About Family Practice

North Shore Family Practice is dedicated to improving healthcare and changing the way people think about their health and wellness. By utilizing the strengths of our providers as well as the latest in medical technology, North Shore is making positive improvements in the lives of those in Rabun County.

At North Shore Family Medicine, caring for families comes first. The well-being of our community here in northeast Georgia is of the utmost importance to us. That’s why our goal is to not only get you and your family healthy, but to keep you that way. From routine physicals, vaccinations, and women’s health exams to a multitude of screenings; the North Shore Family Practice are here to provide quality, compassionate care to you and your family. Come see us today!

Come visit us at:
563 Mountain City Rd
Clayton, GA

North Shore Family Practice

331 Ridgecrest Circle

Clayton, GA 30525


  • Monday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed


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A benefit resulting from the Affordable Care Act, Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is covered once every 12 months after the first year of Medicare coverage. You pay nothing out of pocket for this visit. However, you may incur a copayment or deductible if additional services are performed. Annual Wellness Visit includes:

  • • Height, weight measurements
  • • Blood pressure and body-mass index
  • • Review of medical & family history
  • • Establish a list of current medications and providers
  • • Personal risk assessment
  • • Review of functional ability and level of safety
  • • Detection of cognitive impairment
  • • Screening for depression
  • • Establish a schedule for Medicare’s screening and preventative services
  • • Advise, review and update the list of referral services for potential health risk
  • • Voluntary advance care planning

A health risk assessment provides individuals with an evaluation of their health risks and incorporates three key elements – an extended questionnaire to collect information, face-to-face with a health advisor to asses health status and feedback to promote a healthy lifestyle or prevent disease.

An assessment of the child’s current health status and development helps ensure that all children receive appropriate and timely interventions.

Occupational Medicine

A healthy workforce is a fundamental ingredient for a healthy business. North Shore Convenient Care Clinic offers a wide variety of testing at times convenient for you and your employees. We offer OSHA-mandated medical surveillance exams, D.O.T. and Non-D.O.T. drug screens, physicals, blood alcohol tests, pulmonary function test, Hepatitis B testing among many others.


Routine camp, sports and school physicals are an opportunity for healthcare providers to discuss important health issues with children and their parents. Annual physicals can help ensure that the individual is healthy and physically prepared to join in activities. During the exam, the healthcare provider will review the individual’s complete health history and make sure he or she is up-to-date with current immunization recommendations for their age.

Routine camp, sports and school physicals are an opportunity for healthcare providers to discuss important health issues with children and their parents. Annual physicals can help ensure that the individual is healthy and physically prepared to join in activities. During the exam, the healthcare provider will review the individual’s complete health history and make sure he or she is up-to-date with current immunization recommendations for their age.


Our in-house lab provides accuracy, confidentiality and dedicated service to the North Shore clinics using modern technology.


Check out this chart for our adult vaccine schedule!


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. COPD means that the flow of air in and out of the lungs is less than it should be. As the disease gets worse, it can become more difficult to remain active due to shortness of breath. It is important to remember that COPD is often preventable and treatable. If you are at risk for COPD or have symptoms of COPD, you should be tested. They may want you to have a chest x-ray or other test like an arterial blood gas test.

High cholesterol levels is a major risk factor of having a heart attack. Having high cholesterol does not produce any symptoms. Cholesterol levels should be checked by blood-test. First-line ways to reduce cholesterol involve lifestyle changes. If lifestyle changes are unsuccessful or cholesterol levels are very high, lipid-lowering drugs may be prescribed.

If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the causes may differ. Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems. If you're struggling to manage your blood glucose levels, we can help! You can take steps today to monitor your condition, prevent serious complications and feel better while living with diabetes.

Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, puts you at potential risk of heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 American adults and generally develops over many years. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected. And once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it.

Nutritional counseling can help identify areas where change is needed to help you start eating healthier. Nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners and registered dietitians are well qualified to help educate and advise on dietary choices and eating patterns. Nutritional counseling is recommended in the treatment for persons with depression, eating disorders, and chemical dependencies.

Screening and counseling by a primary care provider can help people who are overweight lose weight safely. Be prepared to be weighed and measured and possibly referred to a weight loss program.

Create a quit-smoking plan with the help of healthcare professionals. Cope with hurdles you may face as you quit smoking such as nicotine withdrawal and the strong urges to smoke. Improve your chances of stopping for good with our smoking cessation program.

We offer a personalized weight loss program that is medically supervised.

  • • Initial consultation ($25 fee)
  • • Monthly visit
  • • Biometric scale measurements
  • • B12 injection
  • • Appetite suppressant medication


Joint Notice of Privacy Practices


We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your Protected Health Information (PHI). This Notice describes how North Shore Healthcare Associates, Inc. and its Affiliated Entities1 will treat your PHI and how we may use and disclose your PHI to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. North Shore Healthcare Associates and its Affiliated Entities provide clinically integrated services in Clayton, Georgia and consist of an organized health care arrangement (OCHA). North Shore Healthcare Associates, Inc. and its Affiliated Entities may share your health information for treatment, payment and health operations as described in this Notice. This Notice applies to all services provided at North Shore Healthcare Associates facilities in Clayton, Georgia. This Notice also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. PHI is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services.

Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information: Your PHI may be used and disclosed by the physician, our office staff and others outside of our offices that are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you, to pay your health care bills, to support the operation of the business, and any other use required by law.

Treatment: We will use and disclose your PHI to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party. For example, your PHI may be provided to a physician to whom you have been referred or are receiving treatment from to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.

Payment: Your PHI will be used to obtain payment for your health care services. For example, we may provide PHI to your insurance company to obtain authorization and payment for services rendered. We may contact the Guarantor for your visit in order to obtain payment.

Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose your PHI in order to support our business activities. These activities include, but are not limited to business associates, quality assessment activities, internal investigations, performance reviews, and training employees. In addition, we will use a sign-in sheet at the registration desk where you will be asked to provide your name and insurance company. We may also call you by name in the waiting room when the physician is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your PHI to contact you to remind you of an appointment, to notify you of test results, to inform you of health-related services that may be of interest to you, and to check on your treatment, progress, and satisfaction with our services.

We may use or disclose your PHI in the following situations without your authorization: As required by Law, for Public Health issues, Communicable Diseases, Health Oversight, Abuse or Neglect, Food and Drug Administration requirements, Legal proceedings, Law Enforcement, Coroners, Funeral Directors, Organ Donation, Research, Criminal Activity, Military Activity, to avert a serious and imminent threat to a person or the public, National Security, Worker’s Compensation, Inmates, and other Required Uses and Disclosures. Under the law, we must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Other permitted and required uses and disclosures, such as for marketing or sale of your PHI to third parties, will be made only with your authorization. Once given, you may withdraw authorization at any time in writing.

You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. Under federal law, you may not inspect or copy psychotherapy notes, information compiled in anticipation of, or use in, a legal proceeding, and PHI that is otherwise prohibited.

You have the right to request a restriction of your protected health information. This means you may ask us not to use or disclose any part of your PHI for the purposes of treatment, payment or health care operations. Your request must be in writing and state the specific restriction requested and to whom you want the restriction to apply. If you have paid for your services in full and ask us not to disclose your visit to your insurance company, we will honor that request. We are not required to agree to any other restriction that you may request and if we believe it is in your best interest to permit use and disclosure of your PHI, it will not be restricted. You then have the right to use another health care professional.

You have the right to receive confidential communications from us by alternative means, or at an alternative location by notifying us in writing.

You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from us, upon request to the Clinic Manager or our Privacy Officer.

You may have the right to ask us to amend your protected health information. If we deny your written request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with us and we may prepare a rebuttal to your statement and will provide you with a copy of any such rebuttal.

You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made, if any, of your protected health information. Your request must be in writing. We are required by law to notify you if your unsecured PHI is breached.

North Shore Healthcare Associates reserves the right to change the terms of this notice. Any change will apply to all PHI that we maintain. We post our current policy at each location and on our website. All written requests must be delivered to the Clinic Manager.


1 North Shore Healthcare Associates Clayton, GA; North Shore Convenient Care Clayton, GA; and North Shore Family Practice Clayton, GA. This is Joint Notice of Privacy Practices between North Shore Healthcare Associates, Inc. and the above named entities.

Effective date: July 1, 2015

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