• Top Qualities of a San Francisco Family Physician

    by Dr. Payal Bhandari
    on Jan 9th, 2018

There are many healthcare options in a city like San Francisco. While this is a good thing, it can be difficult to know which options are best for your lifestyle. When looking for a San Francisco family physician, there are certain qualities to look for to ensure that you receive the best care possible.

7 Qualities of the Best San Francisco Family Physician

Bedside Manner

A good quality that every San Francisco family physician should have is bedside manner. Have you ever left an appointment with a doctor and felt uncomfortable or just not right? While some think only surgeons and those working in hospitals need a good bedside manner, this trait is also important among other types of doctors. The doctor should take steps to make you feel comfortable and happy during your appointment. Dr.  Payal N. Bhandari, M.D. and the holistic health practitioners at Advanced Health have a “patient first” mentality, to ensure every patient is treated with quality care.


Doctors who have more knowledge and experience make their patients feel more comfortable during appointments and when turning to them for help. When you pick a new family doctor, you want someone knowledgeable about medical conditions that affect adults as well as those that affect children. Dr. Bhandari has a high level of experience and knowledge that she passes onto her patients. This West Virginia native attended college and medical school at West Virginia University before moving to the University of Massachusetts to complete her family medicine residency. She now operates one of the top integrative medical centers in San Francisco. The center is ranked as the number one choice for medical care in San Francisco by the Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook magazine. .

Response Time

When you need help right away and cannot wait, you should go to your nearest emergency room. If you have a chronic medical condition make an appointment with Dr. Bhandari, M.D. instead. The problem that many patients have is that their physicians do not respond as quickly as needed. You may find that some offices cannot fit you in for weeks or that other offices do not answer your questions in a timely manner. When choosing a San Francisco integrative medical physician, make sure that the response times to your questions and inquiries suit your needs.

Listening Skills

Have you ever spoke to a doctor before, ran down your list of symptoms, and watched as the doctor ignored a high percentage of what you said? A good doctor working in the San Francisco area will take the time to listen to you and will factor your concerns into your treatment plan. The doctor must listen carefully as you describe your symptoms and your family history as well as your medical history. Dr. Payal N. Bhandari M.D. understands that some treatments work better than others and that allergies or other medical conditions can impact the way some treatments work for you. She always takes your feedback and issues into consideration.

Conversation Skills

In addition to simply listening to you, doctors must also have the conversation skills necessary to chat with you and to ensure that you understand everything that is communicated to you. Some doctors are so busy that they rush through appointments and don't take the time to make sure you understand. A good San Francisco primary care physician will communicate effectively, so that you are not left feeling confused about your prognosis or treat options.

Treatment Options

Integrative medicine goes beyond conventional medicine. An integrative approach looks at the greater picture and how certain factors can impact the health of each individual patient. A top San Francisco primary care physician will offer a variety of treatment options so that your treatment plan will fit with your lifestyle and so that you will receive the best possible care for your condition. For example, SF Advanced Health integrative medical clinic offers a wide array of care from acupuncture, nutrition, to precision medicine. You can get help dealing with chronic diseases that worsen over time like fibromyalgia and digestive problems and learn simple techniques to effectively treat your illness.  Services are also available for patients wanting to  fight back signs of aging and want hormone therapy. Book an appointment today and receive the care you need.

Services for the Whole Family

The most important thing to look for when choosing a San Francisco family physician is the ability to treat a whole family. When you locate an office that offers appointments, services, and treatments for you and your spouse as well as your children, you save both time and money. You no longer need to run all over the city to make appointments with different doctors and complementary healthcare practitioners. Dr. Payal N. Bhandari, M.D. and her team offers services for patients of all ages for both acute and chronic health concerns along with optimizing your overall medical care.

No matter how old you are or how many people you have in your family, you need to find a holistic doctor with the right qualities to meet the needs of your family. Dr. Payal N. Bhandari, M.D. practices restorative medicine so patients can start living life fully. In the long run, patients save time and money since fewer office visits, diagnostic testing, procedures, and prescription medications are required.

Contact Dr. Payal N. Bhandari M.D. and SF Advanced Health now.  Get started  today!

Author Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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