Family Practice Center Provides Expertise and Dedicated Personal Attention
By Ellen Samsell Salas
Few medical professionals find the time to write their patients thank you notes, but Family Nurse Practitioner Sara Mauldin makes time.
Medical Care With a Personal Touch
“I like to thank my new patients for coming to see me, for trusting me to provide personal care for them,” she said. “At Family Practice Center, we want to show patients that we really care.”
Since 1979, Family Practice Center in Atlanta has delivered the attention and expert real-time knowledge that ensures their patients, young and old, receive the best medical care possible.
Now in a new office in Canton, Mauldin and Physician Assistant Mitchell Pearce provide the care that has earned some Family Practice Center physicians recognition as Georgia Top Doctors and Atlanta Top Doctors. Both Mauldin and Pearce are board-certified with their specialty in family practice.
Working as part of Family Practice Center’s team of specialists, Mauldin and Pearce are committed to ensuring that every patient they treat receives the personalized care they deserve.
“We want everyone to feel that we are a small practice, and like each person is the only patient of the practice,” said Mauldin.
Upon contacting Family Practice Center, patients receive quick attention — same-day and walk-in appointments are available — and leave knowing that they have been “very seen and very heard,” Mauldin said.
Family Practice Center is also incredibly proud to welcome their newest family medicine physician, Michael Kraft, MD, to their Canton location this April. A highly respected, board-certified primary care physician, Dr. Kraft has been named a Top Doctor in Atlanta by Atlanta Magazine.
Building on the motto of “better providers, better care,” founder Dr. Jim Wheeler is proud that many of the Family Practice Center providers have received their medical education at some of the nation’s most respected institutions including Harvard Medical School, Duke, Harvard College, and Vanderbilt. Several serve as adjunct professors at the Emory School of Medicine.
“Better Providers, Better Care”
Practitioners go beyond the required 100 hours of continuing education. By accessing the most recent research and findings of clinical trials and through attendance at professional conferences, Family Practice Center doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants offer patients the most current and respected treatments and medications.
“It’s ‘real-time’ medicine,” said Mauldin. Clinicians also utilize Epic, the most widely used health-record database, so that they know patients’ health records and prescribed medications before determining any new treatment.
Equally important is the personal “concierge” care that each patient receives — attention that is key to maintaining good health. Providers call their patients to personally deliver lab results, and they ensure that patients know the cost of prescriptions, lab work, and diagnostic tests.
This patient-centered dedication makes Family Practice Center the perfect fit for Mauldin. Having earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Emory, and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mauldin cared for patients with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Several years of hospital experience fueled her passion for preventive, proactive medicine that can help her patients remain healthy and avoid hospital stays.
“In the hospital setting, I started thinking about how I could nudge the path of a disease and make it better managed and more controlled,” she said.
Helping Neighbors Remain Healthy
A Canton resident, Mauldin is committed to helping her neighbors be healthy.
“Family Practice Center allows me the opportunity to provide quality medicine. I don’t have to see 30 to 40 patients a day. I can spend more time with them,” she said. “I believe that lower volume means higher quality, and the chance to get to know each patient to improve their care and outcome.”
Dedicated to providing quality care, Mauldin listens to educational podcasts from medical institutions and organizations during her free time and even while she is jogging.
Specializing in the management and treatment of anxiety, depression, weight loss, insomnia, metabolic syndrome, and women’s health issues, she helps patients live with chronic conditions. Mauldin believes that knowing the whole patient, their family, and the stresses of their lives can aid in finding solutions to their health problems.
Providing Timely and Correct Care
When patients call Family Practice Center, they can be confident that they will receive timely, often same-day, care.
“It’s family medicine; you have to pretty much be good at everything,” Mauldin said. “You have to be the gatekeeper and help the patient figure out who else they need to see for treatment.”
When needed, patients are referred to outside specialists — recommendations that are based on the long-standing relationships the practice has established.
At the heart of Family Practice Center’s mission is dedication to the patient.
“I am privileged to care for my patients,” Mauldin said. “It’s important that every patient knows that they are valued.”
Atlanta’s highest rated family doctors, offering expertise, care, and compassion in:
- Primary Care
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Illness
- Internal Medicine
- Preventive Medicine
- Women’s Health
- Integrative Medicine
- Mental Health Services
- Sports Medicine
- Weight Management and Nutrition
Family Practice Center
1521 Hickory Flat Highway, Suite 200
Canton, GA 30115
Seeing patients M-F, 7:00am-5:00pm Saturdays by appointment
Other Locations: Alpharetta, Atlanta, and Cumming