Family Practice Medicine
Chesapeake Wellness Center is committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality and affordable medical treatment for the whole family. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Paul Katz and his professional staff work with you to achieve exceptional health and wellness in a caring environment.
Dr. Katz is a Board Certified Family Physician and Board Certified Doctor of Addiction Medicine. He is also a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology, an ACLS (Advance Cardiac Life Support) current member, and a current Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration Certified Medical Examiner and Medical Review Officer.
Patricia Powell also provides medical care for our patients at Chesapeake Wellness Center. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working with patients of all ages.
We focus on excellence, honesty, and the quality of our health care services. What does this mean for you? It means you will be treated with respect and dignity, and receive the personalized attention you deserve. Our team prides itself on delivering innovative services in a relaxed and comfortable setting.
We are now accepting new patients. So consider this an invitation. We invite you to participate in services at our practice and join our growing number of satisfied patients.
Joint & Muscle Manipulations
While standard medical interventions are essential, there are times when patients can benefit from a healing touch. Dr. Katz, an Osteopathic Doctor, offers hands-on care as part of his practice. This is called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT. This type of therapy can ease your pain, promote healing, and increase your overall mobility.
OMT is used most commonly as an effective treatment for muscle pain. But it helps with a number of other health problems as well, such as:
- sinus disorders
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- menstrual pain
If indicated for you, the Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment can complement, and possibly even replace, drugs or surgery. The joint and muscle manipulations can add an important dimension to standard medical care.
Can you benefit from OMT? People of all ages have found relief from pain and dysfunction as well as improved mobility through OMT. Dr. Katz incorporates OMT into his treatment plans for patients who can benefit from this intervention.
Relapse Prevention Programs
Here at Chesapeake Wellness Center, we provide a range of services that can help people who are struggling with addictions and substance use disorders. We recognize that no one treatment works for everyone, so we offer options. Our goal is to match each of our patients to the treatment that’s most effective for him or her.
Addiction to alcohol or drugs is a disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrolled, use of the addicting substance. This leads to changes in the brain, which can be long lasting. It’s as if the drug or alcohol has hijacked the brain, causing the person to continue to use in spite of harmful consequences. The changes in the brain often lead to harmful behaviors and medical conditions.
Substance addiction is also a relapsing disease. Relapse is the return to using after an attempt to stop. It is our goal at Chesapeake Wellness Center to prevent the relapses.
The path to drug addiction begins with a voluntary act. A person chooses to use alcohol or a specific drug. But over time, a person’s ability to choose becomes compromised. Seeking and taking the substance becomes compulsive. This is mostly due to the effects of long-term use of the drug or alcohol on brain function. Addiction deeply affects those parts of the brain that are involved in reward and motivation, learning and memory, and control over behavior.
Addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and behavior.
So how is a drug or alcohol addiction treated? There are several steps to successful treatment:
- detoxification (the process by which the body rids itself of the substance)
- behavioral counseling
- medication (for opioid, tobacco, or alcohol addiction)
- evaluation and treatment for co-occurring mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
- long-term follow-up to prevent relapse
A wide spectrum of interventions may be used but a specific plan needs to be made with each individual. Addiction treatment should include both medical and mental health services as needed. Some kind of follow-up care is crucial as well, and may include community or family based recovery support systems.
Medication may be recommended to help re-establish a person’s normal brain function and decrease cravings. There are medications available for the treatment of opioid (heroin, prescription pain relievers), tobacco (nicotine), and alcohol addictions. In addition, people who use more than one drug, which is very common, may need treatment for all of the substances they use.
- For the Opioids: Methadone (Dolophine®, Methadose®), buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®, Probuphine®), and naltrexone (Vivitrol®) are used to treat opioid addiction. Acting on the same targets in the brain as heroin and morphine, methadone and buprenorphine suppress withdrawal symptoms and relieve cravings. Naltrexone blocks the effects of opioids at their receptor sites in the brain and should be used only in patients who have already been detoxified. All medications help patients reduce drug seeking and related criminal behavior and help them become more open to behavioral treatments.
- For Tobacco: Nicotine replacement therapies have several forms, including the patch, spray, gum, and lozenges. These products are available over the counter. The FDA has approved two prescription medications for nicotine addiction: bupropion (Zyban®) and varenicline (Chantix®). They work differently in the brain, but both help prevent relapse in people trying to quit. The medications are more effective when combined with behavioral treatments, such as group and individual therapy as well as telephone support lines.
- For Alcohol: Three medications have been FDA-approved for treating alcohol addiction. The three approved medications are as follows:
- Naltrexone blocks receptors that are involved in the rewarding effects of drinking and in the craving for alcohol. It reduces relapse to heavy drinking and is highly effective in some patients. Genetic differences may affect how well the drug works in certain patients.
- Acamprosate (Campral®) may reduce symptoms of long-lasting withdrawal, such as insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, and dysphoria (generally feeling unwell or unhappy). It may be more effective in patients with severe addiction.
- Disulfiram (Antabuse®) interferes with the breakdown of alcohol. Acetaldehyde builds up in the body, leading to unpleasant reactions that include flushing (warmth and redness in the face), nausea, and irregular heartbeat if the patient drinks alcohol.
- Compliance (taking the drug as prescribed) can be a problem, but it may help patients who are highly motivated to quit drinking.
- For Co-Occurring Conditions: There are other types of medications for treating depression and anxiety, as well as other mental health conditions. Of course, any mental health symptoms need to be addressed as they may be contributing to the person’s problem with addiction.
At Chesapeake Wellness Center, we also recommend behavioral therapy. We have found that effective addiction treatment is always accompanied by effective behavioral treatment. Behavioral health counseling helps individuals to modify their behaviors as well as their attitude toward life. Counseling also works in conjunction with any prescribed medications and has been shown to improve outcomes for recovery.
For commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, we provide the DOT physical examination for your CDL medical certificate. The physical examination you take for your medical certificate confirms that you are healthy enough to safely perform the demanding job of a CMV driver and keep our nation’s roads safe.
Dr. Katz is a medical examiner who is certified by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) to perform the DOT physical exams. Call us now at Chesapeake Wellness Center to set up an appointment.
LabCorp on site
Often your doctor will need to order a lab test to help with a diagnosis concerning your health. This can be crucial to making medical decisions. Indeed as many as 70% of health care decisions are guided by lab test results.
When a lab test is indicated for you, you may find it convenient to have a “LabCorp” testing service right on site.
LabCorp’s laboratory services range from routine testing, such as basic blood counts and cholesterol tests, to highly complex methods that assist in diagnosing genetic conditions, cancers, and other rare diseases.
Tests may help with diagnoses in the following areas:
- Anatomic Pathology
- Infectious Diseases
- Pain Management
Behavioral counseling, also known as mental health counseling, is what people typically think of when they hear the word “counseling.” A behavioral or mental health counselor will discuss your problems with you and help you find ways to improve some aspect of your life. Most counselors have the ability not only to treat your mental health symptoms but to diagnose your condition as well.
If you’re presently experiencing an emotional, behavioral, or mental health problem, Chesapeake Wellness Center can help you. We offer a broad range of counseling and mental health services to meet your needs.
We provide confidential services for adults, children and adolescents who may be experiencing:
- Emotional difficulties, such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, fears, or grief and loss
- Behavioral difficulties, such as Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Relationship issues, including concerns with marriage and partner relationships as well as parenting or family concerns
- Serious and persistent mental illnesses, such as Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including any issues associated with physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
- Co-occurring Disorders (Substance Use Disorder in association with a Mental Health Disorder)
The behavioral and mental health counseling at Chesapeake Wellness Center is provided to you by licensed professionals with a proven track record of success with their clients.