Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles on specialists who have recently opened offices in Plattsburgh. Next Tuesday: Dr. Marzouq A. Qubti, practicing rheumatology.
PLATTSBURGH — Diabetes management will be the focus of a new endocrinology practice here.
Dr. Steven A. Leveston has been recruited by CVPH Medical Center to fill the region’s need for an endocrinologist. Leveston recently opened his practice on the fourth floor of the Physicians Office Building at 210 Cornelia St.
Endocrinology is the study of the body’s glands and hormones and their corresponding disorders, including diabetes, which Leveston has targeted as a prime emphasis in his practice.
“As the only endocrinologist in the community, we are certainly interested in all aspects of hormones and hormone-related disorders,” said Leveston, who comes to Plattsburgh after spending the last five years practicing at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.
“But our primary goal here is to assist the diabetes-management program and develop a network of diabetes management with primary-care practices across the North Country region.”
Leveston’s approach to diabetes treatment goes beyond traditional therapies that utilize medicines to manage the disease.
“Every doctor can prescribe insulin and pills,” he said. “Diabetes is a disease that requires intensive education and behavior modification. Managing diabetes requires a commitment to lifestyle change.”
The specialist can spend extra time with individual patients to address the kind of education and support needed to make those lifestyle changes, he added.
“It takes months, years, to modify change,” he said. “When we work with people over a period of time as a team, we can increase the percentage of people who over time manage lifestyle change.”
That team — including the endocrinologist, primary-care physician and diabetes-care support staff — offers the patient support that can translate into confidence and success.