Joan L: Concierge Medicine
I was newer to the area and searching for a doctor. I was very frustrated with the different practices I’d been to, where I really thought I never got to know anyone, and no one necessarily got to know me. I was a number on a chart, and they’d have to read everything and familiarize themselves. I saw a different doctor every time I went. It was frustrating that I had to explain everything, every single time. So I started searching out for what I thought was private, old school doctors, and through searching came up with this term, “concierge medicine.”
First and foremost is the level of personalization. I call here and say, “Hi Angela, how are you?” They know who I am. I don’t have to explain it every time I call because it’s an intimate practice. Dr. Sitapara will contact me before I contact him in certain situations, like when prescriptions are due or need to be refilled. They genuinely care, and that has been amazing.
Dr. Sitapara quietly and patiently listens to me. I don’t feel rushed in and out; I don’t fall within three checked boxes on a premade form. He listens to everything I have to say and gives me a level of care that I didn’t think existed in medicine anymore. And that’s been the biggest advantage for me so far.
My husband and I lost someone close, and we both wondered, if the care would have been different, it might not have been able to save her, but perhaps it would have prolonged her life. And that was a huge factor for us. If we have to skip a vacation, or budget something differently, it’s important for us to get this kind of care. For each other and for our children, we need to take care of our health. We can’t put ourselves on the back burner. We have to do this now, become dedicated to it and make it work. So for us, it has to be a priority, and that’s what we’ve done.
The results of medical weight loss programs shown on this website are those of real patients. However, individual results may vary. During your consultation with Dr. Sitapara, the results you can expect based on your current weight and medical conditions will be discussed.