What is going on with healthcare today? It's become highly politicized. Along with that, the bureaucratic burden has made it such that doctors are seeing 30 patients a day, spending 2/3 of their time clicking boxes on their computers (based on real data), and we've lost the essence of medicine: a strong doctor-patient relationship.
YOU, THE PATIENTS, DESERVE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
Our small family practice follows a revolutionary (but at the same time refreshingly old-fashioned) model called
Direct Primary Care (DPC).
Dr. Kirsten Lin was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and currently lives in the North Hills with her family. She graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She went on to receive her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital.
Dr. Lin practiced medicine in Western PA for 12 years as an employee of large health systems, where she did not feel able to provide the best possible care for her patients.
In October 2017, Dr. Lin opened Family Matters Direct Primary Care in Hampton Township, where she provides affordable, personalized healthcare without all the red tape.
Dr. Lin is a regional lecturer and has been featured on the radio, educating healthcare workers as well as the general public about Direct Primary Care.
Dr. Lela Dougherty grew up in Massachusetts while her father was in the Navy and later moved West Virginia. She studied biology at Fairmont State College and then received her MD at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.
She moved to Pittsburgh to complete her training at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital and went on to practice medicine at a large health system in Pittsburgh for 9 years. Increasingly frustrated with the lack of transparency and time with patients, she left to open a DPC.
Dr. Dougherty lives in Hampton with her husband, Joe, and two young sons.
In September of 2018 Dr. Dougherty started studying Lifestyle Medicine which emphasizes intensive lifestyle change over medications for certain diseases. She supports the benefits of a whole food, plant based diet and regular physical activity.
You can visit her Lifestyle Medicine site and blog here.
Direct Primary Care, explained