Primary Care | Whittier, CA | PIH Health

Primary Care

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Choose PIH Health for primary care from professionals who share the goal of keeping you healthy. Expect coordinated, seamless care for all your health concerns.

What’s a Primary Care Provider?

Your primary care provider (PCP) is your health advocate and first contact for care. Call them for preventive care, routine check-ups and when you’re sick or hurt. If you need more specialized care, your PCP will refer you to a specialist and help you get coordinated care.

Primary Care Specialties

Different types of primary care providers focus on different needs, concerns and populations. Choose a provider that specializes in:

  • Family medicine – Cares for all ages, from babies to older adults
  • Gynecology – Focuses on the health needs of women
  • Internal medicine – Cares for adults, including those with multiple health conditions
  • Pediatrics – Cares for children from birth through age 21

Types of Primary Care Providers

Build a long-term relationship with a healthcare professional who gets to know you and your family. Your PCP may be a:

  • Doctor (MD or DO)
  • Nurse practitioner (NP)
  • Physician assistant (PA)

All three types of providers can perform routine exams, diagnose and treat your condition and prescribe medications. A NP or a PA will be working under direct supervision of a doctor. 

How to Choose a Primary Care Provider

Find a doctor or advanced practitioner (an NP or PA) who’s right for you or your family member.

Use Our Directory

Use our online doctor directory to discover PCPs at PIH Health. You can search by categories such as specialty, location, gender and languages spoken.

Read Provider Profiles

Read each doctor’s profile. Ask yourself:

  • Is the office in a convenient location?
  • Do the office hours work for my schedule?
  • Is the doctor taking new patients?
  • Can I make an appointment within a reasonable period of time?
  • Does the doctor accept my insurance?

If you need more information, call the doctor’s office and ask questions.

Meet Your Doctor

It’s important that you feel comfortable talking with your doctor. When you meet with the doctor for the first time, consider:

  • Does the doctor listen well?
  • Does he or she explain things in a way you can understand?
  • Do you think you could build a partnership with the doctor?