Preventive Wellness Specialist

Dr. Milton Chávez

Family Medicine & Pain & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL

All your life, you’ve heard the saying, “Prevention is the best medicine.” But how many doctors — or anyone else — have actually shown you how to stay well? At the office of Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC, Dr. Chávez, nurse practitioner Vanessa Flores, and the team help you achieve and maintain optimal health through a variety of science-based tests, lifestyle adjustments, and supportive therapies. Don’t wait until illness strikes before taking your health seriously, call the office in Wicker Park, Chicago, or schedule an appointment online.

Preventive Wellness Q & A

What is preventive wellness?

Preventive wellness is a proactive approach to health and medicine. Instead of waiting until you’re ill before you see a doctor, you focus on achieving and maintaining optimal health. Preventive wellness encompasses many activities and procedures, including:

  • Annual physical exams
  • Annual well-woman, well-man, or well-child exams
  • Screenings and tests
  • Immunizations
  • Adopting healthier lifestyle habits
  • Quitting smoking and excessive alcohol
  • Attaining and maintaining a healthy weight

The professionals at Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC offer preventive care as part of their overall approach to your health.

How can I benefit from preventive wellness?

When you come for an annual exam, Dr. Chávez or nurse practitioner Flores spends time talking to you about your life and any concerns you may have about your health. By conducting a thorough examination and taking a complete medical and family history, they get a greater insight into the types of health conditions that you’re at risk for and then devise a strategy to help you avoid them and stay healthy.

For instance, if you need to lose weight to manage or avoid diabetes or heart disease, they may recommend a medically supervised weight-loss treatment. The weight-loss treatment plan doesn’t just help you lose extra pounds but also improves your overall health by teaching you how to incorporate healthy new foods and fun forms of movement into your daily routine.

What if I feel depressed or stressed?

If you experience stress at home, at work, or at school, the expert team recommends stress management techniques. When you come for a consultation, they consider you in the context of your environment and lifestyle, so that you get the kind of attention you need. They can help you with everything from mental health issues to substance abuse to physical ailments.

How often do I need preventive wellness?

Preventive wellness is an approach to life, not a treatment. You can contact the practice whenever you’re facing a challenge instituting a new habit, or if you experience a setback. You should also be sure to schedule annual physical exams and screenings.

To get started on your individually tailored preventive wellness plan, contact the Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC team by phone or through the online form.