Dr. Patricia A. Schechter D.O. Family Practice
Atown Family Med
Health Care for the Entire Family
Dr. Patricia Schechter Family Practice is a primary care medical group that has been dedicated to family medicine since 1988. The group currently consists of two family clinicians:
Dr. Patricia Schechter, DO and Naomi Waak PA.
We care for all-age patients ranging from infants to pediatrics and adolescents, full adult medicine, and even geriatrics.
We are excited to be back to serving our patients and giving them the in-person attention they deserve!
What Is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)?
Similar to allopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians complete four years of medical school. They can also choose to specialize in any field of medicine. However, these physicians must go through an additional 300 to 500 hours of studying hands-on manual medicine and the musculoskeletal system of the human body.
Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to treating and healing the entire body of the patient instead of focusing on only one part or system. Physicians in this field often use a treatment method called osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). This is a hands-on approach of making sure that the body is moving freely. The free motion then ensures that your body’s natural healing systems work unhindered.
All osteopathic physicians adhere to the principle that a patient’s history of illness and physical trauma can be seen in the body structure. The practitioner’s highly developed sense of touch allows him or her to feel the flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and the structural makeup of the patient.
What Is a Physician Assistant (PA)?
Physician assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine so long as they are supervised by an actual physician. PAs perform a comprehensive range of medical duties—from basic primary care to high-technology specialty procedures. They often act as first or second assistants during major surgeries and provide pre- and post-operative care to patients.
In some rural areas experiencing a lack of physicians, PAs serve as the primary providers of health care. They confer with their supervising physicians and other medical professionals as needed and as required by law. Every medical and surgical specialty contains PAs.