Dec. 19, 2018 – Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to welcome
board-certified family medicine physician
Lauren Goss Whitley, M.D., to
Glynn Family Medicine Center and the Brunswick Campus medical staff.
Whitley earned her medical degree at the University of Tennessee College
of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee, and she completed her residency at Self
Regional Healthcare, Greenwood, South Carolina. Whitley chose the field
of family medicine because she wanted to help and support a family unit
during their most vulnerable time – when a loved one is sick.
“After I got married, I saw the need for a primary care physician
who could care for the family unit. As a woman, wife and now a mom, I
find the prospect of caring for the entire family in terms of medicine
very attractive,” says Whitley. “Treating people of all ages,
from children to grandparents and everyone in between, is a special thing.
I get to influence the lives of the entire family.”
One thing that is most important for Whitley is to make a special, personal
connection with her patients. “As I get to know them, they trust
and get to know me – like family. The way medicine is supposed to
be,” she explains. “And because of that connection, I can
provide the best possible care.”
In addition to Whitley’s personal connection to her patients, she
has a minimalistic mindset to medicine. Everyone is different, but the
one health care decision she recommends to most patients is to reduce
medications as much as possible.
“My first goal is to make my patients healthier people, and one way
to accomplish that, when possible, is to reduce medicines,” Whitley
explains. “This will cut down on side effects and multiple medication
interactions, and they will ultimately become healthier people. But everyone
is different, and sometimes, health is beyond the physical. I’m
here to treat the entire person—mind, body and spirit. I care for
all their needs, so if they need emotional support, encouragement and
advice, I’m here to lend an ear as well as my medical expertise.”
One of Whitley’s biggest pet peeves is having to wait. As a mother
herself, she knows and understands the needs that other mothers have,
especially in terms of cranky, sick children, and she makes it a priority
to see patients in a timely manner. In addition to being a mother, when
Whitley isn’t practicing medicine, she is an avid outdoorswoman,
enjoying the beach, fishing and boating. She is also a painter and is
looking forward to capturing the beauty of her new home on canvas, particularly
the Golden Isles’ marshes.
Glynn Family Medicine Center, a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia
Health System, is located in Brunswick at 3222 A Shrine Road. Whitley’s
clinic hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m., including the lunch hour. She provides
expert care for the entire family, especially sick children, along with
sports physical exams and women’s health, including birth control
counseling and prescribing, birth control implant procedures and annual
sghs.org/family-medicine or call 912-673-8000 to schedule an appointment.