Primary Care Physician
Your primary care physician (PCP) is your medical “home.” He or she is the doctor you visit for most medical needs, including physical exams and routine screenings, non-emergency illnesses like earaches and sore throats, and the person you speak to about your health questions and concerns. If you have an HMO, your primary care physician will also be the person who refers you to see including:
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Family practice physicians
A family practitioner one doctor who can provide primary care for every member of the family, no matter their age.
Internal medicine physicians
Also called internists, internal medicine physicians specialize in diagnosing, treating and preventing disease in adult patients. They usually don’t treat children or provide women’s health services.
These physicians specialize in women’s health, including common primary care for women of childbearing years, such as routine pelvic exams, conducting Pap smears and counseling about family planning.
A pediatrician is a medical doctor who sees to the needs of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. For many young people, a pediatrician is the primary care provider from birth, perhaps through the age of 18.
A nurse practitioner is a medical professional who is educated, certified and licensed to provide comprehensive, chronic, continuous care characterized by a long-term relationship with the patient. Primary care nurse practitioners screen, diagnose and treat common acute and chronic medical diseases and conditions.
Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and can write prescriptions.
DO or MD?
BT Health is also home to primary care physicians who specialize in allopathic and osteopathic approaches to care.
A medical doctor, or MD practices allopathic medicine while a doctor of osteopathic medicine, or DO, practices osteopathic medicine. Allopathic means treating symptoms and disease while osteopathic looks at the “whole person” and what other factors, aside from underlying symptoms, might be contributing to health issues.
Both attend four years of medical school and must complete a residency, but osteopathic physicians receive extra training in principles and practices around the idea that you cannot separate the mind, body and spirit when it comes to medical care.
Allergy testing and management
Allergy experts determine the exact cause of allergic reactions, such as an airborne allergen or food, and develops a personalized plan to treat and manage allergies.
Brown & Toland Network
Care. Where you are.
As part of Brown & Toland Physicians, BT Health patients have access to a vast network of specialists, as well as top hospitals, urgent care centers and care management programs in every corner of the Bay Area. This extensive network works with your primary care team to provide you with comprehensive, high-quality, reliable care whenever and wherever you need it.
Brown & Toland Facilities and Labs
Through our connection with Brown & Toland Physicians, BT Health patients have access to some of the best hospitals, labs, and community health services in the Bay Area, ensuring the best when and where you need it. When you need hospital care, work with your doctor to determine which hospital best fits your needs. Remember, for life-threatening conditions call 911 or go directly to an emergency room. For non-life-threatening conditions, call your primary care doctor or visit one of our contracted urgent care centers.
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