Cristy Beckman, who suffers from chronic pain in her spine and osteoarthritis, spent six hours in a doctor's crowded waiting room in severe pain.
That was enough, the Middletown resident decided. It was time to make a drastic change in how she was treated.
At about the same time, Dr. Christina Bovelsky opened Peachtree Family Medicine in downtown Middletown with a unique approach to medicine.
Instead of dealing with traditional insurance, co-pays and deductibles, her patients pay a one-year membership fee that includes an annual physical exam and between two and four office visits. Small procedures such as nebulizer treatments, strep tests and electrocardiograms, are included.
Beckman, 46, became one of Bovelsky's first patients.