Family Medicine

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Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups has a comprehensive list of family medicine physicians specializing in just about every aspect of pediatric and adult healthcare. Family medicine (or family practice) is a division of primary care that is devoted to general health care for people of all ages and genders, and they treat a variety of diseases. Family physicians, also known as family doctors or family practitioners, generally see patients for everyday illnesses or injuries, perform routine check-ups, provide treatment for chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma, and provide patients with preventative care. If necessary, family doctors may give referrals for ailments that demand the expertise of another physician specialist.

Family medicine physicians provide long-term, comprehensive care in hospitals, clinics, private medical offices, and in many other settings. Family doctors are constantly learning about the latest innovations and modernizations in the world of healthcare. The goal of the family physician is to be ready to care for a wide range of child and adult health conditions. Because their field requires them to be so well-rounded, they are constantly learning more about health concerns related to emergency medicine, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, cancer, diabetes, digestion, hormones, rheumatism, infections, illnesses associated with aging, and other medical ailments.

In addition to diagnosing and treating disease, family doctors provide preventive care, including routine checkups (commonly referred to as physical exams), immunizations and screening tests, health-risk assessments, and they provide recommendations for healthy lifestyle choices.

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Common Childhood Illnesses

Children are natural explorers and adventurers. Sometimes their adventures expose them to some pretty germ-y places.

A Family Medicine physician can help treat the ill child and help protect others in the family from contracting the same illness.

  • Chickenpox
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cough, Runny Nose, and the Common Cold
  • Lice
  • Strep Throat in Children
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Looking Out for your Well-Being

Think of your Family Medicine physician as your physician for life. You may need periodic treatment by specialists, but your family physician can guide you from childhood through your golden years.

Your Family Medicine physician can help you with all kinds of medical issues, at all stages of your life

  • Bacterial Upper Respiratory Infection, Child
  • Early Puberty
  • Rotavirus Infection
  • Obesity, Adult
  • Elder Abuse
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The First Protection against Communicable Diseases

Family medicine physicians are often the first physicians to see patients with the flu and other communicable illnesses. They are trained to recognize signs of all types of illnesses, and they can treat you or recommend specialist treatment if they feel it’s warranted. Because they are gatekeepers, they see patients with:

  • Flu
  • Strep throat
  • Whooping Cough
  • HIV AIDs
  • Other viruses
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Doctors who can help


David C. Ryan, MD

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Edward A. Brantz, MD

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Lee P. Ralph, MD

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