Mallory Burroughs, CNP, FNP-BC, MSN, RN Joins Southwest Family Physicians

Mallory Burrough, CNP Joins SWFP

Mallory Burroughs aspired to be a nurse practitioner early on when she began working in the healthcare field as a patient care assistant in 2008. It was clear that helping and caring for others came natural to her and she began her journey to achieve this goal. Mallory graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in 2011 with her nursing degree. She then began working as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as she continued to pursue her education. Mallory graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Ohio University in 2013. Mallory has worked in direct patient care of critically ill patients as a bedside nurse and also served a role in leadership.

In August 2016, Mallory graduated from The University of Cincinnati with her Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. This specialty focuses of care across the lifespan including pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and older adult populations. In her clinical training, Mallory spent time with focused rotations on primary care, pediatrics, and women’s health.

Mallory enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling, shopping and reading. Her many achievements have served as a testament to her proficiency and dedication to the medical profession. Mallory is excited to join Southwest Family Physicians and looks forward to serving the communities healthcare needs.

Her full bio can be read under the “Staff” section of our website.

We are Now Affiliated with Southwest General Medical Group

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Dear Patient,

We are pleased to announce that effective April 1, 2016 Southwest Family Physicians, Inc. became affiliated with Southwest General Medical Group, Inc.

What does this mean?

Your doctor is still your doctor and the office staff you have come to know will be here to care for you as in the past 40 years, and there continues to be no facility charge.

The change you will see is your bill will now be from Southwest General Medical Group, Inc. for services rendered after 4-1-2016. Services prior to 4-1-16 will be billed separately by Southwest Family Physicians, Inc.

The same ladies in our accounting office are here to work with you; they will just be wearing the different hat of Southwest General Medical Group, Inc.

When you receive radiology services you will receive 2 bills, one from Southwest General Medical Group, Inc. for the technical part. The professional reading will be from Dr. Spirnak billed as “NOMS Healthcare”.

Thank You,

The Physicians of Southwest Family Physicians

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

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Disease facts

  • Spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected “Aedes” species mosquito
  • Most common symptoms:
    • fever
    • rash
    • joint pain
    • conjunctivitis (red eyes)
    • Illness is usually mild and vague; many do not seek treatment therefore never knowing that they were infected
    • First discovered in 1947 in Uganda; additional cases in Asia and Pacific Island

What has changed and why now all of the hype?

  • In 2015, the first confirmed case of Zika diagnosed in South America
  • In 2016, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency relating the Zika Virus with birth defects such as microcephaly (brain/head abnormalities) and a neurological disease called Guillian-Barre Syndrome
  • Cases of the Zika virus are now evident in the Caribbean and other tropical tourist areas

What we know about the Zika Virus

  • Can be spread from a pregnant mother to her fetus during pregnancy
  • Can be spread from an infected male to his partner sexually
  • Can be spread to a person from a mosquito that had bit an infected person
  • The Aedes mosquitoes are aggressive DAYTIME biters –  (They can also bite at night)
  • There is NO vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat the Zika virus

How can I prevent getting the Zika virus?

  • Applying mosquito repellent that is EPA approved: When used as directed, EPA registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women (DEET or Picardin products)
  • If applying sunscreen also, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin
  • Stay in places with air conditioning

Should I avoid travel if I am pregnant or trying to become pregnant?

  • Consider delaying travel if possible
  • If you must travel, speak with your doctor first
  • Strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites

What is a DO?

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DOs are complete physicians, fully trained and licensed to prescribe medicine and to perform surgery. Many DOs incorporate osteopathic manipulative treatment into the care they provide. With OMT, osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose illness and injury and encourage your body to heal itself.

What does D.O. stand for?

Doctor of Osteopathy

DOs and MDs are Alike in Many Ways

  • Students entering both DO and MD medical colleges typically have already completed four-year bachelor’s degrees with an emphasis on scientific courses.
  • Both DOs and MDs complete four years of medical school.
  • After medical school, both DOs and MDs obtain graduate medical education through internships, residencies and fellowships. This training lasts three to eight years and prepares DOs and MDs to practice a specialty.
  • Both DOs and MDs can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine—such as pediatrics, family medicine, psychiatry, surgery or ophthalmology.
  • DOs and MDs must pass comparable examinations to obtain state licenses.
  • DOs and MDs both practice in accredited and licensed health care facilities.
  • Together, DOs and MDs enhance the state of health care available in the U.S.

The Osteopathic Approach

  • Osteopathic medical schools emphasize training students to become primary care physicians.
  • Approximately 60% of practicing osteopathic physicians practice in the primary care specialties of family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology.
  • DOs practice a “whole person” approach to medicine. Instead of just treating you for specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated whole.
  • Osteopathic physicians focus on preventive health care.
  • ​DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system—your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that makes up two-thirds of your body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with an understanding of how an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect other parts.
  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is incorporated into the training and practice of osteopathic physicians. With OMT, osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose illness and injury and to encourage your body’s natural tendency toward good health.

To learn about our Doctor of Osteopathy, visit Dr. Suzanne Staraitis’s staff page.

For more information regarding Osteopathy please visit

What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Flu Season

Flu Season 2015-2016

Within a few months, we will once again be dealing with the Cleveland cold weather and snow! And along with the cold and snow comes sniffles and sneezes – colds and flu. Although the common cold makes us feel terrible, it is often quick to resolve and usually leaves no lasting problems. On the other hand, the flu can be much more serious!

Flu season is known for an increased number of flu cases and typically occurs during the winter months. Flu outbreaks can happen as early as October and can last as late as May. Most flu activity typically occurs between December and February.

The flu is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms often include fever, aches, chills, and congestion that can last up to 2 weeks.   In some cases, an individual must be hospitalized due to complications such as pneumonia that can arise from the flu. And even in some rare instances, a person can die from complications of the flu. Young children and the elderly are more likely to develop serious problems. Although it is not possible to predict what the flu season will be like this year, we can better protect ourselves!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious illness. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after the flu vaccine becomes available, if possible by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take everyday preventative actions like staying away from the sick people and washing your hands frequently. Also, if you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading the flu to others.

The flu vaccine is available for individuals 6 months of age and older. All of the 2015-2016 flu vaccine is made to protect against three flu viruses (two type A viruses and one type B virus.   Some vaccines even protect against an additional B virus). Although we cannot identify the exact flu virus that may cause most illnesses this year, the CDC gathers data and trends then predicts the most likely flu viruses that will circulate therefore flu vaccines can be created to combat those viruses.

As the winter months start to creep up on us, remember to stay warm and healthy. Schedule your flu shot today!