I believe in treating patients the way that I would like to be treated. I listen carefully to my patients, which allows me to be a very accurate in diagnosing and treating them. That includes taking a good medical history and doing a thorough physical exam, and ordering appropriate tests. I emphasize preventative care with my patients, and take time to educate them on how they can improve and maintain their health.
I like to say, I'm not a 'drive-thru' physician and what I mean is that I take the time to really listen to each patient and address his or her needs fully. We respect our patients' time, and make every effort to stay on schedule, however, addressing patient needs will sometimes take longer than we expect. If we do get behind, we communicate about the delay with patients waiting. We ask our patients to remember that we will give their needs the same care and attention soon.
Dr. David Irvine, MD is a family medicine doctor who practices in Crystal River, FL. He is 67 years old and has been practicing for 41 years.