Primary Care

Ridgway Center for Whole Health

Functional Medicine Specialist & Primary Care Medicine located in Ridgway, CO

Your primary care provider serves as a home base for all of your health care needs. At Ridgway Center for Whole Health in Ridgway, Colorado, functional medicine expert Shirley Olson, NP-C, IFMCP, and the team proudly offer a comprehensive array of primary care services, including a direct primary care membership program. To make your appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book online today.

Primary Care Q & A

What is primary care?

Primary care is a branch of medicine focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing both acute and chronic illnesses. It also involves basic medical care, including immunizations, physical exams, preventive screenings, and education. 


What is direct primary care?

Ridgway Center for Whole Health is a direct primary care practice. This membership-based model allows you to pay a monthly or annual fee to receive unlimited access to the medical team. This includes in-person consultations, telemedicine services, access to the on-site health coach, and mindfulness-based stress management strategies like Muse™.

As a direct primary care member, you also receive deeply discounted laboratory testing and supplement rates. Medical care through the direct primary care model is HIPAA-compliant and tailored to your individual needs. The team also offers employer programs that work to keep you and your staff healthy.


Are there different types of primary care services?

Ridgway Center for Whole Health offers a wide range of primary care services, including:

Physical exams

A physical exam presents an opportunity to check in on your general health and well-being. Even if you feel well, it’s important to visit the doctor at least once every year. Many serious health problems like diabetes don’t present obvious symptoms in their early stages. Aside from providing insights about your health, a physical exam also presents an opportunity to build a relationship with your doctor. 

Women’s health care

Women are particularly susceptible to conditions like osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer, and autoimmune issues. Menopause, perimenopause, weight gain, and sexual problems can also affect your energy levels, confidence, and quality of life. The providers at Ridgway Center for Whole Health regularly work with women to ease uncomfortable symptoms and improve their health.

Men’s health care

Men don’t always visit their doctor regularly. They’re also more likely to ignore unusual symptoms and use alcohol and tobacco more often. The men’s health providers at Ridgway Center for Whole Health regularly partner with men to address issues like fatigue, erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, and heart disease.

Management of chronic conditions

Chronic conditions like thyroid disease, diabetes, and asthma increase your risk of other health problems and premature death. Fortunately, it’s possible to keep these and other chronic problems in check, helping you live the life you love.

Traveler’s health services

If you frequently travel abroad for work or leisure, it’s important to receive certain immunizations to protect your health. The team at Ridgway Center for Whole Health regularly provides consultations for international travel and can make prescription and vaccination recommendations.

To schedule your primary care appointment at Ridgway Center for Whole Health, call the office or book online today.