Damian Lara, MD

Damian G. Lara, MD

Family Medicine
4.8of 5 | (776) | View Reviews
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ARC Bastrop Ages seen: 0 - 99 Joined ARC: 2022

About Damian G. Lara, MD

  • Dr. Lara currently has long wait times for new patients. Please see below for advanced practice clinician (APC) he recommends to new patients wanting to transfer or establish care at ARC.

    If Dr. Lara is your primary care physician, please book your appointment via your ARC MyChart account or call 512-ARC-INFO (512-272-4636).

    Dr. Lara grew up in Willis, a small town near Conroe. He lived in the Caribbean, California, and Wyoming, but says he realized “just how good” it was at home in Texas, especially the BBQ! In his free time, Dr. Lara enjoys hiking with his wife and dachshund-terrier mix, Oscar (Meyer), tending to their many indoor plants, low-and-slow grilling – and chasing a young daughter around! Among his favorite local spots are Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and McKinney Falls State Park.

Studying sociology as an undergraduate opened my eyes to the many inequities of life, including the lack of quality primary care for many Americans. So, when I began medical school, it was with the intention of becoming a Family physician and providing that care to anyone. The family doctor holds a unique place in the lives of their community, and hopefully, makes those lives better. With my patients, above all, I listen. I have found that most people need someone who will listen first and treat later.

Services

Adult Mental Health

Adult Mental Health

You can schedule an office visit to discuss mental health concerns, medication refills, and follow-up care. Your primary care team may utilize screening tools during office visits to identify potential mental health concerns, enabling them to provide appropriate resources and/or treatment options.

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Annual Physical Exam

Annual Physical Exam

An annual wellness exam helps you touch base with your ARC doctor, address health issues, and talk about preventative measures for you.

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Biopsies of Skin Lesions and Conditions

Biopsies of Skin Lesions and Conditions

A skin biopsy is done by removing cells or skin samples from your body for laboratory examination. The skin samples are used to help diagnose skin conditions and determine a treatment plan for you.

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Breast Exams

Breast Exams

Breast exams are check-ups, mammograms, and other types of screenings that look for for changes or problems in the breast tissue.

Chronic Care Management

Chronic Care Management

Chronic healthcare management includes care for patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other chronic health conditions.

Cortisone Injection Into the Knee

Cortisone Injection Into the Knee

Cortisone injections are minimally invasive procedures that involve injecting corticosteroids directly into the knee joint to alleviate swelling and discomfort caused by conditions such as arthritis or injury.

Cyst Drainage

Cyst Drainage

Cyst drainage is a minimally invasive procedure that provides comfort, reduces the risk of infection, and allows for a rapid return to normal activities.

Diabetic Retinopathy Screenings

Diabetic Retinopathy Screenings

Austin Regional Clinic offers annual diabetic retinopathy screenings to our patients with diabetes. Screening is easy, takes less than five minutes to complete, and does not require any pupil dilatation or eye protection.

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Flu Shots

Flu Shots

A flu vaccine can help prevent flu-related visits to the doctor each year. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated every flu season.

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Freezing Precancerous Lesions

Freezing Precancerous Lesions

Freezing precancerous lesions assists in eliminating abnormal skin cells and promotes the development of healthier skin.

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Freezing Skin Tags

Freezing Skin Tags

Skin tag removal entails freezing the skin tag to eliminate it. The freezing process causes the cells in the skin tag to break down, leading to its removal.

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Freezing Warts

Freezing Warts

Wart removal entails freezing the wart tissue to eliminate it. The procedure typically takes a few minutes, and may require multiple sessions.

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Immunizations

Immunizations

Immunizations help provide immunity to children and adults before they are exposed to potentially harmful diseases like hepatitis B, measles, mumps, polio, and more.

Ingrown Toenail Removal

Ingrown Toenail Removal

Ingrown toenail removal involves the removal of ingrown toenails to treat infections and complications in your toe area.

Long-Term Contraception

Long-Term Contraception

Intrauterine contraception is a minimal user-effort method, and an IUD is safe in most patients. It is primarily a good choice for any patient who is trying to avoid estrogen hormonal therapy.

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Medicare Wellness

Medicare Wellness

A Medicare Wellness visit a benefit provided to patients with a Medicare insurance plan. It is conducted by a dedicated Medical Wellness Provider at ARC, where you can expect a review of your health that includes vaccinations, cancer screenings, and more.

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Mental Health Medication Management

Mental Health Medication Management

ARC offers mental health medication management for patients with behavioral or cognitive health conditions.

Minor Procedures

Minor Procedures

ARC Family Medicine doctors can perform in-clinic minor procedures.

Musculoskeletal Care

Musculoskeletal Care

ARC Family Medicine doctors can provide care, treatment, or referrals to address musculoskeletal issues that cause you pain and discomfort.

Nailbed Infection Drainage

Nailbed Infection Drainage

Nailbed infection drainage provides prompt and precise intervention for individuals suffering from painful and inflamed nailbed infections.

Osteoporosis Gel Injection Into the Knee

Osteoporosis Gel Injection Into the Knee

Osteoporosis gel injections aim to improve joint function and alleviate discomfort. Enhancing the overall quality of life for patients with osteoporosis-related knee issues.

Pap Smear

Pap Smear

Annual pap tests are used to screen for cervical cancer.

Prostate Screenings

Prostate Screenings

Prostate screenings help detect early signs of prostate cancer.

Same-Day Illness & Injury Visits

Same-Day Illness & Injury Visits

Our providers are available 365 days a year for minor emergencies, including sprains, colds and flu, minor burns, seasonal allergies, and more. We're here for you on days, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Telemedicine Visits

Telemedicine Visits

ARC offers telemedicine visits for primary and specialty care. Doctors can quickly evaluate you for a new health issue or follow up with you via a phone call or video visit from the comfort of your home.

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Well-Check Exam

Well-Check Exam

A well-check exam focuses on maintaining your child’s health and is a time to discuss preventive care. Our doctors and APCs cover growth, development, immunization updates, health, safety, nutrition, physical fitness, puberty, acne, learning, behavioral questions, and family and social concerns.

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Locations & Hours

Credentials

  • Board Certifications
    Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Medical School
    Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies, 2018
  • Residency
    University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency, Casper, WY, 2021
  • Education
    BS in Sociology, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, 2011
  • Professional Positions
    • Member, American Academy of Family Physicians 
    • Member, American Medical Association 
    • Member, American Society of Addiction Medicine
    • Member, Texas Academy of Family Physicians 
    • Member, Travis County Medical Society 

Patient Reviews

OVERALL PROVIDER RATING

Rating based on "Did the healthcare provider or doctor provide the care you expected?"

4.8out of 5
  • June 20, 2024

    I disliked the appointment I scheduled at a time convenient for me and without noice from anyone, it was changed from 11:30 to 8:30. What’s up with that???

  • June 20, 2024

    The doctors compassion.

  • June 19, 2024

    I wanted antibiotics not a Google search

  • June 18, 2024

    Dr Lara listened to my concerns and gave me really good feedback and information. He was really awesome.

  • June 18, 2024

    Please note: This was a scheduled well check up I was able to schedule in advance, I really like Dr Lara and office team, they were great. feel I got excellent care, however getting an appointment when I’m sick or any more urgent matter with my doctor is nearly impossible. This is of great concern to me and the only reason I answered with a 7/10 on recommendation. I need to be able to see MY doctor when I’m sick and not be told to go to an urgent care clinic, or not have to wait months with any other issue, that is the whole point of maintaining a regular doctor. I really hope someone is reading this and not just doing statistics on the survey numbers, as I hope it is clear that Dr. Lara, and everyone else at the office are wonderful, you have a problem with not having enough doctors here.

  • June 16, 2024

    You guys always great and it’s always a pleasure to visit

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