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Thank you for visiting the online presence for FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER at DOCPAUL.COM. We hope to provide you with updated content on a regular basis to keep you up-to-date on the latest health care news and services.

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE AND SITE POLICY CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS SITE. By using these services, you signify your agreement to these terms. If you do not agree to these terms and description, please do not use these services.

About this Site

This site is designed to service the FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER (FHCC) patients, allied health professionals and casual surfers. Most of this site is available to the general public. The sections for FHCC patients will be password protected on a secure server as well as the section devoted to allied heath professionals in compliance with Standards & Practices regulations for Health Information on the Internet.

All contents and information provided on this site, particularly any information relating to specific medical conditions, health care, preventive care and healthy lifestyles, is presented for general informational purposes only. It should not be considered complete or exhaustive, nor does it cover all disorders or conditions or their treatment, nor all health-related issues.

The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician. In no way is it intended to be a substitute for a Licensed Physician's personal diagnosis of any individual's health concern or condition. DOCPAUL.COM, Dr. Paul R. Ehrmann, D.O., Medical Director of the FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER, or the contributing editors of the Web site in no way assume liability for individual user's choice to see a Licensed Physician regarding health concerns or not. Dr. Paul R. Ehrmann, D.O. and contributing editors can only control the content of this Web site - They in no way assume liability for the content on any other site listed herein.

Our doctors have independent practices with a common shared staff. The views and opinions contained herein may or may not reflect those of the individual physicians that operate at the Family Health Care Center.

Adherance to the HON Code

DocPaul HONDOCPAUL.COM subscribes to HON (Health on the Net) ethical guidelines, which ensure confidentiality of all health information on the Internet. No one, except you and physicians you authorize, can access the encrypted subscriber information.

Under no circumstances, will DOCPAUL.COM release any of your personal information to any person or company unless ordered by a court of law. We use state-of-the-art technology to ensure that your information can be stored and retrieved securely and safely.

Additional operational checks ensure that not even our employees have access to your personal information. You are the sole person with access to your medical information.

We value your privacy and your trust in us. Please click here to send us e-mail with specific questions about our privacy guarantees.

1. Authority

Any medical or health advice provided and hosted on this site will only be given by medically trained and qualified professionals unless a clear statement is made that a piece of advice offered is from a non-medically qualified individual or organisation.

All medical information on DOCPAUL.COM has either been written or approved for publication by Paul R. Ehrmann, D.O., who is the founder, owner and medical director of the Family Health Care Center in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Paul Ehrmann is Board Certified by the American College of Osteopathic Physicians and has operated his private practice since 1982.

Associated with William Beaumont Hospital, Dr. Paul earned his bachelor of science of pharmacy at the Wayne State College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions in Detroit Michigan and his Doctor of Osteopathy at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. He holds membership in the American Osteopathic Association, Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, Oakland County Osteopathic Society and the Michigan State Medical Society. He was appointed as Chief Medical Consultant to the Public Health Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives in 1994, and Associate Clinical Professor of Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004.

In the cases where external medical references, articles or links are approved by Dr. Paul Ehrmann, D.O. prior to posting on the DOCPAUL.COM Web site, the original source URLs, authors and publication dates are clearly defined to the site visitor.

Read the complete professional biography of Dr. Paul Ehrmann, D.O.

2. Complementarity

The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.

The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician. In no way is it intended to be a substitute for a Licensed Physician's personal diagnosis of any individual's health concern or condition.

3. Confidentiality

Confidentiality of data relating to individual patients and visitors to a medical/health Web site, including their identity, is respected by this Web site. The Web site owners undertake to honor or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that apply in the country and state where the Web site and mirror sites are located.

Dr. Paul R. Ehrmann, D.O. and contributing editors respect your confidentiality. All information submitted over DOCPAUL.COM is sent to the intended FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER physician, staff member or webmaster ONLY.

DOCPAUL.COM does not collect information about users visiting this site for any purpose other than statistic tracking to improve our site's performance as a part of the regular Web site maintenance. No information collected is available to any other entity for any purpose. It remains private company business information.

The only exceptions to this policy are the non-public, password protected, opt-in user areas on a secure server with encryption. The information contained in those areas is available only to those who have created a user account. All standard Internet business policies and practices apply to that section.

Patients have certain rights provided by law and may have additional rights provided by our privacy policies. You can be assured we take your privacy matters seriously.

Please read further details of our complete Privacy Policy.

4. Attribution

Where appropriate, information contained on this site will be supported by clear references to source data and, where possible, have specific HTML links to that data. The date when a clinical page was last modified will be clearly displayed (e.g. at the bottom of the page).

Last Updated date can be found on the bottom of each content page, and sources are clearly stated where applicable. The site's Last Major Site Update date can be found at the footer of the page.

5. Justifiability

Any claims relating to the benefits/performance of a specific treatment, commercial product or service will be supported by appropriate, balanced evidence in the manner outlined above in Principle 4.

Dr. Paul R. Ehrmann, D.O. approves all materials and links to external resources prior to posting on the DOCPAUL.COM Web site. Any claims relating to benefits/performance of a specific treatment, commercial product or service on the pages of DOCPAUL.COM are supported by relevant studies and appropriate evidentiary articles gathered on the topic. In such cases, the original source and author of studies and articles are clearly stated.

6. Transparency of authorship

The designers of this Web site will seek to provide information in the clearest possible manner and provide contact addresses for visitors that seek further information or support. The Webmaster will display his/her E-mail address clearly throughout the Web site.

Visitors of DOCPAUL.COM may contact all FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER physicians and staff members via contact forms posted throughout pages on the Web site. Technical support and/or all general information may also be requested through contacting the Web Administrator.

7. Transparency of sponsorship

Support for this Web site will be clearly identified, including the identities of commercial and non-commercial organisations that have contributed funding, services or material for the site.

DOCPAUL.COM is a joint effort between Dr. Paul R. Ehrmann, D.O., Medical Director of the FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER and KeeYoung Hartley, President of Catapult Communications and Technology, LLC, an independent firm contracted to manage FHCC e-business tools and public Internet presences. DOCPAUL.COM is privately funded and accepts no compensation from casual surfers.

8. Honesty in advertising & editorial policy

If advertising is a source of funding it will be clearly stated. A brief description of the advertising policy adopted by the Web site owners will be displayed on the site. Advertising and other promotional material will be presented to viewers in a manner and context that facilitates differentiation between it and the original material created by the institution operating the site.

DOCPAUL.COM does not host or receive funding from advertising or from the display of commercial content.

Privacy Statement for registered users of DOCPAUL.COM

DOCPAUL.COM has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to your privacy. We regard our relationship with our registered visitors as privileged as doctor-patient relationship. We understand that, in many cases, personal medical information is more dear to consumers than their financial information. Our service is to help consumers store their medical information in a safe and secure place and our business model is not dependent on selling any individual's information. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this Web site.

What personally identifiable information is collected?
During registration, DOCPAUL.COM asks for your name, address, e-mail address are required fields. All other fields are related to your medical information and are optional.

Apart from the above information, we use your IP address for system administration such as help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our Web site and to report aggregate information to our development staff.

How does DOCPAUL.COM use cookies?
Our site uses cookies to identify you and dynamically generate your personalized page. The cookie is set when you register or "Sign In" and this cookie is used to greet you with your name and to deliver health information specific to your interests. If you do not want to be identified, you can click on the "Sign Out" button to disable the cookie.

Other uses of the cookie by DOCPAUL.COM are:

1. To estimate our audience size. Each browser accessing DOCPAUL.COM is given a unique cookie which is then used to determine the extent of repeat usage, usage by a registered user versus by an unregistered user, and to help target resources based on user interests and behavior.

2. To measure certain traffic patterns, which areas of DOCPAUL.COM's site you have visited, and your visiting patterns in the aggregate. We use this research to understand how our users' habits are similar or different from one another so that we can make each new experience on DOCPAUL.COM a better one. We may use this information to better personalize the content, banners, and internal promotions that you and other users will see on our sites.

How is the information that is collected used?
DOCPAUL.COM's primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you, the user, with a customized experience on our site. This includes personalization services, interactive communications, online shopping and many other types of services.

Is anybody else collecting data?
When you are on a DOCPAUL.COM site and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with DOCPAUL.COM and FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER.

Does DOCPAUL.COM share my information with anybody?
No. As a general rule, DOCPAUL.COM will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information without your permission. The exception shall be under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or under the circumstances described below. The following describes some of the ways that your information may be disclosed.

Other: DOCPAUL.COM may also disclose account information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating DOCPAUL.COM's Terms of Service or may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) DOCPAUL.COM's rights or property, other DOCPAUL.COM users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. DOCPAUL.COM may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it and for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain, service, and improve our products and services.

How is information on public forums collected and used?
DOCPAUL.COM may provide to its registered users chat rooms, forums, and message boards. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. The chat session on a moderated chat is archived and will be available public view.

How does DOCPAUL.COM protect my information?
Keeping your personal health-related information private is vitally important to us. As with all information, DOCPAUL.COM will never rent or sell your health-related information. This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Our system provides all members with a detailed audit log which lists the login time and method used to access your record. You can opt to receive an e-mail notification, every time there is activity in your account.

Every time you access your medical information, we use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) technology to ensure the data is encrypted during transmission. Apart from this, we have put in place operational checks to ensure that nobody has access to the database, including our employees. The personally identifiable data itself is encrypted to prevent accidental access.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post these changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it. Regardless of later updates, we will never use the information you submit under this current policy in a new way without first providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prevent that use.

How do I contact DOCPAUL.COM?
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact

2033 Crooks Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Tel: (248) 543-2000
E-mail: Webmaster


© 2001-2008 by FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER and DOCPAUL.COM. Copyright © 2005-2008, CHILDREN'S HEALTH INITIATIVE PROGRAM (CHIP) and CHIPKIDS.COM. All rights reserved. Family Health Care Center, Dr. Paul R. Ehrmann, D.O., 2033 Crooks Rd., Royal Oak, Michigan 48073.

All images, logos, text and information contained on the Family Health Care Center Web site (sites that end in,, and are the intellectual property of Family Health Care Center, unless otherwise registered and are protected under the U.S. Copyright Act 17 U.S.C. 101-810. Copyright gives the owner exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, or license a given work. Although a Web site may not include a statement about copyright, the U.S. copyright act provides protection for such works and they may not be used or reproduced without permission. All parties storing materials on the Family Health Care Center site should ensure that such material does not violate other parties' proprietary rights and does not contain any libelous or defamatory statements. Family Health Care Center reserves the right to delete files that contain material that is in violation of the law or Family Health Care Center policy. Family Health Care Center in Royal Oak, Michigan is not responsible for any errors in the material provided on the Web and shall not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of any material found on the Family Health Care Center Web site.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2008 )

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Location and Hours

2033 Crooks Road
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Phone: 248-543-2000
Fax: 248-543-2043

Office Hours
8:00 to 4:00

Phones open at 8:45 to
12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

Michigan Family Health Care Center
Established 1961.
Providing over 50 years of collective experience,
service and care.

"Good health is not only the absence of disease"

Generation XL Book


Dr. Paul was selected for inclusion in 2013/14 Detroit Super Doctors


Daily Tribune's Best of the Best 2010 Reader's Choice Award

Voted First Place for Best Southeast Oakland County General Practice


Metro Parent's readers have picked Dr. Paul Ehrmann as a Metro Parent Mom-Approved Doc.

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.

~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

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