Please join us at our free community lecture on Sunday February 7th. You do not have to be a patient to attend, so bring friends or family along!

Probiotics: “Good bugs” for digestion, allergies, mood and more
by Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen

Sunday, February 7th from 1:30-2:45 pm
JCC - ECP Multipurpose Room
7300 Hart Lane - Austin, TX

There are more bacteria in your body than cells! Come and learn about how specific bacteria (probiotics) can be used to address and promote mental and physical health.

Dr. Hausman-Cohen will discuss the role of specific probiotics and how they can decrease urinary tract symptoms, GI tract symptoms, mood symptoms, allergies & eczema, and other infections. The lecture will also highlight specific strains of bacteria and supporting studies.

Make sure to "like" us on Facebook to stay updated on all of our community events! https://www.facebook.com/bwfamilymedicine/ 

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Happy New Year!

This is just a friendly reminder that the yearly Medical Home Fee for 2016 is now due.

This charge will appear in your portal account over the next several weeks. If you receive a bill or message about a "visit" or balance and have not recently been seen, it is regarding the Medical Home Fee.

We are happy to announce that we have extended the discount deadline to March 1st. If payment is received in-full, you are eligible for the discounted rate. If you would like to pay the Medical Home Fee now and the charge is not yet in your account, please feel free to give us a call at 512-231-1901. We are also happy to offer automated payment plans this year!

Did you know that we are open to new patients? Now is a great time to refer your friends and family! Thanks as always for entrusting us with your loved ones' health and well-being. 

We hope 2016 brings you good health and happiness! It is a pleasure and honor to have you as our patient. We look forward to our continued healthcare relationship.

For more information regarding the Medical Home Fee, please click here.

 

Introducing Dr. Jessica Heselschwerdt

JESSICA HESELSCHWERDT, MD 

We appreciate your referrals to friends and family!

We have a new doctor and have improved New Patient availability. Please call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Heselschwerdt or most of our other providers.

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. 


Personalized Attention

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. 

Continuing Education

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. 

 

Current patients: We have a new Patient Portal! Click here to register now

Please visit our troubleshooting page before calling the office with sign up issues.

If you are scheduled for an appointment, please register and complete your "Patient Health Update." This form is on the Home page, under your appointment information.
You will not see this form unless currently scheduled.

If you are unable to complete this form at home, please arrive 30 minutes early to complete it in the waiting room on our kiosk. You may bring your own laptop or tablet.

We hope you like the new features of the portal and look forward to seeing you!


About Family Medicine and Our Practice

Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen, Dr. Lara Hochman 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.