By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Med facility makes debut
Wound care, sports injuries among services
Physicians IM 5 es
Dr. Garrett Post and Dr. Amaha Okorafor talk together and with office staff as they make a diagnosis for a patient Tuesday afternoon at Physician's Immediate Med. - photo by Emily Saunders

Physicians’ Immediate Med is at 2575 Peachtree Parkway in south Forsyth. Contact: (770) 888-8777 or

For Forsyth County, it’s a new medical facility for family medicine and treatment of minor injuries. For James Yost, it’s a “fairy tale type story come true.”

Yost is owner of Physicians’ Immediate Med of Johns Creek, a three-physician facility offering pediatric and other services, including allergies, sports injury care and pain management.

“One year you’re working as a paramedic for the clinic ... and then the next year you’ve graduated from medical school and residency and then you’re a partner and you own one of the clinics,” Yost said.

There are 10 Physicians’ Immediate Med, PIM, clinics throughout Georgia, with an 11th being built in Decatur, said spokeswoman Jennie Farnsworth.

“They’re a little different,” Farnsworth said. “Our facility at Johns Creek is much more advanced than the previous models in that it offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wound care.

“It’s very exciting that we’re offering this to patients in Forsyth County.”

While there are other hyperbaric chambers in Georgia, the facility is the first to have a computerized one, which Yost said is safer.

The oxygen therapy adds high concentrations of the element in blood to help with swelling, infections and chronic health problems like diabetic foot ulcers, thermal burns and crush injuries.

“We wanted to move away from the classic doc-in-a-box ... to more of a multidisciplinary type of clinic,” said Yost, who worked as a paramedic for more than a dozen years.

Yost, Garrett Post and Nazra Baluch serve as the facility’s three physicians. All three did their residency at Emory Hospital.

Yost, who owns the 18,000-square-foot building in south Forsyth, said the clinic can serve as primary care, or can work in tandem with those patients who have primary care physicians.

By their six-month mark, Yost said he expects the center will see between 40 and 60 patients a day, regardless of whether they have insurance.

“One of the things I love about being the owner is that if you don’t have insurance, it’s OK, it’s not a problem,” he said. “I’m going to treat you.

“I’m going to take care of you as if you have the best insurance, and we’ll settle up afterwards. If you have to make payments, if you have to bake us cookies ... I’m going to take care of you.”