Advance Medical of Naples offers personal care for the entire family. It is a practical solution for the primary care of patients of all ages and the tending of life’s minor emergencies such as fractures & lacerations. We treat the whole person, not just the symptoms of illness. We also offer preventative and complimentary medicine.
Please note, some procedures (such as gynecological exams and the removal of cysts) are by appointment only.
75% of our Family Practice patients make an appointment. By doing this they see the medical provider of their choice and are assured that enough time is reserved for their visit. Patients with appointments are usually seen ahead of those who walk in.
Advance Medical of Naples offers:
• Annual wellness exams
• Bone density screening
• Cancer screening
• Cholesterol treatment
• Diabetes screening/treatment
• Gynecological exams
• Hypertension screening/treatment
• Immunizations for adults and children
• Pediatric wellness
• Private personal dietician consultations
• Prostate exam/screening
• School physicals
• Sexually transmitted disease screening/treatment
• Sports physicals
• Stress tests
We also offer a private surgical suite for scheduled elective procedures-such as removal or biopsy of cysts, moles, and questionable skin lesions.
We provide new vaccines for prevention of:
• Shingles – Zostavax
• Cervical cancer/venerial warts/HPV – Gardasil
• Pertussis in Adults – Adacel
Choosing a Family Physician
What is a family physician?
A family physician is a doctor who takes care of the whole family. A family physician creates caring relationships with patients and assists them in making the right health care decisions.
What do family physicians do?
Family physicians take care of the physical, mental and emotional health of both their patients and their patients’ families. They know your family’s health history and how it can affect you. They are trained to care for you through all the stages of your life. They know when to treat you, and, if necessary, when to bring refer you to a specialist you can trust.
I don’t have any health problems. Why do I need a family physician?
Family physicians are specially trained in preventive medicine. They believe that preventing a health problem is better than having to overcome one.
Some things that you should ask include:
• Do they accept your insurance?
• What are the office hours?
• How many physicians are in the practice?
During the appointment, make sure:
• You’re comfortable talking to the physician.
• The physician answers all your questions and explains things so that you can understand.
• You had enough time to ask all your questions.
How often should you see your Naples Physicians?
How often should you come into Advance Medical of Naples for a check-up? Once a year? Every 6 months? Never? Most of you are pretty healthy and only show up for screening physical exams or aches and pains. Some of you may only come into our Naples Urgent Care Walk-in Clinic when you have the flu.
What if you had diabetes, coronary disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea, but no symptoms to indicate any acute problems? You’d probably see one of our Family Practice Physicians fairly routinely, and if needed you would be referred to a specialist.
How do our Naples FL physicians know when to see you next? As a patient you probably don’t put much thought to this and obediently comply with whatever scheduling recommendation you’re given. But ask yourself next time you see your Naples Physician “how does he/she know when to have me come back?” Is there some textbook somewhere, some set of guidelines that tells us how often patients with particular medical problems need routine follow-up?
The answer: Yes and No
At Advance Medical, we have a few ground rules to take into consideration. First is that we encourage welless through screening and physicals. We work in conjunction with our patients to educate and support a healthy lifestyle. If during a screening we detect a condition that needs to be treated then the treatment plan is reviewed in detail with the patient and the care outline is reviewed and agreed upon during your visit. Before you leave our office you will have education materials, a prescription if necessary, a referral to dietician or for additional testing if needed, and a follow up appointment. Why is it important to keep your follow up visits? Everyone needs to be examined and followed if a condition or “disease” such as diabetes or elevated cholesterol are found. After all, don’t we all behave just a bit better if we know someone is watching? Isnt staying up on a condition better than lapsing and allowing it to get out of control? Absolutely. So, we work together and ensure your treatment is timely, your prescriptions are filled and you are well cared for. We hope that Advance Medical becomes an option for you if you are researching doctors in Naples FL. Contact Advance Medical of Naples for more information on Primary care.
So, in summary: How often should you be seeing your Naples primary care physician? It’s between you and one of our Advance Medical physicians or nurse practitioners in Naples Florida. Just understand that none of this is written in stone and every patient is different.