Published on December 11, 2020

Dr. McCarty Achieves Certification in Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Richmond McCartySALTILLO, Mississippi—Richmond McCarty, D.O., physician at Saltillo Medical Clinic, was recently named a Diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

He is the first North Mississippi Health Services physician to achieve this certification.

Lifestyle medicine is the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection as a way to treat and reverse chronic disease.

“So much of the chronic disease that we treat as family physicians is caused by lifestyle choices,” Dr. McCarty said. “Integrating lifestyle medicine into my daily practice is one of the more important steps that I as a primary care physician can take in order to improve both the overall quality as well as their long-term health of my patients’ lives. One of the greatest values of lifestyle medicine is that it focuses more specifically on the underlying cause of chronic disease vs just treating the symptoms or end result of the disease itself.”

Dr. McCarty has worked at Saltillo Medical Clinic since 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and received his medical training from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed his internship at the Medical Center of Independence in Independence, Missouri, and then went on to serve three years as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation and Achievement Medal for his service. Dr. McCarty completed his residency training at North Mississippi Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Center.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the nation’s medical professional association for physicians, allied health professionals, health care executives and those in professions devoted to transforming health and redefining health care through lifestyle medicine.

To make an appointment with Dr. McCarty, call (662) 869-2122 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).

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