May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Your health care team at UNC Family Medicine wants to help you live your best life. In addition to highly ranked medical services, we provide a number of behavioral health services at the Family Medicine Center—from tobacco cessation to care management and resiliency services, we provide high-quality, judgement-free care.

To learn more, call 984-974-0210 and ask to speak with a member of the behavioral health team. To learn more specifically about our wellness and resiliency services, check out our Health Education page here.

Did you know we offer urgent care?

The UNC Family Medicine Center at Chapel Hill now has a comprehensive urgent care practice conveniently located onsite. We are proud to bring extended hours and greater access to care for our patients. Run by UNC’s Department of Family Medicine, we offer walk-in care for health issues that do not require a trip to the emergency room.

The urgent care service is available weekdays 7AM-12PM, 1PM-9PM, and weekends 12PM-5PM. To better serve the community, our urgent care is for everyone—not just Family Medicine or UNC Health Care patients. Visit this link to learn more.

From aches and pains to stitches and x-rays, our UNC Family Medicine Center team of providers treat any minor illness or injury for patients of all ages.

Meet our newest provider: Shawn Kane

Shawn Kane

“For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a doctor. My dad being a high school science teacher and my mom being a registered nurse might have had something to do with that dream,” says Shawn Kane, MD, FAAFP, FACSM.

Dr. Kane attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and did his residency and internship at Womack Army Medical Center. He worked for many years as a military doctor, specializing in primary care sports medicine.

“The idea of being part of something bigger than yourself, being able to serve in and positively influence the community is something that always interested me about medicine,” says Dr. Kane. “Helping people get and stay well and healthy excites me. I believe the best kind of patient is a patient who is fully invested and interested in their wellness and health care.”

“I truly think it is my job to present the patient with a list of options and to discuss the pros and cons of each. Every patient is different, so every situation and subsequent choice is unique. There are some straightforward decisions in medicine, but most of the time there are an array of choices and helping the patient making the best decision for themselves is a vital part of my job.”

Outside of the office, Dr. Kane enjoys hanging out with his children, as well as doing hot yoga and other forms of exercise.

He is interested in sports medicine, concussion care, veterans’ health, and primary care of patients with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder.) To make an appointment, select here.

UNC Nicotine Dependence Program has a new name!

The Nicotine Dependence Program has a new name. The program is now the UNC Tobacco Treatment Program. The new name reflects our continued focus on what we do best–treatment to help individuals who smoke or use tobacco.

Under the new name, TTP will continue to help UNC Family Medicine patients, UNC Hospital patients, and employees of UNC Healthcare and the Town of Chapel Hill become tobacco free. The UNC Tobacco Treatment Program is open to all members of the community!

“Our new name reflects what we provide and do best — treatment,” says Laurel Sisler, Director of the UNC Tobacco Treatment and Weight Management Programs. “Instead of putting the focus on what we are helping people become free from–dependence on tobacco products–we put the focus on treatment. Our programs empower participants to be agents in helping to make positive changes in their lives with the support of our tobacco treatment specialists.”

Click here to hear participants in our UNC Tobacco Treatment and Weight Management Programs talk about how our programs have helped them meet their wellness goals.

To learn more about our programs, visit the UNC Tobacco Treatment Program website [link: ndp.unc.edu] or call (984) 974-4976 to speak with one of our tobacco treatment specialists.

 

Bitten by a tick? Is it forming a rash?

The UNC Family Medicine Center at Chapel Hill is participating in a research study to understand the causes of rashes that form around tick bites.

If you are bitten by a tick, save the tick in a Ziploc bag (if you do not have the tick you can still participate in the study). If you develop a rash around the bite site, contact Jana Bradley at the UNC Family Medicine Center at 984-974-0210.  If you are interested in participating in the research study, it will be explained to you in detail during your visit. A modest reimbursement for participation is provided.

This study has been approved by the UNC Institutional Review Board (#17-2964).