Welcome

Thank you for entrusting us with your healthcare needs. It is our pleasure to continue serving our mountain community, which we have done since 1978.

Our Philosophy

At Conifer Medical Center we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The landscape of our economy, our health insurance and our resources to care for ourselves is changing. Many in our community are uninsured or underinsured. We at Conifer Medical Center recognize this, and we are making efforts to reach out to those who would otherwise not take advantage of the proven benefits of preventative medicine. Prioritizing preventative care is even more important when an overnight hospitalization can break the bank. Controlling blood pressure, diabetes, or treating high cholesterol can be very inexpensive, and one of the best investments that one can make. Even more important than controlling such conditions is recognition of risk factors and preventing chronic conditions through healthy living. Conifer Medical Center would like to partner with you in that endeavor.

Family Medicine

Family Medicine is a specialty that provides comprehensive healthcare for every member of the family. Our doctors manage most acute, chronic or mental health conditions. We work closely with specialists to coordinate care of complex health issues.

About Our Family & Practice

All of our physicians are board certified family practice doctors. We provide quality medical care at reasonable cost and participate with most insurance plans.

MONTHLY WELLNESS MESSAGE

“All I want for the New Year is. . .” This is a great time to complete the sentence with your personal goals for your health as we close out 2017 with several weeks of holiday events.

Many people feel conflicted about eating choices as they are presented with an overabundance of favorite holiday foods in contrast with all they know they should do for the cause of good health. I won’t tell you what to do, but I can offer some steps to guide you in having a plan beginning now and ending January 2, 2018.

Step 1-Have a Plan. Even if your plan is to eat with abandon, making that decision a conscious one can allow you to avoid a de-motivating guilt trip that makes the eating less satisfying. If you plan is to make some improvements, read on. If it isn’t, skip to the last paragraph below.

Step 2-Improvement Plan. As you consider the various situations that will be challenging, you will find that there is at least one of the following options that could improve the outcome: a) you may omit a food that is not that appealing anyway; b) you may substitute with a healthier food; and/or c) you may reduce the portion.
For example, often times buffet tables or pot lucks will include foods that you could have at other times of the year or there will be foods that you won’t miss if you don’t eat them. If you’re lucky, there may be some healthier foods included that can help in filling your plate without a calorie overload (fresh fruit, raw veggies, shrimp cocktail, chicken or lean meat, etc.). Reducing the portion is a great choice as it offers you enjoyment and you aren’t as likely to feel deprived.

Step 3-Compensation Plan. Even with a good plan and great intentions, holidays are tricky to navigate. It can be very helpful to plan ahead to increase your usual activity level. You may also compensate by eating less a couple days before and after the event. Avoid letting yourself reach “ravenous” levels of hunger though as this just backfires with uncontrolled eating at some point.

Step 4-Adjust the Plan. Learn as you go and adjust your plan accordingly. There are many pieces that come together to make improvements in life, so be patient with yourself and try another strategy if one doesn’t work so well.

Whichever path you choose, may it lead you to choices that are rewarding and momentum to enter the New Year with a plan to take care of yourself!

Kathleen Chaffer, RD

Controlled Medication Policy

Due to changes in Federal Drug Dispensing regulations that are affecting physicians’ offices as well as pharmacies (mail order and retail) our office must change our prescribing and dispensing policy on Schedule III and IV controlled medications. As of June 1, 2013, Conifer Medical Center will no longer be calling or faxing controlled medications (schedule III of IV) to pharmacies. Patients will need to pick-up their prescriptions, or they can be mailed to your home address as well. The prescription will need to be hand-carried to the local pharmacy. Patients will be responsible for mailing their prescriptions to their mail order pharmacies. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.