I’m Dr. Charisse Symmonds, an internal medicine physician here at Cotton O’Neil Emporia.
Why did you choose internal medicine?
I chose internal medicine because I like to work with adults and their medical care, and provide medical services for them.
What is internal medicine?
Internal medicine is the specialty of adult medical care. I focus on diabetes, as well as well-woman checks, well-men checks and general adult health.
When looking for a place to work, why did you chose Cotton O’Neil Emporia?
I chose to come work at Cotton O’Neil Emporia because I love the fact that I’m joining such a great group of internal medicine physicians. There are six internal medicine physicians in our group, and we have four amazing nurse practitioners who work with us to help provide complete medical care to all of our patients.
What is a health concern with which many people struggle?
One of the most common medical conditions we face as internal medicine doctors is diabetes. I think that a lot of people are unsure whether they have pre-diabetes or diabetes. They want to know what they have as far as their family history and screening test that are available, and what they can do to even prevent pre-diabetes or diabetes from happening. Here at the office, I actually focus on diabetes. We are in the process of getting a continuous glucose monitor in our office. I deal with insulin pumps, managing insulin pumps and just any oral or injectable diabetes medications that are out there.
What should someone look for when selecting a primary care doctor?
When looking for a physician, you want someone that you can open up to and trust with your medical care. I feel like patients would say they can do that with me. They can open up, they don’t have to hide anything or tell me anything different. They can just open up, tell me the truth and really establish a bond and connection with me.
American Osteopathic Association Board of Internal Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Northside Hospital
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
Kansas City, MO 2011