What Makes Our Practice Unique
Balcones Woods Family Medicine didn't just happen, it was created.
After working in a large group setting for a number of years, Dr. Hausman-Cohen opened our office in 2001 to practice the "Art of Medicine" and provide excellent care to her patients. Dr. Lara Hochman, Dr. Koren Weston, and Family Nurse Practitioners Charis Bearden and Laurelin Mullins share in her philosophy, and together they are Balcones Woods Family Medicine.
We generally see 16-18 patients per day per provider, about 35% less than most primary care offices. We enjoy involving patients in their care by educating them regarding their health problems, concerns, and treatment options.
While we still do 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.
Dr. Hausman-Cohen originally planned to pursue a career in medical research. After obtaining both her Masters degree and M.D. from Harvard Medical School, she realized the importance of continuing education and evidence based medicine in delivering outstanding care.
At Balcones Woods Family Medicine, our providers are dedicated to maintaining our knowledge base through ongoing continuing education and research. It is not unusual for us to use Up to Date to research the latest information relating to 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, and we work closely with all of our patients to prevent the progression of these disease states and to make sure they are at their ideal goals. 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.
About Family Medicine and Our Practice
Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen, Dr. Lara Hochman and our Family Nurse Practitioners Laurelin Mullins and Charis 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 their 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, which involves advanced learning and intense study. Family Nurse practitioners are trained and certified to do full evaluations 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, with family physicians being 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 had a more intense focus 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 health needs.