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How to Find the Best Primary Care Doctor in Charlotte, NC

Finding a good doctor can be a scary and difficult process. Your relationship with your doctor is an important factor in your healthcare, so you want to make sure it’s a good relationship with someone you trust. Finding a physician who can take the time to listen to all your concerns and be an advocate when you need them is a great way to be prepared for whatever comes your way in terms of you and your family’s health. Below…

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Covid -19, Vaccines in Kids, and Delta Variant Update 07.20.21:

When can we expect the Covid-19 vaccine to be available for kids under 12? Likely not until the fall. There are several reasons for this. One is that the dosage is different for kids due to the immaturity of their immune system. There is more study time needed because they had to start at Phase I. Phase II/III is now underway. Another is that in order to get statistically significant numbers, we need to have a certain number of the…

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What’s the Difference Between an MD and a DO?

I’m glad you asked! There are two types of accredited doctors that can practice medical care in the U.S. And their similarities are far greater than their differences. Let’s start by breaking down the definitions: An MD is a doctor who practices allopathic medicine – or an approach based on using medication and surgery to manage and treat different conditions A DO or Doctor of Osteopathic medicine – like myself – practices an osteopathic approach to care which focuses on…

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When Should you get a Flu Shot?

There is much abuzz about the influenza (flu) vaccine this year because of the possibility of getting Covid-19 and the flu together. Yes, it is possible to have both at once. There are some places like Walgreens already offering the flu shots. However, it is too early for the flu shot right now. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), “Getting vaccinated in July or August is too early, especially for older people, because of the likelihood of reduced…

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Why I Choose DPC

I’ve been reflecting about why I opened my DPC clinic and why I continue to support and advocate for this model. In the next few posts, I want to share some patient stories and how DPC has helped them as well as helped me in the physician/patient relationship. Mark (name changed to protect patient privacy) followed me from my previous office because he stated that he had never felt listened to by a physician, and that I was different. I…

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A friendlier option for allergy sufferers, Priority Care introduces new way to treat the cause of allergies to Charlotte, NC

Starting April, 12, 2021: Though there are 50-60 million allergy sufferers in the U.S., only a fraction receive treatment that can change the underlying disease. Instead, most suffer with their symptoms, try to avoid problem allergens, or treat symptoms temporarily with prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. But now, allergy sufferers in Charlotte, NC have another option for treating the cause—not just the symptoms—of their allergies. Priority Care has introduced area allergy sufferers to sublingual immunotherapy, or allergy drop immunotherapy. Like allergy…

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COVID Vaccine and Variants Update

This update will be in the format of questions that addresses current vaccine options and trials and the mutations/variants that are being followed. Another post to address covid-19 in kids and current treatment options will be done soon. What are the vaccines currently available in the US? Pfizer vaccine which is 2 shots, 3 weeks apart, and Moderna vaccine which is 2 shots, 4 weeks, apart are the current options. What about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that is only…

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Covid-19 Update: Vaccination

First, I am so excited to have a safe vaccination against Covid-19! This vaccine has excellent efficacy against clinical disease and almost 100% efficacy against serious disease. It is an incredible achievement and will help us get to herd immunity and some semblance of normal. As with previous posts, to make it easiest to understand I’ll answer some common questions about the Pfizer vaccination that is now available. This vaccine was developed so fast, how do you know it is…

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Why I Choose DPC

For the next story about why I choose to practice the DPC (Direct Primary Care) model, I’m going to give an example of my patient, Cheryl.* Cheryl is a patient that followed me from my prior office and embraces the DPC model wholeheartedly. She also happens to be a neighbor who lives three miles from my current office. Cheryl has a high deductible insurance plan through her work, but wants to have the option of paying cash to save money…

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Covid-19 Update #?

For this update, I’m going to bypass the long answers and try to explain things in a simple way. What’s the deal with testing? Are rapid tests not accurate? There are several rapid tests that test for antigen and antibody to Covid-19. They can be helpful when they are positive so people can know when to isolate/quarantine. The rapid tests are less accurate than the PCR tests. **It’s like a pregnancy test. If a pregnancy test is negative, you still…

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Why I Choose DPC

Last week for my office’s one year anniversary, Priority Care was featured in a Charlotte Agenda article showcasing the start up of a Direct Primary Care clinic. I had planned to have an open house and do a Press Release, but the pandemic meant the open house celebration would have to be put on hold. I’ve been reflecting about why I opened my DPC clinic and why I continue to support and advocate for this model. In the next few…

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