Family physician settling in on Main Street

By on May 14, 2009

Dr. Sean Rardin says patient interaction is best part of medicine
by Susan O’Neill
Dr. Sean Rardin a family practice doctor who recently opened a practice in Sugar Grove, said his patients can expect him to be thorough and to spend a lot of time with them.

“The patient interaction is the most exciting part to me,” he said. “I hear a lot from patients, ‘You’re the first person who’s explained that to me,’” he said.

Rardin said he also incorporates recommendations for nutrition and exercise into his medical treatment with patients. In the year between college and medical school, he worked as a personal trainer at a fitness center, where he learned a great deal about the impact both nutrition and fitness can have on one’s health.

He is also comfortable with alternative treatments, and enjoys working in conjunction with non-traditional healers, such as chiropractors, herbalists and acupuncturists. He said that although there is much that traditional medicine can offer, there are some cases in which a more non-traditional approach may be warranted.

For example, if patients suffer from a back problems, they may find relief with adjustments from a chiropractor before they consider what is likely to be a major surgery.

“My generation is the first one in medicine that’s been open to working with alternative health care practitioners,” he said. “My brother is a chiropractor, and we’ve learned a lot from each other.”

Rardin, 34, received his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago-Stritch School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Rush Copley Family Practice Center in Aurora.

He has been in private practice for four years. His first office was in Warrenville, and he moved his practice to Sugar Grove two months ago. His hospital affiliation is with Proven-Mercy Medical Center in Aurora.

He said he likes that Sugar Grove is making the transition from a farming town to a suburb.

“I wanted to be part of a growing community,” he said.