Dr. Carrie Madej is the Medical Director of Phoenix Medical Group of Georgia, where she has a full time practice in Internal Medicine. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at Central Michigan University she went on to graduate with honors from Kansas City University of Medical Biosciences- College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001, where she trained at Kansas City, Tampa, and her hometown of Detroit. She then went on to complete her training at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia for her Osteopathic Internship and then to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia for her Internal Medicine Residency.
Within Dr. Carrieʼs practice, she focuses on prevention of illness and achieving each personʼs optimal wellness through nutrition, lifestyle modifications, vitamin therapy, bioidentical hormone therapy, detoxing, identifying and treating chronic infections/allergens, as well as integrating other services such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, and counseling to list just a few. The goal is identifying the root cause(s) of each personʼs symptoms so the best treatment may be given rather than simply treating the symptoms. If these conservative measures do not achieve the desired goal, then drugs and or surgery may be advised for a patient. She believes in combining the best of all types of medicine for a treatment plan that is unique to each individual so that chronic illnesses may be alleviated and acute illnesses may be avoided.
Her passion is educating patients and medical students/professionals of this type of medicine, which some people may call “Functional Medicine.” Dr. Carrie views it simply as “Good Medicine” since none of these modalities are new to us, they have just been forgotten over the years. She continues to search for better ways to improve patient care through research and learning from other medical professionals. She is an Associate Attending for the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia Campus, where she mentors students in clinical applications of Internal Medicine. She has recently been featured in the documentary “The Marketing of Madness- Are We All Insane?” as well as being a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Osteopathic Physicians, American College of Physicians, Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association, and International Hormone Society.
Dr. Gonzalez Johnson earned her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine in June of 1999 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. She has been a family physician for the past 12 years and is known for her passion for the promotion of overall health and disease prevention. Dr. Gonzalez has found her niche in the treatment of complex disease states. Prevention and treatment of obesity is an important goal and she implements nutrition and fitness plans to all of her patients.
Dr. Gonzalez has many outstanding achievements throughout her career including awards in Outstanding Achievement in Primary Care and Outstanding Achievement in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Gonzalez holds the distinction of being and Ambassador of the United States Virgin Islands for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and was an Olympic hopeful in 1996. She spends her personal time enjoying her family and enjoys activites like pilates, swimming, and dancing. As a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dr. Gonzalez is bilingual in both spanish and english.
Lisa Merritt received an Associate's Degree in Nursing from South Georgia College in 1990. Five years later she went on to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, with honors, from Albany State University. Her years spent as a registered nurse were devoted to emergency and critical care. She served as a clinical instructor at South Georgia College where she instructed new graduates for critical care roles and taught courses in Trauma Nursing, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Lisa went on to obtain her Master's Degree with a certificate as a Family Nurse Practioner in 1997, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University.
If youʼve never been to a DO before, you may wonder what to expect. A typical office visit includes four parts: interview, exam, diagnosis, and treatment.
Interview: The DO will talk with you about your medical history. In addition, you will be asked about such factors as your home, work, and family life.
Exam: Your DO will do a complete physical exam. If necessary, tests will be ordered. The physician will do a structural exam, which starts by checking your posture, spine, and balance. The DO will then use fingers to feel your back, hands, and feet. Also, the physician will check your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Diagnosis: The DO will consider the results of the interview and exam and will tell you what may be causing your symptoms.
Treatment: The DO will suggest a treatment plan. This may include such options as vitamins, supplements, lifestyle changes, and if necessary, drugs and/or surgery. It may also include OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy which is similar to some kinds of Chiropractic Adjustments) or Physical Therapy.
How does one compare to an M.D.?
An Osteopathic Doctor is someone who has graduated from Medical School with the same rigorous 4 year curriculum as any M.D. with an additional year’s training in the treatment and understanding of the bones and the skeletal system. They can prescribe pharmaceutical drugs, just like an M.D. but they are more likely to propose holistic approaches to treatment, including chiropractic care, supplements such as herbs and vitamins, and other modalities, along with traditional approaches to Western Medicine. Pharmaceutical drugs are seen as a last resort.
They practice in major hospitals and offices everywhere. Anytime you see "D.O." after a name, it stands for Doctor of Osteopathy.