Welcome to our practice of Family Medicine. Our commitment is to provide
you with the best possible care. This web site provides information about
our philosophy of medical care and will answer some of your questions
about the office. Please familiarize yourself with this information.
New patients must have a first visit for us to meet you and to find out about your current and past medical problems. We use that visit to fill any necessary prescriptions and to determine what lab or other tests are indicated before you return for a more comprehensive physical exam. Comprehensive physical exam visits are therefore not available on a first visit. Please note that our practice periodically must close to new patients
in order for us to best serve our current patients. Please see
our Insurance page for plans currently-accepted, prior to calling for a
WHAT IS FAMILY MEDICINE?
A Family Physician is a specialist trained and certified in primary care, who
treats a patient both as an individual and as part of a family unit. A Family
Physician views illness as both a physical and psychological process. We have
expertise in most of the various fields of medicine, including pediatrics and
geriatrics, so we can be the front line in diagnosing and treating disease.
Most importantly we do not just treat illness but strive to prevent disease
by helping patients to restore the balance in their lives. Family Physicians
can handle about 85% of your medical needs and coordinate care on the other
15% with selected specialists.
|ABOUT RUTH HODDINOTT MD
Ruth Hoddinott MD is a board-certified family physician, who was recertified
in 2013 to the highest national standards by the American Board of Family
Medicine. She was also named by San Francisco Magazine as one
of the "Best Doctors in the Bay Area" as a result of a survey
of other doctors in January 2005.
|ABOUT NORMA ESPINOZA NP/PA-C
Norma Espinoza, Nurse Practitioner and Certified Physician Assistant (NP/PAC)
works together with Dr. Hoddinott as a team. Norma sees patients the
same way as Dr. Hoddinott, and communicates closely with Dr. Hoddinott
on complicated medical issues.
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) or a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) has 2-4 years medical training similar to a doctor, and
is state-licensed to provide medical, diagnostic, and therapeutic care
to patients under the general supervision of physicians. Norma has both
degrees! We sometimes add additional Nurse Practitioners during busy seasons.
Nurse Practitioners obtain medical histories, perform comprehensive physical
examinations, see patients with acute injuries & problems, perform
minor surgical procedures, and provide ongoing care for chronic problems
such as arthritis, back pain, diabetes and hypertension. NP/PACs can order
and evaluate lab tests, treat wounds and illnesses, perform minor surgery,
and administer and prescribe medications. Our patients report a high level
of satisfaction with their visits with Norma and our other NPs. Please
communicate as openly with them as you would with the doctor. Norma is
bilingual and speaks fluent Spanish. She has specialized experience in
gynecology and adolescents, and does most of the office minor surgery,
biopsies and procedures. If your provider is not available for an urgent
problem or follow-up visit, please accept the first available appointment
with any of us.
Dr. Hoddinott believes strongly that all patients should be
known by both Dr. Hoddinott and Practitioner Espinoza so that either
provider can provide care to you. Our receptionists will schedule
you with either person depending on your medical needs for that appointment,
and the availability of the provider. This allows the practice to provide
the best medical care to our patients in a timely fashion.
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Medical Group, 1850 Sullivan Ave, Suite 210, Daly City California 94015
(next to Seton Medical Center)