A primary care doctor is your trusted advisor, your advocate, and your friend. At Marlene Rocha Farooq, MD, in Long Beach, California, Dr. Farooq offers primary care services to men, women, and children who need a reliable and accessible physician. If you want to stay on top of your health and take preventive measures to avoid illness and disease, book an appointment today with the easy online scheduler.

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What is a primary care doctor?

Whether you’re healthy as can be or you have a chronic condition, it’s beneficial to have a primary care physician to help you navigate health decisions over the course of your life.

Your primary care doctor will be the one to see you if you come down with a sudden illness, if you need a yearly physical, or if you have a health issue that requires a referral to a specialist. Dr. Farooq offers patients the security and safety they desire in a physician-patient relationship, ensuring that your healthcare is streamlined and easy to navigate.

What services does a primary care doctor offer?

Dr. Farooq and her team can help you manage your health with numerous services, including:

  • Medical screenings, health risk assessments, or annual physical exams
  • Preventive care services to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Referrals to medical specialists, when needed
  • Treatment for illness, injuries, or chronic conditions
  • Prescribing and monitoring your medications

Dr. Farooq can also treat a wide range of conditions, from hypertension, STD testing, and acne to asthma, allergies, or sinus infections.

Your primary care physician is also the best person to help coordinate your healthcare if you’re currently seeing other practitioners or using a variety of healing modalities.

How do I choose a primary care doctor?

There are many factors to consider before choosing a primary care physician. It’s important to feel comfortable with your doctor and to know you’re getting the most qualified care. A few factors to consider when choosing this type of physician are:


Is your physician located close enough to where you live? Can you get appointments easily? Can you quickly and efficiently access your test results and medical records?


Can your physician efficiently coordinate your care with other specialists or people that are part of your medical team? Can you rely on this person to follow through and have your best interests at heart?


Does this person have expertise in the areas that are important to you and your health?

Dr. Farooq is known for her expertise, her incredible bedside manner, and her ability to help patients make the best decisions for their health on an individual basis.

To book an initial consultation and discuss your primary care needs, use the online scheduler.