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September 14, 2018

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Patient-Centered Care

First Physicians offers compassionate care geared specifically toward each patient. The group now encompasses 5 locations throughout Odessa: Wendover Family Medicine, Westview Medical Clinic, East University Family Medicine, Women’s Health, and Occupational Medical Testing.

All our doctors and staff are committed to providing our patients with quality, evidence-based care no matter what their medical needs may be. Whether you have a chronic health condition or you’re experiencing symptoms and would like to be seen, call First Physicians to schedule an appointment.

Family Medicine Q&A

Q: What is family medicine?

A: Family medicine is a medical specialty in which physicians treat patients ranging in age from the very young to the very old. Family medicine practitioners are trained to treat individual patients as well as whole families. They thoroughly diagnose and assess each patient, considering everything that could possibly be affecting them and causing their condition. Family physicians are trained to diagnose, treat, and care for a wide array of chronic diseases, acute illnesses, and injuries. They also provide preventive medicine, helping patients live optimally to help maintain an overall level of good health.

Q: What is the difference between family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric medicine, and other medical specialties?

A: The family medicine providers at First Physicians are primary medical care physicians trained to care for patients of all ages, as well as diagnose and treat diseases and conditions involving all body systems and organs. Internists provide primary care to adults. Pediatricians treat infants, children, and teenagers. Medical specialists focus on a single organ or body system such as an ENT (ear, nose and throat) physician. The family medicine physician can refer patients to specialists when needed and coordinate care with them to provide the very best for their patients.

Q: What medical conditions can be treated by a family medicine doctor, and what services do they provide?

A: The doctors at First Physicians diagnose and treat numerous medical conditions and counsel patients on lifestyle strategies for achieving better health.