“Don’t Google-diagnose yourself: Go for regular checkups with a doctor who knows you!”


Milton Cruz, Emergency Department Technician, Northwell Health-Cohen Children's Medical Center

Milton Cruz knows how important a good relationship with a primary care physician (PCP) can be. That’s why he’s been seeing Dr. Marie S. Percy-Leroy, a PCP at AdvantageCare Physicians—which provides culturally and linguistically accessible care throughout New York City—regularly for the past 15 years. Milton originally went to Dr. Percy for a checkup to make sure he was healthy enough to start the physically demanding work involved in emergency medical services.

“I have a great relationship with her,” says Milton, who believes his connection with Dr. Percy keeps him healthy because he is comfortable talking to her about almost everything. “There are no surprises,” he says. “If I’m doing something I shouldn’t, or if I’m doing something that will keep me on the right track, she’ll let me know.” Milton credits this partnership with providing the support he needs to maintain a healthy weight, control his blood pressure and even quit smoking.