A physician is licensed to practice medicine. He or she has earned a doctor of medicine degree (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) in medical school and then completed a residency program for professional education in a specialty. Some physicians choose to become board-certified or take fellowship training to learn and demonstrate expertise in a specialty.
A certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) is an independent licensed health care professional who works as part of a team with other physicians. Nurse practitioners diagnose, treat, order and interpret labs and diagnostics, and prescribe any medications you may need.
A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. He or she can perform routine exams, order lab work and X-rays, prescribe medicines and counsel people about their health, all under the supervision of a physician.
A chiropractor is a licensed health care provider who uses a drug-free, nonsurgical, hands-on form of care for disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, such as back and neck pain, and to complement medical treatment for other types of conditions.
A midwife is a registered nurse who provides obstetrical and gynecological care before, during and after pregnancy, and attends births.
A psychologist is a health professional who evaluates and treats people with mental health problems, such as depression. Psychologists hold a doctor of psychology (PsyD) degree or a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in clinical psychology, counseling or school psychology and are licensed in the state in which they practice.
LVHN-employed providers work for Lehigh Valley Health Network. These providers use standardized processes and electronic medical records that facilitate communication and coordination among the members of your care team, whether in a physician practice or in the hospital. Other providers with LVHN privileges work in independent practices but may use hospital facilities to provide patient care.