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

Hello,

Here is another healthy reminder for our wonderful group. I welcome comments and questions and even, gentle disagreements!

Why You Should Care about Omega-3s in Your Diet

Omega-3 fatty acids continue to show a benefit for cardiovascular health and for brain development and function. They are particularly valuable in the prenatal period and in early childhood. Dietary sources seem to have an advantage over supplements as many studies focusing on supplementing with Omega-3s have had inconclusive results.

There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid-a great word for a spelling bee) is important in heart health. DHA (docosahexanoic acid) is essential for the brain. ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) must be converted to EPA and DHA in the body to be utilized as an omega-3.

Fatty fish are far and away the best sources for EPA and DHA and, if you aren’t allergic to fish, two servings a week is recommended. If you can’t or won’t consume fish, ALA can be obtained in chia seeds, ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil, canola oil, seaweed, and walnuts. It’s thought that omega-6 fatty acids can reduce the conversion rate of ALA to EPA and DHA. Americans have an over abundance of omega-6 in their diets in the form of soy and corn oils, grain fed beef (grass fed beef has a healthier ratio of omega-3 to omega-6), and dairy.

Since fish can carry contaminants, the FDA and EPA recently made available new guidelines for their safe consumption. I will have copies of this in the kitchen. The emphasis of this handout is that pregnant women and parents of young children be educated on the importance of including fish in safe amounts in the diet. I thought that all of us could benefit from this information as well.

Also, help yourself to some coupons for Eggland’s Best Eggs, which are higher in omega-3s than the typical egg. (One Eggland’s Best egg has about 100mg omega-3 compared with one serving of salmon at 1500mg).

“Life is not merely being alive, but being well.”

Here to help,

Kathleen Chaffer, RD

New 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.