Mother And Daughter Open Medical Practice

Many mothers and daughters share interests and like to do all sorts of activities together. One local mother-daughter duo is no exception. One of Drs. Linda and Valerie Vilbert's shared interests, though, is their love of medicine.

The Vilberts have opened a new practice together in Exton, Exton Family Medicine, which is located in The Baxter Building 2 at Oaklands (off Route 30), 495 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 306. Both doctors are lifetime residents of the area and are glad to be serving their community as family practitioners.

The practice welcomes patients of all ages. It offers a number of services, including preventive medicine, routine physical exams, women's health and routine gynecologic exams, adolescent medicine, osteopathic manipulation, and STD screening. EKGs are available, and there is also a focus on women's heart health and musculoskeletal diseases. In addition, the office features new, up-to-date equipment.

The doctors share a common manner of treating patients. This includes an emphasis on listening to patients, making patients comfortable, and being thorough in a warm, professional manner. The practice strives to offer a caring environment where patients are comfortable to discuss any and all of their health needs. "Patients don't care how much you know until they know how much you care," Valerie pointed out, adding, "We hope to develop relationships with our patients where (even) the most difficult issues can be brought into the open so that we can best serve their needs."

"Valerie and I have a very close relationship, which is a great asset in our discussions as to how we can best attend to our patients," Linda explained, adding that the personal care offered at Exton Family Medicine is a foundational element of the practice.

The Vilberts noted that their education, skill level, and experience are also key to their patients' care. Both attended Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed their residencies at Bryn Mawr Family Medicine. They attended medical school at the same time, studied together, supported each other, and even lived together. While Valerie assisted Linda through the didactics, Linda in turn provided support to Valerie through the clinical phase of their education.

Linda started her medical journey as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner and then decided to pursue a degree in medicine. She has more than 30 years of experience as a nurse, nurse practitioner, and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). At the time of her decision to enter medical school, her son Eric advised her, "Do what you always wanted to do." As she pursued primary care, she was encouraged by her husband, Jim, and her four children, including James and Jacqueline in addition to Valerie and Eric. Dr. Moser, the family's physician, also provided encouragement and continues to be Linda's mentor.

Valerie has three years of practicing medicine as a D.O. One year after her mother began studying at Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Valerie joined her there after being impressed with the osteopathic philosophy and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

The practice, which is physician-owned and operated, is a part of the Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists Association (BMMSA). BMMSA has highly trained specialists in all fields of medical care and works closely with Exton Family Medicine.

Patients at Exton Family Medicine will have the opportunity to be treated at Chester County Hospital (Penn Medicine System), Paoli Hospital (Main Line Health System), Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists Association, and Brandywine Hospital.

To schedule an appointment at Exton Family Medicine, readers may call 484-879-6992.

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