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Primary care providers


Your primary care provider may also be called a general practitioner, family doctor, physician or clinician. Your primary care physician will guide you and your family on a variety of health care and wellness needs. Your physician will get to know you and provide health care education and recommendations for:

Your primary care provider will also refer you to a specialty care provider they know and trust, when necessary.

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Acute conditions

Acute conditions are sever and sudden in onset. Symptoms appear and change or worsen rapidly. This could describe anything from a cold or flu to a bladder infection.

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Chronic conditions

A chronic condition is a long-developing syndrome. Symptoms develop and worsen over an extended period of time, such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Choosing the right primary care provider

The best health care is based on lasting relationships between you and your doctor. Choose your primary care doctor when all is well, that way you will not have to make a hasty decision about your medical care when you are sick. When choosing a primary care doctor, consider:

Training and experience
Prevention
Relationship
Accessibility

Research shows that people who have a primary care provider are more satisfied with their health care. Use the Find a Provider tool to the right to help find a doctor that is right for you.

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Source: Allina Health clinic administration
Reviewed by: Kevin Best, MD, Allina Health Prescott Clinic
First Published: 03/04/2014
Last Reviewed: 03/04/2014

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General practice
A family doctor is concerned with the general health needs of people of all ages. Focusing on the primary care of you and your family, he or she can refer you to a specialist or community resources when appropriate.
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Obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN)
Women have special health needs. We are here to help you through all stages of life, whether it's family planning, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause and perimenopause.
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Pediatrics
When it comes to their health (and many other things), children have unique needs. Our experts are concerned with the emotional, physical and social growth of babies on up to young adults.
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Acupuncture
This alternative medicine treatment uses special needles placed at certain points of the body to alleviate health problems. Our certified acupuncturists most often use this technique to lessen pain. 
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Allergy and immunology
When your immune system isn't working properly, we're here to help. Our specialists identify and address problems like allergies, asthma, eczema, hay fever, bad allergic reactions, autoimmune diseases and immune deficiency diseases.
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Audiology (hearing care)
Our hearing specialists ñ audiologists ñ identify and evaluate hearing loss. They can also help you prevent or live with hearing loss.
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Bariatric surgery for weight loss
If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more and meet other criteria, bariatric surgery may help you achieve significant weight loss, which can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Also called weight loss surgery, bariatric surgery limits the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of the stomach or changing the digestion process.
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Cancer (oncology)
Cancer comes in many forms. Our experts recognize and treat cancer and tumors.
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Cardiovascular disease
The number one killer in the United States, cardiovascular disease affects the heart, lungs and blood vessels. Our experts can identify, treat and help you manage cardiac conditions like angina, heart attack, heart rhythm problems, high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease (PAD) and stroke.
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Chiropractic care
Our chiropractors use gentle, hands-on adjustments to help relieve pain and discomfort. They may also recommend exercise, nutrition or other medical care to restore your body to a healthy condition.
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Dermatology (skin care)
Dermatology is about the skin, as well as the hair, mouth and nails. Our experts recognize how your "outer layer" can reveal internal problems as they treat skin problems in adults and children.
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Diabetes education
Our diabetes education programs are designed to help patients manage diabetes every step of the way.
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Diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism
Your endocrine glands regulate your body by sending hormones directly into the blood and other fluids. This affects metabolism, the use of energy and other chemical processes your body needs to function. When either aspect isn't working properly, diseases like diabetes can result -- and our specialists can help.
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Dietitian services
A dietitian can help you and your family as you learn new patterns of eating. This can help you manage diabetes, prevent heart disease and lose weight.
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Ear, nose and throat (ENT, otolaryngology)
Our head and neck surgeons can help you with your ears, face, jaw, nose, sinuses and throat. They use their knowledge of breathing and eating to treat and prevent allergies, hearing or voice loss, and other problems.
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Eye care
In addition to routine eye exams, our eye doctors detect, treat and manage eye-related problems. Many of our eye care locations also specialize in eyewear and contact lenses.
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Gastroenterology
Your digestive system processes what you eat into usable energy and unneeded waste. Gastroenterologists specialize in treating problems with the bowels, liver, stomach and other parts of your digestive system.
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Geriatric medicine
As you grow older, your body and health needs change. Our experts know the aging process and how it affects the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions common to the elderly.
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Infectious disease
Bacteria and viruses cause a number of contagious and non-contagious infections. Our specialists deal with a range of infections, from chickenpox to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They include experts in preventive and travel medicine.
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Mental health
Our psychologist, psychiatrists and counselors help children, adolescents, adults and seniors work through times when the troubles of life interfere with their ability to function or cope.
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Nephrology
Your kidneys filter waste from your body, help regulate blood pressure and balance nutrients. Nephrologists are doctors who study, diagnose and treat kidney problems.
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Occupational medicine
If an illness or injury affects your ability to manage daily life, occupational therapists can help you develop "skills for the job of living."
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Orthopedics
Orthopedics involves the care of the musculoskeletal system. We can help fix and maintain this system of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves that make it possible for your body to move.
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Physical medicine and rehabilitation
Physical disabilities come in many forms and affect lives in different ways. Our experts work with you and your loved ones to restore your body -- and your lives -- as much as possible.
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Physical therapy
Physical therapy uses exercise and manual methods to improve one's ability to move and function. Our physical therapists help people of all ages.
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Plastic surgery
Our cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons can improve how you and others see you.
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Podiatry (foot care)
The care our foot doctors ñ podiatrists ñ provide ranges from treating athletes with foot or ankle injuries to helping people with diabetes avoid common foot-related complications.
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Pulmonology
Pulmonary medicine involves the diagnosis and treatment of lung and breathing problems. Our pulmonologists help people with diseases like asthma and lung cancer. They also see patients with sleep disorders.
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Rheumatology
Rheumatology addresses the health of the musculoskeletal system ñ joints, muscles, soft tissues and bones. Doctors who specialize in this area are rheumatologists.
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Sleep medicine
Sleep medicine doctors manage problems related to sleeping.
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Speech therapy
Speech therapy focuses on the ability to express one's self and to understand others. Our speech language pathologists help people of all ages with speech, language and hearing problems.
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Sports medicine
Physical exercise has many health benefits. And our experts can help you prevent or deal with injury or illness as you exercise on your own or as part of a team.
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Surgery
Sometimes a disease, injury or birth defect requires surgery. Our specialists are here for you before, during and after an operation. They use best practices and equipment to make sure you receive the most accurate diagnosis, treatment and care.
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Travel medicine
If you're traveling abroad, we can help minimize your chances of illness during or after your trip. 
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Urology
Located above the kidneys, your adrenal glands make hormones that affect your body's reproductive system. Within the kidneys begins the urinary tract, which helps your body get rid of waste. Our experts have the special knowledge to detect and treat problems with those functions.
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Occupational therapy
If illness, injury or disability affects your daily life, you may need occupational therapy. Our occupational therapists can help you gain as many daily living skills as possible.
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Maternal and fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy care)
Maternal and fetal medicine involves the care of a mother and her baby during pregnancy, birth and delivery.
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Chronic pain management
Pain has two components: a physical feeling and an emotional response. Our experts understand both aspects as they care for people experiencing severe or constant pain. Anesthesiologists, nurses and other professionals work as a team to ease pain and increase comfort.
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Hematology (blood conditions and cancer)
Hematologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illnesses affecting the blood and bone marrow.
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Vascular services
Leg discomfort or muscle pain may be signs of peripheral artery disease (PAD) or another form of vascular disease. Our experts find and treat conditions that affect your body ís vascular, or blood vessel, systems. 
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Internal medicine
Our internal medicine specialists provide care at the clinic and in the hospital. These personal doctors help adolescents, adults and the elderly manage common and complex conditions.
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Family medicine
A family physician is concerned with the general health needs of people of all ages. Focusing on the primary care of you and your family, he or she can refer you to a specialist or community resources when appropriate. Family doctors receive training in six broad areas: community medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery.
  • Primary Care
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN)
  • Pediatrics
  • Other Specialties
  • Acupuncture
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Allergy and immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Audiology
  • Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Cancer (medical oncology)
  • Cancer (radiation oncology)
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease - Pediatric
  • Child and Teen Psychiatry
  • Child and Teen Psychology
  • Chiropractic
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT, Otolaryngology)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Family Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Genetics
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Hematology
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Hospitalist
  • Infectious Disease
  • Integrative, Complementary Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Maternal and Fetal Medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
  • Mental Health
  • Midwifery
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Obstetrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN)
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Osteopathy
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Social Medicine
  • Speech Therapy
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
  • Spine Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Travel Medicine
  • Urology
  • Vascular Services
  • Vascular Surgery

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