Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

Teresa Mahaffey, M.D.’s clinic, Blessed Minds, is still going even after it was destroyed by a tornado. Dr. Mahaffey is a friend of mine but through a random conversation with her, I just heard of this. Her clinic website is blessedminds.org and is located in Pace, Florida, which is in the Pensacola area.

From Dr. Mahaffey to me (this conversation revolved around another topic and then she dropped the tornado news):

My office was hit and destroyed by a tornado. I have a DPC peds practice in the Pensacola area. I am currently seeing patients in a church nursery, thanks to the generosity of the pastor (who has a son with autism). I was able to buy a 1930’s house that needs renovating. The price was reasonable and it came with some land. Through the grace of God it was available. All the contractors are struggling to keep up with the demand so my little house will have to wait. This Friday I’ll head to Mobile to buy a vintage airstream to use as an office. All I can say is I’m so glad I am a DPC doc!!! My patients are adjusting and I have no insurance to deal with!

Imagine finally getting your DPC office going and having to deal with this?

About Dr. Mahaffey:

I am blessed by a career I love. My journey to pediatrics began at the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate and then the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. I completed my pediatric internship, residency and chief residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland , California, where I developed a love for children with complex medical and psychiatric disorders. After a 2 year stint on Guam, we settled in Pensacola, where I started a pediatric private practice. After 15 years, amidst a climate not favorable to solo practice, I became an employed physician. For myriad reasons, my joy in my calling faded.  My patients do not fit neatly into ten and fifteen minute slots. My decision to start a Direct Primary Care Pediatric Clinic was an easy one. I can see my patients on my terms, free of insurance regulations and constraints and administrative busy work.

I cannot tell you how sad I feel for Dr. Mahaffey. I did ask what we and the DPC community can do for her and hopefully, she will tell us.

UPDATE: We will be starting a Go Fund Me page to help her out. More to come.

UPDATE AGAIN: Your GoFundMe link is https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-teresa-mahaffey-fix-tornado-damaged-clinic

17170cookie-checkWhen Your DPC Office Gets Hit By A Tornado! This is What Dr. Teresa Mahaffey, M.D. is Dealing With Right Now.

By Doug Farrago

Douglas Farrago MD is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Douglas Farrago, MD received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia in 1987, his Masters of Education degree in the area of Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 1990, and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston in 1994. His residency training occurred way up north at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. In his final year, he was elected Chief Resident by his peers. Dr. Farrago has practiced family medicine for twenty-three years, first in Auburn, Maine and now in Forest, Virginia. He founded Forest Direct Primary Care in 2014, which quickly filled in 18 months. Dr. Farrago still blogs every day on his website Authenticmedicine.com and lectures worldwide about the present crisis in our healthcare system and the effect it has on the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Farrago’s has written three books on direct primary care: The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice, The Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Daily Motivational Journal and Slowing the Churn in Direct Primary Care (While Also Keeping Your Sanity) are all best sellers in this genre. He is a leading expert in direct primary care model and lectures medical students, residents, and doctors on how to start their own DPC practice. He retired from clinical medicine in October, 2020.

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