Roles and functions of other providers


The role of the physician is to improve the health and well-being of individuals by promoting, maintaining or restoring health through diagnosis and treatment. The physician evaluates symptoms and tests, then prescribes medication or treatment for the illness or injury.They also counsel patients on how to prevent illness.

Nurse Practioner

A Nurse Practitioner is an advance practice nurse that helps with all aspects of patient care, including diagnosis, treatment and consultations. In some states NP’s can practice independently. Nurse Practitioners can prescribe medications, including controlled substances, in all 50 states.

Certified Nurse Midwife

Certified Nurse Midwives care for childbearing women during preconception, prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum periods, and provides family-planning counseling and gynecological care. They care for low risk patients who desire a more natural and intervention-free childbirth experience.


Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments, manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients’ health concerns, such as back and neck pain.

Speech-Language Pathologist

A Speech-Language Pathologist or Speech-Language Therapist is a specialist who assesses, diagnoses, treats and helps prevent speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, fluency and other related disorders.