Family Medicine Specialist

Essential Medical Care

Family Medicine & Pain Management located in College Park, GA

At Essential Medical Care, Vickie James, MD, provides a wide range of health services to meet the needs of your entire family from birth through geriatrics. The family medicine practice, located in College Park, Georgia, offers comprehensive medical care in a warm, compassionate environment. Whether it’s time for a yearly physical or you have symptoms and need treatment, Essential Medical Care can help. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Family Medicine Q&A

What is family medicine?

Family medicine is a branch of medicine focused on providing healthcare to your entire family across every stage of life. Dr. James focuses on preventive care and ensures you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health.

Among the main advantages of a family medicine practice is that over time, Dr. James will have comprehensive knowledge of your family’s medical history to provide higher quality care. 

You and your family can all go to a single location for routine healthcare needs from birth to adulthood, giving everyone time to develop rapport and a personal relationship with Dr. James.

What are family medicine services?

Family medicine services meet all of your routine healthcare needs. The services offered at Essential Medical Care include:

Preventive care

Dr. James takes a preventive approach to care with annual exams for all ages and genders. The types of preventive care offered at Essential Medical Care include:

  • Annual physicals
  • Women’s health 
  • Men’s health
  • Well-child exam
  • Diabetes screenings
  • Hypertension screenings

Keeping an annual wellness exam schedule enables Dr. James to monitor your health and detect potential changes to your health in the early stages when most illnesses and diseases are easier to treat. 

Management of acute and chronic conditions

In addition to providing preventive care or expert care for unexpected illnesses such as the common cold or flu, Dr. James helps manage acute and chronic conditions. Some of the common conditions Dr. James treats include: 

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension and high cholesterol
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Arthritis
  • Menopause
  • Low testosterone
  • Obesity

What’s the difference between general practice and family medicine?

Doctors practicing at a general practice or family medicine practice are both primary care physicians, but general practice doctors are more often adult internists, focused on adult patients. A family medicine doctor is both an internist and a pediatrician with specialized knowledge for treating patients of all ages.

When you or your child are due for your annual physical or need a doctor for undesirable health symptoms, call Essential Medical Care to schedule an appointment or book one online today.