“I want to plan an active part in my health care.”
Karen Marshall feels strongly that good health and wellness are achieved through self-awareness and “lots of little things we do for ourselves.” Her health care providers at CHP recognize that too, and help make that possible, said Karen.
“I am thrilled with my primary care provider – Dr. Lara Setti is an amazing doctor – and nutritionist Eric Pacheco is excellent,” said Karen.
For the past 20 years, Karen has lived with a pre-diabetic diagnosis, and she has worked with different health care providers to manage her condition with diet and exercise, with varying results.
But Erin Pacheco, she said, has been very, very helpful –
very concrete with explanations about nutrition.
“And that works for me, since I want to play an active part in my health care,” Karen said.
At times Karen has had some issues with her foot and knee, and the CHP physical therapy team has been excellent, she said.
While living previously in the Boston area and managing her pre-diabetic condition, Karen encountered health care providers who just looked at test result numbers in a rather impersonal manner. Their recommendations were at times equally impersonal, she recalled.
“But Dr. Setti told me, ‘you’re not a number. We look at everything.’ It was a very different approach,” she said.
Karen receives her health coverage through Medicare, along with additional coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield to cover what Medicare doesn’t. She also has a prescription drug plan.