College of William and Mary
The Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, 1989
Overlook Family Practice
Professional Society Memberships
American Academy of Family Physicians, Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine
Looking at the person as a “whole” and taking into account the physical, emotional, and spiritual
Midlothian, Va., with her husband and two sons
A person’s overall well-being involves so much more than simply monitoring blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight. The whole person needs to be taken into account—the emotional and physical—something that traditional medicine doesn’t typically support, due to a lack of time and resources.
This isn’t the case with PartnerMD, and it’s the main reason Dr. Scharpf was drawn to our model of medicine.
“PartnerMD gives me much-needed space to explore other factors that might be causing or influencing a patient’s symptoms or the underlying problem. Think stress, trauma, and so forth,” she says. “Anything I recommend to a patient needs to be thoroughly researched and vetted, which takes time.”
Recommendations can include alternative therapies, when appropriate and as long as the patient is open to such options. “Alternative therapies simply give doctors a bigger toolkit to work with,” she says.
Famous for regularly checking in on her patients, Dr. Scharpf confesses to a sticky-note addiction. “I keep reminders on my desk about patients and call when one hasn’t been in for a while or if someone is having surgery. I find that people heal better when they feel cared for and secure. PartnerMD gives me the time to do this for my patients, which is great.”
Dr. Scharpf received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989. She completed her internship and residency with Overlook Family Practice.
Dr. Scharpf is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Richmond Symphony League. She completed the Geriatric Scholars certification program at VCU in 2005 and the Geriatric Scholar faculty development program at the Virginia Geriatric Education Center in 2015. Prior to joining PartnerMD in August 2013, Dr. Scharpf practiced at Village Green Family Medicine.
Community involvement is important to Dr. Scharpf. She currently serves as an assistant professor and small group leader in the department of family practice at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches the practice of clinical medicine.
She says, “I love working with people who are not being served by the current system or who have had adverse effects from standard approaches to treatment. PartnerMD gives the patient and me the space to explore other options.”
Dr. Scharpf lives in Midlothian, Virginia, with her husband and their two sons.
“I have never had a doctor who is more thorough and explains all my tests results. I enjoy being a member of PartnerMD.” — Diane F.