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Virtual DPC in California

In today’s digital age, virtual care, specifically virtual Primary Care, is growing, and it has evolved quite a bit from the old style of telemedicine. My Virtual DPC in California developed to feel the void for those who don’t have the time for in-person visits, travel a lot, or are more comfortable with a virtual medical practice.

One of the most important things you can do for your health is be proactive. There is no other treatment as effective as prevention when it comes to the most common human killers:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Trauma

Finding a competent, caring Primary Care doctor is hard enough when you live in one place. But if you’re a nomad, a traveler, or simply don’t enjoy getting in a car to drive to your appointment, a virtual PCP might be the perfect option for you.

A flat monthly membership gives you access to my private practice and team. You’ll never lose your PCP, even if you change health insurance or move to another country.

We are out-of-network, meaning we don’t accept any health insurance. You pay us out-of-pocket for the monthly membership, and we don’t bill you anything else. It’s simple, clean, predictable, and fair.

Direct Primary Care Doctors

As a Direct Primary Care (DPC) doctor, I can help you with your primary care needs. If your goal is to become or remain healthy, that is what I’ll help you achieve.

You can access me by phone, text, voicemail, or video. The goal is to make communication as easy as communicating with your family.

Most DPCs will have a physical office for blood tests, physical exams, Pap smears, or other tests. I don’t have a physical practice because 90% of Primary Care requires only a conversation. Most patients don’t want to pay for the upcharge of a physical office, parking, on-site staff, a laboratory, office equipment, and medical supplies.

A virtual Direct Primary Care practice means a long, ongoing patient-doctor relationship that evolves over the years. It’s the opposite of interrupted care, as we now experience it in the health insurance model.

California Patients

In the US, physicians generally only have a state medical license in the state where they reside. However, it’s becoming more common for physicians to have multiple state medical licenses.

However, my California DPC practice is intentionally small, so I haven’t had the desire or need to have a large medical practice by obtaining multiple state licenses.

Therefore, I have no jurisdiction in other states other than California and Alaska; Alaska, because I like the people and because medical access is limited there.

If you travel outside of CA or AK, you will still be my Primary Care patients. However, each state has its own laws, and I may not be able to prescribe you ongoing medications to a pharmacy in your state if you become a resident somewhere outside of CA or AK.

Virtual Primary Care

I keep my patient panel intentionally small. This means that my patients can contact me anytime, and I have same-day appointments to discuss any acute or chronic issues.

As a virtual Primary Care doctor, I handle acute concerns such as pain, an injury, or a new symptom my patient is concerned about. I also manage chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, acne, and hypertension. Finally, my practice focused on prevention as a way to prevent my patients from having the common chronic diseases of the American society, such as:

  • Sarcopenia
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dementia
  • Cancer

Personal Touch With Each Patient

Unlike in a large medical group, each patient in my practice gets individualized attention. I tried practicing in the more prominent groups but felt that I never got to connect with my patients on a deeper level. It always felt a little impersonal.

I completed my medical school training and Family Medicine residency at UCLA. In 2009, I graduated and worked for about a decade for Kaiser Permanente, a large HMO on the West Coast. I moved from the San Diego Kaiser to the Portland, Oregon one and learned a lot about managed care.

Since 2016, I’ve been involved in virtual medicine and made it my home. It’s one of the best ways for patients and doctors to connect with the least overhead for each.

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