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Chronic Illness Santa Monica, CA

Nearly half the adults in the country are affected by some type of chronic illness. A quarter of these people have two or more chronic conditions with which to contend. Many of these illnesses can have debilitating effects on the individual and the family.

Treatment for many chronic illnesses may alleviate or minimize pain or some of the symptoms. Managing the illness to increase the quality of life and keep flare-ups or episodes to a minimum is part of the goal of treatment. This begins with an accurate diagnosis of the problem and creating a treatment plan that adequately addresses the illness and needs of the patient.

In cases where the patient has two or more chronic illnesses, proper diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan are even more important. There are times when a team approach is necessary to provide the best means of managing the illnesses and providing comfort for the patient. Dr. Brent J. Michael has experience in working with chronically ill patients and providing them with treatment plans that improve their quality of life.

Coping With Chronic Conditions

Chronic illness can be challenging to cope with unless you have a strong support system that includes your doctor. Learning about your illness and what you can do to help yourself is an important piece in constructing a coping strategy. Dr. Michael can provide you with information and resources so you can be well informed about the illness impacting your life.

Your doctor should be a partner in your care, but you need to be an advocate for yourself and do your part with self-care to ward off serious and unexpected complications. Your doctor will advise you on the steps you can take to monitor your illness and the changes or symptoms for which you should be on the lookout.

Take the team approach and make sure everyone has the same playbook. If you are working with multiple healthcare providers, it is important to keep them aware of one another. Dr. Michael can help coordinate your care and show you how to keep track of all the pieces.

Chronic illness can be made manageable under the right circumstances. Make an appointment today with Dr. Michael for your chronic illness. He can help you manage your illness with care.

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Our Patient Reviews

Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 34 reviews

Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM