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

Joy & Peace (Joy in Eating & Peace with Food)

Holidays seem to go hand in hand with overeating as we have access to so many opportunities to indulge in less healthy foods and beverages. It’s like a forty day eating and drinking marathon where we stagger to the finish line pounds heavier for the New Year.
You’ve probably read countless tips about navigating this holiday environment. I’ve tried to narrow the suggestions down to the most helpful ones as follows:

1. Have a realistic goal for an acceptable weight gain, weight maintenance, or even weight loss. Have goals for frequency of exercise; amount of sleep and any other self care needs. It’s very helpful to take the time for goal setting, leaving you less vulnerable to impulsive decisions.

2.Have a plan for parties, holiday baking, family gatherings, food gifts, etc. Write your plan down and share it with a friend for better follow through. Even if your plan is not entirely effective, it will have a benefit.

3.Eat your favorite foods, ones that taste good and really enjoy each bite. Bypass foods that are not that appealing.

4.Have a glass of water or other calorie free beverage in between each serving of caloric beverage.

5.Use a small plate and small glass.

6.At parties, position yourself away from the buffet or food service area.

7.At home, keep tempting food triggers out of sight. Place them in the freezer or in an awkward location.

8.Stay nourished throughout the day so that you do not arrive at a party famished with less control over your eating decisions.

9. People pleasers should rehearse telling food pushers “This is delicious but I have to turn down your offer of food.”

10.Stay tuned into your level of fullness and commit to stopping before reaching a point of being uncomfortable.

Lastly, my holiday gift to you–I’m not going to be your food critic, so if we meet in the kitchen or at a party, relax. I insist!

“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.