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Monday-Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Ambulatory Infusion Center

Infusion Suites Focused on Comfort

Infusion is nothing like it used to be. At our fully accredited infusion centers, we offer a wide range of outpatient infusion services. Our dedicated pharmacists and registered nurses (RNs) oversee the delivery of treatment. Our infusion centers offer a warm and bright environment with reclining chairs for your comfort. Friends and family are welcome to join you during treatment sessions.

You can download a printable flyer for our infusion center to help prepare you for your visit.

Infusion Center Locations

    PacMed First Hill
  • 1101 Madison, Ste 301
  • Seattle, WA 98104
  • 206.505.1300
  • Hours: 8:00AM–4:30PM
  • PacMed is on the third floor. You must check in on the third floor before going to the infusion suite. Please bring current insurance information.
    PacMed Canyon Park
  • 1909 214th Street SE, Ste 300
  • Bothell, WA 98021
  • 425.412.7200
  • Hours: 8:00AM–4:30PM
  • PacMed is on the third floor. You must check in on the third floor before going to the infusion suite. Please bring current insurance information.

Our infusion centers serve adult patients (18 and over).


Understanding Depression

Depression is a common and treatable condition. It is a brain condition that leaves a person sad. It is different from normal sadness.

Depression can make it hard to work, concentrate or do everyday tasks. Depression can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or health situation. It can affect people of any race or ethnic group. It is never a normal part of life.

Identifying and supporting those facing depression can start by asking #OneMoreQuestion. Read more.

Depression is very common

In 2016, an estimated 16.2 million adults in the US had at least one major depressive episode. This number represented 6.7% of all US adults. This information can be found on the National Institute of Mental Health website.


Primary Symptoms Other Symptoms
  • Feeling "down" for at least 2 weeks
  • No longer enjoying or caring about doing the things they used to like to do
  • Feel sad, down, hopeless or cranky most of the day, every day
  • Lose or gain weight
  • Sleep too much or too little
  • Feel tired or have no energy
  • Feel guilty or worthless
  • Forget things or feel confused
  • Think about death or suicide
 

What causes depression?

Depression is a condition of the brain, but its exact causes are not always clear. Current understanding is that people inherit both vulnerability and resilience to depression through genetics.

Life’s stresses can create changes in the brain chemistry and structure. These changes can lead to many symptoms of depression.

Other contributing factors can include hormone changes, grief, sleep disturbance, medication, substance use or other medical conditions.

It is common to experience both anxiety and depression. About half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Most people with depression experience some anxiety symptoms.

Treatment options

Safe and effective treatments for depression are available. They include seeing a psychotherapist, taking medications or a combination of both.

Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy helps people learn skills and make lifestyle changes that can treat depression. Research shows that people often make big improvements in depression after just two or three therapy visits, though therapy sometimes continues longer than that.

Medications. Medications are useful for reducing symptoms of depression. The benefits of medications can be felt as early as the first or second week of treatment. Medications can cause side effects that most often go away over time. Successful treatment may require dosage adjustments and regular monitoring by a health care provider.

Depression in special populations

Teenagers, older adults and postpartum women might be at a higher risk for depression. Whether symptoms are mild, moderate or severe, recovery is possible with proper treatment.

Tips to help yourself

  • Exercise. It’s a great way to lift your mood and take care of your body. Brisk walking, running, cycling or doing upper or lower body weight lifting three to five times per week for 45-60 minutes helps fight depression.
  • Eat right. A balanced and healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats will help keep your body healthy.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. They may worsen symptoms of depression. They may also interfere with your treatment.
  • Be with others. The support of family and friends is important for recovery. Talking openly with people you trust helps.

Talk to your health care provider about possible treatment options.

If you are thinking about suicide, help is available.

  • Call your health care provider and tell them it is urgent
  • Call 9-1-1
  • Go to the emergency room at your local hospital
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Call the 24-hour Crisis Line 866-427-4747

Warning signs of suicide

Seek help if you or someone you know is:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to hurt oneself such as seeking firearms
  • Having feelings of hopelessness or uncontrolled anger
  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky behavior
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends or family
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason to stay alive

For more details, visit the American Psychiatric Association at Psychiatry.org/depression

Our behavioral medicine physicians meet with patients at eight of our conveniently located clinics. To get a full picture of your physical health and rule out contributing factors, and see if a behavioral medicine appointment is right for you, schedule an initial visit with one of our relationship-based primary care physicians.

*Always check with your insurance provider to find out if you need pre-authorization or to determine the level of coverage your carrier provides for behavioral health.

Click here for clinic locations.


Steps You Can Take to Prevent Prostate and Gynecological Cancer

PacMed is recognizing Prostate and Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month this September. Only men get prostate cancer, and only women get cervical cancer. The more you know, the better choices you can make with your doctor.

Steps WOMEN can take:

  • Get screened. When detected early, cervical cancer is highly curable.
  • Get vaccinated! HPV vaccination is recommended for 11- and 12-year-old girls and women ages 13 through 26 who haven’t been vaccinated yet or have not completed the vaccine series.
  • Reduce the risk! Things like smoking or a diet low in fruits and vegetables can increase the risk of becoming infected with HPV.

Steps MEN can take:

  • Get a baseline exam if you’re over 50.
  • Risks include increased age, family history, and race.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of prostate screening procedures with your doctor.

Call or make an online appointment today!

Meet our gynocology and urology team:

Dr. Shilpa Desai
Shilpa Desai, MD, Gynocologist
Dr. Michael J. Han
Michael J Han, MD, Urologist
 

Dr. Donald Pick
Donald Pick, MD, Urologist
Dr. Richard Wonderly
Richard Wonderly, MD, Urologist


FREE Event in Your Neighborhood

Join us at our Federal Way clinic for a Back to School Bash! Fun activities and lots of giveaways!

Federal Way Back to School Bash!

Wednesday, August 14
5:30pm-7:30pm

PacMed Federal Way
31833 Gateway Center Blvd S
Federal Way, WA 98003

Free parking!

Join us for:

  • Giveaways
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Science on Wheels
  • Healthy Cooking Demo
  • Bounce House
  • Snacks & Refreshments and more!

The first 150 children will get a FREE backpack with school supplies! (Grades K-8)




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Back to school well child exams - avoid the rush!

Just a reminder that if your child has not had their well-child exam, please avoid the rush and call today to schedule it. These routine exams include immunization updates, sports and camp physicals, school or college exams, and a general overview of the health of your child.

Please bring your sports physical forms with you to your appointment. If you do not have your sports physical form, go to your school district's website and search for the physical exam form or contact your school district directly.

If your child has a MyChart account, please log on to view current immunization records.

Join us for our Back to School Bash event at our Federal Way clinic!

Make an appointment today

Call us today at 1-888-4-PACMED (1-888-472-2633) to schedule an appointment. You can also make an appointment online with your pediatrician or family medicine physician.

Please check with your insurance company for covered services.

To see our list of recommended checkups and vaccines for children, follow this link. Visit the Washington Immunization Information System (WAIIS) for links to Immunization Schedules, Immunization Guidelines, Vaccine Requirements and to request access to your child's immunization record.

Looking for some healthy summer reading?

Resources:

Find your school district’s sports physical form:

Best wishes for a healthy summer!


True or false? Eating carrots can help improve your eyesight.

False: While carrots are a good source of vitamin A (which is important for healthy eyesight, skin, growth, and resisting infection), eating them won't improve vision

PacMed Eye Care—To Keep You Looking Good

We are here to help you keep your vision at its best. Our eye care team offers a full spectrum of services—from eye exams and eyeglasses to treatment of glaucoma and macular degeneration. Additionally our surgeons perform cornea, cataract, retina and glaucoma surgery. We care about you and your eye health.

The first step to good eye care? Make an appointment. Many eye conditions can develop slowly as we age. The signs and symptoms of many eye issues are so mild that you may not notice them. The best solution? Getting routine eye exams.

We accept most major insurance.

Tips for Healthy Eyes


  • Take a “20-20-20” break: Do you get eye strain from computer work or doing close work? Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Look up every 20 minutes and focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Still fatigued? Come in for an evaluation.

  • Choose good sunglasses: UV-blocking sunglasses delay the development of cataracts, help prevent eye damage and help prevent wrinkles and cancer. Choose sunglasses that block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays.

  • Get to know your family tree: Know your family’s history of eye disease. You may be at increased risk for those diseases and may need close monitoring.

  • Ouch! Use protective eyewear: The US has 2.5 million eye injuries each year. But many could be prevented! For home projects, choose ANSI-approved eyewear. Wear protective eyewear designed specifically for your sport.

  • Stub out that cigarette: Smokers are at increased risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, as well as disorders of the blood vessels of the eyes.

  • Don’t abuse contact lenses: Follow the instructions about the care and use of contact lenses. Misusing them can result in serious eye conditions that can cause severe pain and vision loss.

  • Meet Our Team of Optometrists

    Optometry providers treat adults and children, and are responsible for eye examinations; diagnosis and management of eye disease; refractions for glasses and contact lenses; and the evaluation, treatment, and triage of eye-related emergencies. Our optometrists work closely with our ophthalmologists in the management of eye disease and in the preoperative and postoperative care of patients.

    Routine eye exams for adults and children | Prescribe eyeglasses, corrective contact lenses | Test for glaucoma | Diagnose and manage chronic eye problems | Treat eye-related emergencies | And more

    Lisa N. Dote, OD, FAAO
    Lisa N. Dote, OD, FAAO

    Kimberly Farea, OD
    Kimberly Farea, OD

    Michael Giese, OD, FAAO
    Michael Giese, OD, FAAO

    Marie Kernie, OD
    Marie Kernie, OD

    Oscar Lillo, OD
    Oscar Lillo, OD

    David Riggs, OD
    David Riggs, OD

    Meet Our Team of Ophthalmologists

    Ophthalmology providers help patients maintain good eye health. They care for and manage patients’ eye conditions with both medical and surgical treaments. Our ophthalmologists provide a wide range of services.

    Glaucoma management and surgery, dry eyes, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy | Cataract, retina and cornea surgery | And more

    All of our ophthalmologists are board certified.

    Elizabeth M. Grace, MD
    Elizabeth M. Grace, MD
    Fellowship trained in cornea and refractive surgery

    Tony Huynh, MD
    Tony Huynh, MD
    Fellowship trained in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery

    Meng Lu, MD
    Meng Lu, MD
    Board certified.
    Fellowship trained in glaucoma and cataract surgery

    To make an appointment, call 206.505.1100 or click here.


    If you’re new to the Puget Sound area, you’ve found a beautiful place to live, work, study and play. Mt. Rainier, Pike Place Market, the San Juan Islands … there’s so much to see and do. But there are also a lot of everyday things to take care of: finding a new grocery store, mapping out the ideal route to a new job or school, and just getting used to the weather.

    With so much to do, finding a new doctor can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. PacMed makes taking care of yourself and your family in a new place simple:

    • Great doctors: board-certified physicians, many recognized as Seattle’s Top Doctors and all who care about you, your health and your family. Click here to find a doctor.
    • 9 convenient locations, (map at right), all with on-site parking and many with on-site pharmacy, lab and X-ray.
    • Most major insurance plans accepted; see a list of accepted plans.
    • Same-day appointments and online appointments.
    • One-stop shopping: from school and work physicals to over 50 specialties, PacMed takes care of you.
    • Your Medical Home: PacMed is one of the few sites in Washington designated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a patient-centered medical home. This means we work to develop a long-term personal relationship with you, coordinating all your care. Read more here about the Medical Home recognition and what it means for your healthcare at PacMed.
    • NCQA recognized care for chronic conditions, like diabetes and heart disease and stroke. We have over 40 physicians recognized by the NCQA.
    • A consistent regional leader in quality health care delivery, as recognized by the Washington Health Alliance

    Click here to make an online appointment or call us at 1-888-4PACMED (1-888-472-2633).

    Our appointment line hours are:
    Monday - Thursday: 7:00am to 6:00pm
    Friday: 7:00am to 5:00pm
    Saturday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
    Sunday: 8:30am to 1:00pm.

    We are happy to answer your questions!

    Welcome home!


    Please register for the LGBT health forum by filling out the information below.


    The American Cancer Society estimates that the lifetime risk for developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 22. Colorectal cancer is expected to cause about 50,630 deaths during 2018 in the United States alone.

    Symptoms button What You Can Do button
    • Change in bowel habits
    • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
    • Persistent abdominal discomfort
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Get screened at age 50, or sooner if you are at higher risk
    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Adopt a physically active lifestyle
    • Eat a fiber-rich diet that includes whole-grains, beans/legumes, fruits and vegetables
    • Stop smoking
    • Limit alcohol intake
     

    When found early, colorectal cancer is easier to treat and highly curable. So why do thousands of cases in the United States go undiagnosed each year, often resulting in premature death?

    With proper screening, colorectal cancer can be detected early. Screening can also help eliminate pre-cancerous polyps that could become cancerous if left to grow.

    The American Cancer Society recommends that people age 50 or older be screened for colon cancer. One important screening test is a colonoscopy. This 15- to 30-minute test enables a doctor to look inside the entire large intestine and into the rectum through a long, flexible, narrow tube with a light and tiny lens on the end. The physician can see things such as abnormal growths and inflamed tissue. While the test is most often used to look for early signs of colorectal cancer, it is also used to look for causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits and to evaluate symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and weight loss.

    At Pacific Medical Centers, patients can call 1-844.66COLON (1.844.662.6566) and schedule an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists to discuss colonoscopy and other methods of screening for colon cancer.*

    Our physicians meet with patients at five of our conveniently located clinics. Procedures are performed at the Pacific Medical Center Endoscopic Ambulatory Surgical Center, located at our offices on First Hill in Seattle and in Bellevue.

    *Always check with your insurance provider to find out if you need pre-authorization or to determine the level of coverage your carrier provides for colonoscopy.

    Source for statistics: American Cancer Society

    Clinic locations

    Canyon Park
    1909 214th Street SE
    Suite 300
    Bothell, WA 98021

    First Hill
    1101 Madison St
    Suite 301
    Seattle, WA 98104

    Northgate
    10416 - 5th Avenue NE
    Seattle, WA 98125

    Renton
    601 South Carr Rd
    Suite 100
    Renton, WA 98055

    Totem Lake
    12910 Totem Lake Blvd NE
    Suite 101
    Kirkland, WA 98034

    Gastroenterology locations map

    Watermelon

    Which food will raise your blood glucose most quickly?

    Watermelon!

    Surprisingly, eating watermelon will cause the greatest spike in blood sugar compared to a baked potato or cookie. Turkey is a protein and has almost no effect on blood sugar.

    Carbohydrate foods such as starches and fruit break down to become sugar during digestion. The sugar is released into the bloodstream. Foods that break down quickly will raise the blood sugar quickly. Processed starches and sugars (like white bread and cornflakes) break down more quickly. Unprocessed starches (such as whole grain bread or rolled oats), vegetables, fruits and legumes (beans) are digested more slowly. A meal that includes whole grains, beans and vegetables will release blood sugar more gradually, providing longer-acting energy and preventing blood sugar “spikes.”


    More resources

    Healthy tips and recipes
      • A selection of healthy recipes recommended by our dietitians
      • Better nutrition for a healthier you

    More articles by PacMed providers
      • Diabetic Foot Care, by May Chang, ARNP
      • Changing Your Weight by Changing Your Life, by Aileen Monponbanua, MD
      • Prevention: Tips to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle, by Jody Rhoades, MD

    Sign up for more Health Tips
      • Sign up to receive our Healthy Today newsletter

    More links
      • Links to other diabetes and nutrition sites reviewed by our doctors


    At Pacific Medical Centers, we know how busy you are, so we’re here for you – on your schedule. That’s why we offer same-day primary care appointments, online appointments and acceptance of most major insurances at all of our neighborhood clinic locations throughout the Puget Sound.




    At Pacific Medical Centers, we realize the health concerns of women can be a little different. Not just from a medical perspective, but from a life perspective: between board meetings, gatherings with friends, homework and soccer practice, we understand that your life can seem like one big juggling act. And when you're taking care of everything (and everyone) else, it's not always easy to take good care of yourself. That's why we have an entire practice group devoted to the unique interests of women.

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    Women's Health Services and Screenings

    Immunizations and screenings are easy to forget, yet they are a vital part of leading a healthy life. You'll find that not only are our doctors experts in their respective fields, but that they understand you and your life as well.

    Pacific Medical Centers offers a wide range of women's health services including:

    Ages 18+

    • Birth control and family planning
    • Cervical cancer screenings (Pap smears)
    • Gynecological services
    • Endometriosis and fibroids treatment
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Immunizations
    • Pelvic pain treatment

    Ages 40+

    • Osteoporosis screenings
    • Family planning over 40
    • Menopausal care
    • Colon cancer screenings
    • Mammography screenings


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    Breast Cancer Screenings
    Our Diagnostic & Wellness Center for Women offers service in a comfortable and caring setting. Within this setting, you will be treated by a dedicated team that will ensure you receive the highest quality medical care.

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    Gynecology and Urinary Incontinence Services
    Many women suffer alone and in silence from urinary incontinence (UI), or loss of bladder control. In reality, UI is a common condition affecting up to 30 percent of adults over age 65. UI is not something you have to put up with; it is treatable and can be controlled or even cured. Schedule an exam with your gynecologist to seek a diagnosis. Based on your personal situation, we’ll design a treatment program customized to you.

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    Stress Relief, Anxiety and Depression Counseling
    It is important to know that even people with good mental health occasionally need help coping with problems. Our behavioral health physicians provide a safe, comfortable and accepting environment. They will take into consideration your specific needs, values, beliefs and culture, helping you live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

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    Healthy Weight Loss and Nutrition
    A dietitian has the experience and tools to address a variety of health concerns, such as weight loss, food allergies/intolerances, diabetes, kidney disease, and adult and child nutrition. Seeing a dietitian can get you on the right path toward a healthier lifestyle and improved quality of life.


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    What you know could save a life

    Most people who commit suicide are in a great deal of emotional pain—but they don’t want to die. They just want to stop hurting. To prevent a suicide, know the warning signs and take them seriously. If you think someone you know is considering suicide, talk openly about it. You could save a life.

    Major warning signs for suicide include:

    • Talking about killing or harming oneself
    • Frequently talking or writing about death or dying
    • Having or seeking weapons, drugs or other items that could be used for suicide

    These signals are even more dangerous if the person has depression or another mood disorder or is alcohol dependent. A previous suicide attempt or a family history of suicide also adds to the seriousness of the warning signs.

    More subtle warning signs of suicide include:

    • A feeling of hopelessness
    • Dramatic mood swings or sudden changes in personality
    • Loss of interest in day-to-day activities
    • Neglecting one’s appearance
    • Big changes in eating or sleeping habits

    Take any suicidal talk or behaviors seriously. It’s not just a warning sign. It’s a cry for help. Don’t hesitate to take action and respond.

    Behavioral Medicine is available at PacMed. Our psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists understand that even people with good mental health occasionally need help to cope with problems.

    Please call 1.888.4PACMED, (1.888.472.2633) or click here to make an appointment.


    Prevention tip #1: If you’re concerned, speak up

    • Let the person know you care and that he or she is not alone.
    • Listen.
    • Be sympathetic and nonjudgmental. Be patient, calm and accepting.
    • Offer hope by saying that help is available and that the feelings are temporary. Let the person know that his or her life is important to you.
    • Ask, “Are you having thoughts of suicide?”

    Prevention tip #2: If it’s a crisis, respond quickly

    Usually, a person at high risk for committing suicide has a specific plan, the means to carry it out (gun, razors, pills, etc.), a time set for doing it and the intention to do it. If you think a suicide attempt seems imminent, immediately call 911, call a crisis center like the National Suicide Center Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or take the person to an emergency room. Do not leave the person alone.

    Prevention tip #3: Offer help to the person

    • Get the person professional help.
    • Be proactive. Suicidal people often don’t think they can be helped.
    • If a doctor prescribes medication, make sure it’s taken as directed. Watch for side effects.
    • Together, create a safety plan with steps that the person promises to follow in a crisis.
    • Include phone numbers for a doctor, therapist and friends and family members who will help in an emergency.
    • Remove possible means of suicide.
    • Encourage positive changes in lifestyle—such as sleep, a good diet and exercise.
    • Continue your support over the long haul.

    If you or someone you know has displayed signs of suicide, don’t wait—get help.


    At Pacific Medical Centers, we know how busy you are. We want to be here for you—on your schedule. That’s why we’ve extended our hours at our centrally-located Northgate clinic. With over 20 specialties, onsite pharmacy, lab, X-Ray and some of Seattle’s top doctors, PacMed Northgate makes getting great care for yourself and your family easy!

    Make an appointment online today, or call 206.517.6700.

    Northgate’s hours are:
    Monday - Thursday, 7am - 7pm
    Friday, 7am - 5pm

    Learn more:
    The clinic is located across from Northgate Mall. To see our Northgate doctors and specialties click here.

    Read what our patients say about PacMed Northgate.

    PacMed has nine locations throughout Puget Sound and offers:

    • Top doctors--for the eleventh consecutive year!
    • Over 150 physicians in over 40 specialties
    • Same-day primary care appointments
    • Online appointment scheduling and access to MyChart
    • Weekend hours at our Canyon Park and Renton locations
    • We accept most major insurance plans including Health Insurance Exchange options
    • Free parking! (Except at our First Hill location)
    • A consistent regional leader in quality health care delivery, as recognized by the Washington Health Alliance


    Quiz time! Which food has the most calcium per serving?

    • Low-fat milk
    • Spinach
    • Low-fat yogurt
    • Cream cheese
     
    The answer is yogurt!

    Bones: Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Not a Chance!

    May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. So let’s talk about the health of your bones. Because bones are hidden, they aren’t always top of mind! But they should be …


    Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. With osteoporosis, the bones’ density—which determines how strong and durable bones are—is low. Bones with low density become thin, brittle and weak. They may break from a bump or a fall, or even a strong sneeze.

    Osteoporosis is common: 44 million Americans have it. About one in two women and one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

    What You Can Do:

    • Share your family history with your doctor. Your primary care provider can help you assess your risk factors.
    • Learn about calcium and vitamin D. These nutrients help build strong bones when you’re young and help maintain them as you get older.
    • Exercise for bone health! Include weight-bearing exercise in your regular routine.
    • Get tested. Talk to your primary care provider about getting a bone density scan.
    • Talk with your provider. If you are at risk or have already developed osteoporosis, your provider can talk with you about treatment options.

    Osteoporosis Can Sneak Up on You.

    You won’t feel any different. So it’s important to work with your healthcare team before you experience symptoms, such as breaking a bone.

    PacMed is committed to helping you keep your bones as strong and healthy as possible.

    Rheumatology Providers:

    Nimali D. Mendis, MD

    Parul Sharma, DO 
    Mary Wemple, MD 
    John B.K.K. Yuen, MD

    Read more:



    Everyone needs a primary care provider – the one who conducts your physicals, and the one you call when you twist a knee or have a lingering cough or cold. But you may ask, “Where do I begin?” How do you determine which type of primary care provider might be the best fit for you? There are many factors to consider, including your age, medical history and a wide range of family, social and spiritual issues you may have. Here’s insight on how to make the right choice.

     

    Family Medicine (also known as Family Practice)
    Care for all individuals
    At the heart of this specialty is the patient-provider relationship. Family medicine practitioners cover all areas of general healthcare, including pediatric and adolescent health, women’s health and gynecology, men’s health and aging issues.

     

    Pediatrics
    Care for children
    Pediatrics is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Because young patients are rapidly growing and changing, pediatricians must communicate with caregivers to ensure they understand as much as possible about their children’s growth, development and overall picture of health.

     

    Internal Medicine
    Care for adults
    Internal Medicine practitioners are trained to deal with any medical issue an adult patient may have, from preventive care and common disorders to chronic disease.

     

    Geriatric Medicine
    Care for adults of advanced age
    Geriatric Medicine is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders that occur in older people. Geriatricians recognize that aging is not an illness; rather, it is a time when quality of life and functional ability can be maintained with proper care. Several PacMed internists practice geriatric medicine, exclusively.

    For an appointment, call 1.888.4PACMED (1.888.472.2633) or make a convenient online appointment.

    We offer extended weekend hours at our Canyon Park and Renton clinics!

    For an appointment, call 1.888.4PACMED (1.888.472.2633) or make a convenient online appointment now.


    We know that getting sick doesn’t happen just Monday through Friday, so we are pleased to offer extended weekend hours to better serve you! We see adults and kids for regular checkups and urgent needs.

    CANYON PARK WEEKEND CLINIC - Saturday

    Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Services Hours
    Primary Care 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Imaging Services 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Lab 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Mammograms 9:00am - 1:00pm (first Saturday of each month)
    Physical Therapy 9:00am - 1:00pm


    Special Services Offered Hours
    Eye Clinic Every Saturday, hours vary
    Gynecology Hours vary
    Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic
    and Reconstructive Surgery
    9:00am - noon (one Saturday a month)
    Urology 9:00am - noon (one Saturday a month)
    Vasectomy Clinic 9:00am - noon (one Saturday a month)

    RENTON WEEKEND CLINIC - Saturday

    Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Services Hours
    Primary Care 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Imaging Services 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Lab 8:30am - 4:00pm


    Special Services Offered Hours
    Eye Clinic Hours vary
    Otolaryngology 9:00am - 1:00pm (third Saturday of each month)

    After-Hours Medical Advice

    We are here for you: Our on-call provider can give you medical advice over the phone. Just call your clinic and press 1 (or simply stay on the line). Our telephone receptionist can page the on-call provider.

    We can provide advice over the phone, but we cannot evaluate you as we would in the office. Therefore, we might ask you to go to an emergency room or urgent care center for medical testing and treatment.

    If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Do not call the clinic.



    In honor of World Diabetes Day, Pacific Medical Centers will be lighting up the PacMed™ tower on Beacon Hill in blue! Be sure to take a look on November 14th as Seattle landmarks are lit in blue to raise awareness of diabetes. And most importantly, talk to your doctor and get screened. You may be one of the 7 million Americans who have diabetes and don’t know it!

    To learn more about how PacMed can help with diabetes screening and treatment, visit our diabetes home page.

    Get screened and stay healthy!



    You’ve got a life to live. We want you at the top of your game to live it. Whether its family, job, fun or other health concerns you’re juggling—it all comes back to your heart functioning well at the center.

    That’s why PacMed doctors monitor the trends and listen to you, in order to provide the care you need to keep showing up to everything else important in your life.

    Want to check your numbers and get a handle on your heart health risk? Talk to your primary care doctor or PacMed cardiologist this month.

    Here are the heart-health trends we’re following this year:

    Women’s risks and responses

    • African American women are disproportionately affected by heart disease, leading the death rate regardless of age.
    • Hispanic women are 38 percent more likely than all other racial groups to take preventative action for their families when it comes to heart health, but completely ignore their own health in the process.
    • Only 1 in 5 American women overall believe the truth—that heart disease is her greatest health threat, causing 1 in 4 female deaths.

    Listen for "silent attacks"

    Not all heart attacks feel intense. A heart attack without obvious symptoms is called a silent heart attack, or medically referred to as silent infarction. How do you catch a silent attack? Tell your doctor if you notice short or recurrent discomfort in the upper body including torso, arms, jaw, or neck; shortness of breath; cold sweats or nausea/lightheadedness.



    If you’re ready to put your cardiovascular health at the Heart of things, follow these links to four tips our Cardiology team has put together to get you started.



    UROLOGY AT PACMED

    Urology involves the diagnosis and treatment of problems of the bladder, prostate, kidneys and urinary tract. Doctors in this specialty are surgeons called urologists.

    Urinary and sexual problems can cause emotional as well as physical distress. Fortunately, many medical and surgical treatments are available that can help relieve and manage these health conditions. At Pacific Medical Centers, our urologists diagnose and treat a wide variety of male and female urological conditions, including kidney stones, cancer, erectile dysfunction, prostate problems and urinary incontinence.

    Your urologist will do a comprehensive review of your symptoms and medical history. Then, when appropriate, your doctor may order other tests such as a urinalysis or a blood test. These can tell the doctor if infection is present or whether sugar or proteins are present, which may indicate diabetes or other problems involving the kidneys. More sophisticated tests such as a CT scan or MRI may also be ordered. These tests are noninvasive and not painful. Treatment depends upon the condition and may involve medication, surgery, behavior modification or observation. Whatever the condition, urologists at Pacific Medical Centers provide caring and comprehensive treatment.

    If surgery is necessary, PacMed offers robotic-assisted urological surgeries using the da Vinci® system. These include:

    • Kidney, prostate and bladder cancers
    • Cystectomy (removal of all or some of the bladder)
    • Nephrectomy (removal of the kidney)
    • Pyeloplasty (repair of kidney obstruction)
    • Prostatectomy

    Read more about da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery here.

    Are you considering a vasectomy? Please watch the video below and download the vasectomy facts sheet here. Your PacMed primary care doctor or urologist will be happy to answer your questions as you explore your options.



    Healthy apple Eat an apple in the morning rather than your typical mocha and be ready to take on the day! The benefits of apples far outweigh the benefits of sugary coffee drinks and can even help you feel more energized in the morning. Here's why:

    Fructose, which is the natural sugar found in apples, is broken down and enters the blood stream within about 15 minutes after you eat it. This gives you an immediate energy boost to get you through your morning commute. Even better, the fiber found in the apple works to prolong that energy boost and helps you avoid that post-caffeine, mid-morning crash. At about 100 calories and $1.00 each, apples—compared to that sugar-laden mocha—are a smarter choice both in calories and on your wallet. To top it all off, apples are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including vitamin C, which can be especially helpful in staying healthy during the cold season. The old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” might just be exactly what the doctor ordered.

    Do I have to give up my coffee altogether?
    No! Coffee is actually a good source of antioxidants and has some documented health benefits without many risks, if consumed in moderation. The “unhealthy” label is stamped on coffee primarily because of what gets added to it—such as cream and sugar.

    Some recent research has shown health benefits related to several diseases, including Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, heart rhythm problems, pulmonary function, stroke, gastrointestinal flora and multiple types of cancer.

    To learn more about how to include coffee in your diet in a healthy way, make an appointment with one of our dietitians today!


    More resources

    Healthy recipes
      • A selection of healthy recipes recommended by our dietitians

    Nutrition articles by PacMed dietitians and doctors
      • Good Nutrition and Your Child, by Carrie Rose MD, MPH
      • Creating a Healthy Lifestyle for Your Family, by Aileen Monponbanua, MD
      • Changing Your Weight by Changing Your Life, by Aileen Monponbanua, MD
      • Prevention: Tips to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle, by Jody Rhoades, MD
      • Closing the Door on Childhood Obesity, by Brian Kim, MD
      • Countering Childhood Obesity with Healthy Habits, by Rick Bowles, DO

    Sign up for more Health Tips
      • Sign up to receive our Healthy Today newsletter

    More links
      • Links to other diet and nutrition sites reviewed by our doctors


    Better Nutrition for a Healthier You

    A dietitian is a specialist in nutrition, food and health who assists people in setting and reaching goals around diet and exercise. By advising patients on what to eat, dietitians help them lead healthy lifestyles and achieve specific health-related goals. A dietitian has the experience and tools to address a variety of health concerns, such as weight loss, food allergies/intolerances, diabetes, kidney disease, and adult and child nutrition. Seeing a dietitian can get you on the right path towards a healthier lifestyle and improved quality of life.

    General Healthy Tips

    1. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
      Eat a variety of vegetables, whether fresh or frozen. Choose dark-green, red and orange vegetables.

    2. Make at least half your grains whole.
      Choose 100% whole grain breads, crackers, pasta and brown rice. Also, look for fiber-rich cereals. Aim for at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.

    3. Use low-fat milk, yogurt and cheeses.
      Include three servings of dairy per day. If you are lactose intolerant, try lactose-free milk or calcium-fortified soy milk.

    4. Cut back on sodium. Avoid empty calories from solid fats and added sugar.
      Add spices and herbs to flavor food instead of salt. Shop for low-salt or reduced-salt products. Use olive oil for cooking rather than butter to reduce saturated fat intake. Drink water instead of sugary drinks and select fruit for dessert.

    5. Enjoy foods but eat less.
      Use smaller plates, bowls and glasses for portion control. Cook at home more often so you are in control of what goes in your food. Write down what you eat to keep track of how much you eat.

    6. Stay physically active.
      Pick physical activities that you like. Start slowly and build up as you become stronger. Health benefits increase as you become more active!

    You can call 206.505.1300 to schedule an appointment or use our online appointment form.

    “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” —Hippocrates

    More resources

    Healthy recipes
      • A selection of healthy recipes recommended by our dietitians

    Nutrition articles by PacMed dietitians and doctors
      • Good Nutrition and Your Child, by Carrie Rose MD, MPH
      • Creating a Healthy Lifestyle for Your Family, by Aileen Monponbanua, MD
      • Changing Your Weight by Changing Your Life, by Aileen Monponbanua, MD
      • Prevention: Tips to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle, by Jody Rhoades, MD
      • Closing the Door on Childhood Obesity, by Brian Kim, MD
      • Countering Childhood Obesity With Healthy Habits, by Rick Bowles, DO

    Sign up for more Health Tips
      • Sign up to receive our Healthy Today newsletter

    More links
      • Links to other diet and nutrition sites reviewed by our doctors


    Mother, sisters, wife, daughter, every woman is at risk for cervical cancer.

    As part of our ongoing commitment to health awareness, we are honoring September as National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Human papillomavirus, better known as HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. There are several types of HPV, some of which can lead to cervical cancer. This disease is preventable with regular screening and vaccination to help prevent human papillomavirus.

    Did you know: If the HPV vaccine series is started before the age of 15, then only 2 doses are required instead of 3!

    How you can help:

    • Get Screened! When detected early, this type of cancer is highly curable. All women aged 21 to 65 should get screened regularly.
    • Get Vaccinated! HPV vaccination is recommended for all preteens (both boys and girls) aged 11 to 12 years but can be given as early as age 9 and until age 26.

    Again, cervical cancer can be prevented if detected early by regular screenings with the Pap test. If it is detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treated cancers. So please talk to your doctor and stay current with your screenings.


    Your Heart Health is Our Primary Concern

    Every heart has a story to tell. Our cardiologists at Pacific Medical Centers will work with you every step of the way to prevent heart disease as well as develop a treatment plan to manage your ongoing healthcare needs.

    Meet our cardiovascular laboratory team:

    Dr. Keiko Aikawa
    Keiko Aikawa, MD, FACC
    Dr. Philip Massey
    Philip Massey, MD
    Dr. Bobbie Paramsothy
    Pathmaja (Bobbie) Paramsothy, MD, MS
    Dr. Ameet Parikh
    Ameet Parikh, MD
    Dr. Joy (Juwono) Sutedjo
    Joy (Juwono) Sutedjo, MD, FACC

    PacMed is pleased to announce the expansion of our Cardiovascular Laboratory services, now available at our Canyon Park, Federal Way, First Hill and Renton clinics. We offer patients noninvasive diagnostic ultrasound procedures that help diagnose various forms of heart and blood vessel, or vascular, disease.

    First Hill
    1101 Madison St
    Suite 301
    Seattle, WA 98104

    Canyon Park
    1909 214th Street SE
    Suite 300
    Bothell, WA 98021

    Federal Way
    31833 B Gateway Center Blvd S
    Federal Way, WA 98003

    Northgate
    10416 5th Avenue NE
    Seattle, WA 98125

    Renton
    601 South Carr Rd
    Suite 100
    Renton, WA 98055

    Cardiovascular lab locations map

    So that patients may live their best lives, the PacMed™ Cardiovascular Laboratory is committed to excellence in screening, diagnosis and monitoring of cardiac and vascular disease. Our laboratory is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography and Vascular Studies, and all of our sonographers are active registrants of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). By pursuing excellence, we ensure the highest standards of quality and commitment to superior clinical care for our communities.


    If you've decided that a vasectomy is the right family-planning option for you, our weekend clinics offer the consultation and procedure in one convenient appointment.

    Meet our vasectomy specialists, and learn more about their practice philosophies and special interests:

    Dr. Michael Han
    Michael Y. Han, MD
    Dr. Donald Pick
    Donald Pick, MD

    "From my perspective, a vasectomy is the best solution for permanent birth control," says PacMed urologist Dr. Michael Han. "It’s much less invasive and much less dangerous than sterilization techniques for women."

    Our urologists use a no-scalpel technique, which decreases the size of the incision and takes just 20 minutes. "Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how little pain was involved," adds Dr. Han.

    In time, based on patient demand, we plan to expand this weekend vasectomy service to other clinics, such as Renton and Northgate.

    If you are considering a vasectomy, please watch the videos below and download the vasectomy fact sheet. Then, speak with your primary care doctor or urologist, who will be happy to answer your questions as you explore your options. To schedule an appointment, please call 206.505.1300.

    What happens when I come in for a vasectomy?



    Watch more vasectomy videos