Educating Patients Key to Healthy Living

There’s no typical day in the office for Alexey Shereshevsky, MD.

A family practitioner at ThedaCare Physicians-Oshkosh, Dr. Shereshevsky sees a wide variety of patients from infants coming in for regular check-ups and children with ear infections to older patients inquiring about an illness or injury or a woman needing her annual gynecological exam.

“There’s always a variety and that makes my days very interesting,” says Dr. Shereshevsky. “Oshkosh is a great place to practice medicine since there is a nice mix of patients from people living in rural areas to those living here in the city. The different populations have different concerns.”

But no matter why a patient comes in, Dr. Shereshevsky always uses the appointment as a learning opportunity. “Education is so important in healthcare. I really view myself as a mentor with patients – trying to guide them to making the best decisions,” he says. “I talk a lot about lifestyle changes and how simple changes that patients can make will lower their blood pressure, for example, and reduce their risk for heart problems.”

He provides patients with educational material about ways to improve their health, such as how regular exercise can help lower blood pressure, or information about a chronic or acute condition.

“Patients often have questions that may come up later or they want more information about the condition so I hand them some paper handouts or share good websites,” Dr. Shereshevsky says. “I also encourage patients to call or e-mail me when they have questions, too. I really care about my patients’ health and try to be as accessible as possible to them so I can help them in whatever way I can.”

Sometimes, Dr. Shereshevsky shares scientific data with patients since hard numbers can sometimes be a motivating factor. “Technology is also a great tool. You can show them how their risk factors, such as smoking, can affect their chances for a whole host of medical problems,” he says. “By sharing with them the information, it’s not just my word, but the scientific data, too.”

Dr. Shereshevsky received his medical degree from St. Petersburg State Medical University in Russia, and completed his surgical residency at the Ukrainian National Medical University in Kiev. He completed residencies in general surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and in family medicine at Reading Hospital in Reading, Penn. A native of the Ukraine, he’s been with ThedaCare Physicians for the past several years.

In addition to regular office visits, Dr. Shereshevsky also performs some minor in-office surgical procedures, including skin biopsies, warts and other skin lesions removal, suturing, colposcopies and vasectomies. “Being able to offer those services right in the office to my patients is a huge advantage since they can receive most of their care from me and don’t need a referral to someone else,” he says.

Preventative regular screenings, such as colonoscopies for patients over age 50 or mammograms for women over age 40, are an important part of regular health care, Dr. Shereshevsky says. “There are many simple screenings we can do for cancer and I am a big proponent of them since they catch problems early,” he says.

Dr. Shereshevsky is accepting new patients at ThedaCare Physicians-Oshkosh, 600 North Westhaven Drive. Please call (920) 237-5000 to make an appointment. You can also learn more about Dr. Shereshevsky and his colleagues by going to www.thedacare.org/find-a-doctor and typing in his name or an office location.