Dr. Groode has been trained in two medical specialties.
Having studied Family Medicine, Dr. Groode has been trained to provide comprehensive medical care for families and individuals suffering from all types of illnesses, disorders, conditions and diseases. As a family doctor, Dr. Groode is usually the first point of contact for patients when they seek general medical care (categorized as a primary care provider) and can refer patients to specialists when necessary.
Family medicine, or family practice, is a division of primary care focused on the provision of comprehensive medical care for people of all ages, with family doctors often providing care for the entire family. As a family doctor, these physicians generally develop close relationships with patients over an extended period of time, allowing for the provision of comprehensive care that other specialists may be less likely to deliver.
Family physicians are tasked with caring for not only the physical health of patients and families, but also the mental and emotional health and how it relates to the family as a unit. Family medicine also emphasizes preventive care, attempting to keep the patient healthy and prevent diseases before they occur through regular exercise, a healthy diet and healthy life choices.
When treating patients and their families, family physicians employ a variety of techniques and procedures. With regard to preventive measures, Family doctors are tasked with performing regular examinations or checkups, immunizations and screening tests, among others. Family physicians are trained to identify and treat a very wide range of illnesses and injuries, but may also refer patients to a specialist when they deem it necessary. Additionally, family physicians may also treat and manage chronic conditions without the assistance of a specialist.
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Having studied Functional Medicine, Dr. Groode has been trained to treat patients through preventive measures, as well as by treating the underlying causes of disease – as opposed to simply treating the symptoms of a condition. Dr. Groode is trained to develop a close, therapeutic relationship with patients, taking many different aspects of a patient’s life into consideration when providing care.
Physicians that practice functional medicine are trained to treat the patient as a whole, identifying the underlying root causes of a condition in order to provide care (as opposed to treating just the symptoms of a condition, known as “acute care”). Functional medicine doctors are trained to take a wide range of factors into account when diagnosing and treating patients, such as: diet, exercise regimen, stress levels, occupational factors, family life and history, medical history, environmental factors, and many others. Functional medicine doctors attempt to understand each patient’s unique biochemical physiology in order to provide the highest standard of care.
By moving from a disease-centric standard of care to a more patient-centric approach, functional medicine doctors are able to understand and connect with their patients on a more personal level. By having a closer, more therapeutic relationship, the doctor is able to understand more about the factors that may be contributing to the patient’s condition. This close, calming relationship between physician and patient fosters a healthier lifestyle for the patient and provides the doctor with insight that would otherwise be lacking.
Many physicians that practice functional medicine agree that a healthy patient is not defined by the absence of disease, but rather by the patient’s attainment of social, mental and physical well-being. Because no two patients have the same day-to-day experiences, medical history, stressors, or biological factors, functional medicine doctors believe in highly individualized diagnostic procedures and treatment plans. By identifying the root causes of a disease or condition, the physician is in a better position to provide a more biologically natural treatment: remove or inhibit the underlying cause, and the disease and related symptoms should subside or reverse.
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