Happy New Year!
The yearly Medical Home Fee for 2016 is due. Please call the office to make payment arrangements if needed. We now offer flexible and automatic payment plans to make your life easier!
Click here for more information about the Medical Home Fee.
Did you know that we are open to new patients? Now is a great time to refer your friends and family!
Now is also a good time to schedule your annual well care. We save several "sick" visits for acute illnesses every day, but this year's flu season is so mild (which of course is wonderful!) that we have more appointments available. Don't forget that you can also schedule through our handy Patient Portal.
Thanks as always for entrusting us with your loved ones' health and well-being (as well as your own!)
Meet Dr. Heselschwerdt
We are happy to welcome Dr. Jessica Heselschwerdt to Balcones Woods Family Medicine. She started seeing patients in July and is a wonderful addition to our group. Dr. Heselschwerdt was born and raised in Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Michigan and attended medical school at Wayne State School of Medicine in Detroit. She decided to leave the north for the warmer climate of Texas and recently completed her residency in Family Medicine at UT Austin. She served as chief resident from 2014-2015. Click here to learn more about Dr. Heselschwerdt.
We generally see 14-18 patients per day per provider, about 35% less than most primary care offices. We enjoy involving patients in their care through education regarding health concerns and treatment options.
While we have some time constraints, we generally allow 15 minutes for same-day appointments and 30 minutes for most follow-up or chronic issues appointments -- longer than most offices. If we do not address all of your issues and concerns, please let us know as we are happy to schedule another appointment. Additionally, the detailed plan and discussion from your visit will be available within 24 hours in your secure portal.
Dr. Hausman-Cohen originally planned to pursue a career in medical research. After obtaining a Masters degree and M.D. from Harvard Medical School, she realized the importance of continuing education and evidence based medicine in delivering outstanding care. Our practice continues with this philosophy, pursuing ongoing education in the spectrum of family and integrative medicine.
Our providers are dedicated to increasing our knowledge base through continuing education and research. It is not unusual for us to use Up to Date to research the latest information about a disease while the patient is in the exam room.
Interested in a Healthier Approach?
In addition to prescribing pharmaceuticals, we are also knowledgeable regarding lifestyle changes, vitamins, nutrition, natural or herbal supplements, and other complementary and alternative medicine when there is adequate supportive data.
Many patients take numerous medications to treat cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure. There is excellent evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of these medications. We work closely with patients to prevent the progression of these symptoms and to make sure they are at goal. However, we are also happy to work with patients to "get healthy" and reduce, or in some cases eliminate, the need for many of these medications through lifestyle modifications including a plant based diet and other nutritional counseling.
About Family Medicine and Our Practice
Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen, Dr. Lara Hochman, Dr. Jessica Heselschwerdt, and our Family Nurse Practitioners Laurelin Mullins and Charis M. Bearden, are board-certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Koren Weston is dual board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
Family Medicine for physicians is a board-certified specialty requiring three years of residency training after a receiving a medical degree. This training focuses on outpatient medicine. Family Nurse Practitioners are board-certified RNs that return to school to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing, involving advanced learning and intense study. Family Nurse practitioners are trained and certified to perform full evaluations and prescribe medications and treatments in an outpatient setting, under the supervision of a physician.
In addition to being trained in adult medicine and pediatrics, family physicians and family nurse practitioners are trained in dermatology, allergy, gynecology, orthopedics, mental health care, and many other specialties that allow family physicians and nurse practitioners to treat the whole person.
We also offer annuals (including Pap smears) and well checks for all ages. In order to maintain board certification, both family physicians and family nurse practitioners have ongoing stringent continuing education requirements; family physicians are required to complete a minimum of 300 hours every 6 years.
Dr. Weston participates in the full spectrum of family care in our office. Her residency focused more intensely on hospital work. Our differences in training have allowed us to be supportive of each other and offer very broad services that can meet the majority of most family healthcare needs.