Thank you for visiting our website to learn about a medical practice that puts your health and wellness first. Our mission is to help each patient achieve their optimum vitality, that state of being strong and active and full of energy.
This practice is actually an old-fashioned idea. We have stepped away from the volume driven medical world and you will notice the difference at every interaction: we answer the phone and make personal calls to remind you of appointments; we only book one patient at a time and would never expect you to have a meaningful visit squeezed into a 12 or 15 minute time slot; we allot an hour for new patient appointments, 30 minutes for follow
up or same day visits, and 90 minutes for physicals. In fact, we are used to hearing, “Wow, I have never had a doctor spend that much time with me!” We are not trying to perfect a broken model of medicine. Our driving goal is to create a better model, one that treats you like a person, not just another patient.
By limiting the practice size, I and my staff have significantly more time to devote to your needs. We have tools to help promote wellness and health that a traditional practice cannot provide. From the first visit, we will explore your health goals and then map a course to achieve those goals.
S. Clark Trask, MD
As the attached article from the American Heart Association suggests, the traditional medical practice is disease driven rather than health driven. Very often, we are not even asking the right questions. What makes us healthy is not healthcare. As the adjacent graphic shows, healthcare accounts for a mere 10% of our health, while genetics and the environment each contribute about 20%. It is healthy behaviors that make up the other 50%, meaning we can have a controlling voice in our own health.
Please look at our website to answer questions you might have and feel free to contact us by phone or email.
True health of the mind, body and spirit does not come in a pill or prescription. If you want a committed team that has your back when you
are sick and also has the tools and knowledge to help you achieve wellness and vitality, then our practice may be the medical home for you.
Clark Trask, MD
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Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease
If eating better is on your new year's resolution list (and it should be on all of our lists!) then this advisory from the American Heart Association provides an explanation of an often confusing diet recommendation. In summary, the AHA suggests strongly that lowering intake of saturated fat and replacing it with unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, will lower the incidence of CVD. In the past few years, meta-analyses of observational studies and randomized clinical trials have come to discordant conclusions about the relationship between dietary saturated fat and risk of CVD. This has created confusion among patients, their physicians, and the public. In this article, AHA analyzes and discusses the methodology and interpretation of results reported by these researchers and the reasons for the divergent findings. Read more...
Members Only page
Navigate to the Patient Portals page and click on the Membership Portal button to access the Members Only page of our website. This page contains a variety of information -- exclusive videos, exercise tips, favorite recipes and more -- personally selected by Dr. Trask for his patients.
Exercise as Medicine
The American Heart Association stresses the importance of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) in clinical settings, citing it is potentially a stronger predictor of mortality than established risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Click here to view the article.
This is why we offer VO2 max assessments -- typically used only by elite athletes -- as part of our AIM4Vitality membership. Call us to learn more.