San Mateo Primary Care
Who are we?
We are a primary care concierge clinic that is a combination of throwback-old-school medicine and modern evidence-based care. Evidence-based medicine includes data about nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, meditation, etc that we incorporate into your wellness plan.
We are an independent practice that is part of the Sutter Health network that utilizes EPIC as our electronic health record, connecting us to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Stanford, UCSF and Northern California Kaiser and many other major health care systems. We are on staff at Mills Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, CA and offer home visits to patients who are unable to come to our office (please see Geriatrics to see which residential facilities we currently visit).
What is wrong with medicine today?
In the 1960s, Americans had the highest life expectancy of developed countries. We now rank 34th in the world according to 2018 World Health Organization data. For the second year in a row, life expectancy in the United States has fallen again. Medical care in the United States today is reactive- we do something only when something happens. Something like a heart attack, stroke or cancer.
What if we could be proactive? Studies show that an elevated blood pressure in your 20s (>SBP 120) could portend elevated cardiovascular or stroke risk in middle age. Prediabetes can also be diagnosed in your 20s and is reversible. Anxiety, stress, insomnia can also increase your risks of heart disease, stroke and other inflammatory diseases and with recognition, can change the course of these conditions.
Proactive is avoiding medications you don’t need, coordinating with your specialists to make sure everyone is on the same page, giving you same day appointments to head off more serious illness, offering you tele-vists- so you could get the care you need conveniently. In the era of high deductible insurance plans, getting into see your regular doctor can save you huge bills from urgent care centers and emergency rooms.
You are not destined to your genetics or current circumstances. If you know you have a family history of diabetes, hypertension, dementia, obesity, it is never too late to either prevent or halt progression of your disease. We believe in using food as medicine, exercise, meditation and sleep as adjunctive treatment to our traditional internal medicine knowledge.