Why I'm becoming a concierge physician

By Caroline K. Stratz, M.D.

I have known since the age of 8 that I wanted to be a doctor. I love the idea of getting to know my patients, treating them when they are ill and doing my best to keep them healthy as they age. I decided to become an internist with the intention that I could do all of the above and more.

Is there lead in Los Altos?

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Doctors draw blood from a finger prick or vein to test for blood lead levels in children.

Persistent lead-exposure health risks in the Bay Area differ greatly from the water system failure in Flint, Mich.

Local water systems routinely test water all the way from its source to the kitchen tap, and new water rules reflect a local response to Flint’s lead crisis. Substantial lead exposure from other sources has been identified in parts of Oakland and San Jose, but blood lead testing – the measure of whether lead from a multitude of sources is entering children’s bodies – occurs in only some children locally, and is reported unevenly across the region.

All together Los Altos doctor's BlueWave Medicine boosts integrative care

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BlueWave Medicine’s team includes traditional doctors and wellness providers. Los Altos resident Yumi Ando, M.D., right in maroon, directs the Palo Alto office.


BlueWave Medicine may not look like a typical doctor’s office at first glance. Tucked between a nature trail and the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, its lobby features art and an assortment of teas.

What does heart rate say about health?

Your heart rate is a measure of how many times your heart beats in a minute. For most people, a healthy resting heart rate is between 50 and 90 beats per minute (bpm), but this number can vary depending on factors such as medication and fitness level.

Many people are familiar with how fast their hearts beat when they exercise, through the use of common monitoring devices. But how much do you know about your resting heart rate? This important number is one of the simplest ways to monitor your heart health. It can even help with stress management.

Mountain View teen won't let diabetes sink her fun

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Cipriana Sorenson, right, with brother Kai and parents Holt and Beth, maintains an active lifestyle despite her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis.

Studies show that approximately 1.25 million Americans are living with Type 1 diabetes, and Mountain View resident Cipriana Sorenson is among them. The teen was diagnosed four years ago – just as she and younger brother Kai were training for their scuba diving certification.

Their mom, Beth Sorenson, wondered if Cipriana would able to continue scuba diving. Her doctor told them she could do that and everything else she had done before her diagnosis.

Planning for end-of-life care

When facing the end of life, most people fear the multiple ways they may suffer from losing their health, according to Atul Gawande, M.D., a Harvard University physician.

Even more than that, they fear isolation from others who have given their lives meaning and losing control of how they will spend their last days.

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