Walk-In Primary Care
For The Whole Family

Serving South Orange County Since 1990

South Coast Family Medical: FAQ Section

Are you an urgent care or primary care office?

We are a quality primary care office that offers walk-in services, so that you do not have to plan ahead to make an appointment.

When Dr. Kent established South Coast Family in 1990, he created an incredible environment that offered quality medical care from the family practice standpoint with the amazing convenience of walk-in services. We decided to offer walk-in services because having patients schedule appointments would change the foundation that the practice was built on and would not work with the current workflow. Every provider at South Coast FamilyMedical Center devotes the same kind of care we treat our families with.

What can I make an appointment for?

You can make appointments for annual physical exams, pap smears, INS physicals and preoperative examinations..

Can I leave and come back if there is a long wait?

Yes, you are absolutely able to sign in and leave. Please feel free to grab some Starbucks, Chick-fil-a or Los Golondrinas while waiting your turn. When you return, all you have to do is inform the front office, and you will be seen based on the order in which you originally signed in.

What time do you take your last patient?

We try to take check our last patient in around 7 p.m., so that the provider and staff can finish up their day in a timely manner. We ask that DOT physicals arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. because they require extra time and paperwork.

What does D.O. mean?

D.O. stands for doctor of osteopathic medicine. A D.O. is a licensed physician dedicated to practicing all aspects of medicine. Typically, D.O.s focus on providing total patient care and treatment and excel at listening to the needs and concerns of their patients, so the best level of care can be delivered. The main educational difference between an osteopathic (D.O.) and an allopathic (M.D.) medical school is that in osteopathic medical school, there is additional teaching in physical manipulation (OMM/OMT). Besides the additional OMM/OMT training, both medical schools are four years and the training is identical. As a matter of fact, both Dr. Chris Davis and Dr. Lauren Davis did their residency at an allopathic (M.D.) family medicine residency in Denver, CO.

What is an NP?

NPs, otherwise known as nurse practitioners, are registered nurses who undergo intensive education at the graduate level, as well as advanced clinical training. By undergoing such advanced and in-depth training, NPs are able to provide a variety of healthcare services, such as diagnosing and treating medical conditions for patients of all ages. In addition, NPs are also qualified to act as a patient's primary caregiver and areable to provide the coordination, management, and education of care required in various healthcare delivery models, such as walk-in primary care offices like ours. Claire Liston, Dr. Chris Davis, and Dr. Lauren Davis are all integral parts of your healthcare team, and we work together to provide you timely and quality care.