Group Medical Visits

Registration

To register for Group Medical Visits, please call (608) 440-6600

Group medical visits offer an innovative and interactive approach to healthcare that brings patients with common healthcare needs together with one or more healthcare providers.

 

Led by a physician or advanced practice provider, each visit lasts approximately 90 minutes and allows patients to share as much or as little information as they like. Patients learn from each other while also learning about the key ingredients needed to live a healthy life.

 

We explore self-management skills for lifestyle and behavioral changes, as they relate to specific medical problems, including:

  • Risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and pre-diabetes, obesity
  • Anxiety, depression and stress
  • Arthritis
  • Pain

Each visit will include a brief exam with a physician. Regular office charges will be submitted to your insurance provider. Co-payments and/or co-insurance may apply, depending on your specific health plan. Please check with your insurer regarding coverage.

 

Our Current Offerings

 

Cooking for Heart Health

 

Explore the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet with a cardiologist while learning practical cooking skills you can implement at home. Each week a professional chef will select recipes and you will prepare delicious heart-healthy meals in a fun, supportive, "hands-on" environment. With the support of a physician, chef and health coach you can better understand how food can be another form of "medicine."

 

In this group medical visit, you will:

  • Learn cooking skills
  • Learn what foods support a healthy heart and what foods to avoid
  • Discuss food in the context of cardiology health and healthy lifestyle
  • Explore mindful eating and discuss not just what we eat but when and how we eat
  • Discuss food related topics as they “hit the news” and the latest clinical trials

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Healing Waters for Pain

 

Offering supportive therapy for people struggling with chronic pain, healing waters is an introduction to mindful movement in a warm water pool. The 90-degree temperature will help to relieve pain and stiffness, while buoyancy supports the body and lessens strain on the joints and the spine. Water resistance enables a gradual improvement in flexibility, strength and stamina and is appropriate for all fitness levels.

 

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Healthy Sleep

 

Healthy, restorative sleep is crucial to our overall wellbeing. And, yet there is an epidemic of insomnia and substandard sleep in the United States. In addition to working with your primary care provider and/or sleep specialist to identify and treat specific conditions, there are many useful suggestions that you can weave into your life to aid your nighttime rest. During this four-week group medical visit, you will learn about sleep hygiene, the effectiveness and safety of herbal medicines and other dietary supplements and mind-body techniques.

 

Kitchen Wisdom: Cooking, Eating and Living Well

 

The focus of this six-week session is on developing healthy eating and cooking habits in a hands-on environment. You’ll gain confidence in the kitchen and learn how eating well can be an additional "medicine" for chronic conditions.

 

Our weekly group sessions will help you:

  • Learn basic cooking techniques using wholesome ingredients
  • Prepare nutritious and satisfying recipes (and take leftovers home)
  • Explore the health benefits of different foods and learn how to build a balanced diet
  • Learn the principles of the Mediterranean and anti-inflammatory eating plans
  • Practice mindful awareness as a foundational skill in the kitchen

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Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis (OA) Group

 

This 12-week group (6 sessions will be held every-other-week) will focus on the management and treatment options for knee and hip OA. Each session will include: a topic related to the management of knee and hip OA, an exercise appropriate for patients of all different levels and stages of osteoarthritis as well as a healthy snack.  

 

Patients need a previous diagnosis of OA to attend.

 

Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Building Resiliency

 

This session teaches skills to find your capacity for managing stress by learning the Relaxation Response. Explore how stress manifests in the body and affects the nervous system, hormones and musculoskeletal system. Patients will learn about evidence regarding different awareness practices and how they can support our health, reduce our stress and promote resiliency. This is an introduction to mindful awareness, (mindfulness). Other practices include deep breathing, gentle yoga, guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation.

 

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WISE: Wellness in Seniors Empowerment

 

Healthy aging is the focus of this six-week group medical visit. Adopting healthy lifestyle changes, managing chronic conditions, understanding your medications and why you want your health can all contribute to enhanced well-being and improved quality of life. Sessions will include creating a wellness action plan and participating in hands-on activities (cooking, moving and meditating), education and discussion on clinical topics related to healthy aging.

 

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