Cornerstone Family Practice

Welcome

“You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone” Ephesians 2:20.

At Cornerstone Family Practice, we strive to meet every patient’s needs in a professional, efficient manner. We endeavor to practice medicine above and beyond the standard of care in our community. Our Mission is to accomplish all of the above while modeling the life and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our true supervising physician.

We understand that there is more to the causes of pain in this life than our physical bodies. Emotional pain, anger, fear and stress are often the triggers that exacerbate chronic illnesses.  To only offer pills to treat the manifestations of these underlying issues does not solve the problem.  Many times it only allows the wounds to grow deeper. Therefore, we incorporate prayer into our office visits when needed. We are not afraid to address behaviors, dynamics and stressors that have contributed to the physical ailments we see. And most of all, we sincerely care for our patients by respecting all four types of healings; natural, nurturing, medical and supernatural as originally recognized in modern medicine by Oral Roberts School of Medicine.

What is a "Family Practice Doctor"?

FAMILY PRACTICE is the medical specialty which provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and their entire family. Family Practice physicians perform three years of post graduate specialty training in medicine ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics, caring for patients in settings ranging from in-home care to the Intensive care unit, with exposure to multiple sub-specialty fields including psychiatry, endocrinology and rheumatology to name a few. It is the specialty in breadth which integrates the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences. The scope of family practice encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity. Family docs are best qualified to serve as each patient's advocate in all health-related matters, including the appropriate use of consultants, health services, and community resources.

Family Medicine training follows a "Bio-psycho-social model". We specialize in treating the whole patient by not just treating the physical ailments in a vacuum, but by taking into account the patient's individual traits. Stressors, work life, eating habits, family dynamics, social support, ethnic culture of origin and a person's connection with a source greater than ourselves contribute to the health and well being of every person. At Cornerstone Family Practice we practice medicine cognizant of this mind, body, spirit model by addressing all aspects of our triune being.

So, what does it mean to be a Christian Doctor?

First, it means to be a Christian. It means that one is part of a transformed humanity whose reference point is the living God. It means revealing all things in their relationship to God, understanding all things in light of the infallible word of God, offering all things up to God, and exercising dominion in His name. It means striving to please God in every sphere of life including our vocation, which is our calling, our ministry. It means to go forth as soldiers and servants of a King with a vision for His Kingdom fully aware of the spiritual war and equipped with spiritual weapons: the Word and Spirit of God, faith, prayer, and righteousness. It means to serve God by serving and loving your fellow man. The Christian physician does not function outside of the context of his community as an independent agent. His work is his community's expression of Christ's love for the world. Similarly, the patient is reminded of his responsibility to others as appropriate. Indeed, the physician involves the community (his and his patient's) in the healing process; whether it be family, friends, counselors, or priests, etc. Having been ordained to ministry through baptism, he functions as a servant, pointing people, through the totality of his life and love, to Christ, yet providing aid even to those who may refuse Christ.

In this liturgical/sacramental approach to the ill the patient is brought from the loneliness and alienation that disease produces into victory, health and being as communion. We must serve our fellow man by listening to his complaints and ailments. We must serve by comforting him, teaching him about his illness, diagnosis, prognosis and treatments; but most importantly we serve by reminding him that there is no comfort outside of Christ. We advise and counsel and rebuke on occasion. We also use drugs or other remedies, when they may benefit; but we use nothing without open thankfulness to God, asking for His blessing in its use.
We seek daily to see God's hand in this world. We recognize that to ignore God's hand in the world is to deny Him. We remember that the patient has responsibility for himself before God. We do all of this and more in humility for we are not sustained by medicine, but by God. God allows disease and brings health ultimately for His purposes. We are His agents. When by our silence we give the impression that we are the source of health we have acted arrogantly. In humility, we properly amass data, inquire, research, and reevaluate ourselves that we may constantly be learning, improving ourselves for the sake of our patients. Above all, the love of Christ should overflow from us to our patients through our ministry.

Adapted from the Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine – Volume 6, Number 4