What is Canfield Integrative Medical Arts? (updated)
Who is Dr. Marta Canfield? I grew up in Montour Falls, NY and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1998. I knew in high school I wanted to be a doctor. I went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for college and majored in Chemistry and minored in Psychology. I then went to the western end of the state, and attended medical school at the University at Buffalo and stayed to do my 3 year residency in Family Medicine. I've been a physician since 2007 and graduated residency in 2010. Why did she open her own medical practice? In April of 2017, I left conventional medicine. I was burnt out and disheartened by the direction of conventional medicine. I felt like a hamster on a wheel. Insurance companies and the government dictating what we did for patients, short impersonal visits, piles of paperwork to do, hours of charts to finish in front of my computer. My stress level was high, my job satisfaction was low. I knew there had to be a better way. I knew from my own research and dealing with the healthcare system for my own health, that there was a lot we didn't learn in medical school. Why take an integrative and functional approach to health concerns? Conventional medicine has its place. I am grateful for the knowledge I gained in medical school and residency. Conventional, allopathic, medicine is really good at acute and emergency care. It really is amazing the advances we have in those areas. But what about primary care? Without a focus in prevention, wellness and getting to the root cause of why people are having symptoms, small problems turn into big problems. For example, the obesity epidemic. It's not always just 'eating too much and not exercising enough' that is the problem. There is usually a complex answer that starts as a small problem and snowballs into obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even dementia. By taking an integrative and functional approach, you can identify the root cause of a problem and start working on treating that first, instead of only covering it up with medications or having your doctor dismiss your concerns. Offering integrative and functional medicine consults makes sense to me as a physician. They are more in depth and require more of my time and patient involvement. I've seen lives changed for the better and for the long term - not just symptoms being covered up by a pill! Keep an eye on my website and my Facebook page for information on how to become part of the functional medicine part of my practice! You can keep your primary care doctor and see me for a consult for a specific problem. You can use your FSA, HSA and I can give you a receipt to submit to your insurance for these consults. What is Direct Primary Care? Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a way to take insurance companies out of the picture of your relationship with your primary doctor. It works by patients contracting with the doctor directly through a membership fee each month which allows access to me via texts, phone and email. There will be new pricing for the membership fee and a NEW PER VISIT FEE in exchange for office visits based on time needed for the problem starting August 1st, 2017. Stay tuned for more information next week. As a physician licensed in NY state, I can still prescribe medications, order lab work, order xrays, CT scans or MRI's, and make referrals to specialists, if needed. You can still use your health insurance plan to pay for lab work, xrays and all other specialist doctor visits. (My current patients will be able to continue with the current model for primary care.)
Welcome and Thank you...
I wanted to officially welcome you all to my private medical practice, Canfield Integrative Medical Arts. I am so grateful for the support the community has shown me, especially my patients who have followed me around the region before I landed in Corning, NY - right where I belong.
Feel free to email or call me about becoming a patient: firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-654-0232.