By PATRICK (MD) & TRACY MARTIN (PA-C)
Satori Healing Clinic
Satori Healing offers a variety of nutrient infusions and IV Ketamine therapy by referral.
Our infusions are performed in a relaxing room with heated, zero gravity chairs and music of your choosing. The IVs are run slowly to maximize absorption. Ketamine therapy, as part of a wider mental health plan, may be useful to those lost in a constant uncontrolled stream of negative thoughts that are common in major depression, anxiety and PTSD.
IV Vitamin therapy allows various critical nutrients to be administered to the body intravenously. When vitamins and other essential nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream, they bypass the digestive system, where many nutrients may not be absorbed.
In addition, with modern farming, soil depletion and the Standard American Diet (SAD), many of our foods are nutrient depleted. With IV infusion therapy, vitamins and minerals can go to work instantly replenishing and revitalizing your body from the inside out.
Ketamine therapy, related to modern psychedelic research, focuses on the power of the mind. Bluntly, we are pushing a prepared participant into a non-ordinary state of consciousness where insight is possible. This insight then can help strengthen resilience and increase joy. We’re simplifying a complex process that is only a part of a complete mental health plan. To be clear, Ketamine therapy does not replace a good therapist or psychiatrist. Rather, it is most successful when used in combination.
The idea of the clinic was born out of many conversations regarding the needs of our community. Although we have different passions in medicine, we have a heart for the people. Tracy will be spearheading primary care services in September.
Our goal is to create an affordable clinic using a Direct Primary Care (DPC) model. This is a revolutionary model that encourages a medical relationship with patients by providing increased (30-60min) face to face time as well as an ability to be seen often within a day of request. We want to have the availability to see our patients when they need us while creating a space where carers love to work. Patrick is a board-certified family practitioner with an additional 10+ years of hospital medicine and Tracy is a board certified Physician Assistant who has worked in family medicine, pediatrics and student health. Together we have a combined 40+ years of direct patient care experience.
Patrick will keep his primary care patient panel very small to allow for home visits, Ketamine infusions and office procedures (joint injections, trigger point injections and biopsies). Tracy will have a larger patient panel as primary care is her passion, but will be much smaller than the traditional medical practice. Tracy will also continue to see her existing patients within the confines of insurance model if they choose. Our nurse Kristin will assist with our infusions as well as provide nursing services for our home bound patients.
Issues With Traditional Approach
DPC allows us to have the relationship and time with our patients keeping out the middle man (insurance) using an affordable monthly membership to guarantee income. It is not a concierge practice as that is a medical practice that usually bills insurance but charges an extra fee for 24/7 access. Often this fee is $150-200 or more/month. We like to think of DPC as blue-collar concierge or medical care for the people. Why this model?
In the current fee-for-service model, we pay a premium to have medical insurance (if we are fortunate) and then pay a co-pay or part of a deductible when are seen by a healthcare professional. The provider then bills the insurance, the claim is processed and the provider paid (although sometimes not if the insurance disagrees with services performed). This strung-out process requires a lot of overhead and staff.
Our pay and allegiance as providers should not be split trying to weigh what we, as trained professionals, believe is an appropriate treatment for a given chronic condition vs what your insurance is or is not willing to pay. A paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine September 2016 found that healthcare providers spent just 27 percent of their day in direct face to face patient care. Spending the rest of the time, including up to two hours of their personal time every night “catching up”. The CEO of a prominent electronic medical record company (Jonathan Bush of Athena Health) agreed with the conclusions of the paper stating, we have been required to develop electronic medical records (EHRs) that satisfy government and insurance regulations rather than the needs of providers and patients.
If you google other DPC models around the country you will see every one of them is slightly different. We have heard other people say “If you have seen one DPC model, you have seen one DPC model.” Our plans will range from an affordable $39-79 a month depending on your healthcare needs. There will be no additional co-pays and any amount over membership cost will be transparent. In addition, we will be able to provide wholesale generic medications to our members and have collaborated with Quest Labs for affordable labs (if needed). Couple a DPC membership with a medical cost sharing program and you have a viable alternative to traditional medical insurance with its high costs and restrictions. These plans are affordable and meld nicely for those without insurance or high deductible plans. To be clear however, DPC does not replace insurance but enhances insurance.
Home visits, nutrient infusions and ketamine therapy will need to remain on a fee-for service (albeit affordable) model and offered at a discount to our enrolled DPC patients.