“I created a direct primary care practice because I wanted to spend my time with patients, not filing paperwork for insurance companies”, says Dr. Emily O’Rourke, who owns Fountain Direct Primary Care in Chesapeake. “Great medicine means answering all my patients’ questions and giving a holistic assessment, so we can create a personalized plan to meet their health goals.”
Dr. “O” empathizes with her patients as she too, while practicing outpatient family medicine for three years, struggled with finding balance in her life. She spent 13 hours a day at the office, was sleep-deprived and ate a diet high in sugar and processed carbohydrates. When she discovered Direct Primary Care, she knew it was the answer she was looking for: she could achieve a work-live balance and be a better doctor for her patients. Dr. “O” says that:
I starting prioritizing my own health. I changed my diet, drank more water, got more sleep, got more exercise, and started meditating, which has made a huge difference in my energy level and mental state. I also changed my schedule to see fewer patients each day, so that I could still devote plenty of time to each patient, but also get home to see my family. When I opened my own Direct Primary Care practice in October 2018, I was no longer acting on behalf of myself and my family. I took the leap for my patients who deserve the very best I have to offer, and that is DPC.
Becoming a direct primary care doctor has not only has made Dr. O’ Rourke a better doctor to her patients but it also made her a better person to herself and her family.