In today’s busy world, our health can often be pushed to the bottom of the priority list. It certainly doesn’t help when a trip to the doctor’s office typical means 30 minutes of waiting in a lobby, and 7 minutes face to face with your doctor, or their nurse.
A few months ago I was struggling with constant headaches and dizzy spells. I hadn’t had a “regular doctor” since I was in my teens, and wasn’t exactly thrilled over the idea of having to be poked and prodded by several specialists who had never met me.
I reached out to a Charlotte Mom’s facebook group, and was sent in the direction of Dr. Stacey Searson at The Art of Health.
Our first meet and greet lasted over an hour. It was just me and the doctor, chatting away in her thoughtfully designed office, where I felt completely comfortable. She told me about her past 14 years as an MD with Atrium (formerly known as Carolina’s Medical Center) Where she birthed babies, and helped patients as old as 99 years!
Dr. Searson runs her practice under “Direct Primary Care”. Which means I pay a monthly fee and have access to a menu of services including all basic health care in addition to health and wellness coaching, weekly yoga sessions, and access to lab work and specialists visits for a fraction of the price under my insurance plan. She approaches health from a lifestyle perspective, and will prescribe high quality 3rd party tested vitamin supplements and offer holistic solutions when applicable.
My first official visit as a patient lasted 2 hours. That’s 2 hours, one on one, with my doctor who took the time to get to know me, learn about my whole health history including my family health history. She drew blood and sent me off for a CT scan to source out the cause of my headaches. All in, these tests cost me under $200 without going through my insurance. I have made lifestyle changes and am on a daily supplement, and my headaches and dizzy spells have gone away! My daughter is now a patient here too!
Each visit lasts at minimum 30 minutes, and relieves any fear or pressure of seeing a revolving door of doctors for 7 minutes or less. I can always reach Dr. Searson directly via email or text. I feel so grateful to have found this incredible practice, and would urge anyone who is in a need of a shift in your healthcare practice or lifestyle to reach out to the Art of Health today!