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By Deirdre McMullen, M.D., P.A.
April 23, 2019
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Wellness Exams  

You may be under the impression that if everything seems to be fine that you probably don’t need to visit a doctor, right? While this might child doctormake sense in theory, following this line of thinking could actually be quite detrimental to your health! After all, turning to our Missouri City, TX, family physicians, Dr. Deirdre McMullen, Dr. Tiyashi Choudhury, and Dr. Hilary Spears, for regular wellness exams can mean the difference between maintaining great health for the long-term and facing a chronic or serious health condition in the near future!

 

More about Wellness Exams

Here at Rocky Creek Family Medicine, we help you maintain great health through meeting with you for regular Wellness Exams. Some of the benefits of visiting our Missouri City office for a checkup include:

  • Reducing your chances of getting sick
  • Learning proper preventive measures that you can take to keep yourself healthy
  • Detecting potentially serious and chronic health problems early on
  • Improving your overall health and increase your longevity
  • Reducing healthcare costs and the chances of needing more expensive medical procedures
  • Keeping you up to date on new medical treatments and ways to keep yourself healthy
  • Maintaining a strong, lasting relationship with your doctor
  • Pinpointing risk factors for illnesses so that we can recommend lifestyle changes and simple ways to reduce your risk, when applicable

A wellness checkup is designed to provide you with the proper medical care and screenings to prevent illness. Of course, when problems arise, early detection is the best option for making sure you get the treatment you need quickly to prevent complications.

For example, if diabetes is detected early on when you’re still in the stages of prediabetes, our doctors can recommend lifestyle modifications that could prevent the condition altogether.

 

What Happens During a Wellness Exam?

During a wellness exam, several things will occur,

  • We will go through your medical history and ask you questions about your medical history and current health
  • We will check your vital signs (e.g. heart rate; blood pressure, body mass index)
  • We will perform a physical exam
  • We will provide advice or counseling for maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • We may administer appropriate immunizations (e.g. flu vaccines) to protect against illness

We may also recommend other screenings such as,

  • Cancer screenings (e.g. colorectal, skin cancer)
  • Hearing and eyesight
  • STD testing
  • Women’s health screenings (e.g. Pap smear, HPV testing)
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar screening

 

Give Us a Call!

When was the last time you visited your doctor? If it’s been a while, then it’s time to dial (281) 206–0068 for Rocky Creek Family Medicine in Rocky Creek, TX. Make your health a priority!

By Deirdre McMullen, M.D., P.A.
January 14, 2019
Category: Family Medicine

Losing weight is one of the most common personal goals Americans have. In spite of laudable intentions, many children, teens, and adults remain seriously overweight, and even obese, to the detriment of their health and emotional well-being. At Rocky Creek Family Medicine in Missouri City, TX, Dr. Tiyashi Chouldhury, Dr. Deirdre McMullen, and their team help their patients get to ideal body weights without faddish diets. Their supervised programs of medical weight loss are tailored for safe, effective, and sustainable weight loss. Read below to learn more!

 

Is medical weight loss right for you?

It is if you want to avoid programs run by non-medical personnel and center around pills and invasive surgeries. Medical weight loss in Missouri City also benefits individuals who recognize the need to change their lifestyles, develop healthy eating habits, and begin exercising regularly and safely.

Prevention or management of long-term health problems, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and joint breakdown, lies at the heart of medical weight loss. Our doctors are well-credentialed in the field, and consult with patients before formulating customized treatment plans, considering:

  1. BMI, or body mass index
  2. Basal metabolic rate
  3. Medical and surgical history
  4. Underlying emotional or psychological factors contributing to weight issues

In addition, medical weight loss programs may use meal replacements in the initial phases of treatment. Meal replacements, such as Optifast, "kickstart" weight loss to take off pounds relatively quickly. Then, as the patient progresses through the plan, changes are implemented in regards to self-management, meal preparation, calorie and carb control, and other important habits in order to create long-term success.

Losing weight is a team effort
Through medical weight loss at Rocky Creek Family Medicine, patients come to understand that losing unhealthy pounds and keeping them off is a team effort. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control emphasizes that obesity in the United States is an epidemic and, as such, has no single solution. Weight loss must be individualized, combining healthy eating, regular exercise, and partnership with a caring, skilled health care provider. At Dr. McMullen and Dr. Choudhury's Missouri City office, this effect is achievable.

Learn more
If you or a loved one wishes to achieve and maintain your healthiest weight, please contact Rocky Creek Family Medicine for a consultation on medical weight loss. We look forward to helping you modify your food and activity behaviors so you have the healthiest weight possible. Call our Missouri City office today st (281) 206-0068.

By Deirdre McMullen, M.D., P.A.
October 26, 2018
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Botox   Wrinkles  

A more youthful appearance could be yours in just a couple of minutes.

Botox ResultsBotox has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for treating lines and wrinkles of the face without the need for surgery. This largely due to how this simple, minimally invasive treatment only takes a couple of minutes to administer! Read below to find out how our Missouri City, TX, family physicians, Dr. Tiyashi Choudhury, Dr. Hillary Spears, and Dr. Deirdre McMullen can give you younger-looking results with Botox treatment!

What is Botox?

Botox uses a medical-grade and highly purified form of botulinum toxin, a chemical that when administered into the muscles of the face, temporarily relaxes them and prevents them from contracting. As a result, it smooths away dynamic lines and wrinkles (lines that appear or form when smiling or making other facial expressions) after it has been injected.

What issues does Botox address?

Are you wondering whether the lines and wrinkles you want to target will be reduced with Botox injections? As we mentioned earlier, Botox targets dynamic facial lines and wrinkles, which include,

  • Crow’s feet (lines around the eyes)
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Laugh lines (lines around the mouth)

Are you still not sure if Botox is right for you? Take a moment to stand in front of the mirror and smile. Do you notice certain lines and wrinkles appearing when you smile? If so, these are the types of wrinkles Botox can treat.

When will I notice my Botox results?

You won’t notice results right away, as it will take a few days for Botox to work its magic. You will see certain lines fading over the course of 3-4 days, with full results occurring within one week.

Is Botox permanent?

It’s important to understand that Botox results are not permanent. While Botox can prevent muscles from contracting, smoothing away certain wrinkles, it will not actually remove wrinkles from the skin. These lines will come back over the course of six months. Of course, if you love your Botox results, you can turn to our Missouri City, TX, family doctors regularly for maintenance treatments, which will refresh your appearance and help you keep your results longer.

Call today!

Are you interested in finding out whether Botox is right for you? If so, the doctors at Rock Creek Family Medicine in Missouri City, TX, are ready to sit down with you and discuss your treatment goals. Schedule a consultation today by calling (281) 206-0068.

By Deirdre McMullen, M.D., P.A.
July 24, 2018
Category: Family Medicine

Find out turning to a doctor in Missouri City could just help you finally shed those pounds.medical weight loss

Losing weight isn’t easy, despite the obvious and most common advice to eat healthy and exercise regularly. All bodies are different, and with a slew of new lifestyle changes and diets like Paleo and the Whole30 it’s common for people to attempt these but end up going back to their old habits. This is where our Missouri City, TX, family physicians come in.

What is medical weight loss?

The key to weight loss is finding a doctor in Missouri City who can create an individualized weight loss program while also providing you guidance and supervision throughout the course of the program. The program will also give you the tools and education you need to understand what you should be eating (and what you should avoid) and how to exercise for your health.

What are the benefits of choosing a medical weight loss program?

As you might already be able to tell, a supervised medical weight loss program means that you have our doctor there to answer any of your questions, address any concerns, and provide you with the supervision and guidance you need to understand the choices you are making to create a healthy lifestyle for the long term.

Since many people end up failing diet or lifestyle changes because they don’t truly understand the foods that support a healthy diet, as well as portion control and other factors, with a doctor by your side the success rate is much higher. Furthermore, these weight loss programs are tailored to your individual needs. We know that everyone’s body is different and responds differently based on factors such as metabolism and chronic health conditions. With all of these health factors accounted for, we can focus on creating a weight loss program that fits your specific needs.

Some programs offer prepackaged meals while other programs provide you with specific foods you can eat (and foods to avoid) and different recipes. We will also provide you with insight and suggestions for how to incorporate exercise into your daily life, as well as determine whether you need weight loss medications or supplements to help you shed those pounds.

Do you have questions about the right weight loss program to fit your specific needs, goals, and current health status? Then call our Missouri City, TX, doctors' office today and schedule a one-on-one with us. Let’s help you achieve your weight loss goals this year!

By Deirdre McMullen, M.D., P.A.
March 06, 2018
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

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