Dr. Fernandez began practicing medicine more than 20 years ago, ever since completing his post-graduate residency at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital through the Temple University School of Medicine in 1995. He earned his board certification in internal medicine that same year, followed by a primary care fellowship at The George Washington University Department of Health Care Sciences in 1996.
As his career progressed, he saw that most physicians would diagnose a disease and then recommend a medication. That narrow approach wasn’t working. Patients told him they were still feeling unwell, lacking energy and experiencing pain. Several years ago he knew that he had to try something else to provide better care. That is when he began his advanced training in holistic medicine.
He realized physicians should look at the entire person, such as how the various body systems are working together with external factors, such as exercise, nutrition and stress level. Now he takes his decades of experience in conventional medicine and adds the benefit of treatments that are proven by science but not as frequently used. His patients are both healthy and happy.
Dr. Fernandez’s additional qualifications include:
Rosa has been part of the Pria Wellness Center since it opened in 2013, and she has worked with Dr. Fernandez since 2004. In her role as the office manager, she oversees day-to-day operations to ensure sure that the office runs smoothly and that protocols are followed. She leads the team in making patients feel welcomed and listened to, as well as making scheduling easy and answering their questions in a timely way.
She became a nurse in1988 and has practiced in the United States for more than 25 years. She attended Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. Her degree is Licensiada en Enfermeria, the equivalent of a Board Certified Registered Nurse in the United States. Rosa earned a Health Coach certification in 2018, which she applies while coaching patients who are on meal replacement regimens to lose weight. Rosa is a graduate of The Landmark Forum, a personal and professional development organization. Rosa believes in creating the best possibilities for her future and brings that positivity to patients at the Pria Wellness Center.
Brandy is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and has been working with Dr. Fernandez since 2014. She graduated from the TESST College of Technology in 2013. Brandy is known for greeting patients with a smile, listening to their concerns, and giving them clear instructions so they leave the office feeling confident.
Along with taking patient’s vital signs and preparing them for their appointments, she assists with procedures, manages inventory, and performs electrocardiograms and ear lavages. You will quickly recognize her deep compassion, caring nature and enthusiasm.
Rachel has been working in the healthcare field for 10 years and joined the staff of the Pria Wellness Center in 2015. You are sure to meet Rachel, who greats our patients and schedules appointments. Her warmth helps patients to feel at ease while they are in the office.
Contact Rachel for medication refill requests, prior authorizations for imaging and medications, and patient referrals for specialists. She’s a true asset to our practice in the way she represents the care and respect we show to every patient.