Sports Physicals are now
Adolescent Well Child Checks
Adolescence is a time of intense physical and behavioral change.
Parents, educators and health care providers are working together to
support our youth as their role transitions from child to adult. The
annual well visit is a key part of this support.
Adolescent well visits cover not just growth and vaccines, but also
healthy habits, emotional development and risk-taking. The heart and
joint exams needed for sports physicals are included. Our practice
goal is to provide comprehensive health care to our patients and
their families. Teens often have questions or concerns that they may
feel embarrassed to talk about in front of their parents. Suicide is
the second leading cause of teen death, and is preventable with
screening and treatment. Yearly follow up is important to gauge
changes and provide age-appropriate guidance and support.
The annual adolescent well visit includes parents. Parent and child
are seen together, then the adolescent alone, then a recap of issues
with both parent and patient. This doubles the support of the
adolescent, builds trust and helps them develop into their more
responsible role as young adults.
Please schedule your child for an adolescent well child visit with
their primary physician or nurse practitioner this summer if they
need a sports physical. Saturday appointments are available. The
deadline for fall sports participation is August 11th.
The providers at Dunes Family Health Care
Dale E. Harris, MD
Michelle Petrofes, MD
Janet E. Patin, MD
Louise LeDuc, MD
Rio Lion, DO
Beki Gray, FNP
The physicians and staff of Dunes Family Health Care would like to
welcome you to our clinic. Our clinic has been serving the Coastal
Douglas area since 1977. Dunes Family Health Care was recognized by the
Oregon Health Authority as a Patient Centered Primary Care Home in 2012.
We are very pleased that you have chosen us to assist you with your
medical care. This is a trust that we will make every attempt to
honor with the quality of medical care that you require and deserve.
Trust between a provider and patient is the core of any healing process.
The concept of Family Medicine is based on building this trust. When
you or one you love is ill or injured, you want responsive, caring,
knowledgeable health services performed by a qualified professional who
knows you and your family situation. You need a physician and
medical support team who is sensitive to your living conditions, family
health history, and other factors that might contribute to your illness or
Because the DFHC physicians and providers have chosen Family Medicine as their
medical specialty, they specialize in you and coordinating your
total health care.
The primary goal of Family Medicine is wellness. A major emphasis
of DFHC is patient education. We try to help you understand how to
maintain good health as well as understand illnesses.
We encourage our patients to participate in their care and welcome
questions and suggestions on how we can best meet your needs.
To become a specialist in Family Medicine, a physician must complete
three years of additional training after medical school, and then pass a
very demanding examination in order to become Board Certified. The
Family Medicine Physician must also continue to take 50 hours of
postgraduate education every year, and undergo another rigorous
examination every seven years in order to be recertified. The
American Board of Family Medicine certifies all of our Family Medicine
Physicians. All of our physicians continue their training and
education so that they may offer you the benefit of the most current
medical thinking possible. Dunes Family Health Care also employs a
board-certified family nurse practitioner and a board-certified physician
assistant to help meet your healthcare needs.
We are qualified and experienced in all aspects of Family Medicine.
Internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, psychiatry
and community medicine are all part of our regular practice. If we
feel your problem needs diagnosis or treatment by another specialist, we
will refer you to the best consultants available, then work closely with
these consultants to ensure that all factors are considered and treated.
More importantly, we ensure that you will always have a physician
available to coordinate the specialists' information, and explain it to
you in a fashion you can trust and use. Our medical care providers
uphold the specialty of Family Medicine, providing a scope of clinical
competence that allows the patient, not the disease, to be the focus of
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A sliding (discounted) fee schedule is available at this
No one will be denied access to services
due to inability to pay.