Picking a primary care practice is one of the most important steps to ensuring your long-term health and happiness. Does that sound like a bold claim?
If you’re generally healthy (and we hope you are!), then selecting a primary care physician or PCP can seem like something you don’t need to put a lot of thought into.
After all, it’s not someone you’ll hope to see very frequently, and it can be hard to evaluate what you need from one.
- A certificate on the wall?
- An office in a large and shiny hospital?
- A small practice where they get to know you?
Options can be overwhelming. Sarasota has no shortage of talented doctors. But it’s worth taking the time to get the selection right by putting in just a little time, effort, and research.
Your PCP will be your front-line defense in any illness, large or small. They’ll make sure you’re up to date on your important vaccines, like your yearly flu shot. They’ll be there for you when you come down with a nasty cold or a more severe disease, short-term or chronic. And they’ll help coordinate care if you need to see specialists at some point.
It can be easy to just float from one PCP to another if you don’t see them often. But taking the time to select one who is right for you, and who gets to know you better over time, is a valuable investment.
It means that you’ll have a healthcare professional (and their team) on your side, getting to know you well over the years. That gives them a good baseline for your overall health – they’ll be better able to spot changes as they happen and know what normal looks like for you and your family.
Tailored to Your Unique Needs
Health care that’s tailored to your unique needs – that’s worth an investment of your time. It means getting a PCP who knows you well and can use that knowledge to give you the best care possible.
You won’t need to waste time at every appointment telling the doctor your life story – if you have a good a trusted long-term PCP, they’ll already know and can move straight on to what will make you better.
A PCP is on your side even when there’s no big illness to diagnose or treat too. Maybe you just need a few lifestyle tweaks like to get help:
- Quitting smoking
- Losing weight
- Staying on top of preventive care like mammograms or prostate cancer screenings
- Treating seasonal allergies that make every spring miserable for you
Your PCP can help with all of this if you’ve picked the right one.
What About Chronic Conditions?
If you do have a chronic condition, like diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma, having a great PCP on your side is even more important. They’ll get to know you and your condition and can help keep your health on track for years to come.
Keeping your medication refills on track, making sure your immunizations are all up to date, and checking in regularly on how you’re feeling are all benefits a PCP who’s on your side can provide.
A Great PCP Has a Great Team
We all know that when you go to the doctor, you don’t just see the doctor. The front desk staff checks you in, a nurse shows you to the exam room and takes your vitals, and then you see your doctor.
So, you’ll want to make sure that the whole office team is great. And if possible, looking for a PCP who has an urgent care center (like Emerald Medical Group) can make your life a whole lot easier.
When you need to get treatment right away, whether it’s for that strep throat your kids have brought home from school or the flu that hit the whole block in January again, you want to go somewhere convenient and familiar where they already know you. Having a full-service office means less stress when you’re sick – which is a stressful enough time in itself.
Having a trusted medical professional on your side who you can:
- Come to with issues large and small
- Spot changes quickly because they know you well
- Trust because they have a great team of professionals on their side
It’s worth investing the time to find one who works well with you and has what you need – this could be the beginning of a life-long healthy relationship.
We Can Help
Are you looking for a primary care doctor in Sarasota who offers personalized and holistic care? Dr. Adaline Zalkin and her team at Emerald Medical Group offer more than just your usual primary care.
Emerald Medical Group also offers urgent care services and women’s health and preventive health services.
That’s in addition to the suite of options they provide to make sure you’re feeling your best and living your healthiest life – fit, happy, and full of energy. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zalkin today!