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Why WellFit Works: The Advantages of a Team Approach


Why WellFit Works: The Advantages of a Team Approach

WellFit Medicine and Nutrition is a different kind of medical practice.  What’s so different about it? Why is it working so well? As it is with lots of great ideas – they often “evolve”, starting with a problem to be solved and then opening up doors to innovative solutions; so it was with WellFit.  The problem was the fact that “medicine” had long since forgotten why it existed.  It had turned into a “system” which catered to everyone BUT the patient.  That’s frustrating, particularly for a family medicine physician whose goal was to provide optimal care to patients who wanted to see optimal results – or even just see results at all.  Dr. Jeremy Draper noticed, more than once, the patients who “weren’t getting listened to” because of the inefficiencies and time constraints of the health care system as it is presently constituted.  He also noticed that it took a lot more than a prescription to get patients where they needed to be–it took proper nutrition and some type of practical, regular movement to achieve optimal wellness and fitness.  …patients now are empowered. They can be in charge of their health care – not the insurance companies, or the government.The absence or minimization of disease was not good enough – it was time to get rid of the treatable chronic complaints once and for all.  It was time to work with motivated patients to prevent disease and ultimately tackle future age-related health consequences.  The result: an improved overall quality of life at every age. By combining medicine (including cutting-edge treatments for metabolic issues), nutrition, and efficient, functional fitness, clients and patients now are empowered. They can be in charge of their health care – not the insurance companies, or the government.

So how does it work?  Well, one big thing that had to happen was to opt out of the insurance world.  No insurance?  Yes, no insurance.  The regulation is stifling to a small (or any size) practice.  The paperwork adds $$$ to everyone’s healthcare costs and unnecessarily complicates doctors’ lives – it makes it impossible to run a cost-effective, efficient practice where patients and clients can be well served for the dollars they spend.  Less paperwork means more time with patients—more time listening, rather than quickly scribbling a prescription for a widely-used “band aid” to dull the symptoms without tackling the cause of the problem.  Now the real problems can be Less paperwork means more time with patients—more time listening…
addressed, and tackled one by one; interesting concept.  A patient decides to see the doctor, completes the online application, is contacted directly by the doctor for his first appointment, labs are ordered, results are in, and at his appointment the patient is presented with options that align with his goals …and the relationship begins.  Whether the problem is just this simple to address, or whether it takes additional visits to meet the goals of the client, the problem is being addressed – directly, by the patient and the doctor together.  No insurance companies are involved which tell them what will and will not be allowed.  The government is not dictating what it wants the doctor to do for the client.  This is real medical care.  If nutrition changes are necessary to improve the client’s situation, a dietitian is on board for however long it takes.  If a fitness program is required, six coaches are on hand to work with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals.  It then becomes a haven, a community of like-minded people – doctor, dietitian, nurse practioner, coaches, massage therapist, patients, and clients – all working together to achieve optimal health.  The result: things actually get done.  Patients start to feel better.  They understand what their bodies are doing and what they need.  They have a doctor that knows who they are and what they need.  They have someone that will show them how to shop for food, how to prepare their meals, how to change their thinking about food in general, and how to adjust what they eat to optimize their health.  They have patient, talented coaches who help them reach new fitness levels and see changes in their strength, the composition of their bodies, their abilities, and the way they feel about themselves.  It doesn’t take a village, but it takes a team of highly motivated like-minded people working with the same end goal in mind.  It takes WellFit! It truly is working – we’re seeing it one patient at a time; and it feels GOOD!

Cathy Draper