In spite of the slow economy, business has been booming at The Frontera Mason Clinic. In response to the increased demand, Dr. David Hoerster is now seeing patients in Mason two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday. Physician Assistant, Sherry Alexander, will continue her full-time schedule, Monday through Friday. The two providers see patients of all ages, by appointment, for acute, chronic, and preventive care. With Dr. Hoerster’s thirty-plus years’ experience in Family Practice, and Sherry Alexander’s fifteen years’ combined practice in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Infectious Disease, and Neurology, the Mason Clinic can meet most of our population’s primary healthcare needs, right here at home!With expanded hours in Mason, Dr. Hoerster is available to do more minor procedures like removal of pre-cancer and cancerous skin lesions, repair of lacerations, and joint injections. He will continue to build his practice in geriatric care, an area where patients appreciate his ability to keep them functioning in their own homes for as long as possible. When hospital admission is necessary, Dr. Hoerster’s patients and their families often choose admission to Llano Scott & White Hospital which has earned a reputation for excellent care in a peaceful environment conducive to rest and recovery. In addition, many patients choose the Llano facility for outpatient procedures like screening colonoscopies, mammograms, and radiological studies. For the pediatric population, Sherry Alexander performs many routine well-child checkups where age-appropriate development and goals are reviewed with the patient and parents. In collaboration with MISD Health Advisory Committee, Ms. Alexander contributes to health education and nutrition standards for students and families. Low-cost sports and camp physicals provide the opportunity to advise pre-teen and teenage students and their parents on medical issues that otherwise might not be noted or addressed. Young athletes who seek care for sports injuries can often be treated locally and are advised on rehabilitation and prevention. When needed, athletes are referred for physical therapy, provided at the Mason Clinic once a week, by Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. Increasingly, local families are choosing the Mason Clinic as their primary care site. With on-site Laboratory, Xray, and EKG facilities, annual physicals, preventive medicine consults, and acute and chronic illness care can often be completed at the local clinic. Many women use the Mason Clinic for annual exams and family planning services, and businesses refer their drivers for DOT physicals. Through the years, local residents have learned that the Mason Clinic is the place to call for a same-day appointment, and in most cases, same-day evaluations can be accomplished. Increasingly, residents needing psychiatric care and medication are managed by Mason Clinic providers. Recently, regional physician have expanded their practices to offer Cardiology and General Surgery consults at the Mason Clinic. In short, the Mason Clinic offers a wealth of medical knowledge and capability to the local community, and residents are increasingly looking to our local providers for acute and primary care needs. As clinic use increases, local services grow, and we all benefit from increased medical services right here at home.