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We Welcome Jessie Creakbaum, PA-C!

Jessie has known her entire life that she wanted to help people. A career as a physician assistant is the perfect fit.

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She chose family medicine because she wanted to build strong relationships with her patients, by being able to see them on a more frequent basis and caring for their entire well-being.

With her warm bedside manner and gift for relating to each patient’s unique situation, Jessie thoroughly enjoys being able to give someone a better quality of life.

 

Professional Background:

A graduate of: Medical University of South Carolina Physician Assistant Program

Tiffin University, B.S. in Psychology and General Science

Professional Affiliations:
American Association Physician Assistants

Virginia Association Physician Assistants

What Your May Not Know About Jessie:

Jessie was born in the Midwest and has six siblings. She played basketball and softball in high school, which led to a college softball scholarship at Tiffin University in Ohio, a Division II school. She still loves playing sports and spending time outside, and with her large family!

To schedule your appointment with Jessie, please call our office today, 757-488-3333.

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How to Protect Yourself: Pneumonia Vaccines

According to a new federal proposal, a combination of pneumococcal 13 valent conjugate vaccine and the 23 valent polysaccharide vaccine will provide the most complete protection for patients over 65 years of age.

Pneomonia Vaccines

For those who have never been vaccinated, the preferred sequence would be the PCV13 first, followed by the PPSV23 within a period of 6 to12 months. Additionally, those who already received the 23 valent (which is now what is being administered to 65 years and older) can receive the 13 valent at least one year later. Although the clinical recommendation was made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal body controlling reimbursement has NOT passed policies to facilitate implementation. At this time, Medicare pays for only ONE pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine for adults aged 65 years and older. However, if this dual-vaccination practice is adopted by the Centers for Disease Control, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare must consider adopting the change in due time.

The PCV13, when added to the current PPSV23, offered significant protection against  pneumonia with 45 percent fewer first episodes of non-bacteria pneumonia and 75 percent fewer episodes of invasive pneumonia.

The Big Point:  the addition of the vaccine creates a good safety profile, and the cost benefit analysis makes this a cost-effective and efficient preventative approach.

Typically decisions in coverage through the Centers of Medicaid and Medicare wouldn’t go into effect until January. Please check with your insurance carrier regarding coverage.

Is it time for your vaccination? Please call our office today at (757) 488-3333 to schedule your appointment.

Always keeping our patients informed,

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed and the Family Medicine Healthcare Team

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Summers’ Story – How a Doctor’s Compassion Erases Fear

About four years ago, I knew it was time to for me to schedule a physical. I hadn’t been to the doctor in a while, and, to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward my appointment. That is before I meet Dr. Abdelshaheed and his compassionate staff at Family Medicine Healthcare.

Western Branch Family Doctor, Dr. Abdelshaheed, Family Medicine Healthcare

Dr. Abdelshaheed’s caring personality and genuine concern for my health situation have kept me coming back regularly these past four years. I hadn’t been to a doctor in a while, so I had a handful of medical problems and questions I needed addressed. Dr. Abdelsaheed was extremely thorough in my exams and in making certain he was referring me to the best specialists in our local area.

I have bone degeneration in my neck and arthritis in my limbs. Dr. Abdelshaheed has referred me to excellent orthopedic specialists, a spine center, and pain management doctors. Being a mother of a young child, he valued my desire to be active. He made sure I had the help I needed to be up and moving. One day when I was in terrible pain, Dr. A gave me in-office epidural injections in my shoulder. This was when I noticed the unmatched level of compassion in him as a doctor. He was thrilled when the injections started helping my pain.

Like so many other people in Hampton Roads, I suffer from terrible seasonal allergies. If left unmanaged, they make me very sick. Dr. Abdelshaheed continually manages my allergies with great success. He also referred me to an allergy clinic. Dr. A always refers me to the right doctors at just the right time. He has never hesitated to get me the help I need when I need it.

Even through my multiple referrals, Family Medicine Healthcare has regularly kept updated medical records so that they provide the best, comprehensive care in combination with the specialists. This continuity of care is critical to me.

My husband, Neil, is also a patient at Family Medicine Healthcare. Whenever either of us have an appointment with Dr. A, we comment about how excellent of a doctor he is and how we always leave with a smile. Maybe that is because Dr. A’s smile and his sincere love for his patients is contagious!  In all of my many appointments with Dr. Abdelshaheed, he has taken his time listening to my health concerns without fail. I don’t know of any other doctor that actually hears what their patients have to say! It is the most comforting feeling to trust your primary care doctor.

Thanks, Dr. A and the nursing and administrative staff at Family Medicine Healthcare for always going above and beyond! I know my health is in good hands.

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