Katkhouda, Costa­bile join CalvertHealth providers

The Calvert Recorder - - Business -

Cer­ti­fied Fam­ily Nurse Prac­ti­tioner Sarah Katkhouda has joined CalvertHealth Pri­mary Care in Dunkirk.

The prac­tice, which also in­cludes Dr. J. Michael Brooks, Lacy Pit­man, CRNP and J. Christo­pher Costa­bile, PA-C, pro­vides per­son­al­ized health care for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing health screen­ings, pre­ven­tive medicine, com­plete phys­i­cals and well woman ex­ams, a press release states.

The providers are spe­cial­ists in fam­ily medicine and are trained to di­ag­nose, treat and man­age a wide range of med­i­cal con­di­tions from acute care to chronic dis­ease for all ages.

Katkhouda, who has been in nurs­ing for more than 10 years, grad­u­ated from Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity in 2008 and im­me­di­ately started her ca­reer at Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal in hema­tol­ogy and on­col­ogy. Last year, she ob­tained her mas­ter’s in nurs­ing as a fam­ily nurse prac­ti­tioner, the release states.

“I’ve had the op­por- tu­nity to work with new­borns, chil­dren, teens, adults and the el­derly and love each age range for dif­fer­ent rea­sons,” she said in the release. “I have a spe­cial in­ter­est in health pro­mo­tion, dis­ease pre­ven­tion, lac­ta­tion con­sul­ta­tion/sup­port and pain man­age­ment through alternative mea­sures.”

Her phi­los­o­phy of care fo­cuses on work­ing with her pa­tients as part­ners in their care. “My goal is to guide my pa­tients, not lec­ture them. Their best in­ter­ests are my pri­or­ity 100 per­cent of the time. I be­lieve that no is­sue is too triv­ial to ad­dress with your pri­mary care provider. If my pa­tients have con­cerns, I want to hear about them,” she said in the release.

Board-cer­ti­fied Physi­cian As­sis­tant J. Christo­pher Costa­bile also sees pa­tients at CalvertHealth Pri­mary Care in Solomons, along with Dr. Maria Papino-Higgs, Dr. Key­onna Proc­tor and Kim­berly Cook, CRNP. In ad­di­tion to fam­ily medicine, he has ex­pe­ri­ence in ur­gent care and neu­rol­ogy.

Costa­bile said in the release, “I was at­tracted to Calvert Health be­cause it is a com­pre­hen­sive net­work with wide rang­ing med­i­cal ex­per­tise. This al­lows for quick and ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery of care as well as timely in­for­ma­tion shar­ing, which makes for good co­or­di­na­tion.”

After his first ca­reer in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, he de­cided to pur­sue his life­long goal to prac­tice medicine and at­tended DeSales Univer­sity where he earned his PA de­gree in 2011. “I care deeply for my pa­tients. I con­sider them as part of my fam­ily,” said the fa­ther of seven and grand­fa­ther of 11.

Costa­bile be­lieves in tak­ing a holis­tic ap­proach to pa­tient care. “I strive to delve to the core of the is­sue,” he said. “I do not want my pa­tients to be pas­sive par­tic­i­pants in their care. From time to time, they can ex­pect some ‘home­work’ such as read­ing or watch­ing an ed­u­ca­tional video.”

To make an ap­point­ment with Katkhouda or Costa­bile, call the CalvertHealth Pri­mary Care num­ber at 410-4142778 (APPT).



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