Opening Day

Baseball is coming to a close, but it's opening day at Ascent Direct Primary Care!  It's also open enrollment time, a time when many are reassessing their health insurance options.  This is a great opportunity to look into direct primary care.  Direct primary care membership provides high quality primary care more efficiently and affordably, freeing you to step into lower premium, higher deductible insurance options or health care cost-sharing ministries.  Most often, the money saved by changing plans exceeds the cost of monthly membership at Ascent Direct Primary Care.

Not only do you save money, but many of the things we dread about going to the doctor disappear.  You might not miss waiting two to three weeks to get in to the doctor when you need to be seen, waiting for an hour once you finally get there, or spending your allotted five to ten minutes with the doctor, trying to convey your concern while he or she distractedly clicks away on the computer.  Will you miss the layers of communication you must pierce to reach your doctor or the lack of access after-hours?  Will life feel empty without attempting to decipher the explanation of benefits that adorn your mailbox?

How refreshing it will be to get in when you need to be seen, have access to your doctor, and spend less time waiting and more time with the doctor.  Unheard of to be able to reach your doctor after-hours.  How reassuring to know what you are paying for your healthcare.  

We are excited and honored to bring this kind of medical experience to our patients.  And we humbly thank the family, friends and strangers who have come alongside us in this endeavor, supported us, done the heavy-lifting, encouraged and prayed for us!

Bring yourself.  Bring your family.  We're open and ready to partner with you in moving upward to better health.  This is meaningful medicine.

Why We Begin the Ascent

My wife Melissa and I both have been blessed with some skill in caring for people's health, and we want to use those skills to bless others.  Over the past year we began looking for ways to do this together.  We were introduced to direct primary care and quickly saw the potential it holds to really come alongside patients in a more meaningful way, to guide them on that climb to better health.  As a doctor, I had increasing frustration with the traditional doctor-patient experience and how it seems to be under attack from outside forces, limiting the way patients can access their doctor, the way doctors can take care of their patients.  Outside demands were increasingly taking my time away from my patients.  This is not good care.  I wanted to do better for my patients.

So began our climb to building this practice for you.  This is patient-centered.  This is a true medical home.  We are a family business built to take care of families.  We want to change the medical experience, to make it more accessible, more affordable and more accountable for our patients.  You are the reason why we are doing this.  We chose the name Ascent because we love the idea of moving up to something better, but we realize that moving up to better health, changing your lifestyle and your position in life, is a challenge that requires perseverance.  We know this is true whether it means exercising, changing the way you eat, managing high blood pressure or diabetes, losing weight, improving you mental and spiritual health or kicking bad habits without looking back.  We want to be your guide and partner on this journey.  This is what family medicine is all about!

Life is a journey.  Health is a journey.  Often times improving our health is an upward climb.  We cannot reach a higher place without putting in the hard, heavy steps of that climb.  But when we reach the top, the view is spectacular!  We pray blessings upon our patients, not just in your health, but in your life as a whole.  Thank you for inspiring us to begin the Ascent!