When I started my practice back in 2012, I thought I was the only one. It turns out, Dr. Lisa Davidson (now a friend) was doing the same thing at the same time. There is actually a whole movement called Direct Primary Care (or DPC). Dr. Davidson’s practice is now full but a friend of mine recently opened her DPC practice in north Denver (Dr. Brie Seefeldt). Each DPC practice is uniquely designed to suit the particular physician and her (or his) patient population. We each have different office hours, different prices, and can provide different services. But underneath it all, we are all trying to fill a need for a different way of doing medical care. Both patients and physicians are getting burned out, slipping through the cracks, and hoping for another option. It’s exciting that DPC is changing from something people have never heard of to something people are looking for. So if you are hunting for DPC in Denver or DPC in Englewood, you have more choices than ever!
Unfortunately, many of us will at some point have to spend some time waiting at a hospital with a critically ill or injured loved one. This doctor wrote an excellent piece filled with great advice. I’m honestly posting it here for myself as much as anyone else…if I ever need this advice myself, I want to be able to find it easily!
As my long term patients may remember, my office was originally very barebones. I bought all the medical equipment I needed from a doctor who was leaving private practice, but the rest of the set up was mostly furniture from my house. I worked on my personal laptop set on an instrument stand.
My, how things have changed! Whenever I have a busy month, I reward myself with a small improvement. A screen beside the exam table. “New” furniture from Craigslist. I had to upgrade my computer for the EMR to continue to work on it…a refurbished desktop cost $1000 less than a comparable laptop so now I even have a desk. I realized I didn’t need a second exam room (which had really become a junk room) so I’ve set up a family room. The entryway is now really just an entryway. I mean, I have chairs there for someone who is desperate, but the best place to sit if you arrive early is in the family room. Way more comfortable!
The entryway has music for privacy reasons, the family room is usually quieter, so if you come early wait in there
The family room is a comfortable space for adults or kids
This space is not saved for kids…anyone is welcome!
Last view of this room
Now we’ll move into the main room. We mostly sit and chat so I’ll show that part of the room first:
Where I sit
Where you sit
The counter and the space behind the screen has the medical stuff. And a watering can for the plants.
Now it’s looking a little more like a doctor’s office…
And finally, the exam table.
Thanks for taking a tour with me! I’m pretty happy with how it’s turning out. I want my office to be a friendly place, not intimidating at all, a place people feel comfortable coming.