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At Starling Physicians, adults now have a choice between doctors specializing in family medicine or internal medicine. In many ways, these types of doctors are similar: their common goal is to help you protect and improve your health. But there are differences in their training and the types of patients they see.

Family medicine is a medical specialty devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages. A family medicine provider is a primary care physician, but the biggest difference is that internal medicine doctors care for adults, while a family practitioner cares for patients of all ages.

Family medicine physicians focus on meeting the needs of the entire family. The family doctor is uniquely trained to care for the whole person throughout his or her life, from birth to old age. Family doctors often receive training outside of general medicine in the areas of pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and geriatrics.

Key services include:

  • Health and wellness exams
  • Treatment of illness
  • Detection and medical management of chronic conditions
  • Identification and management of risk factors
  • Preventive screenings
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion
  • Routine gynecology screenings
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Dermatology screenings
  • Vaccinations
  • Joint injections and procedures

Because family practice doctors work with patients throughout their lifetimes, the primary focus is on preventing health issues before a condition or illness develops. Family physicians work with families to promote their overall physical and mental well-being. 

Starling is pleased to now have 5 exceptional family medicine doctors who deliver care in Enfield, Newington, and Hartford.

Meet Our Providers

In the video below, Drs. Perrone and Tyrell-Smith discuss the field of Family Medicine and explain why they chose this field: