Primary Care

Primary care providers in Haywood County including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics-gynecology (OB/GYN) servicing all of Haywood County and western Buncombe county including Waynesville, Clyde, Maggie Valley, Canton, Bethel, Lake Junaluska, Enka and Candler. 

Family Medicine

Family Medicine provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. Family medicine’s scope encompasses all ages and genders, each organ system, and every disease entity and integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences.

Family physicians in the United States may hold either an M.D. or a D.O. degree. Physicians who specialize in family medicine must successfully complete an accredited three-year family medical residency in the United States in addition to their medical degree. They are then eligible to sit for a board certification examination, which is now required by most hospitals and health plans. The American Board of Family Medicine requires its Diplomates to maintain certification through an ongoing process of continuing medical education, medical knowledge review, patient care oversight through chart audits, practice-based learning through quality improvement projects and retaking the board certification examination every 7 to 10 years. The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians requires its Diplomates to maintain certification and undergo the process of recertification every 8 years.

Family physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunization and screening tests, and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Family physicians also manage chronic illness, often coordinating care provided by other subspecialists.

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Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists and are skilled in the management of patients with undifferentiated or multi-system disease processes.

Following completion of medical school, Internal Medicine practitioners are required to undertake a period of supervised practice before a medical license, is granted, typically one or two years. Then, doctors may finally follow specialty residency training in internal medicine, typically being selected to training programs through competition. In the United States, residency training for internal medicine lasts three years.

In the United States, three organizations are responsible for certification of Internal Medicine physicians, in terms of their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are essential for excellent patient care: the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine.

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Pediatricians graduate from medical school and then take special courses solely in pediatrics for three or more years. This is called residency. Under supervised conditions, the pediatrician-in-training acquires the knowledge and skills necessary to treat a broad range of conditions, from the mildest childhood illnesses to the most serious diseases.

After completing residency training, the pediatrician is eligible to take a written exam given by the American Board of Pediatrics. Once she passes this exam, a certificate is issued, which you probably will see hanging on the pediatrician’s office wall. 

Pediatricians care for children from birth through 18 years of age including newborn nursery coverage, antepartum visits, well child checks, immunizations, sports physicals, sick visits, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and also provide sports medicine coverage in conjunction with Haywood Regional Sports Medicine. 

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To become an OB/GYN, individuals must earn a bachelor's degree, complete medical school and fulfill a 4-year residency requirement. During residency, students spend at least 50 hours per week attending to patients and learning from doctors. After they complete their residency, applicants must then take boards or licensing examinations before they can legally practice medicine.

Services by OB/GYN providers include: Services at the practice include obstetrics, well-women gynecological exams, adolescent gynecological care, ultrasounds, minimally invasive hysterectomy, abnormal pap smear treatments, endometrial ablation, infertility evaluation, breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraceptive management including IUDs, hormone replacement, perimenopausal symptoms, laparoscopic surgery, incontinence, pelvic pain, pelvic prolapse, and treatment of menstrual disorders.

As girls grow into teens, it's important that they receive appropriate medical care. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends that young women have their first visit with an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) between the ages of 13 and 15.

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