The First Step: Your Primary Care Provider
When you team up with NorthBay Healthcare, you can expect a dedicated primary care provider and a team of care professionals will deliver the expert, personalized care you and your family can count on.
Choosing the right physician for you and your family is important, according to Shanaz Khambatta, D.O., family practice physician at the NorthBay Center for Primary Care in Vacaville. Your primary care doctor provides the majority of your non-emergency care; learns your health history; recommends tests and screenings needed to maintain health and detect illness; and notices changes in your health.
To get the most out of your health care partner, start with a physician you can trust. Make sure your doctor:
- Makes you feel comfortable discussing personal health issues;
- Answers your questions in terms you understand;
- Offers suggestions on ways you can improve your health;
- Involves you as a partner in your care;
- Explains the options when you need treatment; and
- Provides access to care when you need it (in-person, by phone, video visit or online).
“I care for many multigenerational families who enjoy all having the same physician,” said Dr. Khambatta. “However, having a variety of physicians gives patients choices. Many of our youngest patients see our pediatricians. Others establish care with a family practice doctor as they enter adolescence and transition to adulthood.”
Individuals with complex medical conditions are probably best suited for an internal medicine doctor, who cares for patients age 18 and up, and has extensive training with geriatric patients, she added.
And because most of our primary care practices are open to new patients, there are many doctors to choose from. Check out the physician pages on our website where you will find photos, bios and videos of all our providers. Patients can change providers any time by calling the Call Center.
“Our personalized approach means NorthBay patients have convenient alternatives to connect with the doctors and care team members they know personally, whether it’s online via our patient portal, or through telephone or video visits,” said Dr. Khambatta.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling (707) 646-5500, or through the NorthBay patient portal.