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Primary Care Specialist

Wissam M. Shaya, MD -  - Board Certified Family Medicine

Smart Choice Medical

Wissam M. Shaya, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine & Laser Specialist located in Jacksonville, FL

Board-certified family physician Wissam Shaya, MD, of Smart Choice Medical in Jacksonville, Florida, knows that first-rate preventive care is the foundation for building quality health care. As a primary care provider, Dr. Shaya is uniquely positioned to address your routine health needs, spot problems early on, and help you reduce your risk of developing a chronic illness. To schedule your next wellness exam or physical, call the office or book online today.

Primary Care Q & A

What is primary care medicine? 

Primary care medicine matches patients with a family medicine physician who becomes their go-to provider for general medical issues, routine preventive care needs, and chronic disease management. As a board-certified family physician, Dr. Shaya is equipped to:

  • Perform routine physical exams and preventive screenings
  • Investigate symptoms of undiagnosed health problems 
  • Provide complete care for patients with acute illnesses
  • Deliver ongoing care for patients with chronic conditions 

Dr. Shaya is also trained to recognize the early symptoms of serious diseases, disorders, and conditions; provide a prompt diagnosis; and develop a comprehensive and effective treatment plan.  

What is preventive care? 

Every year in the United States, millions of adults are diagnosed with severe and preventable health conditions like high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, and diabetes. Preventing chronic disease is one of the main goals of primary care medicine. 

One of the best ways to protect your long-term health is by staying up-to-date on annual wellness exams and recommended screenings. On top of giving you an accurate snapshot of your current health, these routine physicals and tests help to identify any factors that increase your risk of developing a chronic illness. 

Dr. Shaya takes a comprehensive, individualized approach to helping his patients stay healthy. Regular health screenings, including comprehensive annual physicals and patient-specific screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies, are designed to help detect health risks and problems early on. This increases your odds of prevention or successful early treatment. 

Immunizations, another critical component of preventive care, can protect you from a variety of dangerous contagious diseases, including seasonal influenza. 

How can health education help me?

Besides helping you to stay on top of your health, primary care medicine strives to empower you with the knowledge, tools, and skills you need to make healthier choices on your own behalf.

Depending on your health needs and goals, he can offer information, advice, and support to help you: 

  • Reach and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Make better dietary choices each day
  • Figure out how much exercise you need
  • Deal with sleep issues or chronic stress 
  • Quit smoking or curb excessive drinking 

Personalized health education can also give you the information and tools you need to reverse borderline high blood pressure, or better manage a chronic condition like diabetes. 

To find out how primary care medicine can help you maintain optimal wellness for life, call Smart Choice Medical, or schedule an appointment online today.