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

Hope this helps you to see the potential for a healthy 2017!

How has 2017 treated you thus far? Are you feeling optimistic about your health and well being or not so much? A couple months ago, I described two coping methods that impact eating behavior (the people pleaser and the high achiever). I’d like to offer another coping method today that relates to personal motivation in improving diet and other health related areas of life.
Up for your consideration is the Persistent Procrastinator. This person knows what they need to do but somehow they do not follow through . Do you find yourself thinking, “I’ll start next week” and next week never comes? The reasons for procrastinating vary but can include:

1)The task is so aversive, that you’ll do anything to avoid it. Perhaps you associate eating healthier with having to eat foods you find disgusting or you associate reaching a healthier weight with deprivation and hunger.

2)You lack confidence that you have the ability to accomplish the goal. This is common for people who want to lose weight since many have tried several approaches that did not work well.

3)The lack of an immediate reward leaves you bored. Eating healthier usually takes several weeks to show an observable benefit in energy, immune function, lab results, etc.

4)You can be easily distracted away from a task. Interruptions turn into road blocks.

If you recognize procrastinating as your habit, take some time for self reflection. Do any of the above statements resonate with you or do you have additional reasons for procrastinating?
Each of these underlying causes can be addressed and resolved. Listing the specific pros and cons of a lifestyle change can help your motivation. Being specific will help the reward become more real. For example, I’m more motivated to do resistance exercises if I visualize being able to throw my carry- on bag into the overhead bin of the aircraft or I’m okay with planning meals ahead if I picture an easier dinner preparation as a result.
Setting small goals can help an overwhelming task become manageable. Noting small successes can remind you of progress toward your goal.
Removing distractions and replacing them with positive prompts can help. Examples are having a water bottle on your desk; using sticky notes for reminders of goals and for inspirational quotes; turning off your cell phone, etc.
I have handouts with more strategies for overcoming procrastinating that I can share with you. Just send me a message and I’ll get them to you, but don’t wait too long or you’ll be procrastinating again!

“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.