First Choice Wellness & Physical Medicine offers all your Primary Care Physician Needs.
What we do.
Dr. Bohnstengel is a Primary Care Physician (PCP). Encompassed in the duties of a PCP is your overall care, and your first stop for Medical concerns. One of the important duties of a primary care physician is to make referrals to specialists as conditions indicate. Therefore as a primary care physician, Dr. Bohnstengel is also responsible for communicating with those specialists as needed and ensuring your medical plans are proceeding smoothly.
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A Well-Visit is for the discussion of improving your health. The purpose of these visits is to screen for diseases, assess risk of future medical problems, encourage a healthy lifestyle, update vaccinations, and maintain a relationship with a doctor in case of an illness. You may receive recommendations for tests or immunizations during your visit, or you may need to schedule separate appointments.
Your Well-Visit appointment is VERY different from your regular visit. It is intended for prevention and annual checkup needs. If you have particular risk factors like a chronic disease, obesity, or a family history of a disease, additional screenings may be recommended.
Well-Visits may be scheduled as often as your Insurance Plan permits
Make the most of these visits by writing down important questions and concerns to bring with you. At your annual well-check be sure to mention any complaints or concerns about your health. And be prepared that your doctor will likely ask you about important behaviors, like smoking, alcohol use, diet, and exercise. The doctor will also make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date and update your personal and family medical history. A well-check can detect problems before they become serious.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers these tips for a Well-Visit:
- List your questions and concerns. Before your appointment, make a list of what you want to ask. When you’re in the waiting room, review your list and organize your thoughts. You can share the list with your doctor.
- Describe your symptoms. Say when these problems started. Say how they make you feel. If you know, say what sets them off or triggers them. Say what you’ve done to feel better.
- Give your doctor a list of your medications or, better yet, bring all medications to your office visit. Tell what prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal products, and other supplements you’re taking.
- Be honest about your diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol or drug use, and sexual history. Not sharing information with your doctor or nurse can be harmful!
- Describe any allergies to drugs, foods, pollen, or other things. Don’t forget to mention if you are being treated by other doctors, including mental health professionals.
- Talk about sensitive topics. Your doctor has probably heard it before! Don’t leave something out because you’re worried about taking up too much time. Be sure to talk about all of your concerns before you leave.
- If you don’t understand the answers your doctor gives you, ask again.
- Ask questions about any tests and test results. Get instructions on what you need to do to get ready for the test(s). Ask if there are any dangers or side effects. Ask how you can learn the test results. Ask how long it will take to get the results.
- Ask questions about your condition or illness. If you are diagnosed with a condition, ask your doctor how you can learn more about it. What caused it? Is it permanent? What can you do to help yourself feel better? How can it be treated?
- Tell your doctor or nurse if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Some medicines may not be suitable for you. Other medicines should be used with caution if you are pregnant or about to become pregnant.
- Ask your doctor about any treatments he or she recommends. Be sure to ask about all of your options for treatment. Ask how long the treatment is.
- At your annual well-check visit, discuss any health concerns that you may have, and your physician will work with you on a personal care plan.
- Check with your Insurance Company, School, or Employer to find out if there is any paperwork required to be filled out by the Doctor at your Well-Visit, and be sure to bring it to your appointment.