The Importance of a Primary Care Physician

Selecting a good primary care physician is one of the best things you can do for your health. Think of your primary care physician as a partner focused on keeping you healthy for life. This is the person who knows your personal health history and schedules routine screening tests that frequently help prevent and detect diseases such as heart attack, cancer and diabetes.

A primary care doctor is more than just the person you call when you feel ill or suffer an injury. He or she follows the latest research on disease risk factors and can tell you how to lower your individual risk. Like a good coach or teacher, a primary care doctor will encourage you to make healthful lifestyle changes, keep track of your preventive tests and treatments, and help you through illnesses. This person may also become the custodian of your health history and the doctor other doctors will call for information if you’re ever hospitalized for a serious medical condition.


Dr. Steven E. Skahill, MD

Graduate of the University of Iowa, School of Medicine, Dr. Skahill is a board certified Internist, and has been in private practice since 2004.

Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes referred to as the “doctor’s doctor” because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.


Elizabeth Williams Hannah, PA-C

Elizabeth received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies and her Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. She is certified by NCCPA, and is a member of the North Carolina Medical Society, NCAPA, and AAPA.

A Physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician.


Jennifer Jones, Office Manager

Jennifer has worked in the Medical Profession since 2007. She has been a lifelong resident of Williamston, NC, where she lives with her husband and 3 children. Jennifer manages Roanoke Medical Associates’ Practice with great professionalism and compassion.

As the Office Manager, she is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations including procedures, staff and resources in order to ensure the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.

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