Your Family Medical History

One of the key tools we have in Precision Medicine is evaluating your family medical history. A family medical history can help us identify those of you with a higher-than-usual chance of having common disorders, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers, and diabetes. A family history of colon cancer, for example, might indicate the need for genetic testing, which can be covered by insurance.

We have probably had conversations about your family health history when you initially signed up, or during your wellness exam. However,  taking your history at the office is not ideal because you might not remember all the details. The easiest way to get information about family medical history is to talk to relatives about their health. Have they had any medical problems, and when did they occur? A family gathering is usually an ideal time to discuss these iquestions. You might also come across some interesting family lore that you had not heard before!

I am encouraging everyone to start gathering health information about your grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, siblings, and children. Information includes:
  • Major medical conditions and causes of death
  • Age of disease onset and age at death
  • Ethnic background

We are recommending a free tool called My Family Health Portrait as the easiest way to gather your family history. You can enter your information here, and then share the information with me by using our secure patient portal.

I look forward to hearing about everyone’s history during our next visit!

Precision Medicine in Practice

I am excited to be spending the weekend at the “Precision Medicine in Practice” workshop in La Jolla, California. It was great interacting with Jeanette McCarthy and the panel of genomics experts that was put together. For those of you that may not have heard the term, Precision Medicine is a new medical approach of tailoring care to each patient’s unique genetic makeup, environment, and lifestyle. I am especially excited about the opportunity to enhance your care with these recent medical advances.
Stay tuned for more news around this during April.

My Grandfather – Dr. Raul Lopez-Guerra of Fort Worth

Many of you know that I am a fourth generation physician, and a third generation Texas physician. I recently came across this interesting article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram about my grandfather Dr. Raul Lopez-Guerra. He was really a hero of his time, and I am glad to try to follow in his footsteps, as well as the footsteps of my father Raul and mother Alicia, who were also physicians who lived in Corpus Christi, TX.

8 statues Fort Worth needs: Forgotten leaders (who happened to be minorities or women)

DR. RAÚL LÓPEZ GUERRA

Lopez Guerra (1898-1956) practiced medicine in Fort Worth for 30 years. He saw patients from across North Texas nine hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of whether they could pay. He and his musician wife, Aurelia, were active in city arts and civic groups, and spoke out against discrimination.

For the full article and video click here:

Home Health Care Kit

Many of my patients are doing virtual office visits these days. With the traffic in Austin such as it is, it can save a lot of time for minor illnesses as you will not have to visit the office. I have created an Amazon idea list of the basic items need for this. Note that the exact features and brands are not important – any medical grade version will do.

The Blood Pressure Monitor is the most important. You can use this to take your blood pressure and pulse. A good thermometer and pulse oximeter is also good. You should be able to get all three for less that $75, and you can generally get reimbursed by your FSA plan.

See this link: http://a.co/0v6QFVX

Remember we will also make house or hospital calls if you are too ill to travel – just ask.

Come to our Open House Thursday December 6

Roxana Rhodes MD would like to invite all patients past and present, colleagues, and friends of the practice to an Open House event. This will be a fun event with snacks from locally famous 512 Tacos, local wine and beverages, healthy living door prizes, and more. Stop by if you can!

Roxana Rhodes MD Open House

So what are the Door Prizes?

We are giving away Mediterranean Diet Cookbooks, Blood Pressure Monitors, and a New Apple Watch Series 4 that includes a variety of health monitoring capabilities. The door prize drawing will be at 6pm.

Meet Shari Cain, Membership Coordinator

Most of you have met our membership coordinator already, but maybe you don’t know her full background. Shari Cain is our concierge membership coordinator. She educates patients on the practice, and can help you get the most out of your concierge membership. Shari has over 20 years experience in medical practices and insurance billing, and has been working with Dr. Rhodes for 18 of those years. She born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and relocated to Austin in 1989. She enjoys fishing, and is the mother of two.

Please contact Shari if you have any questions on membership or need help sorting out a medical bill.

Best Wishes to our latest Med Student!

We are sad to say goodbye to our latest Medical Student Sareena Adnan from UTMB, but we are happy she is progressing in her studies.  Sereema has been great to have in the office for the past few weeks. Sereema grew up in Las Cruces New Mexico, and attended high school and college in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with Honors in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Medicine and Society.

Her interests include Global Health, Community Involvement, and Spoken Word. She also loves deserts!

Roxana Rhodes MD is now a Concierge Practice!

Our new personalized medicine practice is now official. What a tremendous response we’ve had! We’re looking forward to building on our new patient relationships, for our current patients and the new ones soon to come aboard.

If you are a new member and have questions on your contract or need help transitioning, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to talk with you in the office or by phone at 512-453-3542.

If you’re thinking of joining us, read more about why we’ve transitioned to our new concierge model, or read about how to become a member.