Dr Christina Gonzalez

I’m a wife, a mom, and a doctor in El Dorado, KS. There is a ton of health information floating around out there. My aim is to use my knowledge to be a trusted source for relevant and reliable health information for our community.

Operating as usual


For those of you trying to schedule:

Frequently Asked Question: Did I get an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccine scheduled?

coronavirus-vaccine-outreach-bucogis.hub.arcgis.com 02/04/2021

Butler County Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution

This post is not new, but my understanding is they are opening more Covid Vaccine appointments today at noon and this post has instructions on how to sign up. Spots are going quickly!

coronavirus-vaccine-outreach-bucogis.hub.arcgis.com An ArcGIS Hub site used by public health agencies to communicate vaccination plans, increase public confidence in COVID-19 vaccinations and ensure the public knows when, and where, they can be vaccinated.


Sneaking in under the wire here to say “Happy #nationalwomenphysicianday !” On this date 200 years ago the first woman to earn a US Medical degree, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, was born. A lot of roads were paved over many years that made it possible for Hope Family Medicine to exist. Thanks Dr. Blackwell and all who have gone before me! #hopefamilymedicinedpc #womeninmedicine #mamadoc #womenphysicians #familyphysician #familydoctor #becolorstreet #eldoradoks #eldoks


Thanks El Dorado TrueCare Pharmacy for all you do for our community!

Today was a historic day at TrueCare Pharmacy, as we began administering Covid-19 vaccinations! The availability of these vaccines is extremely limited and it’s hard for us to predict when shipments will come and exactly how much we will receive. Due to this limited availability, the CDC recommends that we offer these immunizations by appointment ONLY. The only way to make an appointment is by signing up on our waiting list at www.eldoradotruecare.com. As the vaccine becomes available, we will contact those on the list to schedule an appointment. Please keep in mind that we have been fielding a huge number of phone calls, and it is preferred that you sign up online (or have someone help you do so). For those who have no way to sign up online, we are able to add you to the waiting list by phone. However, we have had so many of these phone calls, that we have actually had to make a waiting list to call people to put them on the waiting list!

coronavirus-vaccine-outreach-bucogis.hub.arcgis.com 01/22/2021

Butler County Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution

Here’s where you can find up to date information on the Covid Vaccine in Butler County. Please keep in mind we are all doing our best and learning things on the fly! I know our health department has worked hard creating a plan and communicating it as best they can. If you have questions about the vaccine, shoot me a PM or comment below and I will be happy to try and answer you.


coronavirus-vaccine-outreach-bucogis.hub.arcgis.com An ArcGIS Hub site used by public health agencies to communicate vaccination plans, increase public confidence in COVID-19 vaccinations and ensure the public knows when, and where, they can be vaccinated.


Look! The two in the middle are free range eggs from a local farm. The two on the outside are store brand cage free eggs. If you can’t tell, the farm raised eggs are brighter and more firm (not smaller, the store eggs just don’t hold their shape). I’ve done this experiment before and it’s even more dramatic when you compare with traditional store bought eggs. The price difference is maybe a dollar per dozen, plus you’re supporting a neighbor!

We love eggs around here for the protein, nutrients, and taste! They are so versatile and an easy way to make a healthy meal. This is a great swap if you’re just starting out making some healthy changes to your diet.



Here’s another Free Covid Testing opportunity:


We are in the last few hours of 2020! Boy was this year one big series of twists and turns. I know as well as you all that the turn of a calendar page will not magically wipe away all the hard things that happened this past year. Yet there is still something so inspiring about the idea of a fresh start.

I’d like to encourage you to take some time tomorrow to reflect on the past year. What is one specific thing (that you can control!) that you stopped doing in 2020 that you’d like to leave there and never pick up again? And what is one thing that 2020 taught you to start doing that you’d like to continue?

For me, I think I’m not alone in wanting to leave a lot of that pre-pandemic busyness behind! Slowing down and cutting unnecessary activities out has helped me physically and emotionally. One thing I have really focused on that I’d like to continue to develop is truly being present where I am—particularly in my relationships. Without all the distractions and busyness the quality of our interactions can go up exponentially. In that sense 2020 has been a blessing in my relationships with my kids, husband, and family. And let me tell you... starting Hope Family Medicine has been incredible for allowing me be able to cultivate an environment where the doctor-patient relationships is central.

So how about you? What is one thing you stopped that you’d like to stay gone and what is one thing you started that you want to bring with you into 2021?

Happy New Years from Hope Family Medicine!



I hate to share these kinds of posts, but I want you all to be aware. Hospitals in Wichita are again full or nearly full. **Do not avoid going to your doctor/ER if you’re sick or injured** Seeking care early is a good way to prevent a hospital stay, but please be careful! Minimize your risk of exposure to Covid, wear a mask, distance, wash your hands, and stay home.

This is not yet a reflection of cases of Covid due to Christmas gatherings, so things will likely get busier. Have hope, though! I do believe an end is in sight! I’m excited about the vaccine, increased immunity in our community, better treatments, mask mandates curbing some spread, and more. I have faith we will get through this! In the mean time... stay safe!

(Photo from a physician in Wichita)


Last week I had the opportunity to get my Covid vaccine! (Thanks #susanballenmemorialhospital 💉) I’ve had lots of questions about it. One unique question is if it’s safe for pregnant or nursing mothers. The bottom line: we don’t know, but given what we do know about the vaccine I personally felt the benefit outweighed the potential risk. I’m looking into participating in research to better learn about the effect of the vaccine on nursing mothers. Here’s an easy to read article sharing more on the subject:



[12/21/20]   I’ll be selecting gift card winners at 6pm!


Virtual Open House! Watch to the end for your chance to win one of 10 gift cards!


I’ve had a lot of questions about the vaccine. As always, consider your source. This epidemiologist reviewed the newly published data and breaks down the details in an easy to understand way. Bottom line: the vaccine appears safe and effective. Most of the bad “news” about vaccine side effects appear to occur exactly as commonly in the non-vaccinated control group. My biggest caveat is that we only have data 2 months out, but the vast majority of adverse effects to a vaccine or medication historically occur within days after it’s given.

Okay, here we go again. Moderna’s data was made public this morning in preparation for Thursday’s external committee review board for FDA emergency approval. This is, again, the first time we have seen the data regarding efficacy and safety. I was a bit more excited to see this (compared to Pfizer) because this is Moderna’s first vaccine.

Here are your cliff notes...

In short, things are looking really good. And, not surprisingly, data are very similar to Pfizer’s data. This is because the Moderna vaccine is using the same biotechnology (mRNA) as Pfizer.

Number of Participants
-A total of 30,350 people had 2 months of follow-up data and were included in this report (15,184 in the vaccine group and 15,165 in the placebo group)
-Only adults aged 18 years and older were included (this is different than Pfizer)

- 94.1% overall. For those 65+ years, 86.4% efficacy
- After first dose, the vaccine is 80% effective
- All severe cases of COVID19 (which was 30 people) were all in the placebo group
- Effectiveness did not differ by chronic conditions, including obesity
-This report hints, for the first time, that the vaccine may prevent asymptomatic infections after the first dose. 38 people in the placebo and 14 in the vaccine group had asymptomatic infection. This is a very important piece of new information, but we need much more data. This is only one small piece of the puzzle regarding sterilizing immunity

-The most common solicited adverse reactions (i.e side effects we were expecting) were injection site pain (91.6%), fatigue (68.5%), headache (63.0%), muscle pain (59.6%), joint pain (44.8%), and chills (43.4%); 0.2% to 9.7% were reported as severe, with severe solicited adverse reactions being more frequent after dose 2 than after dose 1
-Fever was reported after any dose by 14.8% of vaccine participant and 0.6% of placebo recipients. Fever was much more common after Dose 2
-There was a higher rate of hypersensitivity events among vaccine recipients than those who received placebo. There were no anaphylactic or severe hypersensitivity reactions related to the vaccine
-Serious adverse events, while uncommon (1% in both groups), represented medical events that occur in the general population at similar frequency as observed in the study. Of the 7 severe adverse events in the vaccine group, FDA considered 3 as related to the vaccine: nausea and vomiting (n=1) and facial swelling (n=2).
-Swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) was reported in 1.1% of vaccine recipients (173 people) compared to 0.63% of placebo recipients (95 people)
-There was a small imbalance in the number of participants reporting Bell’s palsy (3 people in the vaccine group compared to 1 person in the placebo group)
-Pregnant people were not eligible for the study. However, 13 people did get pregnant during the trial (6 vaccine, 7 placebo). One spontaneous abortion and one elected abortion occurred both in the placebo group.
-13 deaths were reported (6 vaccine, 7 placebo). Mostly heart issues again (which is the number one killer in the US, so this is no surprise)
-There are no specific safety concerns identified by age, race, ethnicity, medical comorbidities, or prior COVID19 infection

Pregnancy Sub-Study
-Moderna included results for their DART pregnancy study.
-Scientists gave rats 100 μg of the mRNA vaccine
-Rats did not have any adverse effects on female reproduction, fetal/embryonal development, or postnatal developmental. We are not surprised, but still good to know.

Conclusion: The Moderna vaccine should be approved this week for emergency use.

With more and more vaccines coming out, you’ll start to have vaccine choices (maybe...depending on your emoloyer). There is essentially no difference between the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine. Now, when AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson comes out in a month or two, then there will be some decisions to be made. At this point, take what you can get.

Here is the Moderna document if you want to see the data yourself: https://www.fda.gov/media/144434/download

Moderna/FDA meeting is on Thursday! Live and open to everyone again.

Love, YLE


Virtual open house Thursday 12/17 at 11am!

Announcement! Join us Thursday... we will have a giveaway!

gogettested.com 12/11/2020


Exciting news! Covid testing is about to get a little easier to access! 1. I will link in the comments information on a temporary free testing program that will start soon in Augusta. 2. I will soon be offering *limited* rapid testing through our office! More info on this soon.

Adequate access to testing is HUGE for helping to stop the spread of this deadly disease. Stay safe out there folks!


gogettested.com The state of Kansas has partnered with GoGetTested.com to bring Fast, easy, accurate testing to all Kansans.


Thank you and Announcing Virtual Open House

Follow up from Ribbon Cutting and Open House.


Our rescheduled Ribbon Cutting and Socially Distant Open House will be tomorrow starting at 4pm!

There will be a brief Ribbon Cutting ceremony followed by a casual outdoor come-and-go Open House with limited tours of the newly renovated office!

Due to Covid we will be taking precautions to make this a safe environment including masks, socially distancing, and staying outdoors (thank you beautiful Kansas weather!) Also please note that we will be following this up with a virtual open house soon... with prizes!


Happy Thanksgiving 🍁
This year we are so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to serve our community through #HopeFamilyMedicineDPC . Looking back at last Thanksgiving it is absolutely incredible to reflect on all the changes in our lives.

Praying for health and safety for all of our community now and going forward!

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬


“Hey Doc! What do you think about ____ medicine to prevent/treat Covid?” I get this question all day long.

I support evidence based medicine and practice by the guidelines, but reality is that prevention truly is the best medicine. I love that with the model of Hope Family Medicine I’m not paid per each service I provide, so this frees me to work with my patients to help them achieve their healthiest life—not just fix problems as they come up.

I’ve seen healthy 20, 30, and 40 year olds knocked down by Covid, but I do believe creating a healthy lifestyle makes a huge difference in preparing our bodies against Covid or any other illness that comes along.

So here’s your Sunday afternoon reminder to take that nap! Then, get out and move your body, hydrate, and fuel up with something nutritious!



Another meal idea!
Hearty, homemade soup is perfect this time of year. If you get home from work and just don’t have the energy to follow a long recipe consider a meal starter. This began as a soup kit I got from Braums a while back. Of course I can’t just leave well enough alone because I LOVE to be creative when I cook, so I added in the chicken and swapped bone broth for regular chicken broth for some added protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, and glycine. Filling, nutritious, low glycemic index, and importantly... really really tasty!

theatlantic.com 11/15/2020

‘No One Is Listening to Us’

If you know anyone in health care: read this.
If you think masks and mass gathering restrictions are a government ploy: read this.
If you think Covid is just like the flu: read this.
If you this this is not our problem here in our small town: read this.
If you think we did all we need to do back in the spring and now we need to get on with our lives: read this.

If you think is not your problem: read this.


theatlantic.com More people than ever are hospitalized with COVID-19. Health-care workers can’t go on like this.

dispenseassist.net 11/14/2020

Dispense Assist

Last free flu shot day at the health department!

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Our Ribbon Cutting and Open House is postponed. Stay tuned for the reschedule date! Thank you all for following along and for all the love and support of Hope Family Medicine. I’m continually blown away by how we’ve grown during such unprecedented times!


Im excited to share our ribbon cutting will be one week from now, November 10th starting at 4pm! Following the small ceremony there will be plenty of time (and an outdoor heater if it’s cold) for a safe, socially distanced open house. If you’d like to join, but can’t make it we will have a virtual open house later in the week!


#lovelocal #directprimarycare #hopefamilymedicine #mamadoctor #myeldoks #dpc #familymedicine


Not a Covid post! Just sharing how FAST and EASY it can be to create a nutritious and tasty dinner. I couldn’t help myself and added a few extra fresh veggies, but all this takes is 1 pound of ground beef, a bag of frozen vegetables, and some seasoning! We usually serve with some tortilla chips and shredded cheese—hits all the food groups in healthy proportions and takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish!


Covid Update

Quick Covid Update and Myth Busting-- What do we know right now?

hcahealthcare.com 10/16/2020


I remember one of the first patients I cared for in the hospital was a toddler who found and ate a family member’s medication that had been left out. Thankfully, that child recovered well, but left over medications can be a real danger. Many homes have left over prescription medications in them. This can be dangerous if those medicines get into the wrong hands— a child or someone struggling with addiction.

If you have any left over medications there are several safe ways you can dispose of them. Next Saturday, October 24th from 10am-2pm, Wesley Medical Center is participating in Crush the Crisis as part of the National Drug Take Back Day. It’s safe and anonymous.




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