Family Practice | Family Medicine

Caring for the whole person and entire family

The cornerstone of family medicine is an ongoing, personal relationship focused on guiding you through the complicated healthcare system. Unlike other doctors who specialize in treating one particular organ or disease, your family provider is trained to care for you as a whole person.

In addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, your family provider does routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes to help prevent illnesses before they happen.

Care for all ages, from infants to seniors

In addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, your family provider does routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes to help prevent illnesses before they develop. Family doctors and providers are trained to treat multiple issues:

  • Care for ongoing conditions like diabetes, asthma and heart disease
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Emergency medical care
  • Minor surgery
  • Mental health and behavior health
  • Bone and joint care
  • Eye care
  • X-rays
  • Care of the urinary system
  • Well-woman care, reproductive counseling, family planning

Who is a family provider?

Your family provider may be a physician. But family providers can be nurse practitioners, health educators and licensed clinical social workers. Here's a list of people who may provide care in a family medicine practice:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Health educators
  • Case managers
  • Medical assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Social workers

Growing healthy communities

The MaineHealth family of community doctors, clinics and hospitals work together, so our communities are the healthiest in America. From childhood vaccines to helping seniors stay active, MaineHealth gives people the tools and encouragement to live healthy lives.
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