|Posted by Anne Siren on October 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM|
By Phyllis J. Neuberger
Since 1970 Stephen Silverstein, D.O. has been delivering dedicated medical services to a growing and loyal group of patients. In 2001 his son, Scott Silverstein, D.O. joined his practice, bringing his own skills to a forward looking medical approach.
Both Dr. Silversteins are on the staff of Holy Cross and Imperial Point hospitals but their goal is to not only treat patients, but to help them stay out of hospitals by achieving better health through prevention.
Their large suite of modern offices, located at 729 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach, offers 11 examining rooms, an on-site lab for blood work, and frequently needed testing using diagnostic ultrasound, simple spirometry, EKGs and more.
There is even a large Silver Sneaker fitness area with Silver Sneaker trained instructors. This office is tri-lingual with English, Spanish and French speakers.
Adding to the one stop feel of this practice are patient conveniences such as easily accessible covered parking and elevator service directly into the office.
Office manager, Perla Korn-Silverstein, and her assistant, Melissa Stamolis, talked to The Pelican about Innovative Health & Wellness which offers professional medical services and many extras. “We’re all about preventing major physical problems from occurring by evaluating and handling every aspect of a patient’s health,” Perla says. “The goal of Dr. Stephen and Dr. Scott Silverstein is to prevent complications by recognizing a need before there is a complicated problem.”
Melissa adds, “They accomplish this by spending time, one on one, getting to know a patient. They make time to listen to the patient’s concerns.”
An on-site lab saves that extra trip to an outside lab or medical facility for blood work, X-rays, ultrasounds, spirometry, EKGs and basic wound care.
The Silver Sneaker program is free to the public with the proper insurance. Level one classes take place on Tuesdays and Fridays and for greater challenges, a cardio circuit class is also available on Fridays.
Mike Masi, a trained Silver Sneaker fitness instructor, teaches all three classes.
“Our medical records are all electronic,” explains Melissa. “This is a legal requirement which all doctors must comply with by 2014. We’re ahead of the game. It’s a big job to switch years of paper records, but we’re glad we’ve gone this route ahead of schedule. The advantages are many.” She laughs as she says, “The computer does not have the handwriting issues that many doctors are accused of having. Going electronic allows us to transfer and receive information instantly, a major improvement in diagnostic work. With this fast access, a patient’s health history is up to date and instantly available to the physician in the office, in the hospital or wherever that information might be needed. This is very important to a patient who might be involved in an unexpected accident, or become ill while traveling. Under normal conditions having an entire health history available immediately speeds up communication between the office, the doctor and the patient.”
“Our practice offers another public service,” says Perla. “Anyone, patient or not, who stops in to visit us can benefit from a free blood pressure and glucose test. For specific medical attention, appointments are necessary. However, if one of our regular patients is sick, that patient will be seen immediately without an appointment and need never head for the emergency room because medical help was not available. Between our two doctors and our on site physician assistants, sick patients are never forced to wait or go elsewhere for help.”
One patient, Mark Sullivan, writes, “This medical center is top notch, very professional and dedicated.”
Rusty Garrett agrees. “This is the nicest bunch of people to ever run a doctor’s office. Dr. Steve and his son, Dr. Scott, are the two best doctors on the planet.”
Deborah Tracht says, “Dr. Stephen has been taking care of me, my husband, our mothers and other family members for many years and we’re all very satisfied with his and his son’s excellent medical handling of all of us over this long period.”
Innovative Health & Wellness offices are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for patient visits and lab work. Call 954-943-5044.