I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Amber Ishmael, FNP-C.  She is a referring provider from Litchfield Family Practice Center.   She moved to Litchfield when she was in 8th grade after her dad, a family medical doctor, fell in love with the area while practicing at Litchfield Family Practice Center.  She was drawn to the field of family medicine because she loves watching her patients grow up and grow old, she loves helping people, and she loves the complexity of the job.  She feels that every patient is a puzzle to figure out.  She loves the challenges that family medicine brings.  She loves treating children.  While they are the most difficult cases at times, they are also resilient and easy to please.  Another population that she enjoys is the elderly, but she always finds it difficult making the decision to transition to care required late in life such as hospice.   Her favorite aspect of family medicine is Preventative care because she can catch things before they become a problem and prevent people from becoming ill.  

Amber has a great respect for physical therapy.  She feels that it is an amazing aspect of healthcare because the patients can have their needs met without the use of medication and surgery.  She feels her patients get better results from physical therapy than other treatment methods. 

She feels blessed to be a part of the LFPC team of 7 physicians, 13 mid-level providers, a psychiatrist, and a counselor accessible to the community.  They take pride in their jobs, and they do not simply get in and out of the room as fast as possible.  They are able to take time with their patients, and all of the providers are very caring and have become a part of the community.  There is also a Prime Time clinic after regular office hours that allows patients easy access to care without seeking treatment at an urgent care or emergency room where there wouldn’t be immediate access to their medical records.