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Why Should You Have a Family Doctor? Santa Monica, CA

There are many advantages to having a family doctor that may not be apparent to the casual observer. With so many medical practice specialties, it can be challenging to know what type of doctor will provide the overall care needed to keep you and your family members in optimal health. Emergency rooms and urgent care facilities are often crowded with non-emergency patients.

Family doctors provide many benefits that can keep you and your loved ones in good health and out of the emergency room and urgent care. A highly trained family doctor is familiar with a wide variety of conditions and ailments. Additionally, they treat patients during their entire lifecycle.

Getting to Know You

Many people have a favorite mechanic or auto repair shop that services their vehicle. Over time, that person gets to know the vehicle and its idiosyncrasies well. Maintenance, diagnosis and repair are much easier when the mechanic knows the car. It is the same with your family doctor.

Over time, your family doctor becomes familiar with your personal and family history and, as a result, can make accurate diagnoses. Your family doctor is better able to notice any red flags regarding your health because of the longevity of your relationship. Family doctors have a broader view of their patients’ lives. It covers more than just medical history. Knowing family dynamics and relationships helps the doctor provide better treatment.

Continuum of Care

Your family doctor can provide ongoing care for chronic illness. In addition to the annual physical examination, the family doctor can also assist you in managing long-term issues. Diabetes, heart conditions, arthritis, asthma and other chronic conditions require continued monitoring. Your family doctor helps keep these conditions under control and can also offer guidance on how to manage your condition effectively with the least impact on daily living.

A Family Affair

Your family doctor is there for your entire family, from the youngest to the eldest. Your family physician provides continuous medical care throughout all stages of life. When Dr. Brent J. Michael is your family doctor, you can trust that you are in good hands. With expertise in family medicine and geriatric care, Dr. Michael provides exceptional care for all your family members.

Our office is your one-stop-health care resource. Let us provide your family with the excellent health care you want and deserve. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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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 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-829-7777

310-829-9951

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