Michael G. Allred, MD


After growing up with a father who was a large-animal veterinarian, Dr. Michael G. Allred concluded he loved the medical part, but the animals? Not so much.

Today, Dr. Allred cares for his human patients as a family medicine doctor at Tanner Clinic Layton. The board-certified physician has been with Tanner Clinic since 2004.

Dr. Allred is a West Point, Utah, native and attended Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, to obtain his B.S.

He received his M.D. at the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed his residency with the McKay-Dee Family Practice in Ogden, serving in his third year as chief resident.

During his residency, Dr. Allred worked as attending physician at Weber County Job Corps, doing urgent care and physicals for new intakes. He also worked as an urgent-care physician at clinics throughout Weber County.

As a volunteer, Dr. Allred treated patients at several clinics, including the Ogden Rescue Mission and Children’s Health Connection in Ogden.

Dr. Allred is the father of four children. Outside of work, you may find him fly fishing, working with Scouts and running, often in races.

What patients are saying about Dr. Allred

“Dr. Allred’s MA Jennifer was awesome. She was very patient with me when I was not.” — Anonymous, May 7, 2016

“Dr. Allred is a great doctor. Truly cares about his patients. Never seems rushed and is always ready to listen.”   —  Amber on Facebook, Aug. 12, 2014

“Dr. Allred has been our family doctor for the last 10 years and is absolutely amazing!”   —  Joni on Facebook, Aug. 12, 2014

“Dr. Allred and his nurse are the best I’ve ever seen in all these years — and I’m 66!”   —  In-office comment card, May 14, 2014

“Dr. Allred is a very good doctor and very easy going. I never wait to see him and his staff always calls me back. I will continue to see him for years.”  — Vitals.com, June 4, 2012

Teens Never Too Old for a Well-Child Check

Just because a child is old enough for junior high doesn’t mean regular well-child visits should end. Dr. Michael Allred, in fact, specializes in well-teenager visits.

Dr. Allred, a family physician at Tanner Clinic Layton, offers the full scope of primary care from kids to adults, including maintenance of such disorders as diabetes and hypertension. He looks forward, however, to the time he spends with teenagers.

Often, the only time parents bring their adolescents into the doctor is for targeted needs, such as a sports physical.

But Dr. Allred recommends at least three general exams during the teenage years:

▸ Pre-teen, early adolescent

▸ Mid teenage years

▸ Later teenage years

“We still check to see if their growth and development is good or if vaccinations are up to date,” said Dr. Allred. “And, with older teens, we may talk about more adult themes, like pregnancy prevention and STDs.”

When Dr. Allred speaks with teenagers, he’s likely to touch on these topics:

Safety

“An adolescent is more likely to have problems with a safety issue than a health problem,” said Dr. Allred. “We talk about safety and school,” as well as practical matters, such as wearing a seatbelt or ensuring sports equipment fits.

He also talks to young athletes, especially those in girls soccer, about overtraining and the signs of overtraining, such as weak bones and the absence of a period. “If they’re training a lot and not eating well, it’s not healthy,” he said, “even though they think they’re healthy because they’re physically active.”

Growth and development

Just as a 5-year-old should align with growth and development charts, teenagers need the same kind of checks, said Dr. Allred. “We’re checking body mass index and growth charts.”

When weight is an issue, he said, “we have a conversation about making healthy choices and turning off the TV and getting outside.” The emphasis, he adds, is not dieting — “just healthy choices, like sitting down for family dinner every night instead of eating in front of the TV.”

General health

Discussion often swings to such teenage issues such as acne and moles. Plus, kids often complain about aches and pains. “Sometimes,” he adds, “they just need reassurance that everything’s fine.”

Vaccinations

A tetanus booster is due just as kids hit junior school. There are two non-mandatory vaccinations that Dr. Allred also recommends:
1. Meningococcal meningitis, or Menactra.
2. Cervical cancer, such as Gardasil, which can be administered to both boys and girls. Parents are becoming more open to this vaccination, which kills the human papilloma virus known to cause cervical cancer. “I find a lot less people refusing it, unlike several years ago,” said Dr. Allred.

Mental health issues

Dr. Allred talks about depression and anxiety with all ages of patients. But with teenagers in particular, he said, “It’s still a developing brain, so we focus more on counseling or seeing a specialist, if necessary, rather than jumping into medications right off the bat.”

Depression can also masquerade as other disorders. When teens visit his office for issues such as ADD or acting out, he said, “we sort through it and put the picture together more, and sometimes it’s more depression.”

When teenagers visit his office, “we talk about a lot of things,” said Dr. Allred. “But for the most part adolescents are healthy and a little reassurance goes a long way — we’re just making sure they’re using their common sense and staying up to date on their vaccines.”