Meet Carl M. Erickson, D.O.
Where did you earn your degree and what are your areas of expertise?
My undergraduate degree in General Science is from Oregon State University and I earned my medical degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to being board certified in Osteopathic Medicine, I am a member of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon and the American Osteopathic Association as well as the past president and current board member of Family Care, Inc., a CCO in Oregon. Providing lifestyle management counseling and treating musculoskeletal injuries with manipulation are my areas of expertise.
What is your philosophical belief about the practice of medicine?
My firm belief is that if we could change the American diet, we could eliminate 50-75% of the occurrences of Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease. Our government cannot affect change on the American diet due to the amount of money pouring in from lobbyists in the fast food, candy/sugar, meat, and milk industries that are causing our epidemic of disease.
How has the existing healthcare model hindered you from practicing medicine?
The current model is not focused on prevention of disease but rather the profiting from disease. Pharmaceutical companies are creating new, more expensive medications that insurance companies refuse to cover and patients cannot afford. Insurance company roadblocks prevent patients from getting what they need while saddling physicians with greater time constraints coupled with curtailed reimbursement rates, increased paperwork, longer hours and additional staffing needs for insurance prior authorizations.
What have your patients experienced since joining your membership-style practice?
Longer, more relaxed visits with me, easier contact, and more education regarding their specific health concerns. I have encouraged them to utilize me as a resource that can help them improve their lives.
What is your favorite quote?
“You are what you eat” – author unknown
"I've been going to Dr. Erickson for over 30 years. After moving away, I tried physicians who were local to my new home, but none of them were as good as he is, so I choose to travel to receive my care from him. He is kind, informative and very knowledgeable in all he does. I highly recommend Dr. Erickson."
Concierge Medicine Philosophy & Approach
We believe that medicine today should focus on prevention, early detection, wellness, direct patient care and spending dedicated time with patients. These are the tenets of concierge medicine. After years of private practice, physicians who transition to concierge medicine get to return to giving patients the type of care they envisioned when entering medical school. Learn More