Preventive Medicine Specialist

Michele Martin-Jones, MD

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Specialist located in Downtown, Baltimore, MD

While it may sound cliché, when it comes to your health, prevention is easier than a cure. That’s why Dr. Martin-Jones provides preventive medicine at her private practice. As a family practitioner, she offers a range of screening and preventive measures to both children and adults in the Baltimore area. If you’re in need of a practitioner who can provide care for the whole family, call or click today and book your first appointment with Dr. Martin-Jones.

Preventive Medicine Q & A

by Michele Martin-Jones, MD

What is preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine focuses on preventing diseases, as well as recognizing behaviors and habits that can lead to future medical conditions. Dr. Martin-Jones uses a variety of methods to help improve your health and prevent complications, including:

  • Annual physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Cancer screening
  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Weight management

Why is preventive medicine important?

When you see Dr. Martin-Jones for regular health check-ups, she’s able to recognize and diagnose any health issues that may arise. Even when you feel healthy, seeing a family physician regularly establishes a relationship with the doctor and allows her to screen for conditions that may not have outward symptoms.

If she discovers a problem, Dr. Martin-Jones can create a treatment plan and address the condition early, working to prevent further developments or more serious problems.

What happens during a preventive medicine appointment?

When you see Dr. Martin-Jones for a regular checkup, she reviews your medical history and completes a thorough physical examination. She may ask you questions about your:

  • Family history
  • Eating and exercise habits
  • Sexual partners
  • At-risk behaviors
  • Sleeping patterns

She may also order a variety of screening tests or procedures. Depending on your specific needs, this can include general blood work to look for abnormalities or more involved testing.

Dr. Martin-Jones then reviews your immunizations and recommend boosters or additional vaccines. In pediatric patients and adults, she follows the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) immunization schedule.

What kinds of cancer screenings are offered?

Dr. Martin-Jones provides patients with screenings for various cancers. Depending on a range of risk factors, including your age, gender, and family history, she may recommend testing for different cancers, including:

  • Breast
  • Ovarian
  • Testicular
  • Prostate
  • Colon
  • Skin

Dr. Martin-Jones also counsels patients on what preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of developing cancer.

She may suggest using sunscreen and practicing safe sex, as well as quitting smoking and eating right. She also teaches you how to perform self-examinations for things like breast cancer, testicular cancer, and skin cancer.

When you’re looking for a doctor who specializes in preventive medicine, schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin-Jones. Call or book online today.