Jenifer Balawender

Jenifer Balawender, D.O.

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  • Family Medicine

Provider Type: Physician

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Locations

  • Family Medicine
    4401 Campus Ridge Drive
    Suite 2100
    Midland, Michigan 48640

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Biography

Jenifer Balawender, D.O., specializes in family medicine. She sees patients of all ages in the Campus Ridge Building on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland.

Philosophy of Care

“During my training I had many interests and enjoyed seeing all types of people: young, old and in between,” said Dr. Balawender. “This made family medicine the perfect fit for me. I especially appreciate the strong patient-doctor relationship that is unique to primary care.”

“As an osteopathic doctor, one of the philosophies is to treat the whole person with consideration of the greater context of their life. Another philosophy of osteopathic medicine is that the body has the ability to heal itself. Of course, often medicine and interventions are necessary, but I try to limit these whenever possible.”

“I appreciate having an open, honest, and caring relationship with my patients in which we both take responsibility in their care. I try to educate my patients about their health so I can help them to make informed decisions regarding their care. I am a good listener and I care for my patients with the respect and consideration I would give to a family member.”

“I really appreciate being able to develop relationships with many types of people and help guide them on the path to health and well-being. I love practicing preventative medicine because I can try to prevent illness before it starts or identify it early on when it’s most treatable.”

“For example, figuring out the link between cancer and the HPV virus has been an incredible discovery. This changed several cancers from devastating conditions that we could only react to into preventable diseases.”

“Within the context of primary care I especially enjoy preventative medicine, women’s health and pediatric care. I perform IUD insertions and several joint injections. In addition, I have experience performing Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine which is a great tool I use to treat musculoskeletal conditions including neck, back and hip pain.”

“In my spare time, I enjoy running, yoga, cooking and spending time with my family, including my husband, Mark Balawender and my daughter, Leah and son Ryan.”

“I have been practicing family medicine for 5 years in Lansing, Michigan. My husband’s job has brought me and my family to Midland and we’re looking forward to getting to know the community.”

Special Interests and Procedures

  • Preventive medicine
  • Women’s health
  • Pediatric care
  • IUD insertions
  • Joint injections
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Gender

  • Female

Year Began Practicing

  • 2009

Board Certified

  • Family Medicine

Languages

  • English

Education

Medical School

2009
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI, DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Residency

2012
E.W. Sparrow Family Practice Residency Program, Lansing, MI, FAMILY MEDICINE

Clinical Interests & Special Procedures

  • Preventive Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Women's Health
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
  • Joint Injections
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) Insertion

Professional Memberships

  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Practitioners

Philosophy

"I appreciate having an open, honest, and caring relationship with my patients in which we both take responsibility in their care."

Participating Insurances*

  • Morbark
  • United Healthcare Commercial
  • HAP HMO
  • TriCare WPS - Prime
  • TriCare Humana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Trust PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Plus Blue (Medicare Advantage)
  • Blue Care Network Medicare Advantage HMO
  • PACE Central Michigan (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Medicaid
  • Molina - Medicaid
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Medicare
  • Blue Care Network
  • Priority Health HMO
  • Priority Health PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage HMO/PPO
  • ConnectCare - Northwood University
  • ConnectCare - MidMichigan Health
  • McLaren Health Plan - Medicaid
  • HAP - Preferred
  • HAP - PPO
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)
  • HAP Medicare Advantage HMO
  • HAP Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Aetna Better Health - Medicaid
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • ASR PPO
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Cofinity
  • Medicare Railroad
  • US Health and Life
  • Meridian Health Plan - Medicaid

*Insurance Disclaimer

These are the insurance plans in which this individual is a "participating provider". This provider may accept other insurance, but your costs may be higher if they do not "participate" in your plan.

Specialty

  • Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Primary Care)

Employed By

MidMichigan Physicians Group

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