Doctor moves longtime practice
He's been a fixture in the Lansing community for over 20 years, and for Dr. Peter Cristiano that doesn't plan to change anytime soon.
The family practitioner is, however, moving his practice with Drs. Seth Sullivan and Leah Stevens Waage to a new location at 720 First Terrace, in the old Overlook Restaurant, to better serve his patients.
Cristiano's staff of seven, which includes four nurse practitioners, plans to move into the building in October from their current office in the Cushing Medical Plaza, 1001 Sixth Ave. in Leavenworth.
Cristiano said he liked the practice's new location for several reasons, including its unique ambiance. The home-like appearance of the building will add to the idea that it's a family-friendly practice, he said.
He also said the prominent location and ample parking both will be big benefits for his patients. Both of the added benefits, Cristiano said, should allow him and the other doctors to serve his patients more efficiently and conveniently.
Cristiano purchased the building a couple months ago. Work crews are currently working to convert the building from a restaurant into a medical clinic.
Cristiano said he was already getting feedback from patients who were excited for the move. He said he hopes they see what an improvement in care the building will bring because for him, it's all about serving his patients.
He said some of his favorite parts of being a doctor in Lansing are the good relationships he's built with several families. He's treated multiple generations of some families and said it meant a lot to him to be comfortable with so many families and to know their history.
The Family Health Center also plans to open a practice in Leavenworth. Cristiano said he was currently looking at locations and should have a building purchased sometime next month. He said it would be a good opportunity to bring in new doctors to expand the practice and provide the most convenient care for as many people as possible.