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Dr. Kristen Updegraff, MD

Family Medicine ·  Female · Age 52

Dr. Updegraff

Southcoast Medical Group

9 Chatham Ctr S Ste C Savannah, GA 31405

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Dr. Kristen Updegraff, MD is a family medicine specialist in Savannah, GA and has been practicing for 16 years. She graduated from Medical College Of Georgia School Of Medicine in 2000 and specializes in family medicine.


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(912) 527-7211

Dr. Updegraff accepts the following insurance:

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Choice Plus POS II
Beech Street (Multiplan)
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Cigna
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Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna
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Open Access
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Coventry Health Care of Georgia
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Evolutions Healthcare Systems
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Humana
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PHCS Network PPO
Premier Group Insurance
Tricare
Standard
TriCare for Life
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Options PPO
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Dr. Updegraff's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Thyroid
  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Pharyngitis
  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Administrative Physical
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • All Types of Food Poisoning
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anaphylactic Food Allergies
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Anemia
  • Anemia and Iron Deficiency Screening
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anxiety
  • Arterial Blood Gas Test (ABG)
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Asthma
  • Asymptomatic Post-Menopausal Status
  • Ataxia
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Atrophic Vaginitis
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Bacterial Sepsis
  • Bedsores
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Biopsy
  • Bladder Diseases
  • Bladder Infection
  • Blood Disorders
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Bone Disorders
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Pain
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchospasm
  • Bruise of Face, Scalp, or Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Candidiasis of Skin and Nails
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cellulitis
  • Chest Pain
  • Chickenpox
  • Chlamydia Infections
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Chronic Care Management
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Interstitial Cystitis
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pharyngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Cold Sore
  • Common Cold
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Cough
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Dehydration
  • Dementia or Depression Screening
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis Due to Drugs
  • Dermatitis Due to Substances Taken Internally
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Counseling
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Secondary
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Dyshydrotic Eczema
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Emphysema
  • Encounters for Normal Pregnancies
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Enteritis
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophagitis
  • Essential Tremor
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Folliculitis
  • Food Poisoning
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fungal Infections
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastroparesis
  • Genital Herpes
  • Genital Warts
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Gonorrhea Screening
  • Gout
  • Hair Loss
  • Headache
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Herpes Zoster Without Complication
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hives
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Human Papillomavirus DNA Testing
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypotension
  • Hypotension (Excluding Maternal)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immunization
  • Impetigo
  • Indigestion
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Intertrigo
  • Iron Metabolism Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Itchy Skin
  • Jock Itch
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Pain
  • Kidney Infection
  • Kidney Infection, Acute
  • Kidney Stone Pain (Renal Colic)
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg and Foot Ulcers
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Liver Function Test
  • Low Back Pain
  • Low Blood Oxygen Level
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Male Sexual Conditions
  • Malnutrition
  • Menopausal and Postmenopausal Disorders
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Migraine
  • Mineral Metabolism Disorders
  • Mole Removal
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Motion Sickness
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Nail and Nail Bed Infection
  • Nail Avulsion and Excision
  • Nasopharyngitis
  • Nausea
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Nosebleed
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis Screening
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Overweight
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Pap Smear
  • Pap Smear Abnormalities
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Pediatric Overweight
  • Pelvic Exams
  • Perimenopause
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Pharyngitis
  • Physical Examination
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Wart
  • Pneumonia
  • Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Poisoning
  • Pollen Allergy
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Prostatitis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rapid Flu Test
  • Rash
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rib Fracture
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scabies
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Sepsis
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening
  • Shingles
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Infections
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep-Related Leg Cramp
  • Smoking Cessation Counseling
  • Sore Throat
  • Speech, Language and Learning Disorders
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Strep Throat
  • Swine Flu
  • Symptomatic Menopause
  • Syphilis Infections
  • Tension Headache
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Thrombosis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Screening
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Tinnitus
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Tonsillitis
  • Torticollis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Ulcer
  • Urinalysis
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Vaccination
  • Vaginitis and-or Vaginosis
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Vertigo
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Wart Removal
  • Warts
  • Wellness Examination
  • Yeast Infections

About Me

Care Philosophy

I strive to be an old-school family physician. I want to know my patients and their families, take care of them all, and know and understand them on a deep and personal level. I try to create a lighthearted and heartfelt space where care giving is a team effort! I think I have the best patients in the world :-)

Specialties

  • Family Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

2003
Family Practice
Residency Hospital
2003
New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Presbyterian Center
Residency Hospital
2001
New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Presbyterian Center
Internship Hospital
2000
Medical College Of Georgia School Of Medicine
Medical School
1995
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Undergraduate School
2003
2003
2001
2000
1995

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

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Dr. Updegraff's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Updegraff

4.6

Based on 106 reviews

5 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
8.49056603773585%
(9)

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Dr. Updegraff is great, pleasant and knowledgeable. Her nurse needs to be more responsive.
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Been going to her for over 10 years. She is wonderful. She cares about her patients and knows what she is doing. Besides she is a real nice lady. The wait time is too long.
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Best doctor I ever had. When she was in Statesboro o started seeing her now I drive all the way too Savannah.
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Dr, Updegraff is very caring and connected to her patients. She is knowledgeable and seeks to give the medical care needed for the best outcome. I appreciate the personal time she provides me when I see her. She listens to my concerns and does not make me feel rushed.
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Dr. Updegraff truly cares about her patients and is never too busy to sit and talk over your complaints and concerns and explain why you are experiencing these issues. I trust her implicitly with all my healthcare. She is so compassionate and the world could really use more physicians just like her. ??
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She is a wonderful doctor that listens an really cares about the well being of her patients.
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A five star review isn't enough, she deserves a thousand stars. Dr. Updegraff is by far the kindest, most caring and intelligent doctor I've ever had the privilege of knowing, and I say this as someone who has been to dozens of doctors in my lifetime. She is a one in a million doctor and I'm not exaggerating when I say she is the kindest person I have ever met.
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Dr. Updegraff is AWESOME. She listen, concern and cares. The staff is very friendly, and make you feel very comfortable. I love my Doctor Undegraff, she love giving Hugs.
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I have been going to Doctor Updegraff for 12 years. She makes you feel like family, answers every question, explains things so you understand everything that is going on with your health. I highly recommend her, she is top notch.
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I will keep Dr Updegraff as long as she is excepting my insurance and when I have to get coverage that South coast does not accept I don't go to the doctor. I have been to many over my 55 yrs. on the earth and she has by far has had the best attitude and bedside manner of any doctor I have every had. I have been seeing her now for 8 to 10 years with a few missed years because of insurance coverage.
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Always been happy until now. Had to walk out on our appt as was kept waiting in exam room for over an hour - no one came in to apologize for any delays... It takes months to get an appt and when I needed to see the dr when I was ill, I was informed that it would be a couple of weeks before I could get in........?? Have to find a doctor who we can actually see when we need to
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My husband & I went to Dr. Updegraff for several years. We could never get in to see her when we were sick. When we called for an appt we would have to wait sometimes days or up to 2-3 weeks to be seen. I had a problem with high blood pressure for at least two years but she would never put me on medication. It had gone on so long I was having shortness of breath & dizziness but could not get an appt. Was told to cut back on sodium. New Dr put me on medication & I feel like a different person.
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Dr. Updegraff is the absolute hands down, no question BEST general practitioner M.D. in the tri-county area. Yes, depending on time of day for an appointment, it can mean a wait. But, she is never too busy to listen and explain and outline care or treatment options. So, if the doctor takes as much time to do that with every patient, I understand and accept the delay.
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The BEST doctor I've had in GA (and Ive gone to MANY).
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She is a true blessing! I absolutely love her. My only regret is that I didn't find her earlier in life! I'm 65 now and have been seeing her about 20 yrs now. She is one of the most caring, kind human beings in the planet. We need more doctors like her!!
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Dr. Updegraff is a wonderful person and a great doctor.
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Dr. Updegraff is probably the best family healthcare provider in the region. Sometimes wait times can be a bit longer than expected, but all of her patients don't mind a bit. She is awesome.
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All I can say is she is more than worth the 8 month wait it took to see her.
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Great Dr. she is always so up beat and I always feel great after my visit. Would recommend her to anyone seeking a new Dr.
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Dr Updegraff has truly changed my life. I am now working on bettering my health. I am always happy to go to my visits with her she makes me feel like a daughter instead of just a patient. The staff at the office are always so helpful and friendly even on the phone.
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