Experiences influence care

Dr. Ted Stefani
Family Medicine Physician

A desire to explore can take a person to unexpected places. Just ask Dr. Ted Stefani, who grew up on the beaches of Southern California, got his medical degree in Oklahoma and completed his residency in Texas. He was then deployed with the Army to Iraq and Afghanistan – only to eventually end up in Colorado Springs.

“I always figured I’d end up back in California,” said Dr. Stefani. “The Army was an adventure with frequent moves and travel, but my family and I fell in love with Colorado after being stationed at Fort Carson. We now consider Colorado Springs our home.”

Finding common ground with patients

Today, Dr. Stefani draws on his diverse experiences on a daily basis in his medical practice. In fact, it’s something that’s shaped how he approaches patient care.

“When I go into an exam room, I go in not just as a medical provider but as a person, too. And I look for ways to relate to each patient I treat. I’ve experienced a lot occupationally, as well as in life, and I bring that into the exam room to help find common ground with my patients.”

There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ patient

In Family Medicine, physicians diagnose and treat a bit of everything – a variety of conditions as well as all types of patients. It’s not unusual to have a day that includes seeing patients as young as a few weeks old, to ones who are well into their 80s.

“I’m so passionate about being a patient’s advocate and treating them the way I would want myself or my family to be treated. I get a lot of satisfaction out of knowing I can help patients address issues that may have been bothering them for quite some time, as well as help them navigate through the medical system and receive appropriate care.”

Prioritizing preventive care

Part of providing appropriate care – and truly serving patients – is preventing conditions before they affect a patient’s health.

“Patients are often surprised at how seamless and integrated care is at Colorado Permanente Medical Group (CPMG). For example, when patients come in to get treated for a common cold, we’ll also address preventive care at the same time. Preventing a disease or catching it early before there’s an issue is the most important part of what we do in primary care and it’s also the most rewarding.”

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