Family Medicine

Thomas S. Ziering, MD, FAAFP

Morristown, NJ (formerly Bernardsville, NJ)

If you want to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, it’s important to invest in family medicine. Regular check-ups, screenings, and preventive measures can improve your energy levels, overall health, and quality of life. At his office in Morristown, New Jersey, Somerset, NJ, Monmouth County and Middlesex County, family practitioner Thomas S. Ziering, MD, and the team offers a variety of family medicine services, including an in-office therapy dog named Bentley. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Family Medicine Q & A

What is family medicine?

Family medicine is a branch of primary care that diagnoses, treats, and prevents illness in people of all ages, from children to adults. Family medicine provides an array of important services, including laboratory testing, immunizations, annual check-ups, and access to prescription medication.

Who can benefit from family medicine?

Anyone who wants to improve their physical and mental health or overall quality of life can benefit from family medicine. Many serious health problems, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, present few symptoms early on. As a result, you might be at risk and not even realize it. 

Establishing care with a family medicine practitioner is an easy and effective way to catch these and other issues early on when they’re most responsive to treatment. Family medicine also presents an opportunity to build a relationship with Dr. Ziering. You can discuss health concerns, uncomfortable symptoms, or plan treatments for the future.

What services does family medicine include?

Dr. Ziering and his team offer a comprehensive suite of family medicine services, including:

Annual exams and check-ups

An annual exam is a doctor’s appointment used to check in on your overall health. During this type of appointment, Dr. Ziering inspects your ears, eyes, nose, and throat; listens to your heart and respiratory rate; tests your reflexes, muscle strength, and overall range-of-motion; and palpates your organs.

If necessary, Dr. Ziering can also update your immunizations, refill your prescription medications, or order laboratory testing as necessary.

Preventive screenings

As you get older, you’re more likely to develop health problems like breast cancer, prostate cancer, or diabetes. Preventive screenings like Pap tests, mammograms, and colonoscopies can catch these ailments early on, ensuring you receive prompt treatment when it’s most beneficial.

Laboratory testing

Laboratory tests such as complete blood counts (CBC), glycated hemoglobin (A1C) tests, and urinalysis provide key insights about your overall health. They can also alert you to hormone imbalances, vitamin deficiencies, and other potentially serious health problems. 


Immunizations or vaccines, expose your body to small pieces of viruses or bacteria. Your immune system responds by establishing immunity. Some of the most common vaccines include the HPV shot, the annual flu shot, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.

Therapy dog

Dr. Ziering knows that a trip to the doctor can trigger fear or anxiety. To make your visit more relaxing and comfortable, he has an onsite therapy dog. Bentley is a hypoallergenic cockapoo. He’s great with children and adults and is uniquely tuned to emotions and stressors. If you’d like to meet with Bently during your appointment, let a staff member know.

To schedule an appointment at the practice of Thomas S. Ziering, MD, call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online today.