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Beyond the physicals and well-person exams you'd expect at a clinic that offers primary care, the Carey Clinic provides other services that zero in on some of the most common issues families face.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Sarah Eliza Roberts
Posted
February 28, 2020

Finding a physician who truly cares and makes you feel like a person, not a number, has to be every patient’s dream. Much of the country's medical system is designed not to do that, but the knowledgeable, dedicated doctors and nurses who serve at the Carey Clinic — a full-service family, pediatric, and sub-specialty office — practice that in Tulsa.

If you’ve lived in Tulsa for a while, you may have run into the clinic’s founder, Dr. Terence L. Carey. He’s a tall, memorable gentleman, a doctor whose patients enjoy his honest, compassionate care. Born, raised, and schooled in medicine in South Africa, Carey then came to the U.S. and trained at the prestigious, respected Mayo Clinic before being drawn to Tulsa to work at the City of Faith Medical and Research Center. When that closed in 1989, Carey remained in Tulsa in the private practice realm. But his commitment to treating the whole person  — body, soul, and spirit — has never wavered.

The mission of the Carey Clinic, says Todd Jackson, chief operating officer, “is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis. We have created a practice that we believe in and choose for our family members. We believe in working with our patients to maintain and improve their health. We work together to serve your entire family for all of your medical needs in all stages of life.”

The mission of the Carey Clinic is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
The mission of the Carey Clinic is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

It’s easy to see this multi-generational, family approach in every inch of the clinic. The reception and waiting area is warm, clean, and inviting, easing patients into relaxing — a must for any doctor’s visit. The staff’s friendly faces add to the welcoming atmosphere. And you’re likely to see all ages of Tulsa residents being served.

“We have a lot of families that we’re taking care of, several generations,” says Jackson. “Parents will bring their child in, and then they end up coming here as well. We do everything from treating your sick child, to a sports visit, to well-woman exams, to everything in between.”

The clinic offers a mix of primary care, allergy and asthma care, immunology, pediatrics, adult and pediatric immunizations, physicals, and preventative health care. But medicine isn’t just providing treatment. It involves how you care for the patient too, and that’s something the entire staff cares deeply about. “One thing that makes us stand out is the amount of time our providers spend with their patients and the level of contact and care,” says Jackson. “It’s more than just seeing you in the office.”

Dr. Terence L. Carey (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Dr. Terence L. Carey (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Beyond the standard physicals and well-person exams you’d expect at a clinic that offers primary care, the Carey Clinic provides other services that zero in on some of the most common issues families face, especially in Tulsa. For example — allergies and asthma.

“There are lots of allergy and lung issues in the Tulsa region,” notes Jackson. What that means, of course, is that there’s a reason why you or those you know seem to cough, sniffle, sneeze and wheeze a lot. Oklahoma typically makes the list of most allergy-prone places in the U.S. — primarily due to our warm weather, our warmups that breed pollen throughout the year, and winds that not only blow allergens around our area but even invite them up from Texas to make matters worse for allergy sufferers. The symptoms cause a lot of problems for people in our state, from missed work and school, to lowered athletic performance and just general misery.

The Carey Clinic specializes in addressing those issues to improve the quality of life of allergy sufferers of all ages. “We treat patients with seasonal-allergy issues, allergic reactions to different allergens like peanuts and insects, through treatments such as desensitization and medication so that people can confidently go out into the world and enjoy life,” says Jackson. Treatments are personalized for each patient, of course, and you can expect to work with caring doctors and nurse practitioners who listen and problem-solve.

Also, Carey treats many patients with pulmonary issues, and not just locally. “Dr. Carey has established a reputation of successfully treating very medically complex cases. His patients drive from all over the state and out of state to see him,” says Jackson.

To make medical care convenient for all patients, the clinic provides several services beyond office visits. There is an in-office CT machine so that patients can get in-office images right there with the provider. There are also four infusion suites, offering a comforting private space for those who need such services, including people with immunodeficiencies, arthritis, and certain gastrointestinal diseases.

“Most patients will go to a hospital for infusions,” says Jackson. “But we can do it here. We have four suites set up like living rooms, with flat-panel TVs, and workstations for laptops. We tried to make it much more inviting and comfortable to the patients. A lot of these issues can be life-threatening or life-altering. We’re providing antibodies to people so they can go out and function.”

The clinic also provides mental health services, family and individual counseling, with a particular emphasis on helping those with chronic illnesses, which can affect not only the patient but their family members too. “It helps give patients tools to cope and excel,” Jackson says.

In addition to helping Tulsans, Carey often travels to other countries in Central America, South America, and Africa to provide medical care to those in need. “It’s all part of his giving back,” says Jackson. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s very, very rewarding.”

LOCATOR
Carey Clinic
7125 S. Braden Ave. | Tulsa
918-481-8100
careyclinic.com
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed