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The Importance of an Annual Physical

How often do you visit your doctor for a check-up? In this WLTX interview, Dr. Javier Carles of Chapin Family Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about when to visit your doctor and what you need to discuss.

According to Dr. Carles, adults should have a wellness visit each year. During those visits, doctors typically tailor testing to your age, gender, risk factors and family history.

If you’re born between 1945 and 1965, doctors perform a Hepatitis C screen. Mammography begins at age 40. Colorectal cancer screening usually begins at age 50 with a colonoscopy. If you’ve had a family history of cancer, screenings may begin earlier.

Adults need immunizations, too. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, COPD, or if you’re a smoker, doctors recommend a pneumonia vaccine before age 65. Otherwise, a pneumonia vaccine is recommended at age 65.

Seeing a family practice physician like Dr. Carles has many benefits. These doctors treat the whole family – knowing your family history and the dynamics of your family are helpful to doctors taking care of your overall health and well-being.

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Brandi P. Derrick, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Brandi P. Derrick, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Derrick will work at the Irmo location of Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine Associates.

Brandi P. Derrick, MD

A cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Dr. Derrick graduated summa cum laude with her medical degree from the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine in the Netherlands-Antilles. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in medical sciences, graduating magna cum laude, and a bachelor’s degree in hyperbaric medicine from the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine residency at Louisiana State University in Lafayette, Louisiana and received its Residency Academic Achievement Award.

Dr. Derrick most recently treated patients and provided acute and chronic disease management at University Primary Care in Aiken, South Carolina. Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, she is also a member of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Dr. Derrick joins the highly skilled physicians and physician assistant at the Irmo location of Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates to provide comprehensive care to Midlands residents. In addition to well visits and same-day sick and urgent appointments, the practice offers a full range of medical services, including minor surgeries, cardiology and laboratory services, nuclear stress tests, bone density scans and preventive care, at three convenient locations.

Dr. Derrick is accepting new patients.

Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine Associates
7033 St. Andrews Road, Suite 305
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 936-7480

1750 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 779-3378

21 Gateway Corners Park, Suite 101
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 865-2122