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

Too Much of a Sweet Thing

Added sugars in the typical United States diet have been associated with our increasing obesity, CVD, HTN, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and even some cancers and cognitive decline.

Added sugars include high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sucrose (table sugar from cane or beet), and honey. Even though honey is “natural,” when it is used as an outside sweetening agent it is considered “added.” For comparison sake, one teaspoon of table sugar contains 4.2g sugar; one teaspoon of high fructose corn syrup contains has 5g sugar; and one teaspoon of honey gives 6g sugar.

Nutrition labels currently do not differentiate between natural sugars in a food (such as fructose in fruit or lactose in yogurt) and added sugars, so it can be a challenge to know the amount you’re consuming. A new nutrition facts label will be rolled out hopefully in mid-2018 and that new label will require an “added sugars” column. Most women should try to keep their intake of added sugars at a maximum six teaspoons (25gm) per day and men should aim for no more than nine teaspoons (38gm) per day.

Some common foods with their added sugar content are:

Large Sonic Chocolate Shake-25 tsp.
12 oz Cola-10 tsp.
Snickers Bar-9 tsp.
12 oz Tall Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha-8 tsp.
1 cup Lucky Charms Cereal-5 tsp.
5 Hostess Donettes-5 tsp.

Bottom line advice is to read nutrition labels, even though they have incomplete information, so that you can compare products. Keep in mind your daily goal and make an informed decision about added sugars.

You are worth taking care of–

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.