About Dr. Amy Witman

For 20 years I built a thriving Internal Medicine practice at Scripps Clinic and raised my kids as a single mom. But “corporate” healthcare now makes it impossible to practice medicine how it should be …

About Dr. Amy Witman

For 20 years I built a thriving Internal Medicine practice at Scripps Clinic and raised my kids as a single mom. But “corporate” healthcare now makes it impossible to practice medicine how it should be …

Full Spectrum Concierge Medicine

Acute and chronic conditions
From the common cold to congestive heart failure
And everything in between

Adult Primary Care

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Women's Health

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Men's Health

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Geriatrics

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Dermatology

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Vaccines and Travel Care

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Sports Physicals

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Telemedicine

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Want to Improve Your Sleep Schedule? Go Camping this Weekend

Want to Improve Your Sleep Schedule? Go Camping this Weekend

I read a great article in Popular Science (Feb 2017) about how going camping can improve your sleep. Yes, camping!  We know that modern environments with all their electronic gadgets (and bright screens) hurt sleep patterns. When we look at bright lights, our bodies stay in “daytime” mode, so we stay up later and wake up groggier.   If we … Continue reading "Want to Improve Your Sleep Schedule? Go Camping this Weekend" ...
Health Benefits of a Massage

Health Benefits of a Massage

A massage is great for helping you relax, but it also has more therapeutic benefits. Relieve Depression Anxiety Sleep More Soundly Improve Circulation Fight Fatigue Manage Pain Boost Focus Reduce Stress Heal Injuries Improve flexibility Decrease Headaches Relieve Back & Neck Pain How can massage do all that? “The skin is moved during a moderate … Continue reading "Health Benefits of a Massage" ...
Tips for Getting a COVID Vaccine Appointment in San Diego County

Tips for Getting a COVID Vaccine Appointment in San Diego County

Starting March 15, San Diego County has opened Phase 1C which includes people age 16-64 with some underlying medical conditions.  More information can be found here. https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/vaccines/phases.html Since I’m no longer able to provide COVID vaccine in my office due to changes at the State level, I’ve put together some resources to help you find … Continue reading "Tips for Getting a COVID Vaccine Appointment in San Diego County" ...
Covid Vaccine – Now Available!

Covid Vaccine – Now Available!

Finally, some concrete information about how to get COVID vaccine.   PLEASE be patient – I have only 2 staff members and limited vaccine supply, although I can request more.  We will get everyone vaccinated. I am vaccinating healthcare providers this week and next.  When San Diego County changes to Phase 1B (likely over the … Continue reading "Covid Vaccine – Now Available!" ...
Why I Recommend The COVID Vaccine

Why I Recommend The COVID Vaccine

I recommend the COVID vaccine for the vast majority of patients because the benefits are huge, and risks are small.  I have to admit, I was quite a skeptic in the beginning.  I didn’t think anyone could do good science in that short a time frame.  And I am generally not someone who jumps in … Continue reading "Why I Recommend The COVID Vaccine" ...
Risks of Deferring Healthcare During a Pandemic

Risks of Deferring Healthcare During a Pandemic

Afraid to go to the doctor or get your blood drawn because you might get exposed to COVID?  Two things I want you to consider:  Medical facilities can be some of the lowest risk places to visit during the pandemic due to strict sterilization, social distancing and mask wearing practices.  We cannot afford not to.  … Continue reading "Risks of Deferring Healthcare During a Pandemic" ...
Activities for a Stay at Home Order

Activities for a Stay at Home Order

Given the new lockdown orders in California, we need to get creative again to stay connected and engaged. Here are some of my favorites from a great article:  Plant an indoor herb garden and learn cook with those herbs Take virtual tours of places you want to visit someday – Here’s a tour of Rome Visit … Continue reading "Activities for a Stay at Home Order" ...
ABC’s of Telemedicine

ABC’s of Telemedicine

Telemedicine is basically a video visit with your doctor and has many benefits.  More personalized than a phone call Less time away from work No travel expenses or time Less interference with child or elder care responsibilities No exposure to other potentially contagious patients My Electronic Health Record system uses an encrypted version of Zoom … Continue reading "ABC’s of Telemedicine" ...
Rapid Flu Testing Now Available

Rapid Flu Testing Now Available

Unfortunately, cold symptoms, flu symptoms and COVID symptoms can be very similar, so its difficult to tell them apart sometimes.  That’s why I now have rapid testing for influenza (in addition to rapid COVID testing) available in my office.  This is the same standard test that has been done in Urgent Care and the Emergency … Continue reading "Rapid Flu Testing Now Available" ...
Rapid COVID Testing Now Available

Rapid COVID Testing Now Available

I now have the BD Veritor Plus testing system for COVID-19.  It tests for COVID-19 antigen with a nasal swab (not the one that tickles your brain).  Results are ready in about 15 min.  Sensitivity is 98% – meaning a negative result is correct 98% of the time, although false negative tests can occur 2% … Continue reading "Rapid COVID Testing Now Available" ...
Flu Shots in the Year of Covid-19

Flu Shots in the Year of Covid-19

Does it really matter if I get a flu shot? The short answer is YES !!!! The flu is dangerous in its own right, hospitalizing and killing tens of thousands of people each year and sidelining millions more for days to weeks. On average, 17 million work days and 38 million school days are missed … Continue reading "Flu Shots in the Year of Covid-19" ...
Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

With all the wildfires raging in California, Oregon and Washington (and the Valley Fire in San Diego county), it’s a potent reminder that we live in Disaster Country. Whether it’s a pandemic, earthquake or wildfire, we all need to be prepared. Have a plan: Essential services may not be available for the first few hours … Continue reading "Are You Prepared for a Disaster?" ...
How to Sanitize your Phone and other Devices

How to Sanitize your Phone and other Devices

Since Coronavirus can be transmitted on inaminate objects, it’s important to sanitize things. We’ve all heard about sanitizing our hands. But what are we to do with our phones – especially since we put them close to our face! The FCC has these suggestions: Unplug the device before cleaning. Use a lint-free cloth slightly dampened … Continue reading "How to Sanitize your Phone and other Devices" ...
Coronavirus Scams

Coronavirus Scams

The COVID-19 pandemic is now in its 6 month in the US, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions and fear. Unfortunately scam artists are praying on that fear and uncertainty. Wearing a mask and social distancing help protect you from COVID-19. But how do you protect yourself from COVID-19 scams? Learn what … Continue reading "Coronavirus Scams" ...
All About Coronavirus Testing

All About Coronavirus Testing

There is a lot of confusion about Coronavirus testing – should I get tested? When? How often? Which test? What do the results mean? One reason for so many questions is that we still don’t know very much about COVID-19, although we’re learning new information every day. So I’ve tried to explain testing and what … Continue reading "All About Coronavirus Testing" ...
Thriving in a Pandemic!

Thriving in a Pandemic!

Is it possible to thrive in these unprecedented times?
Definitely yes.
And I'll go one step further...
It is vital!

We are in for months of social distancing and hand sanitizer will be part of our new normal. But we also need to fight for the right to thrive!

Five ideas for thriving during a pandemic: ...
8 Things Everyone Should Know About Coronavirus

8 Things Everyone Should Know About Coronavirus

I saw a really good video this morning with a doctor explaining Coronavirus in a very easy to understand way.  I’ve summarized it below, but highly recommend you check it out!  The current Coronavirus is a variant of many other coronaviruses that have been around for years causing colds. This one is different because it … Continue reading "8 Things Everyone Should Know About Coronavirus" ...
How to Connect without Contact

How to Connect without Contact

Social distancing (staying away from others) is absolutely VITAL to reduce the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  I myself am practicing this in my office – I bow to people I encounter rather than shake hands. But it’s also VITAL to remember that we, as human beings, are social animals.  Social distancing, quarantine and … Continue reading "How to Connect without Contact" ...
Health Benefits of Massage

Health Benefits of Massage

Massage is great for helping you relax, but it also has more therapeutic benefits ...
True Facts About Sunscreen

True Facts About Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens with ingredients like avobenzone and octocrylene work by ...
5 Reasons to get the new Shingles Vaccine

5 Reasons to get the new Shingles Vaccine

If you are lucky enough to find this vaccine, there are a number of questions people have ...
What to do with unused medications?

What to do with unused medications?

Most medications are not removed by wastewater treatment plants or septic systems ...

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Primary care

comprehensive healthcare for those 16 – 100+. Management of acute and chronic conditions, from the common cold to congestive heart failure and everything in between.

Women's health

Complete care for every woman including an annual exam (including breast and pelvic exams) where we discuss wellness and prevention. Also address menstrual cycles, birth control options, menopause and hormones, osteoporosis, breast cancer, heart disease and much more

Men's health

Complete care for all men including an annual exam where we discuss wellness and prevention. Also address prostate disorders, sexual health, heart disease, sports injuries, cancer and much more.

Geriatrics

Complete care for mature adults including an annual exam where we discuss thriving in the older years. Address heart disease, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, falls, dementia and much more.

Dermatology

Annual comprehensive exam to screen for skin cancers as well as management of rashes, itching, moles and wounds. Liquid nitrogen treatment of cosmetic and precancerous skin lesions also available.

Travel Advice/Vaccines

Whether you’re traveling to Europe, Africa or Asia, its important to stay healthy. Comprehensive travel counseling personalized for your itinerary and health issues including recommended vaccines, malaria prevention, and water safety.

Sports Physicals

High school athletes need a targeted physical annually to continue to compete. We’ll evaluate for orthopedic issues and screen for cardiac concerns. Same day appointments readily available. Forms easily completed at the visit.

Telemedicine

Ideal when you need to see the doctor but can’t get to the office. No longer need to take half a day off work or find a sitter to get the healthcare you need. Ideal for many health situations, but chest pain and shortness of breath should always be seen in the office or ER.