Make 2023 the year you and your loved ones lead a healthier life—whether it be through incorporating regular exercise, choosing a healthier diet, getting more sleep or scheduling regular doctors’ visits.

One of the most important aspects of a person’s health is scheduling regular check-ups at his or her family doctor. A primary care physician is a first point of contact in a healthcare journey and is considered the gatekeeper of a person’s health. They offer preventive care, teach healthy lifestyle choices, identify and treat common medical conditions and make referrals to medical specialists when needed. Finding a primary care physician is critical in helping an individual navigate the healthcare system, remain healthy and prevent disease by identifying risk factors and symptoms at an early stage. Patients with chronic diseases also benefit by having a primary care provider who can recommend and monitor medications and treatment. Having a relationship with a family doctor could be the answer to a better quality of life.

Pikeville Medical Center offers numerous primary care providers at several locations to make it convenient for patients across the region to stay healthy. PMC’s family practice providers perform exams such as blood pressure, heart rate, body mass index (BMI) and conduct ear, nose and throat checks. They offer and promote preventive screenings for certain types of cancers, blood testing to check cholesterol levels and detect potential diseases and encourage patients to stay up-to-date with their vaccinations.

As you look to live your healthiest life in 2023, start with a member of Pikeville Medical Center’s experienced family medicine team as your guide. To find a provider, visit