Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Complete Care Medicine Welcomes Physical Therapist

Gilbert physical therapist, Jeff Gardner, joins the staff as Complete Care Medicine offers additional services to benefit its patients.
Gilbert Physical Therapist, Jeff Gardner Joins Complete Care Medicine

( - August 22, 2017) Gilbert, Arizona - Complete Care Medicine now offers physical therapy in Gilbert by welcoming Jeff Gardner to its staff. Mr. Gardner has a doctorate in physical therapy and has been practicing for the past six years. He is available immediately for patient appointments.

The addition of a physical therapist of the caliber of Jeff Gardner to our staff allows us to expand the services and quality of care we offer patients, according to Dr. Michael Herrera of Complete Care Medicine. Offering these services, which are normally found outside of a family medical practice, gives our medical staff the ability to closely monitor treatment and work in partnership with our physical therapy staff to achieve the best results for patients.

Mr. Gardner is a native of Arizona who attended Arizona State University and graduated with honors with an undergraduate degree in Spanish and biology. His participation in athletics and an interest in sports rehabilitation inspired him to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University. Upon graduation, he worked for six years with patients in a one-on-one outpatient setting. He has experience using traditional manual therapy in combination with exercise to allow patients recovering from injuries to return to normal activities and enjoy a better quality of life.

He has remained active in his hometown of Mesa, Arizona, where he resides with his wife and four children. In addition to being active in community activities, Jeff Gardner continues to maintain an active role in his church that dates back to before his graduation from college when he completed a two-year mission in Mexico on behalf of the church.

Complete Care Medicine offers routine examinations, pediatric care, vaccinations and the other services patients need from a family doctor. They also provide same-day appointments for patients who are sick and need to see a doctor along with treatment for minor emergencies involving lacerations or injuries in need of splinting and casting.

The addition of Jeff Gardner to its staff allows it to provide physical therapy for arthritis sufferers in addition to treatment of neck injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries and knee injuries. Having physical therapy in a medical practice gives patients the benefit of an experienced therapist working with each patient and the referring physician to develop a treatment strategy to achieve a successful outcome.

Schedule an appointment to meet with Complete Care Medicine's physical therapist, Jeff Gardner DPT by visiting their website at or call 480-457-8885. Immediate Gilbert physical therapy services are available.

About Complete Care Medicine

Complete Care Medicine is a family and urgent care medical practice offering care for all members of the family from newborns to the elderly. The physicians and professional staff provide a full complement of services, including well-child examinations, blood pressure management and Botox treatments in addition to Gilbert physical therapy services.

Complete Care Medicine

1489 S Higley Rd. Suite 101

Gilbert, Arizona 85296

United States



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gilbert Doctors Office Expands Services

Physical therapy, allergy testing and immunotherapy are now offered at Complete Care Medicine in Gilbert, Arizona.
Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy Services offered at CCM

( - July 17, 2017) Gilbert, Arizona - Complete Care Medicine announces the introduction of physical therapy in Gilbert along with allergy testing and immunotherapy at its offices. The new services expand its ability to offer patients the convenience of receiving whatever treatments or testing they might require without going to multiple locations.

Our objective is to provide patients with as many of the services they might need without making them run around to other health care providers, according to Dr. Michael Herrera of Complete Care Medicine. The addition of physical therapy, allergy testing and immunotherapy improves and enhances the quality of medical care we can offer to our patients as their family doctor in Gilbert.

In-house physical therapy benefits patients by allowing for face-to-face consultations between physical therapists and doctors. The result is a team effort to develop and implement a comprehensive treatment plan monitored by the patient's physician and adjusted as necessary to ensure favorable results for the patient.

Patients with neck and lower back injuries, weakness, joint pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and those recovering from strokes or in need of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation can benefit from the new service offered at Complete Care Medicine. Pain reduction, improved mobility, diabetes management and improved balance are only a few of the benefits people can derive from physical therapy.

The availability of Gilbert allergy testing at Complete Medical Care offers people with allergies the opportunity to find out what substances are triggering their allergic reactions. Animal dander, trees, grasses, mold, pollen and food are only a few of the allergens that may cause allergies. Testing allows doctors and patients to develop a plan for treating and preventing symptoms, including immunotherapy.

Statistics released by the federal government show that allergies are a major health problem in this country. The watery eyes, coughing and sneezing experienced by many allergy sufferers could lead to more serious medical conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists allergies as sixth on its list of the leading causes of chronic health conditions with 60 million allergy sufferers in the U.S., but immunotherapy could be the answer for many people suffering from allergies.

What is immunotherapy? Allergy immunotherapy is a course of treatment in which doctors introduce small doses of the allergens identified through allergy testing to a patient's' immune system. The goal of immunotherapy is to desensitize a person's immune system to the allergen, so it no longer releases histamine. Histamine, which causes the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction, is what the body's immune system releases in response to allergens and results in the symptoms that allergy sufferers experience including sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes.

Adults and children with asthma and other medical conditions should schedule an appointment to speak to a medical professional at Complete Care Medicine to find out how allergy testing and immunotherapy might benefit them. Early morning appointments are available for people heading to work or to school.

To learn more about all of the medical services offered at Complete Care Medicine, visit their website at or call 480-457-8800 to speak with one of their medical professionals.

About Complete Care Medicine

Complete Care Medicine is a full service family and urgent care medical practice in Gilbert, Arizona. Its wide range of services allows it to offer complete health care for all members of the family from newborns to the elderly. They offer on-site lab and physical therapy services and participate with most major medical insurance companies.

Complete Care Medicine
1489 S Higley Rd. Suite 101
Gilbert, Arizona 85296
United States


Monday, September 12, 2016

The most typical Allergies Causes And Symptoms

​Are you living with sinus congestion? Are you discovering it difficult to breath? In the event you answer these specific questions yes, you may then be suffering from an allergy. An allergy or intolerance is a disorder that occurs mostly when the human body's resistant system over reacts to a certain foreign body which enters the human body by means of food items, air, water or some other source. Allergic reactions can be of numerous forms. The most common varieties of allergies are usually food allergies, the respiratory system allergies and skin allergic reactions

The causes and symptoms of allergies may possibly vary dependant after the sort of allergy that you are suffering from. It is much better to find out the causes and symptoms of allergies if you are additionally coming across one or some other allergy Here, we are going to aid you in discovering the most frequent triggers of allergies along with their symptoms.

The most frequent reasons for allergic reactions.

The particular materials that cause allergies are private as allergens. Most of these things that trigger allergies are found in the surroundings, food or some other materials which might come into bodily contact. Listed here are a few of the allergens which bring about allergies in people.

Particles: The dust in the planet contains an allergen known as dust mites. These particular dust mites are small living creatures that flourish in numerous areas. They produce allergies in a whole lot of people.

Molds: This kind of can be one of the most prevalent allergies triggers. They are observed mainly wherever there is a good amount of drinking water such as in your bathrooms or a humid basements area. Molds cause hypersensitivity in individuals, particularly in areas that contain humid and wet weather.

Animal Dander: The family pet may also carry certain allergens which can cause allergies. House animals like monkeys and horses own a protein in their saliva, a stream of pee as well as skin area generally known as pet pollen. You might fall fodder to allergic reactions if you experience this pet pollen when handling your family pet.

Pollen: This really is one of the most widespread causes that lead to allergies in lots of men and women around the world. Pollen is mainly in charge of creating allergies that affect the respiratory organs of an individual.

One of the most prevalent signs and symptoms of allergies.

Today that you've understood the most frequent causes of allergies, i want to now look at the symptoms which individuals struggling with allergies usually show. These signs or symptoms, though may seem to be normal in their initial stages, within their extreme forms they are really definitely life-threatening. Listed below are one of the most prevalent hypersensitivity signs and symptoms that you need to understand.

- Chest blockage

- Watery eyes

- Swelling of eyes

- Puffiness under the sight

- Drippy nose

- Continuous sneezing

- Dark sectors

- Skin outbreaks

- Stuffy nose

- Scratching of eyes and nasal area

Above was a few of the typical causes and signals of allergies. For anyone who is having anybody of these symptoms, then it is extremely suggested that you confer with your physician and carry out the required treatment. Pertaining to your personal information, allergy symptoms may also be healed with the help of natural remedies and that also without the side-effects.

The most common varieties of allergies are usually food allergies, respiratory allergies and skin hypersensitivity

The triggers and symptoms of hypersensitivity may possibly vary conditional after the sort of allergy you happen to be experiencing. Here, we are heading to aid you in discovering the most frequent causes of allergies along with their symptoms.

Now that you have understood the most repeated reasons behind allergies, let all of us now examine the symptoms which individuals struggling with allergies usually show. Over was some of the conventional causes and symptoms of allergies.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Know the Facts about Skin Moles

Arizona is home to the sunniest cities in the country and the sun that shines over the desert can be harsh on a person's skin. Though the summer heat and humidity is being to give us a reprieve it still doesn't give us an excuse to not take measures to protect our skin when spending time outdoors. Skin cancer generally shows itself on a person through skin moles.

Why do we have skin?

Our skin is the largest organ in the body. Weighing around 6 lbs, it receives a good percentage of blood and water. It's function varies from (1) serves as the receptor site for us to feel different sensations, (2) regulates our body temperature (3) secretes wastes and other beneficial elements such as sebum, and (4) protects us from external agents and UV rays of the sun.

One of the common disorders of the skin is moles. The term disorder can be alarming although we cannot argue with the fact that certain people made moles gorgeously popular: Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford for example.

Here are some facts we should know about moles:

  • These indifferences in the skin are produced by melanocyte grouping during the first years of our existence. Melanocytes are the cells in our body that produces the pigment responsible for skin color called melanin.

  • They come in different size and appearance: some elevated, some with hair.

  • They are usually non-cancerous.

On the other side, moles can be the first indicators of skin cancer. This is why we, at Complete Care Medicine, highly encourage everyone to visit a physician routinely for an assessment if there are any concerns about skin abnormalities.

Moles: Malignant Versus Benign

How can you know if your moles are malignant or benign (cancerous or not)? Understand how a normal mole would look like. Check the characteristic of the mole using the mnemonic ABCDE. Here are some guidelines:

A – Asymmetry. This particularly focuses on the shape of the mole. Irregular shapes are red flags. Benign moles are typically round or oval and smaller than the size of the eraser of pencils.

B – Border. Moles with jagged, irregular, rough or scalloped margins should be checked. Benign moles have distinct edge. It marks the separation of the mole to the skin.

C – Color. Check for uneven color distribution. Melanoma can also be manifested by moles with multiple combinations of colors.

D – Diameter. A growth of mole bigger than 6 millimeters (tip of pencil eraser) should be evaluated.

E – Evolution. The number of moles varies from one person to person. Pigmentation due to aging happens therefore new moles can appear or fade. Transformation of moles is possible overtime. But changes in color, size and shape should be observed closely. Cancerous moles can also be itchy or prone to bleeding.

Preventive actions

Although summer is indeed for outdoor activity and family fun, we should never forget to take good care of body's skin. Here are some tips on how we can prevent skin cancer.

Limit exposure to UV rays

  • a. Avoid getting sunburns, stay away from tanning (both natural and artificial), and stay on shaded areas when it's the sun's peak time: between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon.


    This advice is for newborns as well! We understand that sunlight can help cure jaundice but please do not expose them between these times.


  • b. Yes, the previous advice can be ridiculous especially if you love playing daytime sports but please provide additional protection by using sunglasses and covering up with clothes. Installing tints on car windows and shields will also be beneficial.


  • c. Apply broad spectrum sunscreens with SPFs 15 or more accordingly. It is worthwhile to use SPF 15 it daily. If you are highly active, make sure to utilize SPF 30 or more. Choose water-resistant sunscreens so sweat would not be stripping it off from you easily and do not forget to reapply every two hours.

Regular Check-Up

  • Visit us for your yearly mole screening especially after reaching your 30th birthday. As previously explained, changes normally happen but we have to detect whether it is normal or not. You do not have to wait nonetheless if you experience irritation, burning sensation and infection on your moles.


  • Experts at Complete Care Medicine will conduct a health history assessment and check your skin from head to toe. Our skilled doctors may conduct minor skin biopsies in the clinic to confirm diagnosis of malignant moles if needed.


  • Our skin care and dermatology services also offer health educations to clients as well so they can discover more ways on how to take good care of the largest organ in our body. This includes lessons on how you can get the perfect sunscreen from the wide array of choices available in the market.

Remember, early diagnosis leads to a better prognosis. The yearly assessment of moles is important so we can detect problems and prevent it from getting worse. This routine exam is not limited to detection; it also allows us to take action if cancer is confirmed. Delaying your skin evaluation will definitely NOT save you more money. Call or visit the Complete Care Medicine family doctors in Gilbert AZ for a complete skin evaluation.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Is a D.O. and M.D. Different- Who Should I See?

When someone in the family is sick, most people want to have a medical professional just walk into their room and provide them with quality patient care. A rising number of people use the term 'DOCTOR' lightly when talking about their medical provider. When seeing a primary care physician for general healthcare services you are more than likely receiving treatment from a Medical Doctor (MD) or Osteopathic Medicine (DO) provider. Does the latter field of medicine sound new to you?

One of the most commonly asked questions at Complete Care Medicine is what the difference between an MD and DO is. Our Gilbert Medical Center is home to family care providers who have both of those acronyms after their names: Michael Herrera DO and Kody Smith MD. To sometimes understand our amazing providers and their treatments, it is helpful to understand the difference of their medical license training and backgrounds.

An Explanation of a D.O.

  • A 'DO' is an Osteopathic Medicinephysician.

  • Their approach is an integrated whole, focusing on a lifestyle and medical background. They consider the environment in which the patient lives, their diet and nutrition and the entire body system, instead of specific symptoms. This systematic check is always done before they diagnose and treat medical conditions and they emphasize prevention care.

  • Schools that are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and students are required to take an addition 200 hours of coursework.

  • DOs are licensed to practice medicine in all 50 states.

  • There is an emphasis on primary care in D.O. programs so providers usually specialize in internal medicine, pediatric and family practice. They are known to get to know a patient's family, lifestyle and concerns to better treat medical treatments.

A Discourse on M.D.

  • 'MD' is a Medical Doctor who practices allopathic medicine, also known as 'Western medicine'

  • Doctors of Medicine make use of treatments. The focus is to affect those who are experiencing signs and symptoms primarily rather than those who are well. For instance, a person taking antibiotics cannot improve the health of someone with no bacterial infection.

  • Schools that are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education are qualified to educate Medical Doctors (MD) but many MD's go on to specialize in a field after graduation. (ex: cardiology, neurology, surgery)

  • Majority of the medical practitioners here in United States are MDs. Breaking it down into percentages, 67.4% are Medical Doctors.

Is There Really Much of a Difference Then?

  • They undergo the same educational stages from bachelor's degree to pre-med course, to passing MCAT: same number of years in academe (4 years medical school, residency program 3-7 years). Both of them need to meet same requirements to pass the state licensing boards.

  • Their practice is based on scientifically proven methods (diagnosing and treating)

  • They averagely earn the same when it comes to yearly salary.

  • They each have their own level of academic difficulty: a set of skills, knowledge and attitude is needed in both areas.

  • All the hospitals in states in America allow DO and MD providers to practice medicine within their doors.

  • Both are license to write prescriptions.

To sum it up, there are minor differences between a DO and MD but yet both are highly qualified in their own field.  From well child exams to emergency care, our family doctors in Gilbert treat various symptoms and provide the same quality care. Dr Herrera and Dr Smith are both board certified professionals and each have a medical area of interest they enjoy practicing so many times you may be scheduled with a particular provider due to your symptoms. Contact Complete Care Medicine today to request an appointment with one of our amazing providers. Our primary focus is on YOU as our patient!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gilbert Family Doctor for Your Entire Family

Complete Care Medicine is a group of experienced and caring Gilbert family practice providers who treat all ages from newborn to the elderly. We have a full range of services available including: same day sick visits, well child checks, physicals,minor emergencies, immunizations, and management of chronic conditions. See our website for our complete list of services available.

Here at Complete Care Medicine we are dedicated to putting the patient first and in devoting the time and attention needed to help you feel better. We enjoy seeing a wide range of patients from newborn to the elderly. We offer a full range of services that include same day sick visits, newborn and well child checks, sports physicals, blood draws, casting and suturing as well as management of chronic conditions. We believe in listening to the patient and their needs and in working together as a team to accomplish your health care goals. All of our providers live in Gilbert and enjoy working with the community in which they live and feel a great desire to make a difference. If you have been looking for a caring family doctor or pediatrics office in Gilbert, AZ, we would like to invite you to schedule an appointment today so you can see for yourself the Complete Care way of doing things.

Contact us today for an appointment with our caring baby doctor/pediatricians and family doctors in Gilbert, AZ.

We invite you to call 480-457-8800 or make an appointment. Come see for yourself how we do things at Complete Care Medicine.


Monday, May 16, 2016

​Should You Vaccinate Your Children?

Should you vaccinate your children? This is a question that every parent is confronted with almost as their child is born because as stated by the CDC vaccination schedule, the primary vaccine is given shortly after birth (HepB). This can often is most certainly controversial topic so allow me to fully disclose that anything contained going forward is strictly just my opinion on vaccinations for our particular children.

I personally have vaccinated and will carry on to vaccinate both of my boys because during my short remain nursing school, I heard many things really saddled with me. "Why would you continue with a course of your son or daughter into a Doctor you do not trust?". What does that have to do with vaccination? I fully trust everything that my boy's doctor believes in and he, like most, believes in fully vaccinating his patients.

There is actually no concrete explanation to this question because the decision lies solely found on the parents so I'm simply heading over some positives and negatives of vaccinations in addition to some common myths that surround vaccination.

Let's get involved in it!

Pros and Cons of Vaccination


Main point, Vaccination will likely save your little one's life. Many of the diseases that your child will be vaccinated against according to the CDC vaccination schedule might be deadly. For example, the MMR vaccine protects against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella all of which can be deadly.

Vaccination will likely save your loved ones a lot of time and money. Everyone knows medical expenses are expensive, especially when you have hefty co-pays in your insurance so vaccinating your kids will likely save you the exorbitant sum of money you'll allocate to hospitalization expenses if your child weakened with any one of the diseases the present vaccination schedule vaccinates against.

Vaccination helps protect future generations. Diseases that some adjusting injure or kill thousands of people are actually virtually eliminated or near extinction all because of vaccination. For instance, a final cases of organic paralytic Polio within the United States were in 1979. That is because of the miracle of vaccinations and parents continuing to trust their children's doctor!

Vaccinations are at ease and effective. Everyone knows that should be tough to observe our small receive vaccinations however if you compare that to what they'd go through if they were to contract any one of the diseases that they're being protected against, it's nothing.


Vaccinations may cause some discomfort. Let's be frank, shots don't feel good, especially to young children. Even though it is really hard to observe your toddlers scream and kick from vaccinations, it is a vast difference from the way you could feel if your child contracted one of the diseases that they are being vaccinated against.

Side effects. Most, or maybe even all of it, mandatory vaccines could cause mild side effects that range from a sore injection site or low grade fever. These unwanted effects should subside within several days but remains hard for younger children.

The federal government controls your decision to vaccinate. I believe that the decision to vaccinate or possibly not should rest solely situated on the parents but in most states very easy because the doorway requirements for community schools for most states require your child to possess the mandatory vaccinations.

Once again, the decision to vaccinate rests solely on the parent and of course I actually have fully vaccinated both of my children and will not stop to take action, I completely respect anyone's decision to not vaccinate.

Common Myths about Vaccination

Myth 1: Vaccination causes Autism

This myth originated in 1997 when a post was published by a British surgeon named Andrew Wakefield. A medical journal, The Lancet, published the article directing the elevated chance of autism in children towards one specific vaccine, the Measles, Mumps, and Rhubella vaccine (MMR).

Here is the good news this text has since been discredited as a result of multiple procedural errors, ethical violations, and concealed financial conflicts of curiosity (appears like a kickback deal alone!). Dr. Wakefield also lost his medical license and of course the paper was faraway from The Lancet.

The dismal news is the fact that this article was taken very seriously from the medical establisment, causing several other major studies it doesn't need to be conducted eventually leading to the invention that really wish no actual link between any vaccine and the likelihood of children developing autism from administration of said vaccine.

The true cause of autism goes on to remain a mystery but to the disprove with this myth, several studies have identified indicators of autism in youngsters well untill they are ever provided the MMR vaccine.

Myth 2: Children's immunity cannot handle countless vaccinations

Love ones, in most cases, are much more resilient than most parents think (myself included) and such goes for his or her lymph nodes as well. For example, dependent on the volume of antibodies present in the blood in an infant, they might have the power to respond to around 10,000 vaccines at one time. The CDC recommends 14 scheduled vaccines and not to mention if newborn received all of those vaccines without delay, it could be sure to use up about 0.1% of their immune system (Not forgetting I would never be able to sit through my babies getting 14 injections directly!). The notion that a baby's immunity system "can't handle" vaccinations is looking unbelievable because scientists believe an "immunity system capacity" is purely theoretical.

Myth 3: Vaccinating your little one isn't worth the trouble

Being a parent, I will completely understand wanting the best for your son or daughter and also with regards to giving my boys Tylenol, I prevent it unless absolutely necessary but in terms of vaccinations, children have already been successfully vaccinated for a long time so I am personally certain that there aren't any quantifiable risks.

In relation to immediate danger of vaccines, speaking when it comes to serious side effects or allergic reactions, the incidence of death is so rare they can not even be calculated. For instance, there arised only one death reported beyond just the CDC between 1990-1992 that is what caused direct from a vaccine. The probabilities associated with a severe hypersensitivity directly related to some vaccine is around one in each one to 2 million injections.

Myth 4: Why vaccinate against diseases/infections that are not around anymore?

I actually have heard this choice a lot, "Why must I vaccinate my children against diseases that haven't been around over the years"? The things they do not understand is because of Community Immunity, as long as a big segment of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, most participants in that community shall be protected against that disease while there is little or no opportunity for your outbreak.

So far as specific diseases/infections not being around anymore, the CDC warns that international travel is disappointing, therefore if a disease just isn't a threat in the United States, it could possibly thoroughly be common in a different country. If someone were to usher in an ailment from another country, someone who has never been vaccinated will be at a significantly greater danger of contracting said disease.