We found 3 geriatricians who accept Medicaid near Newport News, VA.
Dr. Sharon Petitjean's specialties are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She practices in Hampton, VA and Newport News, VA. Before completing her residency at Riverside Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Petitjean attended medical school at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. She is in-network for Medicaid insurance. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Petitjean is affiliated with Riverside Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Ramona Austin works as a general internist and geriatrician. Dr. Austin honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Dr. Vincent Lee is an internist and geriatrician in Suffolk, VA and Hampton, VA. Patient ratings for Dr. Lee average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Optima Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and then he performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is affiliated with Sentara Obici Hospital, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and Hampton VA Medical Center.
Conditions / Treatments
Geriatrics is the subspecialty of internal medicine that provides primary care to older adults. Physical health tends to decline with age, and geriatricians work to manage such age-related concerns as chronic illness, frailty, multiple medications, and declining mental health to keep seniors as active and independent as possible.
Some of the most common concerns seen by a geriatrician include:
- Mobility issues, including the need for canes and walkers, as well as preventing falls
- Osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones, which affects as many as a quarter of all men and half of all women over fifty
- Loss of hearing or vision
- Incontinence, or the inability to control one’s bladder
- Memory loss, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
A geriatrician may also provide their patients with comprehensive care that includes checking on their social health. Seniors are at increased risk for poverty, loneliness, abuse, and injuries in the home. As part of their health care, a geriatrician may inquire about family support, living conditions, or the ability of a patient to perform daily self-care tasks.
In some cases, a geriatrician may serve as an advisor to other physicians on a specific case or condition. However, most of the time geriatrics is a primary care specialty, and geriatricians provide routine health care to the older patients they work with.