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Internal Medicine

Expert care focused on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions affecting adults

Internal Medicine: Your Primary Care Partners

Lee Health’s internists (sometimes called internal medicine doctors or primary care doctors) coordinate all aspects of your primary care, including screenings, check-ups, risk assessments, referrals, and medication management.

Internists or internal medicine doctors will treat symptoms – but they also work side by side with you to address root causes, as well as the psychological, social, and emotional impact of illness. 

This essential dialogue between doctor and patient can help you live your best life.

Our Services

  • Men’s health
  • Geriatric care
  • Sports medicine
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Help coordinating prescriptions and refills
  • Vaccinations and travel consultations
  • Preventive screenings
  • Routine check-ups
  • Health risk assessment
  • Personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and mental health 
  • Family planning and regular gynecological screenings such as breast exams and Pap smears

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Helping You Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Whether it’s high intensity, low impact, or relaxing—doctors say when it comes to exercise, there’s no such thing as a bad workout. “There are a lot of benefits to exercise. A lot of people don’t realize all of the benefits there are,” said Dr. Kathleen Dixon, a resident physician with Lee Health. In addition to weight loss, regular physical activity can also lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, keep your blood sugar under control, and decrease your risk of cancer. “If you’re stressed or worried about something, exercise can actually help to relieve those symptoms,” said Dr. Dixon. Studies show daily physical activity can also help to treat anxiety, depression, and stress. “The American Medical Association actually recommends that children get about an hour of physical activity a day. When you’re talking about adults, they need to be doing 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise for about five days a week,” she said. Exercise can also improve your sleep, memory, and give you more energy throughout the day. “If you aren’t really physically active, it is important to try to incorporate it into your lifestyle. Do something that you like. Do something that you enjoy so that way you’re more apt to incorporate it into your life,” Dr. Dixon said. From children to the elderly, regular physical activity can improve mobility, strength, and balance. “Weight lifting and resistance exercises for the elderly population help to keep the bones strong,” she said. Taking time every day to be physically active can lift your mood, lower your risk for injury, and improve your overall health.

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