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Wellness Exams Specialist

Thirlby Clinic, PLC

Internal Medicine & Family Medicine located in Traverse City, MI

In times of wellness, you need an annual wellness exam so you can stay that way. Thirlby Clinic, PLC, has an almost century-long tradition of meeting the healthcare needs of adults in the Traverse City, Michigan, area. To book your exam with a caring expert doctor, call the office or schedule an appointment online now.

Wellness Exams Q & A

What is a wellness exam?

A wellness exam is a medical visit focused on preventive care. The goal of a wellness exam is maintaining your health, diagnosing problems early, and avoiding serious preventable health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. 

Rather than waiting for a health problem to happen, you can schedule annual wellness exams to work with the Thirlby Clinic, PLC, team for continued good health. 

What can I expect during wellness visits?

Wellness visits are general checkups that the team can tailor based on your situation. Typically, a wellness visit includes: 

Physical exam

Your physical exam includes checking all your vital signs, body mass index (BMI) evaluation, weight check, a reflex test, and other basic health checks. 

Medical history review

In a medical history review, the team evaluates your history, particularly anything that happened since your last wellness exam. This includes a family medical history assessment since family background impacts your risk for some diseases and conditions. 

Current lifestyle discussion

The team asks about your current lifestyle, including eating habits, work routine, mental health, sexual behaviors, and mental health. 

Disease screenings

Disease screenings vary with age, sex, and personal risk factors. Standard disease screenings for adults include osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. 


Labs are urine, blood, and other tests performed in the on-site Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified lab. 


If you need any vaccinations, such as the flu, pneumonia, or shingles shots, your specialists can administer them during your wellness exam at Thirlby Clinic, PLC. 

At the end of your wellness exam, you'll work with the team to make changes that promote improved health. The team may recommend new medications, losing weight, exercising more, dietary changes, or lifestyle changes to help you get healthy. 

What should I do before a wellness exam?

Bring your insurance cards to your wellness exam, along with a list of your current medications. If you’ve received any medical care or services outside of Thirlby Clinic, PLC, request record transfer ahead of your exam. 

If you have any medical devices – for example, asthma inhalers – bring them to your appointment. Some blood labs require fasting starting the night prior, so if you need this type of testing, a member of the Thirlby Clinic, PLC, office team tells you before the exam. 

For a wellness exam that helps you maximize your health long-term, trust the Thirlby Clinic, PLC, team. Call the office or book an appointment online.