We’re thrilled to be offering you secure video visits. While we love it when you visit us in the office, we understand that it’s not always convenient to do so and some issues can be handled remotely. Video visits allow you to receive the quality care without taking time off work or making the drive to the clinic. Video visits are appropriate for many types of appointments, especially follow-up and minor urgent care. Feel free to request a video visit right here from the website. We look forward to seeing you soon! Please use this link to find out more and/or schedule a telemedicine appointment: http://optimumhealth.video-visits.com
Internal Medicine/Chronic Disease Management
Internal medicine is a specialty branch of medicine pertaining to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases affecting adults over the age of 18. Doctors who practice internal medicine are known as ‘internists’ and often serve as a patient’s primary care provider. Internists may work together with other physicians to ensure patients are getting optimum care. Chronic disease is highly prevalent in the U.S. and requires ongoing medical oversight and clinical management. A chronic disease is any condition or illness that persists long-term. Examples of chronic diseases include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and...
Each year patients will be offered a comprehensive physical exam. Adults who get annual physicals are more likely to discover potential health complications before they become serious and they are more aware of the importance of lifestyle choices and how they affect overall well-being. EKG, urinalysis will be performed along with stroke, low bone mass and autonomic nervous system function as indicated (usually every 1-3 years for each test). Overall health assessment, goals and improvement will take place at the end of the annual exam.
Weight Loss Counseling
Weight loss counseling and treatment is done via the Balance MD program which has evolved during my 20 years of practicing Internal Medicine. This program empowers you on how to eat, exercise and teaches you the skills to respond to relapse rapidly and effectively. Balance MD is designed to achieve quick and permanent weight loss.
Stroke and Osteoporosis Screening/Monitoring
Stroke screening is achieved by noninvasive ultrasound of the carotid arteries. The procedure requires no special preparation and is performed in the office. Osteoporosis ( low bone mass= increased risk of fracture) screening and monitoring of treatment response are performed with DEXA. This in non-invasive office procedure takes 15-20 minutes and involves the patient lying on a comfortable bed. Our DEXA machine not only measure bone mass at the hip and spine but also screens most of the vertebrae in the spine to detect if they are compressing or not.
Affordable Laboratory Services
Optimum Health has arranged for affordable laboratory services for our members through Clinical Pathology Labs in Kerrville 1008 Sidney Baker Street Kerrville, TX 78028 Phone: (830) 895-2803 Although lab services are not covered in your Optimum Health fee, these prices will lead to significant savings and no sudden surprises in lab fees. CPL can provide you with the lab fee amount before your labs are drawn. If you have private insurance or Medicare, you may have your labs drawn at CPL or elsewhere.
Cryotherapy is the freezing of a skin lesion using liquid nitrogen. This is a simple procedure conducted in the office and usually takes 10-15 seconds per lesion. For suspicious lesions that may be skin cancer, prompt dermatology referral will be made.
EKG and 24 hour Heart Rhythm Monitoring
For potential heart related conditions and EKG is routinely performed in the office. For issues such as palpitations or irregular heart rhythm a 24 hour heart monitor is used with next day follow up assessment.
Spirometry (lung function) Testing
Spirometry testing is performed in the office and takes minutes to determine lung capacity and how well a patient’s lungs are moving air. This test is used to diagnose and manage COPD and asthma.
Vaccinations are life-saving medical tools recommended and used for the prevention of dangerous and deadly diseases. Vaccines work by introducing controlled and weakened infections into the body, encouraging the immune system to create natural antibodies that will defend the body against possible future infections. Although children are subject to the most complex vaccination schedule, immunization recommendations continue into adulthood to include an annual flu vaccination, periodic tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations, varicella vaccinations, and other risk-based vaccines. Did you know... that immunizations have nearly or completely eradicated...