Family Practice Providers
Best Practices Medical Clinic is a full service family medical clinic in Yakima, Washington that is currently accepting new patients. Meet the skilled team of medical providers with years of combined experience in women’s health, men’s health, geriatric care, and pediatric care – the full range of family medicine.
Understanding your Providers Credentials
What are Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs)?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine and serve as primary care providers (PCP). Emphasizing a whole-person approach to treatment and care, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. By combining this knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, they offer patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.
What are Physician Assistants (PAs)?
A Physician’s Assistant (PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who works within medical practices and clinics.
Physician Assistants practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers.
PAs practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and the uniformed services.
What are Nurse Practitioners (NPs)?
NPs are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services similar to those of a physician. NPs diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. They have a unique approach and stress both care and cure.
Besides clinical care, NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. They help patients make wise health and lifestyle choices.
NPs have distinguished themselves from other healthcare providers by focusing on the whole person when treating specific health problems and educating their patients on the effects those problems will have on them, their loved ones and their communities.
What services do NPs provide?
From treating illness to advising patients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, NPs provide a full range of services. Patients who see NPs report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive.
Among the many services that NPs provide, they:
- Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays
- Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections and injuries
- Prescribe medications and other treatments
- Manage patients’ overall care
- Spend time counseling patients
- Help patients learn how their actions affect their health and well-being