Having a family doctor is crucial, especially with COVID-19 still a potent danger. Family practitioners are experts in a wide range of areas, and they stay up to date on the latest medical …
Having a family doctor is crucial, especially with COVID-19 still a potent danger. Family practitioners are experts in a wide range of areas, and they stay up to date on the latest medical advances—all to provide exceptional care.
By regularly receiving care from your family doctor, you’ll benefit from advice on living a healthy lifestyle, receive treatment for illnesses and be provided strategies to manage chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Family doctors also provide preventive care, conduct routine checkups, and perform health-risk assessments and immunizations. They’ll also be there for you throughout pregnancy and any other health situation.
Many patients visit the same family doctor throughout their lives. The best care results from your doctor knowing you at all levels of your health; this knowledge and familiarity, both of which breed trust between you and your physician, are invaluable. You’ll get treatments and medical suggestions that are specifically tailored to your personal needs. That familiarity also extends to families. A doctor’s knowledge of an entire family’s health can help frame the best course of treatment for everyone.
Even if you need more specialized care, seeing a family doctor is the best first step. Family doctors who know your health history can recommend the right specialist for the care you need.
The physicians at Garnet Health Doctors span nine locations in Sullivan and Orange counties.
Family physicians follow safeguards to protect their patients from COVID-19. At Garnet Health, for instance, we take your temperature when you enter. All registration and waiting areas use social distancing. Facilities have installed plastic shielding in key areas, and patient appointments are staggered to minimize foot traffic. These steps are complemented by aggressive cleaning and sanitizing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Telehealth visits are also more common now. Telehealth is an easy, convenient way to talk to a doctor via a phone call or live video. This means you don’t have to leave your home – and that you can receive care from anywhere. Most insurance plans cover telehealth, so don’t ignore symptoms or ailments that you would typically visit or call your doctor about.
Primary Care Medical Director Dr. Joseph Chavez Carey is board-certified in family medicine. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in California. He is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and was ranked as the 2018 Favorite Doc by Hudson Valley Parent.
Dr. Alicia Olowu is board-certified in family medicine. She obtained her medical degree from the New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Garnet Health Medical Center as a third-year post-graduate resident and the chief family medicine resident.