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It’s one thing to have a doctor treat you when a health challenge arises. It’s entirely another to have a doctor who is dedicated to helping you prevent health issues in the first place. Michelle Tomlinson-Phelan, DO, and Catherine Schiano, DO, the practitioners at Central Jersey Family Physicians, are committed to providing top-tier preventive medicine to their patients in East Brunswick, New Jersey. To learn more about their preventive care, call the office today.

Preventative Medicine Q & A

What is preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine is a medical approach that aims to keep you healthy enough so your body can defend itself against a broad array of health conditions. Rather than aiming to treat conditions once they arise, preventive medicine seeks to (as the name implies) prevent them before they can affect you. 

Why is preventive medicine important?

In almost all cases, health issues get more challenging to treat the longer they develop. This is problematic since most Americans only go to the doctor once they’ve observed symptoms for a while. 

Years ago, the Central Jersey Family Physicians providers grew tired of feeling rushed with their patients. They wanted to be able to do more than dole out treatments for existing conditions. Instead, they wanted to be able to partner with you, using preventive medicine to avoid conditions altogether. So they shifted their practice’s focus to preventive medicine. 

With this approach, they work with you to make changes that help you avoid common but preventable diseases, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Many types of cancer

  • Heart disease

  • High cholesterol

  • High blood pressure

What’s more, when issues do arise, preventive medicine ensures they’re caught in their earliest stages when treatment will be most effective.  

How does preventive medicine work?

Your Central Jersey Family Physicians doctor uses a variety of tools to keep you healthy. One of the most powerful is regular preventive exams. These are essentially more robust annual physicals. On top of everything you expect from a routine physical, your Central Jersey Family Physicians practitioner employs comprehensive screenings and diagnostic tests to check your overall health and detect any health challenges as early as possible. 

Some of the specific preventive medicine tests they might use include:

  • Blood work

  • Spirometry

  • Hearing testing

  • Vision testing

  • Body mass analysis

  • Ankle-brachial index testing

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) testing

With comprehensive, personalized screenings and healthy lifestyle management, your Central Jersey Family Physicians helps you protect your health. Based on the results of your screenings, your family health history, and your personal wellness goals, they develop a wellness program that gives you actionable steps to prevent disease in your body. 

Get proactive about staying healthy by scheduling your preventive medicine appointment. To do so, call the office.



P:  732-257-1171


Monday - Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm    

Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED

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