Primary Care

Discover Health

Integrative Family Medicine & Naturopathic Doctors located in North Beach, San Francisco, CA & San Mateo, CA

Whether you need treatment for a common cold or you’re looking for a doctor who can help prevent chronic diseases, a primary care doctor can help. Internist Dr. Clifford Sewell and integrative family medicine specialist Dr. Radha Lewis have years of experience treating both acute and chronic conditions. At Discover Health in San Francisco’s North Beach, they’re accepting new patients. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or book your initial consultation online.

Primary Care Q & A

What is a primary care physician (PCP)?

Primary care doctors, often called PCPs, manage the healthcare needs of adults. They’re able to diagnose, treat, and prevent acute and chronic conditions, as well as treat everyday health issues that arise.

Primary care doctors take preventive measures to keep you healthy. Dr. Sewell or Dr. Lewis can keep your immunizations current, screen for certain cancers and chronic conditions, and counsel you on weight loss and healthy living. They’re also responsible for ordering routine laboratory tests and completing yearly physicals.

When issues arise in your health, your PCP is the primary lead on your care.

What does a primary care doctor do?

When you see Dr. Sewell or Dr. Lewis for your initial consultation, they complete a thorough medical history and a comprehensive physical examination. Depending on your age and health, they may request you have multiple screening procedures, such as mammograms or colonoscopies.

At least once a year, your doctor orders laboratory testing to screen for certain diseases and conditions. Through a blood test, they may look for signs of:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Infection
  • Certain types of cancers
  • Heart disease

If there are indications that have uncontrolled conditions or that the diseases you do have are getting worse, Dr. Sewell or Dr.Lewis develops a treatment plan to address these issues adequately.

How often should you see your PCP?

If you’re healthy and don’t have any chronic conditions, you should see your primary care doctor at least once a year for your annual physical and preventive medicine screenings.

If you’re a senior or have serious health problems, Dr. Sewell or Dr. Lewis may request that you schedule more frequently. These appointments allow your PCP to monitor your conditions, ensure there are no new issues, and make any adjustments to your medications and treatments.

Dr. Sewell and Dr. Lewis may also require regular lab work to monitor changes to your conditions.

If you’re looking for an experienced doctor who can handle all of your chronic and acute health needs, contact Discover Health. Call Dr. Sewell and Dr. Lewis today or schedule your appointment online.