By Dr. Frances Capraro
Here in the United States, we have access to some of the world’s most technologically advanced medicine to keep us alive longer. However, in many cases, we would not need these if we would simply practice better preventative medicine.
How would you describe yourself? “I am a devoted wife, a mother to three beautiful daughters, a board certified physician, a resident of Satellite Beach since 2003 and I am a proud independent business owner of Two Rivers Family Practice that is located in my hometown. My personal goal is to change the way my current patients and new patients receive their healthcare.”
Why did you choose to become a physician?“When I was 13 years old, my adoptive mother died of breast cancer. I felt lost and confused, and being at a young age, no one spent the time explaining to me what was going on. Around the age of 15, I had a very fun and engaging science teacher, and this is the earliest age that I recall wanting to become a doctor. I was fortunate enough to be able to experience discovery programs in which we rotated through different departments in the hospital to see what medicine was like. I was intrigued by how doctors and nurses worked together to treat and improve the quality of life for their patients. Throughout high school, I was a junior volunteer at our local community hospital in Kissimmee. From there, I received my medical degree from the University of Florida in 1991. I began practicing medicine in Asheville, NC and then my family and I moved back to Florida and I have since opened up my own practice in Satellite Beach.
Why practice concierge medicine? Many of my patients ask me this question. The answer is simple. It’s TIME. Most patients feel rushed to see their physicians. They spend more time out in the waiting rooms rather than speaking with their healthcare provider. To me, the most important asset to a physician is TIME. I personally need TIME to review my patient’s past history, TIME to speak about their concerns, TIME to explain to them my reasoning about their treatment plans and options. Over the last several years, the requirement to use electronic medical records, while touted to be improvement in our care, has proven to be an extreme demand on each physician’s TIME. So the time that I would rather spend talking with my patients to ensure that we are communicating clearly and completely about their medical concerns gets spent filling out lengthy electronic forms to justify all of my decision making. I have spent the past 26 years of my life training and continually updating my knowledge of medicine in order to give my patients the best possible care. This new personalized healthcare plan that I have put in place can restore the time I have with my patients in preventing as well as treating illnesses. This particular model helps me cater to everyone, from business executives and business owners, who are too busy to take time off; to our working class, who cannot afford to take time off from their job; to our retirees in this area, who may have multiple health issues that need to be addressed to help improve their quality of life. I am accessible to my patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week via telephone or by email.
Two Rivers Family Practice
1231 South Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach
(321) 622-5432 | TwoRiversFamilyPractice.com
This article appears in the August 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
Did you like what you read here? Subscribe to SpaceCoast Living