Frequently Asked Questions

Should I not eat prior to my appointment?

We ask that you "fast" for twelve hours prior to your visit if you are coming in for your annual physical exam. This means that you should not eat or drink anything except water for twelve hours prior to your appointment.


What can I expect during my annual physical examination?

You will be asked many questions about you and your family's medical history, your lifestyle, diet and exercise habits. You will then undergo a thorough physical examination. After the examination, you may have various tests including blood testing, a chest X-Ray, an electrocardiogram, pulmonary function testing, all of which are done right in the office. In addition, we may recommend that you undergo further testing which may include bone density testing, other radiological testing (i.e. CT scans, MRIs) or an endoscopy. We also provide in-office colonoscopy or upper endoscopy, which could be scheduled for a future date when you are seen for your physical.


Will I need to go to an outside lab to have my blood drawn after my visit?

All blood work can be done in and processed through our lab here in the office. We also can do electrocardiograms to assess the function of the heart, chest X-Rays to look for any abnormalities in the lungs and pulmonary function testing to assess how well one is able to breathe.


What types of vaccinations can I receive in the office?

We offer the influenza vaccine beginning in the early fall on an annual basis. We also offer booster vaccinations of Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Tetanus vaccine. For our older patients, we offer the Pneumococcal vaccine to help prevent developing pneumonia and the Zoster vaccine to help prevent developing painful shingles. We also offer vaccines for our younger patients such as the Gardisil vaccine to prevent cervical human papillomavirus which has been linked to cervical cancer and the Meningococcal vaccine to help prevent meningitis. Prior to travel, we offer the Hepatitis A and the Hepatitis B vaccine and other booster vaccines, such as Polio that might be required for travel to certain countries.