Office Procedures

  • Adult Well Care
  • Child Well Care (ages 5 and over)
  • Cryotherapy*
  • EKG’s*
  • Men’s Health
  • Osteopathic Medicine*
  • Pregnancy test
  • PT\INR
  • Rapid Strep Test*
  • Same Day Sick Appointments
  • Sports Physicals
  • Urinalysis
  • Wellness Exam*

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy, also called cryosurgery, cryoablation or targeted cryoablation therapy, is a minimally invasive treatment that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy diseased tissue, including cancer cells. Although cryotherapy and cryoablation can be used interchangeably, the term “cryosurgery” is reserved best for cryotherapy performed using an open, surgical approach. During cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen or argon gas is applied to diseased cells located outside or inside the body.

Echocardiogram (EKG)

An echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart. The equipment is far superior to that used by fishermen. In addition to providing single-dimension images, known as M-mode echo that allows accurate measurement of the heart chambers, the echocardiogram also offers far more sophisticated and advanced imaging. This is known as two- dimensional (2-D) Echo and is capable of displaying a cross-sectional “slice” of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels that exit from the left and right ventricle.

An echocardiogram can be obtained in a physician’s office or in the hospital. For a resting echocardiogram (in contrast to a stress echo or TEE, discussed elsewhere) no special preparation is necessary. Clothing from the upper body is removed and covered by a gown or sheet to keep you comfortable and maintain the privacy of females. The patient then lies on an examination table or a hospital bed.

Sticky patches or electrodes are attached to the chest and shoulders and connected to electrodes or wires. These help to record the electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) during the echocardiography test. The EKG helps in the timing of various cardiac events (filling and emptying of chambers). A colorless gel is then applied to the chest and the echo transducer is placed on top of it. The echo technologist then makes recordings from different parts of the chest to obtain several views of the heart. You may be asked to move form your back and to the side. Instructions may also be given for you to breathe slowly or to hold your breath. This helps in obtaining higher quality pictures. The images are constantly viewed on the monitor. It is also recorded on photographic paper and on videotape. The tape offers a permanent record of the examination and is reviewed by the physician prior to completion of the final report.

Osteopathic Medicine

There are two types of physicians fully licensed to practice medicine in all 50 states: those holding the MD degree and those who have earned the DO — doctor of osteopathic medicine — degree.

Both types of physicians are licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medicine in hospitals, clinics, and private practices throughout the U.S. Osteopathic physicians offer all the services M.D.s do — and more.

Osteopathic medicine was developed in 1874 by an MD named Andrew Taylor Still who was dissatisfied with the effectiveness of 19th century medicine. Because Dr. Still felt many medications of his day were ineffective and even harmful, he began an in-depth study into the attributes of good health in order to better understand the process of disease.

As a result of his studies, Dr. Still founded a philosophy of medicine focusing on the unity of all body parts. He identified the musculoskeletal system — the system of bones and muscles that makes up about two-thirds of the body’s mass — as a key element of health. He recognized the body’s ability to heal itself and stressed preventive medicine, eating properly, and staying fit.

Dr. Still pioneered the concept of “wellness” more than 100 years ago. Today, osteopathic physicians carry on his tradition, combining modern medical treatments with suggestions about lifestyle and attitude changes that don’t just fight illness, but prevent it as well.

Just as Dr. Still brought his new philosophy of medicine to the people of the Missouri frontier in 1874, today’s osteopathic physicians often serve populations in need. Although DOs can specialize in every recognized area of medicine, from neonatology to neurosurgery, more than half of all osteopathic physicians practice in primary care areas, such as pediatrics, general practice, obstetrics/gynecology, and internal medicine. Additionally, many DOs fill a critical need for family doctors by practicing in small towns and rural areas.

Rapid Strep Test

The Rapid Strep Test (RST), or rapid antigen detection test (RADT), is an in-office test done by a clinician in order to determine whether or not a patient has streptococcal pharyngitis (colloquially called "strep throat" in American English), which is a group A streptococcal infection of the pharynx and possibly other parts of the body. The Rapid Strep Test is one of the most common tests for streptococcal pharyngitis.

Wellness Exam

You should see your doctor regularly for preventive health care. This can help find problems early or prevent health problems before they occur. Preventive health care includes exams and screening tests that look for problems even before you are sick. It also includes immunizations, which help to prevent some diseases.