handy to home or workplace. You are looking for a doctor who will not only understand the milieu in which you live but be interested in it, and how it can relate to any illness you might have. Equally important is finding a doctor who will be interested in wellness, as that is everyone’s ultimate goal…to be well.
The above are characteristics of a doctor’s SCOPE of practice. Also of importance is the doctor’s SKILL SET. Is the physician you choose going to serve only as your triage person; sending you to one doctor after another for all but the simplest and most uncomplicated care?
The Board-certified Family Physician is experienced in all sorts of medical diagnoses, but in addition can provide care for bone and joint problems, minor skin lesions, office gynecology, Pediatric and Adolescent care, social and relational problems, mental health advice and treatment. Some offer pre-natal and Obstetric care as well. It is true that complicated cases in some of these areas require specialist visits. Your family doctor can match you to a specialist particularly expert in your problem as well as having social and geographic characteristics to match your personality and location.
When you consider that the Family practitioner can handle 90-95% of all illnesses in their office, they offer a “one-stop shopping” experience that is not only convenient, but time saving, efficient and, because of the doctor’s knowledge of you and your relationships, tailored to your exact needs. When one physician is treating the parents and the children in a single family, all members benefit from the fund of background knowledge the doctor already has, even before entering the exam room.
While Family Practice training is focused on the traditional family, all persons have relationships at work and in their neighborhoods, which serve as an unofficial family and can impact illness and behavior. So, literally everyone has a family and our motto “Every Family needs a Family Doctor” applies to all.
Needham Family Practice providers have been caring for the people of Needham and adjacent communities for over forty years. Now NFPA is located in new spacious surroundings with adequate parking and unique access to excellent specialists.
We hope to continue offering “Excellence of Care, with the Personal Touch” for many years to come.