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Nurse practitioners are licensed, autonomous clinicians focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease (just like your regular “family doc”). NPs, also called advanced practice providers or advanced practice registered nurses, are clinicians who were originally trained as nurses but they have additional education and experience that allows them to function as primary care providers. NPs often specialize by patient population, including family medicine, pediatric, adult-gerontological, and women’s health. NPs may also subspecialize in areas such as dermatology, cardiovascular health, and oncology. Here are some articles showing comparable care when comparing NPs to Physicians:
* Newhouse et al concluded that the outcomes of care provided by APRNs in collaboration with specialist or primary care physicians are similar to, or in some cases better than, the outcomes of care provided by a physician alone. Newhouse RP, Stanik-Hutt J, White KM, et al. Advanced practice nurse outcomes 1990- 2008: a systematic review. Nurs econ. 2011 Sep-Oct;29(5):230–250. [PubMed]
* A publication from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) asserts that “health outcomes are comparable for patients treated by primary care NPs and MDs.” Improving Patient Access to High-Quality Care: How to Fully Utilize the Skills, Knowledge, and Experience of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Jun, 2013. 2013.
Our newest provider Lia Pele is accepting new patients at this time. Please contact our office to schedule a new patient appointment.
Yes! For established patients currently receiving wellness and routine care through Sawtooth Family Medicine we’re happy to help with weight management. If you’re seeking weight management only, and already have a PCP, please discuss with that provider before contacting our clinic.
Yes! We do routine women’s care including: paps, birth control, hormones, some post-partum care and more.
Yes, these are some of our favorite patients! Our providers are board certified to care for all ages 0 – 100+
Your children will love visiting our treasure chest after their visit!
We currently only provide services Monday through Friday.
We try to keep at least one appointment open daily for same day sick or urgent care. If you’re experiencing a life threatening emergency please call 911 or visit your local emergency room.