FAQ

Q. What is family medicine?

A. Family medicine is a specialty that treats a variety of medical issues for all ages and genders. Family physicians provide preventative care like routine check-ups as well as managing acute and chronic issues. 

 

Q. What ages of patients do you see?

A. We see all ages, from pediatric to geriatric.

 

Q. What insurances do you accept?

A. We accept most insurance plans, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and United Healthcare. To inquire about a specific plan, please call the office at (708) 873-1187. We also accept most major credit cards as payment options.

 

Q. What hours are you open?

A. Our practice offers evening and Saturday hours and is open at 8:30 AM every day except Sundays. For our complete office hours please refer to the bottom of the page.

 

Q. Which hospitals is your practice associated with?

A. Our practice is associated with Silver Cross Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Advocate Christ Hospital.

 

Q. How long has Dr. Rife been in practice?

A. Dr. Rife has been in practice since 1999.

 

Q. Do you have a laboratory on-site?

A. Yes, we have an in-office Quest Laboratory.

 

Q. What is a D.O.?

A. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) are fully trained and licensed physicians. Osteopathic doctors practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. Instead of just treating you for specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body and mind as an integrated whole. In addition, D.O.'s receive training in the musculoskeletal system, to give them a better understanding of how an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect other parts. 

 

Q. What is a P.A.? 

A.  A Physician Assistant (PA) is a certified and licensed professional. PAs have earned a master's degree in medical science and completed more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in family medicine, and several other specialties. PAs practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. They conduct physical exams, and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, and write prescriptions. Our PAs see their own patients independently and can consult with our physicians at any time. A PA can often take that extra time with patients, focusing on overall health and wellness. 

 

Q. How many providers do you have in your office?

A. We have two D.O’s and four PA’s that are all trained in conducting physical exams, treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting tests, and writing prescriptions.

 

Q. How can I schedule an appointment?

A. Call our office today at (708)-873-1187 to schedule your appointment.