Family Medicine

A family physician can care for both mother and baby daughter.A family physician is often a patient's first contact for preventative care and illness management.

Young and old, male and female—family physicians are ready to provide personal, primary care for all the members of your family. At the heart of this specialty is the patient-physician relationship within the context of community and family.

Family physicians provide initial, comprehensive and continuing care for their patients throughout their lives. And while these generalists may refer patients to specialists when necessary, they ultimately oversee all of their patients' healthcare.

Family physicians are specially trained to care for their patients from infancy into senior years, and they place importance on preventative measures to keep your whole family healthy.

Contact a family physician if:

  • You don't have a primary care provider (PCP). It's important to have an established PCP when you're healthy so that if you become ill, you will have a physician to turn to who already knows you well.
  • You're due for a regular check-up, screening or preventative treatment.
  • You aren't feeling well or have other health concerns.

Continuity of care is an important aspect of maintaining good health, and a family physician who knows you and your family is well-equipped to help you make the best choices for your individual needs and circumstances.

With more than 30 physicians who practice family medicine as a part of Mount Nittany Health, we're confident that you can find the right physician to care for the health of your entire family.



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