About the Providers at Family Health Center of Sandpoint
All of our physicians have graduated from accredited family practice residency programs and are board certified by the American Board of Family Practice. A family physician is a doctor who has completed an extensive three-year residency program after graduating from medical school. Instead of specializing in one area, family physicians are trained to treat common illnesses in all stages of life – from pediatrics to internal medicine to geriatrics. Board certification requires continuing medical education and re-certification testing, more than any other medical specialty.
We also have a certified nurse practitioner (NP) on staff. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have advanced education and clinical training and are licensed to prescribe medication. Nurse practitioners must take a two- to three-year master's program in a variety of subjects in order to become licensed.
Of course, occasionally our patients need specialty care. In that case, we help arrange and coordinate referrals to specialists wherever they may be. We will do our best to help with any medical problem you may have.