Health Maintenance Specialist

Doctor Susan Kawakami

Family Medicine located in Downey, CA

At Doctor Susan Kawakami, the family medicine specialists take a proactive and preventive approach to care. To promote health and prevent disease, the family medicine practice offers annual health maintenance exams for children, adults, and seniors. To schedule your health maintenance exam, call the office in Downey, California, or select the online booking button.

Health Maintenance Q & A

What is health maintenance?

Health maintenance is a type of preventive care that includes an evaluation of your current health and your risk for disease. The team at Doctor Susan Kawakami recommends yearly health maintenance exams. This exam not only assesses your overall health and wellness needs, but also gives you and the team at the family practice an opportunity to develop a strong and trusting patient-doctor relationship that ultimately leads to better care and better health outcomes. 

What can I expect during a health maintenance exam?

The specifics of your health maintenance exam may depend on your age, current health needs, and family medical history. However, you can expect the team at Doctor Susan Kawakami to conduct a comprehensive examination that assesses your whole health, including mind, body, and spirit.

During your exam the team:

  • Reviews medical and family history
  • Obtains information about medication and supplement use
  • Discusses diet and lifestyle
  • Assesses body composition
  • Conducts a physical exam

After the team has completed your health maintenance examination they develop your wellness plan aimed at promoting health and preventing disease. Your plan may include immunizations to protect you from common contagious diseases. The team may also spend time talking to you about your lifestyle and making recommendations specific to your needs to improve health and wellness.

If you have a chronic disease, the team may refer you to their chronic disease management program so you can get the ongoing medical care needed to monitor and manage your disease for better overall health.

What types of health maintenance screenings do I need?

One of the goals of your health maintenance exam is to screen for risk factors that may affect your long-term health. The types of health screenings performed during your health maintenance exam may depend on your age, health needs, and family history. 

Some of the diseases the team screens for include:

  • Cardiac disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Colon cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Gynecological cancer

Your health screenings may require specific diagnostic tests, such as a blood test, X-ray, or Pap smear.  

Health maintenance is focused on disease prevention and health promotion. To schedule your annual exam, call the office of Doctor Susan Kawakami today or request an appointment online.