Primary Care Physician [PCP] is the patient’s main healthcare provider, who
provides ongoing healthcare, as well as
care with the patients other healthcare providers.
Care Physicians and their patients form a partnership to maintain the patients’
health throughout their lifetime,
the highest quality and level of function possible for each patient
situation. A Primary Care Physician provides education
guidance to help patients have positive health behaviors, as well offering
the best treatment options for each individual
While Dr. Schourup informs and
guides her patients in choosing the right treatment options, she reminds them
that their daily behaviors and habits influence overall health
more than any healthcare treatments.
At The Clinic, we see our patients as
individual human beings. Each patient has specific healthcare needs and
works with her patients to identify:
Daily nutritional intake
Personal exercise patterns
Life-styles, behaviors, attitudes,
and habits Current health status
With this information, Doctor and
patient will then discuss together and decide what [if any] modifications can
to be made to those behaviors to improve the patients quality of health.
Together patient and Doctor will decide on what [if any] other treatment
options are appropriate for them. The goal of The Clinic and Dr. Schourup is to
help our patients live the healthiest life possible.
All patients need to know that Dr Schourup does not prescribe narcotic
pain meds or benzodiazepines on a chronic basis. She feels strongly that
there are better solutions for chronic medical issues. Narcotics &
benzodiazepines are not good long-term solutions.
Preventive Medicine The Clinic specializes in Preventive Medicine. We
guide our patients in choosing healthy lifestyles, behaviors and perspectives
for enhanced Health. We want our patients to have the best
quality of life possible. Preventive medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on
health maintenance and disease prevention. This includes identifying patients’
risk factors for development of specific problems, early diagnosis of health
issues, counseling and discussion of needed interventions to avert/minimize
health problem areas. Preventive medicine tries to understand the roots of
and to guide patients into adopting lifestyles, behaviors, and
perspectives that will enhance their overall quality of life.
Dr. Schourup completed a three-year Residency in Preventive
Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center in the early 1990’s. She also
obtained a Master’s in Public Health from the Loma Linda School of Public
Health while she was a resident physician. As a primary care patient at The
Clinic, you will be encouraged and guided in identifying your personal risk
factors. Then, together with the Doctor find the best preventive measures you can
take, to maintain long-term good health.
At the Clinic we understand every person has individual needs
and attitudes toward health. We also know that everyone wants
good health. We believe with the right information and guidance,
most people will chose a proactive path to health. We are
here to provide that guidance.
We still believe “Prevention IS the best medicine!”
The Clinic practices Integrative Medicine. We use both
conventional and/or alternative methods to aid the body’s own natural healing
Integrative Medicine [IM] is healing-oriented medicine, which recognizes the whole
person (body, mind, and spirit) and includes all aspects of a patients
lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all
therapies with demonstrated effectiveness.
The principles of Integrative Medicine (IM) are:
o A partnership between
patient and practitioner in the healing process.
o Appropriate use of
conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response
o Consideration of all
factors that influence health, wellness, and disease, including mind, spirit,
and community, as well as body.
o A philosophy that
neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies
o Recognition that good
medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new
o Use of natural, effective,
less-invasive interventions whenever possible.
Integrative Medicine practitioners are concerned with
patients’ overall health status and healing, and are committed to the
process of self-exploration and self-development. IM combines
standard-of-care medical therapies with non-conventional complementary
therapies. However, IM uses complementary therapies for which there is
scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. One of the most well
Integrative Medicine departments in this country resides in Tucson [U of
Dr. Andrew Weil is a Founder/Director of the department, and is also a
well-known national speaker. Dr Schourup frequently utilizes ideas,
and techniques from Dr. Weil’s writings, CD’s, and website [www.drweil.com].
Acupuncture is a centuries-old form of treatment that involves
placing very thin needles at specific points along the body. Traditional
Chinese medicine has used acupuncture as a treatment for a wide variety of
physical ailments. Acupuncture is generally considered to be safe when
performed by qualified practitioners who use sterile needles.
The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures
involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of
The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied
involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are
the hands or by electrical stimulation. It has been shown that
galvanic stimulation can increase blood flow around the affected area. When
there is an increased flow of blood in the injured area, toxins can be cleared more
readily, and the affected tissue will have a greater supply of oxygen, which
in healing by stimulating your body’s own immune response.
At The Clinic in Bisbee, Dr. Schourup uses a technique dubbed
‘orthopedic acupuncture’ by Dr. Jim Henrickson, who practiced this style of
acupuncture in Bisbee for over 20 years. Dr. Schourup learned
the technique directly from Dr. Henrickson and still consults with him when
necessary. This method is very useful for musculo-skeletal issues, and utilizes
manual or electrical [galvanic] stimulation of the acupuncture needles.