Choosing An Adult Primary Care Doctor
You have two choices when choosing a primary care physician: an internal medicine doctor or a family medicine doctor. At Premier, we strive to provide a consistent high quality care experience for our patients at each office. Our point of differentiation is that our family medicine physicians see all patients of all ages.
We encourage you to learn more specifics about each specialty in making the best decision for you and your family.
Internal medicine is a primary care specialty focused exclusively on adult care and the prevention and treatment of adult diseases and conditions.
Doctors of internal medicine, often referred to as internists, have at last three years of their extensive medical education and training dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and conditions that affect adults. Many of them pursue sub-specialty training in other areas such sleep medicine or geriatrics.
Our internists have a deep understanding of health and wellness and are extensively trained to handle simple, complex and multiple diagnostic issues that may compromise an adult patient’s health at any stage of life.
Family medicine is devoted to medical care for individuals and family members across all ages, from infants to seniors.
Family medicine patients are able to receive continuous, comprehensive care their entire lives. This continuity in care promotes strong relationships between patients and their doctors, proving to be an invaluable aspect of care, distinguishing family medicine from all others.
Family physicians utilize their knowledge of biological, clinical and behavioral science to provide preventive care and promote wellness. They focus on whole-body wellness, with consideration given to both the physical and mental health of patients.
Subspecialties of Family Medicine
Infant and Adolescent Care
We offer pediatric care to children of all ages, including newborns. Patients and their families frequently value the opportunity to receive care from childhood to adulthood.
Adult and Geriatric Care
Adult patients may have a wide range of conditions and diseases that require additional diagnosis and treatment. Family physicians have adult and geriatric training, enabling them to handle complex and serious adult conditions such as diabetes, COPD and heart disease.
In-office Orthopedics and Manipulations
Family physicians are trained to provide simple, in-office orthopedic and arthritic care.
Some of our family physicians are DO’s (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), where their medical training includes the study of hands-on manipulation of the body’s musculoskeletal system.
Women can have consistent gynecologic care from early puberty throughout menopause. We offer traditional gynecological care that involves annual screenings. We refer our patients needing obstetric and reproductive care to outside specialists within the Allegheny Health Network. Post-birth, we can resume gynecological care for the mother and also provide care for the newborn.