Preventive Medicine

At Pedre Integrative Health we specialize in a variety of general primary care and preventative services for our patients. This includes the management of the following:

  • Minor illnesses
  • Skin infections and rashes
  • Diagnosis of new conditions
  • Complex and chronic diseases
  • Traveler’s health
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Mental health

For a more complete list of the most common medical conditions seen and treated, see Conditions Treated

“The path to Health begins with Prevention. And prevention is all about education. Prevention is the key to a long health-span (the time of your life spent unburdened by disease). I practice Preventative Medicine by teaching patients how to get well and stay well. Most of these issues are addressed during the yearly General Health Screening, where we screen for preventable diseases. I also address preventative issues further throughout the year, depending on individual circumstances.

This is a working relationship, where I see myself as a partner and guide in each of my patient’s health journey. I do my part to direct each of my patients in the right direction, but ultimately I encourage each person to take responsibility for their own health. A successful health journey starts with the person’s desire to invest in their health. That means coming to talk about prevention when no problems seem to be at hand or if there is a significant family history of major diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. The most successful prevention is that done before these conditions have fully manifested.”

Prevention and Screening

A general health screening is a complete individualized health assessment. It involves a complete medical history and physical exam. During this extended visit, we will spend time going over any medical issues you have dealt with in the past, any medications your have taken or are currently taking (bring name, doses, frequency and prescribing physician) and any relevant family medical history, to paint an accurate picture of your health. Hand in hand with your health screening is our conversation about prevention of such diseases as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, etc… It is important to discuss these things and develop a life plan for how to maintain health and/or achieve optimum health. This is the goal of a general health screening.

STD Testing

STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease. This is a general term used to describe any disease that may be transmitted from person to person via sexual contact.

HIV Screening

HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a syndrome in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to opportunistic (i.e. infections by pathogens that normally do not cause disease in an immune-competent person) that may be life-threatening.