I recently had a chance to sit down with my friend and colleague, Michael Keller, MD, to learn more about his new medical practice, Summit Primary Care in Denver. Dr. Keller is a well known and well respected physician in Denver, who provides excellent patient care. We have collaborated with Dr. Keller for the past several years and share a common, core interest in patient well-being and access to excellent health care. Here is what Dr. Keller had to say about Summit Primary Care.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
In many ways, I feel like I am doing exactly what I was meant to do as a community based primary care physician. Medicine continues to fascinate me and specializing in Family Practice has allowed me to retain most of the knowledge I gained in Medical School. Further, I continue to read, study and learn about the growing science of medicine and this really helps my patients benefit. That said, connecting with people is my true specialty and now I am practicing in a model that truly allows the time to make those connections happen. I believe that this is what greatly enhances the patient care experience at Summit Primary Care.
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and received a Bachelor of Arts at The American University in Washington, D.C. I received my Medical Degree at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN and went on to do a Family Medicine Residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. I happily live in Denver with my beautiful wife and daughter. I enjoy weightlifting, skiing, cycling and spending time with my family.
Tell us about your practice, Summit Primary Care.
Summit Primary Care opened in October of 2015 using the Direct Primary Care model. In my practice, patients and I make healthcare decisions together as partners. I want my patients always to understand why we are doing a particular test or why we are choosing a particular therapy. Having my patients fulfill their unique healthcare goals is and always will be my primary focus in practicing medicine. It allows for an effective doctor-patient relationship emphasizing prevention, early and effective diagnosis and evidence based treatments.
I might add that Summit Primary has been able to partner with some amazing hand picked professionals in other fields (such as therapies, fitness, etc.) giving our patients service discounts. It has been a great win-win for everyone.
Tell us about the Direct Primary Care model and why you think it is so effective for patients and providers alike.
Direct Primary Care is a little bit old fashioned. Doctors provide services like physicals, preventative check-ups, illness and injury visits, etc. and patients pay them directly. There is no third party between patients and doctors to interfere with good medical care. Once you start eliminating insurance company bureaucracy an amazing thing happens: costs go down, patients have time with their doctor and doctors can really get to know their patients. Practicing the Direct Primary Care model allows me not only to diagnose and treat my patient’s medical problems, but to really understand who they are as individuals. In my mind, this is the only way to truly practice effective and patient-centered medicine. This is why I went into Family Medicine in the first place.
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