5 Reasons why you need a primary care provider

5 reasons why you need a primary care physiciaWhy do you need a primary care provider?

You feel fine. No major illnesses, the occasional sniffle, and that niggling headache of course, and your mom just got diagnosed with high cholesterol, but you? You feel fine. You haven’t seen a doctor since you had to rush into urgent care that weekend two years ago.

The time to go to your PCP is when you’re sick right? You don’t have time right now.

WRONG!

Establishing a relationship with your primary care provider has all kind of benefits:

  1. Try getting in to see a provider quickly if you don’t have a primary care provider.
    They’ll want you to have had a new patient appointment to get a history and baseline information first. Those long appointments are usually at set times and not as flexible as regular appointments. Having a PCP established means the office is more able to squeeze you in for a quick appointment or call you back to discuss an issue and get you back on your feet and maybe back to work quickly.
  2. Back on the road to recovery
    A primary care provider can follow up and make sure you’re on the way to recovery following a visit to urgent care or an emergency room.
  3. Keep you up to date
    Whether it’s a new flu strain or new wellness screening guidelines, your primary care provider can help you stay current on vaccinations and preventive screenings maintaining your good health.
  4. A medical professional who looks at the whole you
    Your cardiologist is worrying about your heart rate, your neurologist your seizures, but who is looking at the big picture? Your primary care provider can oversee management of your overall health – your PCP  is able to see results from all specialists and able to get the big picture. And because your PCP has a relationship with you, he or she can help come up with a plan if you have complex medical needs. Which leads us to:
  5. Someone you can talk frankly with about your health concerns
    With a relationship that develops over time, a primary care provider can better understand what matters to you with respect to your lifestyle choices, health goals, etc. Building trust and a connection is an important piece of the relationship between a patient and a primary care provider. If you have a good relationship, it is easier to share those pertinent factors that you might be shy about otherwise.

Don’t have a primary care provider? Let us help you find one today! Call (520) 324-4900

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New nurse practitioner in Rita Ranch available to help you and your family with an assortment of ailments

TMC One welcomes Arvie Webster, a board-certified family nurse practitioner who is now available to see patients at one of TMC One’s Rita Ranch locations. Arvie brings a wealth of knowledge and life experience in providing compassionate care for you and your family.

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Arvie Webster, FNP-C

What is your background? 

I was born in Illinois and raised in Kentucky. I served in the military as a U.S. Army officer before practicing as a Nurse Practitioner. During that time, I was stationed all across the country. But I’m glad to have planted some roots in Tucson! I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Then I spent 10 years in nursing, primarily in emergency and trauma, before returning for my master’s degree in nursing and health care systems from Grand Canyon University. After having an administrative nursing role, I realized my passion was patient care so I returned for my post-master’s degree in family nurse practitioner from the University of Phoenix.

What inspired you to go into primary care?

Growing up in a small town, our community had one family medicine physician. He practiced on the ground level of his house and his wife was his office manager. As a child, I remember him taking such great care of my family and me – everything from strep throat to high blood pressure to stitching us up when we had accidents. He was always so calm, friendly and put you at ease during visits. I was never reluctant to go see him. I think everyone should feel the same way about visiting their primary care provider. He was my inspiration for choosing primary care.

What made you decide to come to Tucson?

My husband followed me all over the country while I served in the military so once I was released from active duty, I told him he could choose where we lived. I’m so glad he picked Tucson! There is so much to do outdoors and I love the diversity here. We enjoy all the road biking, mountain biking, rock climbing and swimming that Tucson offers.

What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

I think everyday stress is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans. We are all so preoccupied with world events, disasters, politics, finances, hectic work schedules and trying to be involved in our children’s activities, that we rarely find time for ourselves to “unplug.” High levels of ongoing stress lead to unhealthy eating habits, lack of time and energy to exercise, sleep deprivation, anxiety and mild depression due to feeling so overwhelmed. One way to combat stress is by having a healthy work-life balance and understanding that it is OK to have time to yourself to pursue things that make you happy.

Do you have any areas that are of particular interest to you?

Special interests of mine include injury and disease prevention as well as screening-exam education. For example, I have a unique approach to conversations that most patients may find awkward. I empathize with my patients and handle these topics with great concern while doing my best to make them feel comfortable when discussing things like how to perform a self breast examination correctly, or the importance of young men examining their testicles. I also feel like it is my obligation to educate patients about what medications may put them at an increased risk for injury with even minor trauma. I am a firm believer that quality education raises awareness rather than fear and avoidance.

Why is it so important for people to get established with a PCP before they get sick?

Have you ever found yourself tasked with a project that you think will be easy and then you figure out that it is actually really complicated and you wish you had help? Health is very similar. For most people, it starts out easy but has the potential to get very complicated, very quickly.  By getting established with a provider before you get sick, you have help before things get complicated and can potentially prevent your health from getting complicated.

What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

The military taught me many life lessons but the one lesson that always seemed to be natural to me was “take care of the soldier next to you.” This meant even if you didn’t see eye to eye with the person next to you, you still took care of them because they were your best chance of survival. In the civilian world, I believe this is also true for our communities. Even if we do not necessarily agree with someone, we must take care of each other in order to survive.

How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

My relationship with my patients is a partnership. I consider my patients experts with their own bodies because no one lives with their body as long as they do. I offer health education to prevent and manage illness, translate symptoms into health conditions and provide assistance in navigating the health care system, but  believe that both parties must be engaged in order for the partnership to succeed.

Arvie Webster is accepting new patients!
TMC One’s Rita Ranch location is at 9348 E. Rita Road, #100.
Expanded hours for your convenience! Appointments available as early as 6:30 a.m.
Call (520) 324-4760 to make an appointment.

TMCOne now offers highly experienced care for your entire family in Rita Ranch

Thomas Weisman, M.D. Family Practice TMC One

Thomas Weisman, M.D.
Family Practice
TMCOne

As a board-certified family physician, Thomas Weisman, M.D., brings a wealth of experience to TMCOne. For decades, he worked in family medicine and emergency care. Having worked in Rita Ranch for the past 12 years, he knows the community well. He’s excited to now offer his expertise as part of TMCOne – a group that he feels provides a spirit of medical care that is much needed in the Tucson area. He describes this care as “medical care with a heart.”

Dr. Weisman looks forward to earning your trust, and is confident that TMCOne will make a positive contribution to people who live in Southeast Tucson.

▪ What is your background? 

I was born and grew up in New Jersey. I attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania, then graduated from University of Pennsylvania Medical School. I interned at Cook County Hospital in Chicago before opening my own family medicine private practice in West Virginia where I cared for patients for 18 years.  I eventually left private practice and became a full-time Emergency Department physician. Over the next decade, I worked in emergency rooms in West Virginia and California. My family and I decided to move to Arizona where I returned to family practice. I worked in Rita Ranch for 12 years and am thrilled to now provide care to this community through TMC One. I am married with two children.

▪ What inspired you to go into primary care?

A profound experience as a child inspired me to go into primary care. When I was a little boy, I was cared for by my cousin who was a general practitioner. His office was on the second floor of a house and he would often see me at home when I was sick. I have vivid memories of his dark suit, vest, pocket watch and bag that smelled of leather and alcohol. He was extremely dedicated to his work and it seemed like a noble path for my life as well.

▪ What made you decide to come to Tucson?

My family and I decided to come to Tucson because my wife’s family lives here and they love it. My wife fell in love with Tucson, and I followed her lead. Truth be told, the first time I visited here it was 110 degrees out. I wasn’t so sure about uprooting from California but I’ve grown to tolerate the Arizona heat!

▪ What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

I think the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans is the rapidly rising cost of care, and the confusion of our health care financial system. Who can keep track of it all?

▪ Do you have any areas that are of particular interest to you?

My interests are primarily focused on internal medicine, which is a major area of my studies. I enjoy family medicine because I’m able to foster a relationship with my patients and their families. Having deep-rooted knowledge of a family and their dynamic allows me to know the full story and therefore provide exceptional care.

▪ Why is it so important for people to get established with a PCP before they get sick?

I know that no one likes to get sick, and no one likes going to the doctor as it can be stressful. But the reality is, people get sick. If you have established a good relationship with your PCP and have faith in them when you’re healthy, it makes things easier when you are sick and need to go see them. From a physician’s perspective, it’s easier to make an accurate diagnosis and create an appropriate treatment plan if you know your patient’s case beforehand.

▪ What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

My most valuable life experience that has impacted my medical career is having a family. It has helped me relate to so many of my patients. I believe that many of us have similar life problems, and having empathy for each other helps us ultimately understand each other better.

▪  How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

I have found that being a partner to my patients helps me create a plan of care with them rather than for them. I don’t want my patients to look at me as the boss of their health care. My goal is to partner with them to try and keep them healthy, or get them better quickly when they are sick. I use an understanding and patient approach when dealing with my patients and work to not just treat their symptoms, but help organize their care.

Dr. Weisman is accepting new patients!
TMCOne’s Rita Ranch location is at 9356 E. Rita Road, #180.
Expanded hours for your convenience! Appointments available as late at 8 p.m.
Call (520) 324-4499 to make an appointment.

Need a primary care doc? TMC One welcomes new internal medicine physician

Dr. Katie Kellogg Internal Medicine TMC One

Dr. Katie Kellogg
Board-Certified, Internal Medicine
TMC One

Mutual trust and respect are two things Dr. Katie Kellogg believes are essential for a successful relationship between a patient and physician. Dr. Kellogg is an internal medicine physician who is new to TMC One. Her focus is on helping her patients prevent diseases and educating them on how to best manage their health. Dr. Kellogg is available to treat patients at TMC One’s Wyatt office, conveniently located on the TMC campus.

Learn more about Dr. Kellogg, her approach to caring for others and how a personal experience impacted her decision to go into medicine. 

What is your background? 

I was born and raised in Southern Colorado. I attended Colorado College for my undergraduate degree. I then went to the University of Colorado for medical school and training. I practiced with Kaiser for a year before moving to Montana where I practiced for five years. I am delighted to now be in Tucson.

What inspired you to become a PCP?

I wanted to become a primary care physician because I have a desire to care for the whole patient rather than focusing on one organ or disease state.

What made you decide to come to Tucson?

I wanted to come to Tucson because I love sunshine and the opportunity to be outdoors all year.

What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

Like all of America, I think the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans is obesity and the medical problems that accompany it including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and increased risk for many cancers.

Do you have any areas that are of particular interest to you, both in medicine and also outside of work?

I enjoy working with patients to prevent disease as well as helping them to manage chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure. Outside of work, I mountain bike, scuba dive, camp and ride dual sport motorcycles.

Why is it so important for people to get established with a practitioner before they get sick?

We often focus on disease control in our country. Prevention of disease and promotion of wellness should be more emphasized. Often, by the time people realize they are sick due to a chronic illness, irreversible damage has already been done. By working with a provider to monitor overall health early on, many of the complications related to chronic disease can be prevented.

What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

The most valuable life experience that has impacted my medical career is when my grandfather was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer when I was age 13. We were extremely close. We played Cribbage and I cooked him dinner at least once a week while he was ill. Watching the illness affect him so quickly and watching the Hospice team help him focused me towards medicine.

How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

I like to work with my patients as a team. I like patients to feel they have some control over what happens with their health. I feel that mutual trust and respect are essential in the patient/physician relationship.

Dr. Kellogg is located at TMC One’s Wyatt office, 2424 N. Wyatt Drive, #100, on the TMC campus.
Valet parking is available! Dr. Kellogg is acc
epting new patients.
Call (520) 324-TMC1 (8621) to make an appointment.

TMC One’s new nurse practitioner ready to partner with you and your family

Maria

Maria “Maricruz” Bustamante 
Family Nurse Practitioner
TMC One

Maria “Maricruz” Bustamante is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with TMC One who is ready to provide compassionate health care for you and your entire family during every phase of life. Bustamante partners with her patients of all ages to help them achieve health and well-being with a focus on disease prevention. She blends her expertise and passion about fitness, nutrition and wellness coaching to help her patients achieve their goals, whether they be weight loss, increasing strength, reducing or eliminating medication, managing chronic health concerns, or decreasing pain.

Bustamante is also fluent in Spanish.

▪ What is your background?

I am a registered nurse with more than 12 years of intensive care experience. I have worked at all the local ICUs in town throughout my career. I decided to further my education in hopes of preventing patients from being admitted to the ICU from things like a high blood pressure crisis and diabetes complications.

▪ What inspired you to go into primary care?

I am a firm believer that health care starts in the home. I enjoy empowering parents to lead the way for their children in the hope that good health will be passed from one generation to another. I want to care for the whole family. Knowing and understanding the dynamics of an entire family allows me to better tailor the care plan for the family as a unit.

▪ What made you want to practice in Tucson?

I was raised here, so Tucson is and always will be a special place for me. I understand the culture and I see the need for people to do better for themselves. It is my sincere hope to help them make that happen by focusing on health care as wellness, not disease management.

▪ What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

I believe the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans is obesity. In most cases, obesity is preventable. I strongly believe that if we educate our patients and empower them to take control of their well-being, many diseases can be prevented.

▪ Do you have any areas both in your practice and outside of work that are of particular interest to you?

In primary care, I love caring for the entire spectrum from newborns to the elderly. I especially enjoy pediatrics and women’s health, as well as helping patients manage their diabetes. When I’m not working, you’ll likely find me outside hiking and enjoying nature. For indoor activities, I love breaking a sweat with Zumba classes and really experience the health benefits of yoga.

▪ Why is it important for people to get established with a primary care provider before they get sick?

It is so important for people to get established with a primary care provider before they get sick because many specialty care needs can be prevented. I strive to help my patients and their families with disease prevention. I approach every patient holistically and team with them to best meet their health care needs. Being under the supervision of a primary care provider can also help in coordinating care for those times when specialty care is needed.

▪ What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

My most valuable life experience that has impacted my medical career has been my time as an ICU nurse. It taught me not to take life for granted and showed me how quickly our loved ones can be taken from this earth.

▪ How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

I approach my relationship with my patients as a partnership. I love empowering them to take control of their health and will be there for them along the way, acting like their biggest cheerleader and guide.

Maricruz Bustamante is located at TMC One, 5295 E. Knight Dr., right across from TMC.
She is accepting new patients! Call (520) 324-1010 to make an appointment.

Dr. Sarah Siddiqi’s plan to provide you and your family with exceptional care

Board-Certified, Family Practice Saguaro Physicians

Dr. Sarah Siddiqi, Family Practice
Saguaro Physicians

Dr. Sarah Siddiqi is the newest family practice physician to join the outstanding team at Saguaro Physicians. Tucson Medical Center would also like to extend a warm welcome to her as she begins accepting new patients.

Why is it so important to get established with a physician BEFORE you get sick?

Here are six reasons you should consider it.

Dr. Siddiqi works hard to build a strong foundation of trust with her patients, and chose family practice so that she can care for an entire family instead of just one or two members.

Learn more about Dr. Siddiqi and find out if she’d be a good match to provide exceptional care for you and your family during every phase of life:

What is your background? 

I grew up in the Dallas metroplex, where I attended the University of Texas at Dallas. I then went on to Ross Medical School and completed my clinical rotations in New York City. I completed my Family Medicine residency at the prestigious University of Texas at Southwestern in Dallas where we primarily rotated through Parkland Hospital where the Medicare bill was signed into effect.

What inspired you to go into primary care?

I earnestly believe that health maintenance and preventative care is the foundation of good medicine, and I want to be on the front line caring for patients to help prevent complications of their diseases. I enjoy working with patients and their families to incorporate healthy standards in their life to improve their health. I’ve always wanted to take care of the whole family, and I believe primary care allows for that.

What made you decide to come to Tucson?

My husband’s job brought us to Tucson, along with the love for a slower pace of life and the outdoors.

What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

The greatest health risk facing Southern Arizona, and the United States, is obesity. Obesity is a leading preventable condition that contributes to many diseases processes such as Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and heart disease.

Do you have any areas that are of particular interest to you, both in medicine and also outside of work?

In medicine, I particularly enjoy geriatrics and women’s health. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, shopping, and time with family and friends.

Why is it so important for people to get established with a PCP before they get sick?

Having a PCP is important for many reasons. A PCP is someone you should trust to help take care of you. Your PCP should be able to help you keep up with your health and preventative maintenance. It’s important to have a PCP before you get sick so that there is a physician who knows you at your baseline as well as to be able to walk you through whatever it is you’re going through.

What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

I’ve been involved with medicine since I was very young and that has helped me to empathize with patients in ways that is unique to them. I’ve encountered medicine in several different countries and states, which has brought a special understanding of cultural needs of different patients.

  How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

I work hard to build a strong foundation of trust with my patients. It’s important for patients to know that I like to work as a team with them, and they are the ones leading their own care. I strive for a well-rounded approach to health care that includes education and lifestyle modification.

Dr. Siddiqi is located at Saguaro Physicians, 105 S. Houghton Road, #101
She is accepting new patients! Call (520) 324-4403 to make an appointment.

 

Meet Dr. Emily Harrison, a Board-Certified Family Practice Physician

Dr. Emily Harrison Board Certified, Family Practice Saguaro Physicians

Dr. Emily Harrison
Board-Certified, Family Practice
Saguaro Physicians

Tucson Medical Center and Saguaro Physicians is proud to welcome Dr. Emily Harrison, a board-certified family practice physician who is now accepting new patients. Does your family really need a primary care physician? Absolutely.

Here’s why.

Learn more about Dr. Harrison and find out if she’d be a good match to provide compassionate care for you and your family through every phase of life:

▪ What is your background? 

I earned my bachelor’s degree and medical degree through a combined degree program at Rutgers University and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I completed a Family Medicine Program at Hunterdon Medical Center (an affiliate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), where I served as chief resident and then went on to practice at One Medical Group in Washington, DC.

▪ What inspired you to go into primary care?

My passion for preventive care inspired me to go into primary care.  I really enjoy working with patients to set personal goals to improve their health. I focus on the importance of incorporating diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications to prevent and treat disease.

▪ What made you decide to come to Tucson?

My husband’s job brought us to Tucson, along with the love of nature and being outdoors.

 ▪ What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

The greatest health risk facing Southern Arizonans and the rest of the U.S. is obesity. Obesity contributes to medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, elevated cholesterol and heart disease. I focus on lifestyle modifications to help treat and prevent these disease processes.

▪ Do you have any areas that are of particular interest to you?

I am especially interested in preventative medicine and women’s health. I enjoy getting to know my patients as individuals, and understanding cultural, spiritual and psycho-social factors that may be contributing to my patients’ health concerns. I focus on educating my patients and setting personal goals to help improve their health. I stress the importance of incorporating diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications to prevent and treat disease.

▪ Why is it so important for people to get established with a PCP before they get sick?

It is important to get established with a PCP before you get sick in order to establish a baseline for your health; ensure you are up to date on preventive examinations and are taking steps towards improving your health and wellness. It is also helpful to have a PCP who knows you well and can gauge any change in your baseline health.

▪ What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

Having grown up taking care of an ill family member, I empathize that illness has a great impact on patients, family, friends and caregivers. I feel it is important to get to know my patients as individuals, understanding cultural, spiritual and psychosocial factors to better address patients’ health concerns.

  How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

I strive to build relationships with my patients to improve their health and wellness. I focus on educating my patients on their health and setting personal health goals.

Dr. Harrison is located at Saguaro Physicians, 5300 E. Erickson, #116, right across from TMC.
She is accepting new patients! Call (520) 324-3940 to make an appointment.


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