A Smaller Practice with Big Patient Benefits: Meet the Physicians of Personal Medicine of Rochester

Dr. James Budd, Roberta Rink, and Dr. Mitchell Ehrenberg

As seen in the September/October 2023 issue of (585) Magazine:

Those seeking a more personalized approach from their primary care physician will be happy to learn the doctors are in. With a goal of providing person-centered care and a focus on wellness and prevention, Personal Medicine of Rochester opened its doors in June and is currently accepting new patients aged eighteen and up. The practice offers an annual membership with convenient access to experienced, board-certified Internal Medicine physicians, Mitchell Ehrenberg, M.D. and James Budd, M.D. The smaller practice size will allow patients the convenience of same-day or next day appointments.

“Since we have a smaller office, patients won’t encounter the barriers to which they’ve been accustomed. Frustration will go down while access and quality will go up. Patients benefit because they have improved access over a traditional primary care office,” says Dr. Ehrenberg, who received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

One major benefit of the practice is a comprehensive personal wellness plan, which is customized to a patient’s individual health goals. Patients also receive one-on-one support through an annual wellness program which includes advanced wellness screenings, personalized diagnostics, nutrition education, and an annual physical therapy screening. Dr. Ehrenberg continues, “We have a strong emphasis on wellness, nutrition, and physical activity—but the most important part of our visit is talking about what is on a patient’s mind. I really enjoy spending a lot of time getting to know my patients—it’s the best part of what I do!”

Dr. Budd’s practice of medicine has also been shaped over decades of patient relationships, but has remained true to a few core values. “I believe in being accessible and having enough time to listen—and not watching the clock. This allows me to discuss, educate, and address the patient’s agenda in one session rather than running out of time,” he says. Dr. Budd received his medical degree from University of Chicago. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. In addition to Internal Medicine, he is also board certified in Hematology.

“Each patient has somewhat unique goals for their overall health, with different definitions of what quality of life means, as well as what is tolerable,” Dr. Budd continues. “Health is a journey—and hopefully one with mostly steps forward after fully understanding the steps back. My enthusiasm for this new practice derives from its promise to support these values completely. I’m excited that we get to build it from the ground up.”

Most physicians see numerous patients per day, booked minutes apart, leaving little time for a thorough exam and meaningful discussion. Dr. Ehrenberg and Dr. Budd have a daily average of only 6 to 10 patients. For those seeking an alternative to the typical primary care model, Personal Medicine Rochester is  located in Pittsford at 6161 Monroe Avenue, Suite A. To join the practice or for more information, please call 585-385-3372 or visit PersonalMedicineRoc.com.