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Coastal Family Medicine


Coastal Family Medicine, formerly Family Doctors of East Providence and Spectrum Family health, has provided board certified Family Medicine services to Rhode Islanders since 1999. The physicians at this practice are Dr. Joyce Alves and Dr. James Schwartz.

Family Physicians care for people of all ages, from newborns to seniors. Coastal Family Medicine provides comprehensive pediatric, adolescent, adult (including women's health) and senior medical services. Caring for entire families, Family Doctors understand not only patient’s biologic state, but also the psychological and social influences on health. As an Osteopathic physicians, Dr. Alves also provides manipulation for various ailments to their patients.

We are a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). As a PCMH, we have a care team that helps us provide comprehensive care to our patients. Our Nurse Care Manager, Cynthia Kelly, consults on patient matters both with the doctors and also directly with patients.

Our posted office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am- 5:00pm. We strive to accommodate our patients scheduling conflicts and will often evaluate patients before and after these hours. We have a Coastal365 Adult Sick Visit Appointments - E. Providence, E. Greenwich, Wakefield"sick today, seen today" scheduling policy.

We are conveniently located on the Wampanoag Trail (Rt. 114 South) in Riverside, RI. We are in the office Monday through Friday, including Tuesday evenings.

Credit Card on File Policy

In an effort to improve the payment process and make your experience with us more convenient, Coastal Medical will now need to have a credit card on file for you.
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News & Updates

Coastal Medical takes first place in two categories in the ProJo’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Coastal Medical wins Providence Journal’s Readers’ Choice Award in the categories of Primary Care Physician and Pediatrician.

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Coastal Medical’s Dr. Laura Dawson included in ABC6 “Teal Pumpkin Project” story

Do you know what it means when you see a teal pumpkin displayed on Halloween? Learn from this ABC6 news article which includes comments from Dr. Laura Dawson of Coastal Medical Toll Gate Pediatrics.

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