Although we do our best to provide answers to our patient's questions elsewhere on the site, we put together this page to answer the most commonly asked questions we hear from our clients. If you still can't find the answer to your question listed below, please contact our office: 772.800.3037, or alternatively use the form on our 'Contact Us' page.
Yes, Dr. Dameron is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). This is the highest level of recognition a physician can receive in Internal Medicine, and requires additional study, training and completion of a national board examination.
Being board certified means you can demonstrate expert judgment, skill and ability in patient care. It's important to note here that not all physicians are board certified - only 1-in-4 actually are, so you should take this into account before choosing a primary care provider.
To maintain this certification, physicians also have to commit to continuous learning and ongoing testing of this knowledge throughout their careers.
This is the application of specific medical knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions and diseases which affect the internal organs of the body. Internists -practitioners of internal medicine - must first complete four years of training in medical school to obtain a Doctorate in Medicine.
After they're awarded their Doctorate in Medicine, the internist must then complete an additional three to seven years of postgraduate residency training, where they have to undergo both in-patient hospital training and out-patient clinical practice experience.
Internists are often referred to as a "doctor's doctor" because they are very often consulted by other physicians to assist in solving complex medical questions.
Dr. Dameron is a DO, which stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine - a term you may not be familiar with. Many patients visit physicians without realizing there are two different types in the United States - an MD and a DO.
Both are licensed physicians, qualified to prescribe medication and treat patients. Together, they practice medicine to enhance the state of healthcare in the US. Both a DO and an MD require the following:
- Completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree to enter medical school
- Completion of four years of medical school training
- Completion of 3-8 years in a residency training program- such as internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, psychiatry, etc.
- Completion and successful passing of a state medical licensing exam.
The primary difference between an Osteopathic physician (DO) and an Allopathic physician (MD) is that a DO will focus on treating the entire patient, and not just the illness they're suffering from. While MDs treat the symptoms of a given medical issue, a DO will look for the root cause of a problem, based on their knowledge that the human body is a series of related and interconnected systems.
DOs are experts in listening to their patients and include them in their own care, which is known as a patient-centered approach. Studies have shown a clear correlation between a patient-centric approach to healthcare and improved health and wellness on the part of the patient.
We are located at:
1100 SW St. Lucie West Blvd, Suite #105
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
We are conveniently located in St. Lucie West on the Southeast corner of SW Bethany Drive and St. Lucie West Boulevard, in the Seacoast Bank Building.
Dr. Dameron is a trained pediatrician, so has the knowledge and experience to treat children aged 7 or older for a wide range of health concerns, from pre-op exams all the way through to sports physicals.
This training required that he complete an additional year of residency beyond the typical training required by traditional pediatricians.