Frequently Asked Questions
Read more about the philosophy behind my practice and other details below.
The core philosophy of my practice is to provide accessible, comprehensive and personalized primary care services of the highest quality to all of my patients in a timely and efficient manner. I want to do this in a way that makes sense from the patient perspective, not just the perspective of the health care industry.
Because I charge a much lower than average annual practice fee, I prefer to call my practice model a Value Added Primary Care Clinic — not concierge or boutique. I keep my practice small so that I don’t have to cram high numbers of people into the office to be seen each day. The typical appointment time for established patients is 30 minutes.
Located between the Raynolds Addition and Barelas neighborhoods of downtown Albuquerque, my practice is a solo practice that opened in 2006. I am a family physician with over 30 years of experience. I have no employees. Therefore, patients call or email me directly to communicate. In the context of my practice, I really try to embrace a holistic view of health, illness, and ways of healing.
My answer to that would be no. I provide common sense and evidence-based primary care in the same way that I have been doing for over 30 years. I don’t charge enough money to be considered concierge. And I don’t want to be seen as someone who offers up a range of services that seem exclusive. If you are looking for a practice where you can order up what you want, my practice would not likely be a good fit.
I charge an annual practice fee to cover physician’s expenses not covered by insurance. For more detailed information about this fee and other information about payment, visit the Payment & Insurance page.
Both the neighborhood and the building are unique settings for a medical clinic. I intentionally wanted to make a space that felt different from the typical drab medical office. I wanted a space to show art and to foster a sense of creative purpose as we go about our daily lives. It may not be scientifically proven, but I believe this to be an important part of the healing process.
I limit the number of patients in my practice to less than half of the number you find in an average primary care practice. I feel that I can take good care of each and every one of my patients even on the busiest days. The practice fee is critical to this business model. My model has changed very little since the practice started in 2006, and therefore I feel that it works well. It allows me to innovate and frees me from the bureaucratic constraints of corporate medicine. My value added primary care model allows common sense and best practices to drive what works best for patients.
I believe that the best doctor-patient outcomes flow from a combination of good science, good information, and a good relationship with a health care practitioner. My practice is designed to facilitate all of these elements. It is my goal to assist you in achieving your desired health outcomes by creating a practice environment that allows the best services that a primary care practice can offer. No doctor can guarantee a health outcome, but I do feel that outcomes are driven by more than just chance. In creating this type of practice model, I feel that the odds are improved for reaching realistic and achievable health outcomes.