Debbie McGinn, DO, board-certified family medicine provider, recently joined the primary care team at Northern Arizona Healthcare’s Verde Valley Medical Clinic – Sedona. Dr. McGinn specializes in adult medicine with an interest in geriatrics and women’s health.
Q: What is your care philosophy?
A: Wellness is a team approach. I will do whatever I can to assist a patient in achieving their desired quality of life. I am always open to questions they may have and am willing to share knowledge and consider alternatives.
Q: What do you want your patients to know about you?
There is a misconception that physicians are devoid of feelings, however, my patients are treated how I would treat my family or would want them to be treated.
Q: What do you enjoy about being in the field of medicine?
We are always learning and growing. I most enjoy the interactions and trust shared with a patient – it is humbling, interesting and exciting.
Q: Does your scope of practice include holistic/integrative medicine?
A: In some situations, safe alternatives and herbal remedies are appropriate. As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, I was trained to have a holistic approach to treating illnesses. I also received training manipulative therapy, which involves hands-on treatment. I believe patients become team members in wellness, for example, a pt. may present with a muscle spasm. If it is warranted, they are provided stretches or instructions on how to alleviate this. They are monitored and assisted.
Q: What do patients tell you they appreciate about you?
A: That I listen, understand and validate them. I give my patients personal, hands-on care.
Q: Why did you choose to relocate here?
A: My husband and I have spent a great deal of time in Sedona. We used to come every three to four months while living in San Diego, Calif., and always dreamed of living and working here. I love the diversity, the eclectic vibe, the feeling of being a part of something special and the overall beauty as well as the bounty of outdoor activities. There is always something to do, appreciate and something to see. Sedona has a personality that is multifaceted and changes with something as simple as cloud cover. It is beautiful, tangible and so loved by us.