Welcome to Commonwealth Family Physicians!
Commonwealth Family Physicians (CFP) is a family practice located in Beaumont Center in Lexington. CFP has two physicians and one physician assistant. We strive to provide patient-centered, comprehensive health care to our patients.
Charles C. Johnson, D.O. is a doctor of osteopathy. To learn more about what a doctor of osteopathy is, please see the section below. Dr. Johnson is board certified in family medicine and has been in practice for over 20 years in Lexington. He graduated from the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. He is originally from Michigan.
Stan Sizemore, M.D. is board certified in family medicine. He is a native of Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. Dr. Sizemore has been with Commonwealth Family Physicians since February 2013.
Kimberly Gray, PA-C, has been with Commonwealth Family Physicians for over 5 years. She is a physician’s assistant and graduated from the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant program.
All providers are pleased to accept new patients!
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is a physician licensed to practice medicine, perform surgery, and prescribe medication.
Like allopathic physicians (or M.D.s), osteopathic physicians complete 4 years of medical school and can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine. However, osteopathic physicians receive an additional 300 - 500 hours in the study of hands-on manual medicine and the body's musculoskeletal system.
Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to treating and healing the patient as a whole, rather than focusing on one system or body part. An osteopathic physician will often use a treatment method called osteopathic manipulative treatment (also called OMT or manipulation) -- a hands-on approach to make sure that the body is moving freely. This free motion ensures that all of your body's natural healing systems are able to work unhindered.
Osteopathic physicians hold to the principle that a patient's history of illness and physical trauma are written into the body's structure. The osteopathic physician's highly developed sense of touch allows the physician to feel (palpate) the patient's "living anatomy" (the flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and structural makeup).
Like M.D.s, osteopathic physicians are licensed at the state level. Osteopathic physicians who wish to specialize may become "board certified" (in much the same manner as M.D.s) by completing a 2- to 6-year residency within the specialty area and passing the board certification exams.
D.O.s practice in all specialties of medicine, ranging from emergency medicine and cardiovascular surgery to psychiatry and geriatrics. A majority of osteopathic doctors use many of the medical and surgical treatments that are used by other medical doctors.
Commonwealth Family Physicians does not currently have influenza vaccines. If you need to get your flu shot, please go to your local pharmacy at Kroger, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, or Rite Aid.
We are honored that you have chosen us as your healthcare provider. In an effort to help you be active in the management and improvement of your health, our practice now offers the opportunity to use the power of the web to track the most important aspects of your healthcare through our office.
The Patient Portal allows communication between you and our doctors, nurses, and staff members easily, safely, and securely via the Internet. You are able to:
· ask questions of doctors, nurses, and staff members
· view lab results
· view and update your personal health record
· examine your current and past billing statements
· view appointment date(s)
All you have to do is provide us your email address. We will give you a unique and secure User Name and Password and the link to access the Patient Portal. You will also receive an email from Reminders@eclinicalmail.com with that same User Name, Password and link to the patient portal. Just click on the link (or enter the web address) and enter your User Name and Password. Begin today to take an active role in managing your healthcare!
New Immunotherapy Services
Commonwealth Family Physicians is pleased to announce the addition of Immunotherapy to our list of services provided at our office. We have added this service as part of our approach to improving the health and well-being of our patients for the long term. Inasmuch, CFP wants to improve the comfort and quality of lIfe for allergy sufferers -- a condition that many residents of Kentucky experience.
What is Immunotherapy? Immunotherapy (IT) is a long term solution for allergic rhinitis. Immunotherapy is the only disease-modifying allergy treatment that safely, over time, induces the body's immune cells to decrease or even prevent symptoms. IT is designed to make you become tolerant to allergens (e.g. pollens) that you have an allergic sensitivity to. With IT treatment, you will become less symptomatic over time when exposed to those allergens. Clinical studies show that 85% of people that receive IT will eventually become symptom-free.
Why Immunotherapy? Oral antihistamines and nasal steroids offer temporary relief and, in some cases, are enough when allergy symptoms are minimal. However, in many cases people who suffer from allergies remain symptomatic and suffer despite taking these treatments repeatedly. IT is highly effective when the treatment course of approximately 2-5 years is completed properly. Allergy relief can last as long as 12 years. IT is cost effective – patients spend less on over-the-counter and prescription medication. Also IT is covered by most insurance carriers.
Can Immunotherapy Help Me? If you suffer from frequent bouts of allergic rhinitis and have only temporary and/or limited relief from oral antihistamines and nasal steroids, you may be a candidate for Immunotherapy. At your next appointment, discuss this option with your provider who can best determine if immunotherapy is right for you.
How Can I Get IT? At your next appointment, simply discuss with your doctor best options for treating your allergic rhinitis including immunotherapy. If IT is a viable option for you, your doctor will refer you to the immunotherapy specialist in our office, Ina Payne. At your first visit, Ina will conduct allergy testing. After the analysis, she will develop a customized solution based on your specific allergies and needs. At subsequent visits, Ina will teach you how to self-administer your injections.
Your First Visit
Thank you for choosing Commonwealth Family Physicians for your health care needs. We are honored that you have chosen us for your health care, and we are committed to providing you with the best care we can. Our goal is to form a partnership to keep you as healthy as possible. We will share our medical expertise with you, and we encourage you to take responsibility for working toward the healthy life-style that is important to your well-being. Here are some important steps you can take toward better health:
- Don’t smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products.
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all, and never drive when you’re drinking.
- Eat a diet low in fat and high in vegetables and fruits.
- Exercise at last three times a week.
- Wear your seatbelt whenever you are in a car.
- Learn about ways to deal with stress and tension.
- Maintain ties with your family, neighbors, friends, or your church community.
In order to provide a proactive interaction between patient and provider, we recommend that everyone who joins our practice have a complete physical exam annually followed by periodic check-ups. This will enable us to provide preventive services and to manage care for chronic illnesses to improve quality of life for our patients.
The physicians in this practice are board-certified family practice physicians. You may also see a certified physician assistant (PA-C) who help the physician see patients in a timely manner. We can care for your whole family, and we consider your family when we take care of you. We are very interested in wellness and preventive medicine. We want to help you stay healthy for your whole life.
If you need to be hospitalized, we work directly with a specialized group of hospital physicians who provide inpatient care at St. Joseph Hospitals. They will provide you with excellent care during your hospital stay. If you are admitted from the emergency room at St. Joseph, please mention that you are a patient of Commonwealth Family Physicians, and someone from the Lexington Clinic Hospital Medicine Group will see you right away. They always tell us if you have been admitted and report back to us with information on your hospital care.
Our office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and we will do our best to work you in and see you as soon as possible. If you have a serious problem that occurs after hours and cannot wait until the morning, call the Lexington Medical Society Exchange at 276-2594 (the number is also on our after-hours recording). They will give you the phone number of the CFP provider on call. It is very important that you understand that, based on good medical practice, we cannot call in narcotics or antibiotics. We must see you in person to give you a prescription for either of these medications. Please note there is an extra charge if we see you after hours.
We’re very glad you’ve chosen Commonwealth Family Physicians as your partner in health!