What are the Benefits of Having a Family Physician?

Family physician working in New York.

Finding a new physician is difficult enough when you're looking just for yourself, but when you've got an entire family to consider, it can seem like an overwhelming undertaking -- unless you look for a family physician. You'll find there's a distinct advantage to working with a family physician as opposed to finding separate internal, geriatric, and pediatric physicians. Not only do you save time when you search, but you can also help solve medical issues in your family a lot more quickly.

Who Does a Family Medicine Physician Cover?

A family physician treats everyone in a family, regardless of age. For comparison, an internal medicine doctor treats only adults, while a pediatrician treats only children and some teens. The family physician is the front-line defense against illness and injury, able to investigate and treat many of the maladies that can hit unexpectedly, and able to refer patients to specialists for more intensive treatments.

Why Should I Have a Family Physician?

If you've been seeing an internal medicine doctor and taking your kids to a pediatrician, you may wonder why switching to a family physician would be worth the time. If you already have great doctors and want to continue seeing them, that's totally understandable. But it's always possible that one of those doctors will leave the area or retire. At that point, it's very easy to switch the whole family over to one new doctor.

Family medicine physicians can keep track of everyone's health and can spot patterns if conditions are affecting more than one member. For example, if your spouse and your child both start suffering from rashes, a family medicine specialist can compare the symptoms and circumstances surrounding the rashes' onset to see if there is a hereditary factor at play (such as the rashes turning out to be eczema) or if something is happening in the house that you need to take care of, such as contact dermatitis to a new laundry detergent. If you take your child and your spouse to separate doctors, the diagnostic stage might not be as complete and the diagnosis might not be totally correct.

Another advantage to seeing a family physician is that your children won't need to switch doctors as they grow older. That helps their care because the doctor will be more familiar with the children's quirks and usual health patterns.

Family physicians can also keep track of who has which immunizations and who needs to undergo testing or receive treatment for conditions for which there is a family history. Plus, if one family member develops a condition that could impact the rest of the family (for example, a parent developing high blood pressure), a family doctor can devise strategies for healthy living that the whole family can follow.

What Experience Does Dr. Motlagh Have?

Dr. Katayoun Motlagh studied at UCLA and the American University of the Caribbean in Florida. She was a resident at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Obesity Medicine Association. She is board-certified in family medicine and is licensed to practice in California and Florida.

Dr. Motlagh offers services in not only family medicine but also dermatology and cosmetic medicine, and she also treats weight-related conditions like hypertension and diabetes. She is dedicated to helping obese patients control their weight. Her office also handles urgent-care patients and gynecological services, including STD testing, contraception, and family planning.

If you and your family are looking for a skilled doctor who you can see for your medical needs, contact Dr. Motlagh's office to set up an appointment for a consultation. You and your family deserve consistent, compassionate care.


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