Group Medical Visits


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


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Group Medical Visits: Achieving Wellness in a Social Environment

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 and Longevity


Explore the health benefits of a healthy diet with a cardiologist while learning practical cooking skills. Each week a professional chef will select recipes and you will prepare delicious heart healthy meals in a fun, supportive, “hands on” environment. Work together with a physician, chef and health coach to better understand how food and healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart disease and improve longevity.


In this group medical visit, you will:

  • Learn cooking skills
  • Learn what foods and lifestyles support a healthy heart
  • Discuss how food and lifestyle can result in cardiology health and result in improved health span and lifespan
  • Explore mindful eating and discussing what, when and how we eat
  • Discuss food related topics as they “hit the news” and the latest clinical trials


Culinary Connections to Health


For graduates of the Cooking for Heart Health and Kitchen Wisdom group medical visits, the Wellness Clinic is offering a monthly follow-up group medical visit in the learning kitchen. We will continue to explore the health benefits of foods, while learning new ways to cook with seasonal vegetables and fruits. Participants will have opportunities to connect with providers and learn from each other, creating positive change to help reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.



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.




Healthy Digestion


We have probably all had a bout of indigestion, heartburn, or other gastrointestinal complaints at some point in our lives. In addition to working with your primary care provider and/or GI specialist to identify and treat specific conditions, this group medical visit will address some of those topics to help improve your gastrointestinal function and symptoms. For instance, we will discuss mind-body techniques centered on promoting a healthy “gut”, prepare herbal teas that can soothe GI symptoms, and discuss the microbiome and probiotics, an emerging area of clinical and research interest.

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



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.




Yoga 4 Cancer


Yoga has been shown to decrease stress, improve sleep, and enhance overall physical and emotional wellness after cancer treatment. This series of group medical visits will offer an introduction to Yoga 4 Cancer (Y4C) which is a yoga method developed by a cancer survivor that supports the unique needs of those living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Breathing exercises, short guided meditations, and physical postures will be used to support healing after treatment. No yoga experience is necessary. Open to all individuals during or after treatment.




Healthy Aging


Healthy aging is the focus of this four-week session. Making healthy lifestyle changes, managing chronic conditions and understanding medications, as well as why health is important, all contribute to enhanced well-being and improved quality of life. Sessions will focus on 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.