Ask the Doctor

The Importance of an Annual Physical

Your annual physical isn’t just a formality–it’s an important part of guiding and preserving your overall health. But often, we hear from people who go years without any routine check-up. Your exam is an opportunity to partner with your provider for a healthier future. This can mean preventive care, screenings, lifestyle discussions and more–as well as providing benchmarks to see any changes in your health over time. Let’s explore some common questions about your yearly physical.

In this edition of Ask the Doctor, Dr. Vanessa Womack of Northside Family Practice answers common questions regarding the importance of your annual physical.

Who conducts my annual physical?

Why should I have a physical every year?

What kind of screenings are routinely performed?

Do physicals keep me up to date with vaccines?

Dr. Vanessa Womack

Northside Family Practice

Dr. Womack is a board-certified internal medicine physician, proudly serving the Woodstock community out of Northside Family Practice. She received her MD from the Medical College of Georgia, then went on to complete both her internship and residency here in Georgia as well. Her priority is the holistic wellbeing of all her patients, no matter where they are in their lives. She says that her philosophy of care is “to educate my patients and to offer guidance in maintaining good physical and mental health.” Dr. Womack is a member of the American College of Physicians and specializes in preventive care, diabetes management and hypertension.

Dr. Womack strongly believes that a patient-doctor relationship should be more of a partnership—which makes it easier to best address health and illness.

Northside Family Practice

Woodstock — 960 Woodstock Parkway, Suite 300, Woodstock, Georgia 30188 — 770-517-2145

On Air

Listen to Ask the Doctor on WLJA 101.1 FM
First & Third Wednesday of each month at 5:15 p.m.



Next on Ask the Doctor

Anterior Hip Replacement with Dr. Anuj Gupta

Send your questions to






You May Also Like…

Ask the Doctor: Dr. Anit Vettukattil

Dr. Jill Mabley Breaks the Glass Ceiling

Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch 2022

Art for Hearts’ Sake

From Setback to Comeback

Warriors & Lady Knights Head to Battle