Provider Type Dictionary
The team of providers at Sound Family Medicine offers a variety of specialized training, experience and expertise. The common thread that connects our providers is a passion for providing excellent family healthcare, every step of the way. From pregnancy to the elder stages of life, while the journey to good health may vary, you will always be in capable and caring hands at Sound Family Medicine. Read below to find out more about the different providers on our team.
Physicians (MD or DO)
Medical Doctors (MD) and Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) are board-certified, residency-trained, and fully licensed physicians. Our providers are specialists in family medicine, authorized to prescribe medication, and perform procedures such as vasectomies, newborn circumcision, IUD birth control and biopsy or removal of certain skin lesions. While attending medical school, DO’s take part in the same academic discipline as their MD colleagues, plus an additional 300-500 hours studying the body’s musculoskeletal system.
All of our providers offer comprehensive, high-quality medical care to patients of all ages, with services ranging from preventative medicine to management of chronic health issues, injury treatment and mental health issues. Our physicians also take pride in providing family-oriented maternity care, delivery and will attend to your baby after delivery. Care for minor injuries can be provided at our walk-in clinics or by appointment with your primary physician.
Physician Assistants (PA)
Physician Assistants, or PAs, are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine. While a physician can work autonomously, a physician’s assistant works under the supervision of a physician. As part of their responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret test results, give advice on preventative healthcare and write prescriptions. They often practice medicine alongside more than one physician, which broadens their experience in a variety of techniques and styles.
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP)
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, or ARNPs, are registered nurses with either a Master’s or Doctorate degree, licensed to diagnose and treat both acute and chronic illness as well as prescribe medication. ARNP’s treat the whole person, guiding their patients to make smart health and lifestyle choices. ARNP’s are experts with a focus on education, prevention and wellness.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal degree in nursing, the highest level of education available in the field and emphasize areas that support nursing leadership, such as systems management, quality improvement and data-driven decision making. Just as nurse practitioners can diagnose, treat and prescribe medication, so can DNPs.