Family Medicine FAQs

What is family medicine?

Family medicine is a specialty that treats a variety of medical issues for all ages. Family physicians provide preventative care like routine check-ups as well as managing acute and chronic issues.

What ages of patients do you see?

We see all ages, from pediatric to geriatric.

What insurances do you accept?

We accept most insurance plans, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and United Healthcare. Click here for a comprehensive list.

To inquire about a specific plan, please call the office at 708-294-8012.

What hours are you open?

Our practice offers evening and Saturday hours and is open every day except Sundays. For our complete office hours please click here.

Which hospitals is your practice associated with?

Our practice is associated with Silver Cross Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Advocate Christ Hospital.

How long has Dr. Rife been in practice?

Dr. Rife has been in practice since 1999.

Do you have a laboratory on-site?

Yes, we have an in-office Quest Laboratory.

What is a D.O.?

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) are fully trained and licensed physicians. Osteopathic doctors practice a “whole person” approach to medicine. Instead of just treating you for specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body and mind as an integrated whole. In addition, D.O.’s receive training in the musculoskeletal system, to give them a better understanding of how an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect other parts.

What is a P.A.?

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a certified and licensed professional. PAs have earned a master’s degree in medical science and completed more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in family medicine, and several other specialties. PAs practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. They conduct physical exams, and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, and write prescriptions. Our PAs see their own patients independently and can consult with our physicians at any time. A PA can often take that extra time with patients, focusing on overall health and wellness.

How many providers do you have in your office?

We have three D.O’s and four PA’s that are all trained in conducting physical exams, treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting tests, and writing prescriptions.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Call our office today at 708-294-8012 to schedule your appointment.



Weight No More FAQs

What is the benefit of seeing a primary care provider for weight loss?

  1. ​”Cleared’ to begin a weight loss program
  2. 1:1 nutrition counseling from a registered dietitian
  3. Personalized program to fit your needs
  4. Monitored throughout the process
  5. The program is focused on long-term success

What weight management programs do you have?

Our weight management plans can be customized to your goals. We can help you with losing weight, maintaining your weight, and weight gain. Each person’s goals are different and we will work with you to help you reach them.

What does a visit include?

A Weight No More visit includes a physical, routine lab, custom nutrition recommendations, goal development, accountability, and support. The providers will also calculate BMI, waist circumference, and a body analysis.​

At this visit, your provider will discuss your weight management history, diet, activity levels, and your goals to generate a personalized plan.

How long will it take me to get to my healthy weight?

There is no specific time since each body is different, but we will work with you to get you to your ideal weight safely and sustainably.

Are your services covered by medical insurance?

Our services are covered by most commercial medical insurances, but we recommend that you call your insurance to ensure coverage.

Aside from insurance, are there other methods of payment available?

Yes, please call the office and we’ll work with you to set up a payment plan.