Park Primary GN 2019

Dr. George Thomas and his staff—Kristina Johnson, DO; Jessica Schafer, PA-C; Christine Najarian, PA-C; and Rachel Brucas, PA-C—provide high-quality health care in a family environment at Park Primary Care, 9760 S. Kedzie Ave., in Evergreen Park. Dr. Thomas is a respected family physician who has served the community since 2012 at the practice founded by his father, Dr. Joseph Thomas in 2003. For more information, call (708) 423-8150 or visit the website at parkprimarycare.com.

Since 2003, Park Primary Care has served hundreds of local families as a trusted primary-care facility, and its roots as a family business are deep.

Founded in 2003 by Dr. Thomas Joseph, Park Primary Care is now run by his son, Dr. George Thomas, and their family traditions of trust, compassion and dedication go into serving their patients and the community.

“Like father, like son: every good tree makes good fruits” is a saying that certainly pertains to Dr. Thomas and the staff at Park Primary Care, 9760 S. Kedzie Ave., Suite 2, in Evergreen Park.

Park Primary Care provides high-quality health care in a family environment. Dr. Thomas and his staff treat entire families and show them the same compassion and dedication as they would to their own family members.

Park Primary Care currently has five providers, and they treat patients from infancy into the golden years. They are constantly evolving and adapting in order to improve the patient experience and increase access and ease of health care.

Park Primary Care offers preventative services such as annual physicals, pre-op visits and well-woman exams.

The staff also provides care for common illnesses such as coughs, colds and headaches, and they also treat chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, allergies, depression and anxiety.

In addition, Park Primary Care provides screenings for blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and other conditions, and it offers vaccinations for the flu, pneumonia, whooping cough, meningitis and more.

Dr. Thomas and his staff counsel patients on health maintenance, and they treat chronic medical conditions such as hypertension and high cholesterol.

However, Park Primary Care also provides many unique services that other primary care facilities don’t offer.

Some of these services include medication-assisted weight loss, testosterone replacement therapy, the use of Botox for treating chronic migraines, and an in-depth preventative cardiac screening provided at the facility through its partner organization, SmartBeat.

A preventative care and cardiac-risk screening program, SmartBeat provides results that show a patient’s current health risks and helps providers develop a care plan to reduce future risk of life-threatening health problems.

A SmartBeat assessment goes beyond a typical biometric screen. During a SmartBeat assessment, a patient’s blood pressure, BMI, body measurements and blood work are tested along with more extensive testing including a retinal scan, echocardiogram, EKG, abdominal aortic ultrasound, carotid artery ultrasound, pulmonary function test and testing for peripheral vascular disease.

These tests can be used to assess blockage of arteries, heart failure, heart-valve issues, arrhythmias, aneurysms, stroke risk, COPD and abnormalities of blood vessels of the eye. The goal is to identify potential issues before they cause any damage and help develop a plan to reduce a patient’s risk of major complications.

The assessment is performed at Park Primary Care, takes approximately an hour to complete, and the patient schedules a follow-up appointment one month after to discuss the results.

Smartbeat is currently being offered to all commercially insured and Medicare patients. If you do not have insurance, the self-pay price is $395.

To treat chronic migraine headaches, Dr. Thomas has offered Botox migraine treatment for the past four years.

Botox is an FDA-approved first-line treatment for chronic migraines, which are defined as having severe or debilitating symptoms 15 or more days per month. Many patients have suffered for years because they did not know effective treatment options can help prevent migraines.

By injecting Botox into seven key muscle groups of the patient’s head and neck that contribute to the onset of migraines and headaches, Dr. Thomas decreases the force of those muscles and thus the number of headaches and migraines experienced by the patient.

Botox treatments are performed every 12 weeks, and Allergan, the maker of Botox, has a savings program that helps minimize patients’ out-of-pocket cost for treatment.

To receive Botox migraine treatments, patients must first meet with a provider at Park Primary Care to discuss their migraine/headache history and other treatment qualifications.

Over the past four years, Park Primary Care has significantly expanded. It has added four providers to accommodate the clinic’s growing patient volume and has added services, such as mole removal and IUD insertion, to minimize the need for referrals to offsite facilities.

Dr. Thomas and Park Primary Care are adding allergy testing and desensitization therapy, where patients come in on a frequent basis to receive “allergy shots” in order to minimize their allergic symptoms to specific triggers. The clinic will also soon be offering non-insurance-based cancer screening blood work and counseling for those seeking cancer screening that is beyond the standard tests.

Dr. Thomas also serves the community as the health officer for Evergreen Park.

In addition, the providers at Park Primary Care serve as preceptors to physician-assistant students at Midwestern University. In 2018, Park Primary Care was voted “preceptor clinical site of the year” because of its passion for educating the medical providers of the future.

Park Primary Care is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call (708) 423-8150 or visit the website at parkprimarycare.com.