A family doctor is a doctor who takes care of the whole family. Family doctors create caring relationships with patients and their families. They know their patients because they listen to them and help them make the right health care decisions.
Family doctors take care of the physical, mental and emotional health of both their patients and their patient's families. They know your family's health history and how it can affect you because they may care for three generations of a family. They are trained to care for you through all the stages of your life.
Family doctors are trained in all areas of medicine. They can diagnose and treat the full range of problems people usually bring to their doctors. They know when to treat you, and, if necessary, when to bring in another specialist you can trust.
Nurse Practitioners have advanced education (most have master's degrees and many have doctorates) and advanced clinical training beyond their initial registered nurse preparation.
Among their many services, NP: