Here at Family Medicine, we offer an array of services for you and your family. Find more information about our specific services below!

Acupuncture is a branch of alternative medicine which can be traced back to eastern origin and more specifically Chinese medicine.  It has been used for thousands of years. The principle of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are inherent patterns of energy flow called Qi (pronounced “chee”) throughout the body that are essential for health and well-being. Any disruptions to the flow of energy are believed to be responsible for the manifestation of symptoms causing pathophysiological conditions.

Therefore, acupuncture treatment describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical locations to correct the imbalances using thin, non-toxic, and metallic needles on the skin. Placing the needles at the various acupuncture points on the body stimulates the nervous system to release special chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals may thus change the experience of pain, or they may trigger the release of other natural chemicals, which influence the body’s own internal healing system.

To make an acupuncture appointment, call us at 984-974-0210. For questions regarding the acupuncture procedure, please email the acupuncturist at wnc@med.unc.edu.

Our pregnancy and childbirth care is compassionate, comprehensive, high quality, and family-centered. At the University of North Carolina Family Medicine Center, our nationally recognized physicians provide you with full spectrum care, including pregnancy and childbirth care. Our Maternal Child Health Care team consists of attending physicians, a certified nurse midwife, resident physicians, a perinatal registered nurse coordinator, certified medical assistants, and comprehensive breastfeeding support. We will partner with you to provide family-centered care throughout your pregnancy and birth experience. But Family Medicine doesn’t stop there—continuity of care means we will continue to treat you and your newborn in the months, and years, to follow.

Our family medicine physicians provide:

• Preconception counseling

• Routine gynecologic care, including IUD insertion

• Regular prenatal exams

• Collaboration with perinatal mental health services

• Delivery at UNC Hospitals and well newborn care

• Postnatal care including newborn care education, depression screening and support, and contraception counseling

• In-hospital or outpatient circumcision

• Breastfeeding support

• Outpatient well child care

• Routine and preventive care for all family members

 

What should I expect from the first visit?

• The initial visit is with our perinatal nurse coordinate, lasting around 60 minutes. We will review your medical history as well as current health and lifestyle. We will do a pregnancy lab test.

• Feel free to bring a spouse, partner, or support person.

• At this point, you will give you the names of the small number of Family Physicians on your team. We will schedule an ultrasound for a future visit, if needed.

Having a baby at UNC Hospitals

Our Family Medicine physicians work collaboratively with the full hospital childbirth team and have access to all the advanced technology and capabilities offered by the UNC Maternal Fetal Medicine group. Having your baby at UNC Hospitals means:

• State of the art facilities, with 15 labor and delivery rooms, 5 triage rooms, 3 operating rooms, and a recovery room.

• Highly trained staff certified in neonatal resuscitation, basic life support, and advanced cardiac life support.

• 24-7 Doulas on call, rooms with labor tubs, access to nitrous oxide during labor

• 24-7 Anesthesia service

 Should high-risk pregnancy care be required, your family medicine physician will work hand-in-hand with our maternal-fetal medicine specialists to provide care unparalleled by any other center in the region.

What are you waiting for?

If you are interested in full spectrum care throughout your pregnancy and delivery, and continuous care for you and your entire family at all stages of life, look no further than UNC Family Medicine.

To schedule an appointment, please call our program administrator at (984)-974-4771 or our perinatal nurse coordinator at (984)-974-4775. Please leave a message with your name, date of birth, and a good contact number.

Living healthy - chronic disease management
At Family Medicine, we want to help you live your healthiest life.

Living with a chronic disease can be difficult. Whether you or a loved one lives with the disease, we are here to help. Family Medicine offers free six-week Living Healthy Classes, led by trained facilitators. These classes help you develop action plans and healthy coping skills in a judgement free environment.

Classes are offered throughout the year (usually Spring and Fall); to learn more or sign sign up, visit our website.

Living Life Well is a free 6-week class for individuals who are interested in learning mindfulness strategies to promote overall health and well-being.

Stress and pain are unavoidable facts of life. Mindfulness is an approach to cultivate inner resources to deal with stress, pain and illness. Mindfulness is for people who want to be more fully aware, improve their overall quality of life, be happier and live life to the fullest. Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, without filters or the lens of judgment. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. To learn more or see available classes, check out the website here.

Living Life Well

Most people know eating right is an essential part of good health, but everyone’s nutritional needs are different. These needs can change over your lifecycle or with the onset of certain chronic diseases. Age and underlying disease states may become more complicated to manage during the recovery time which can be frustrating.

How Can A Registered Dietitian Help Me?

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is trained to manage complex medical issues and provide individualized nutrition goals. The RD will create a plan tailored to the individual that will allow them to meet their nutritional needs for optimal health and recovery.

 Comprehensive Nutrition Services for Adults:

  • Weight Management
  • Nutrition to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Diabetes Education (Individual and Group)
  • Gestational Diabetes (Diabetes During Pregnancy)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases (GI)
  • Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy
  • Specialty nutrition for liver and kidney disease
  • High Blood Pressure/Cholesterol
  • Tube feeding initiation and adjustments

 What Will Happen During a Nutrition Visit?

  • Evaluation of dietary intake specific to your medical issues
  • Evaluation of fluid, vitamin, mineral needs
  • Age and disease specific education and strategy planning to make positive diet changes to meet individualized goals
  • Menu planning
  • Education on label reading
  • Strategies for eating out

 How Long Does a Visit Typically Last?

New Visits: 60 minutes
Follow Up Visits: 30-60 minutes
To schedule an appointment call: 984-974-0210

Referrals and Insurance:

UNC Nutrition Services is a UNC Hospital based clinic. A physician referral is required to receive outpatient medical nutrition therapy. This aids in getting insurance coverage for your appointment. Most insurance carriers provide at least partial coverage for consult fees, but some do not. Before scheduling a consultation, please check with your insurance company to confirm the extent of your coverage.

Meet our on-site dietitian

Allegra Burton, MPH, RDN, LDN has a vast amount of knowledge

in nutrition for Adults and Children ranging from Weight Management and Diabetes to other chronic diseases needing specialized nutrition services. Her experience covers the lifespan and she brings a wealth of nutrition information to our clinic to enhance therapy. If you are interested in nutrition counseling, please ask to have a nutrition appointment.

For more information, contact Allegra Burton, MPH, RDN, LDN: allegra.burton@unchealth.unc.edu

For 11 years, the UNC Tobacco Use Treatment (TTP) program has provided leadership for implementing comprehensive tobacco use treatment services, education and training, and dissemination of resources for promoting tobacco free communities. To view some of our stories, check out the My Story page. The next one could be you!

We offer a Sports Medicine Clinic here at the Family Medicine Center. Dr. Harry Stafford, CAQSM is the primary attending physician. Appointments are available. Please call 919-966-0210 to schedule.

 Services Offered

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound:

Stafford with a Family Medicine Center Patient
  • Cutting edge technology
  • Allows us to locate muscle tendons and help place medication in the appropriate location

Fracture management that includes:

  • Casting and splinting servicesOnsite x-ray service
  • Bracing of joints to help you function better while you recover from your injuries
  • Includes custom bracing

On site Physical Therapy

Prolotherapy:

  • For the treatment of tendonopathy

Management of sports medicine injuries and illnesses that include:

  • Concussion
  • Heat Illness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligamentous and joint injuries of the body

Platelet-rich Plasma Treatment

Sports Nutrition Consults

Specializes in the prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries

  • Liaision between local high school athletic trainers and UNC Family Medicine

Patient Information

Find detailed information related to common sports related injuries:

We offer mental health therapy services for patients of the UNC Family Medicine Center. All services are designed to assist people in making the changes they want in their lives.

What is behavioral health therapy?

We all need to learn and grow throughout our lives. If we don’t, we may become unhappy, stressed, unfulfilled and generally “stuck.” Therapy is a way to overcome the barriers that keep us from learning and growing. Therapy is a process by which you may discover solutions to the problems you face. By talking about your concerns with a mental health professional, you may discover new ways to understand your difficulties, develop new skills to help you cope with life’s demands, improve your relationships with the people around you, and learn to feel and function better. More importantly, you may learn about yourself as a person, find ways to better meet your own emotional needs, set and achieve personal goals, and live a more satisfying life.

What can I expect from therapy?

A therapist cannot magically remove the problems from your life, make you forget painful experiences, or make you immune to the stresses of life. We can provide support and direction to help you discover the solutions that will work best for you.

We can also serve as an objective “sounding board” for you and suggest different ways of behaving or looking at problems. We can teach you new ways of coping with stress and help you to improve the way that you communicate with others.

Your First Appointment

Your first appointment will last about one hour. During this appointment we get to know each other and discuss what changes you would like to make in your life.  We will share our thoughts with you on how therapy may be able to help you achieve your goals.

Ongoing Appointments

How often we meet is up to you. Some patients like to meet weekly or every other week initially. The frequency of appointments will likely decrease as you begin to achieve your goals. Ongoing appointments will generally last about 30 minutes. How long we work together will vary depending on your goals and progress. Brief therapy typically involves 4-6 appointments.

Homework

Therapy is an ongoing process that involves self-reflection, changes in how you think, and changes in how you live your life.  In order to help you reach your goals, we will often ask you to work on a particular task in between sessions. Completing these homework assignments will help you reach your goals.

Confidentiality

Information that you discuss is confidential and will not be revealed to anyone outside our office without your written permission (or your parents’ permission if you are under 18 years old).

Disclosure, however, is required by law in these cases:

  • if there is a reasonable suspicion of child abuse or elder adult physical abuse;
  • if there is a reasonable suspicion that you are likely to harm yourself or someone else unless protective measures are taken;
  • under a court order.

Documentation of counseling sessions will be maintained as a part of your electronic medical record at UNC Family Medicine. Please see the Notice of Privacy Practices for further information on your privacy rights.

Fees

We will be glad to bill your insurance company. Our patient financial counselors can also help you learn about mental health coverage options and discuss fess for behavioral health counseling services.

How do I schedule an initial appointment for behavioral health counseling services?

Please ask your family physician to submit a referral for Behavioral Health Services. Someone from our team will then contact you to discuss your needs and schedule an initial appointment.

Behavioral Health Counseling Staff

Linda Myerholtz, PhD
Clinical Psychologist

Amy Prentice, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Rayhaan Adams, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate

The UNC Family Medicine Center offers programs to help Family Medicine Center patients and UNC Healthcare employees lose weight, lead healthier lives, and maximize their well-being. Check out our full website here! 

The REACH program is a patient home care service sponsored by UNC Family Medicine. We bring primary care to your home. Read more about the program and who qualifies here.

The UNC Family Medicine Center is pleased to launch a new comprehensive urgent care practice conveniently located on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus. 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.

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. Check out the website here!