Flagler Family Medicine was established when Doctors Whitlock, Gunn and Clonch joined their solo practices in 1997. In 2001, Todd J. Batenhorst, MD joined their team after completing his residency. Shortly afterwards in 2002 Christopher J. Zub, DO joined the practice. Next, Flagler Family Medicine welcomed Frederick C. Dolgin, MD in 2004. Michael J. Look joined the practice with the opening of the East Palatka office in July of 2008. The most recent addition to the team was Carlos M Sanchez, MD when they opened the Shoppes at Murabella location in November of 2010.
The practice continues to expand and bring on additional doctors and services in order to provide quality care to patients in St John’s and the surrounding counties. Our continued growth allows us to better meet the growing healthcare needs of our patients and the community.
Coumadin(Blood Thinning Medication) Clinic – provides a new finger-stick method of blood analysis, approved by the FDA in 1997. This test is performed in the doctor’s office, eliminates the need for painful blood draws, and ensures that accurate results are available within two minutes. The patient will visit with a trained Physician Assistant(P.A.) or a trained Medical Assistant (M.A. supervised by a physician) each time. Any adjustment to the medication dosage will be made immediately, in consultation with a physician, if necessary, and the patient will go home.
Electrocardiogram — abbreviated as EKG or ECG — is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat. With each beat, an electrical impulse (or “wave”) travels through the heart. This wave causes the muscle to squeeze and pump blood from the heart.
Spirometry – It measures how much and how quickly you can move air out of your lungs. For this test, you breathe into a mouthpiece attached to a recording device (spirometer). The information collected by the spirometer may be printed out on a chart called a spirogram.
Well Woman Exam – A good opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may not feel comfortable talking about with friends or family such as infection, drug and alcohol use, depression and domestic violence. Any health information you reveal is kept confidential, by law, so be sure to ask your care provider about any concerns. It always is a good idea to write down any questions you have and bring your list with you. Remember, no question is stupid. Your care provider wants to make sure you receive a complete plan of care in order to help you be healthy in every way including the following exams: The physical exam is a head-to-toe exam that gives clues to any health problems. Blood pressure, weight, urine testing and a check for anemia often are done. Your care provider likely will examine eyes, ears, nose, mouth, thyroid gland, lungs, lymph nodes, heart, breasts, abdomen, reflexes, skin and bone and spine. Any problems that are noted may need referral to another care provider. Eye and dental care is a must for overall health, too, and you should seek routine care for these health issues. The breast exam , performed by your provider, is a very important part of the yearly well woman exam. It should be done for women of all ages to look for any evidence of breast disease. Even though you may have a negative clinical breast exam, you should continue monthly breast self-exams in order to give yourself the best protection against breast cancer. The pelvic exam specifically determines if the outer sexual parts and the inner organs are healthy. To do this, your care provider will look at the outer area for any problems then into the vagina, in order to see the entire vagina and the lower part of the uterus called the cervix. This allows your care provider to observe any abnormal discharge or appearance to the vagina and cervix. An annual pap smear to detect abnormal cell changes of the cervix that could lead to cancer may be done at this time. Rectal examinations are not routinely done by most care providers unless there is a problem. Women over age 40 may be more likely to have rectal exams. Be sure to let your care provider know if you have never had a pelvic or rectal exam or if you ever have had problems during an exam.
This program has been designed to control the estimated two thirds of the adult population who are overweight, obese or malnourished. The goal of this program is to decrease the potential and current health risks of diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension, and Hyperlipidemia along many others. We handle this by changing body composition and decreasing the amount of excess fat which is usually the primary reasons for the development of such diseases. This program can also help with patients who have difficulty with weight gain. What makes this program different from other programs is the medical supervision and the continuous contact between patient and Wellness Coach, both of whom will be monitoring your program on a monthly visit. We work together with other Primary Care Physician and Specialist by submitting documentation (results of testing) via fax. Your commitment, along with your Wellness Coach and Medical Physician will help you during the transition period.
What you can expect during your Wellness session: