Dr. Sheryl Haber-Kuo runs a modern medical practice with a family feel to it: she provides general care to patients 15 to 100-plus-years-old in her Mercerville office.

Because her patients run the gamut in age, she is adept at treating everything from the common cold to coronary artery disease, hypertension to high cholesterol.

That’s because she is board certified in internal medicine. An internist provides long-term, comprehensive care, managing both common and complex illnesses.

“As an internal medicine specialist, I’m trained in the diagnosis and treatment of many illnesses,” said Dr. Haber-Kuo. “I’m also a strong believer in preventive medicine. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. That starts with a nice, balanced diet, and watching how you treat your body.”

A cancer survivor who underwent a bone marrow transplant in 1996, Dr. Haber-Kuo is well suited, professionally and personally, to advocate for cancer prevention. She encourages her patients to seek regular mammograms, colonoscopies, and other screenings.

She recommends yearly physicals to her over-35 patients, biennial physicals for those under 35.

While cancer does cause one out of every four deaths in the United States, it is second to heart disease. Dr. Haber-Kuo says most patients don’t know that statistic. She explains there are simple things they can do to stay well.

“First, don’t smoke,” she said. “Never smoking, or quitting smoking, is critically important in the fight against cancer and heart disease. That is one of the easiest ways to help yourself stay healthy.”

Dr. Haber-Kuo also is an exercise proponent. A regular exerciser — every morning — Dr. Haber-Kuo sets an example for her patients, especially those who “don’t have the time. Exercising, a healthy diet, and not smoking are key to feeling good and staying healthy. I work closely with all my patients in these areas.”

It’s obvious from her upbeat personality and focus on preventive medicine that Dr. Haber-Kuo is a people person. In fact, that’s one of the reasons she entered the medical field.

“I like treating people,” she stated. “I treat a lot of families — parents, kids, siblings, in-laws — and have built special relationships with them. I get most of my new referrals by word-of-mouth. It’s a nice practice with nice patients.”

Dr. Haber-Kuo gives her staff the credit for the office’s sterling reputation. She says her support staff “bends over backwards” to accommodate her patients. With a significant word-of-mouth draw, it’s clear her staff certainly are doing their jobs.

Dr. Haber-Kuo has been practicing for more than a decade. She earned a B.A. in biology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA., and her M.D. from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She completed her internship and residency at Hahnemann, and began her career working for an HMO in Trenton. In 1999 she went into private practice.

Her practice accepts most insurances, and is accepting new patients. The office is open Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are by appointment.

Dr. Sheryl Haber-Kuo, Internal Medicine. 2312 Whitehorse- Mercerville Road, Suite 201, Mercerville. 609-586-9566.

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