The Practice
 

Internal Medicine

Both Michael Frank and Sheila Cain are board certified specialists in internal medicine. To more effectively treat the complex network of organs that make up the human body, medical science has developed main areas of specialization. Among these, the most encompassing is internal medicine. Internists are specialists who focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of various diseases and disorders of all internal organs.

Since this discipline provides them with a broad overview of a patients physical condition, they both serve as the primary health care physician caring for the whole person, treating chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses or conditions may be present. Their practice includes the prevention and early detection of disease through regular physical examination and the maintenance of good health care through the prescription of nutritional programs and exercise.

Gastroenterology

Dr. Frank is also a board certified specialist in the field of gastroenterology, a branch of internal medicine focusing primarily on the digestive system. In this capacity he frequently provides consultations on physician referred patients. A gastroenterologist provides diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive system (the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver and pancreas) including trouble with swallowing, heartburn, ulcers, and problems with digestion and elimination. His gastroenterological expertise includes retrieving tissue for laboratory analysis and the removal of tumors. The principle tools used in this process are the endoscope and the colonoscope. A tiny lens is mounted on the end of a slender tube which is inserted inside the patients body either through the mouth or the rectum depending on the part of the system under examination. These remarkable instruments enable the physician to view the digestive tract, make diagnoses and offer treatment that can prevent surgery. Studies have shown that these examinations can prevent cancer-related problems.