Dr. Margaret Towolawi is a board-certified household doctor, working for over a decade, servicing youngsters and adults within the Seattle space. She has supplied many companies, together with ladies’s well being, continual illness administration, and gender-affirming care. For years, Dr. Towolawi labored for a big medical follow, ultimately leaving resulting from excessive burnout. She then determined to open her facility, the Nurture Wellness Middle, the state’s first Black-owned direct major care heart.
“After near eight years, I discovered myself burned out with over 2,000 sufferers assigned to my affected person panel. Opening a direct major care follow, with a concentrate on life-style medication, has been my private answer to addressing lots of the issues inside the conventional healthcare setting for physicians and sufferers alike,” Dr. Towolawi advised reporters.
By direct major care, sufferers pays a low month-to-month membership fee for limitless visits with out copays. Her objective was to supply commonplace major care whereas incorporating a wellness mannequin, permitting for one-hour appointment occasions as an alternative of the standard 15 minutes. She additionally sends sufferers a month-to-month wellness e-newsletter, rest massages at a reduction fee, webinars centered round wellness, and a strolling program. Quickly, Dr. Towolawi may even be rolling out digital train lessons. Her efforts are all in service of offering higher, extra nuanced care to sufferers who’ve in any other case not acquired it.
“Docs are overworked with not sufficient time to care for his or her sufferers or themselves frankly.”
“You merely can not pour from an empty cup. I particularly opened up Nurture Wellness Middle for anybody who has felt let down by the standard healthcare system,” she mentioned.
Along with her life-style companies, Dr. Towolawi additionally launched SkinStatMD, a follow focusing solely on treating pores and skin issues in Black and Brown sufferers, together with pimples, eczema, fungal infections, hyperpigmentation, and hair loss. Her largest impediment has been educating locals about direct major care and the way they’ll profit from it.
She is at the moment engaged on rising her crew and bringing on extra sufferers with a max objective of 200 sufferers at a time. She spoke about what’s subsequent for Nurture Wellness Center, saying, “Issues have been going properly…The plan is to get to a full panel in order that we are able to have our core members and shift to supply extra programming. Finally with a full panel, we are able to spend much less time on advertising and much more time on affected person care which is at all times the principle objective.”