What if your pre-diabetes could be reversed just by changing how you eat? What if your genes are not your destiny? 

We are not all doomed to follow in our family’s medical footsteps. We are also not destined to suffer from the most common illnesses our society faces. But to avoid these problems, we must change the way we live. That’s where Family Matters Direct Primary Care (DPC) can help. 

Our patients are invited to spend time with Dr. Dougherty or Dr. Lin learning how to change your life and prevent or reverse disease. This is done through Lifestyle Medicine - an evidence-based approach shown to prevent and treat disease. Lifestyle Medicine addresses the underlying cause of disease, rather than its symptoms alone. In doing so, we not only help individuals avoid pills and procedures - but we help them feel their best while living their best.

This service is free for patients of the practice.

To schedule a visit or sign up for our services, please contact us at (412) 685-3373 or submit an online appointment request for a free consultation. We allow a full hour for new patient appointments. 

Note that you can also spend half an hour with one of our doctors during an initial consultation, where you can explore the DPC care model and ask us questions directly. You will have no obligation to register with us following a consultation. No medical advice or treatment will be offered at this consultation.


 

FAQs on Lifestyle Medicine:

 

What Is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle Medicine is the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches (such as a plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoiding the use of risky substances and pursuing other non-drug modalities) to treat, reverse and prevent chronic disease.

In this specialty, a treatment approach/method is focused on the whole person. So rather than addressing a symptom alone, it analyzes what we eat, what we do, and how we interact with other people. It also focuses on a whole-food, plant-based diet, physical activity, sleep and stress-management as medical treatments. 

 

How Is Lifestyle Medicine Beneficial?

A whole-person approach is a very valuable care tool, especially in a world where chronic health issues such as obesity and diabetes are occurring more and more frequently. These illnesses are influenced by multiple risk factors, including:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Stress management
  • Sleep
  • Social support
  • Environmental exposures

But utilizing a medical approach that addresses multiple risk factors increases the chances of a patient successfully avoiding a medical issue and living healthier, longer.

 

How Was Family Matters Direct Primary Care Introduced To Lifestyle Medicine? 

In September 2018, Dr. Dougherty read a book that changed her life. How Not to Die opened her eyes to the power of plant-based nutrition and its potential role in the prevention and treatment of disease. It was in the midst of reading this book that Dr. Dougherty committed to a whole-food, plant-based diet and the study of Lifestyle Medicine.  Once Dr. Dougherty started to dig deep into these recommendations, she found a whole world of scientific information supporting their use. As a result, she now devotes much of her time to studying these principles. And her goals are to treat the underlying causes of disease in order to help people to get off of medications and live longer, healthier lives.  

 

If you have additional questions about specific care options for a particular health issue, please contact us! We would love the opportunity to review your needs and determine if we are a good fit for your healthy living efforts.