How to choose a
primary care provider
By Janelle Roghair
M ost of us think about finding a
doctor when we’re not feeling
well. But, it’s important to have a
of chronic conditions. They also help
coordinate your care if you need to be
seen by a specialist.
Choose a provider close to home.
“Your primary care provider is
the person you see when you have an
primary care provider before that point. There are a few things to keep in illness or minor injury. Having someone
As family practitioner Jesse mind when you’re choosing a primary convenient to where you live or work is
Leahy, MD, Gundersen Lutheran care provider for yourself or your family a big plus,” Dr. Leahy comments.
– Independence Clinic, explains, members. Find someone
“Establishing a relationship with a Find a provider you’re comfortable with.
doctor, nurse practitioner or physician who matches your needs. Sometimes you need to ask health
assistant allows us to develop patient- Think about your health concerns questions about difficult subjects.
provider trust. It’s definitely comforting and look for a provider who has special That’s easier to do with someone you’re
when a patient has that familiar face to interests in those areas. An easy way comfortable with. Find someone you
come back to when they’re not feeling to find this information is to go to have an easy time talking to and who
well or have a medical concern.” gundluth.org/providers. Each care listens to your concerns and questions.
Along with being the place to provider’s specialty is listed along with, To find a primary healthcare
turn if you’re under the weather, your
in many cases, his or her special medical provider, contact a Gundersen Lutheran
primary care provider is also the person interests. You can search for a provider clinic near you. Locate a clinic in
you should see for annual exams, by name, specialty or location. your area by going to gundluth.org/
medication refills and management locations.