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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 25 reviews

Ashly Tucker

I've interacted with Dr. Michael and his staff on several occasions and they have all been nothing but pleasant! Keep up the good work guys! I'll be sending anyone I know who needs a Dr. in Santa Monica your way!

Dolores Niece

Dr. Michael is a brilliant, compassionate doctor who listens and cares for his patient. I have never experienced this quality of medical care anywhere. The staff was very accommodating and made me feel very comfortable. He is the best family physician that we have ever had.

Greg Kove

Dr. Michael is not your average doctor. I feel fortunate to have enjoyed Dr. Michael as my primary GP for over 6 years and have found him to be extremely trustworthy, personable, knowledgeable, honest, thorough, compassionate and non-judgmental. He takes the time to talk to you and to listen to all of your concerns. Dr. Michael is someone you can talk with and he really cares about each one of his patients. He listens and provides suggestions. A patient couldn't ask for a more caring physician than Dr. Michael. The entire office staff is extremely friendly, personable and accommodating. Dr. Michael is a great doctor, mentor and friend. I'm glad I have him as my primary care provider! I am forever grateful to Dr. Michael and strongly recommend him to anyone who desires personalized care.

Gini Holtzman

Dr. Michael takes time to listen, diagnose, and prescribe the best treatment possible. He made me feel comfortable talking to him about all of my health concerns and I left my appointment with answers to all of my questions. Dr Michael really understood what I was feeling both emotionally and physically and communicated that understanding to me.

Jose Hernandez

Dr. Michaels is easy to talk to, down-to-earth as well as smart and competent. It feels more like you’re getting good advice from a personal friend who is also a licensed physician. I have been recommending him to friends and family for years now and with absolutely no complaints. He is always able to fit me into his schedule and help me as promptly as possible. I haven’t had to wait more than twenty minutes after checking in to see him. He is very knowledgeable and polite and is willing to answer all of my questions without being rude or cold.

Alex D.

Dr. Michael is very friendly and easy to talk to. His staff is great and his nurse was absolutely wonderful. I didn’t catch her name but she was quick, very efficient and friendly! I will definitely be sticking around with this doc for as long as I can

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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