Direct Primary Care Doctor
Dr. Christina Doll is a board certified Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine physician and the owner of Revival Direct Primary Care in York, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., where she first developed an interest in medicine during a high school internship at Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Doll moved to Pennsylvania for undergraduate school at Dickinson College, where she earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. While at Dickinson, she also played varsity volleyball and met her now-husband, Travis. She returned to Maryland for medical school, attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine in downtown Baltimore. After medical school, Dr. Doll headed back to Pennsylvania to complete her residency training at WellSpan York Hospital, where she served as chief resident in her final year. She graduated in 2017 and became board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine shortly thereafter. In 2020, Dr. Doll decided to pursue additional training in Lifestyle Medicine, becoming board-certified by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine later that same year. Dr. Doll opened the doors to Revival Direct Primary Care in September 2021. When not seeing patients, she can often be found in her garden, with a toddler on her hip and a pre-schooler running around by her side.
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Welcome to the podcast, Dr. Doll.
Thank you. I'm so excited to be here.
It's so funny because you and I have interacted so much in social media before, and yet I still haven't met you in person.
So I'm so looking forward to that, but I'm definitely looking forward to talking with you today, too. It's
nice to see you.
I wanted to start with when COVID hit and your realization your job is not guaranteed in fee for service, as many people.
Right. So, yeah, I mean, before I opened my practice, I think that my path was really similar to many young family physicians. Right.
I took all of the usual steps, went through medical school, residency training, and then I found myself sort of, you know, middle of my chief year looking at the horizon, thinking like, okay, you know, what's next? What's my next step. And I remember feeling like I really only had a few options. Like I could work as an employed physician for one of the large hospital system, affiliated medical groups.
I could have. You know, look into private practice, maybe a partnership track, or I could stay in academia. And I really wrestled with my decision because none of those things necessarily felt like quite the right fit for me. I had also just had my first child and I wanted to make sure that whatever position I chose to sort of start my life as an attending that I would, it would allow me to have some sort of balance as a physician mother, which I think all of us are looking for.
And it's really hard to find. Right. Ultimately I decided that I would join one of the local medical groups in hope of getting some additional experience in outpatient setting. I thought it would give me sort of a predictable schedule, provide some of the support that I was used to medical assistant administrative support, steady income, all the, all the good things.
But a few years into practice. I became pregnant with my second child. And unfortunately I had a really difficult pregnancy. I had severe, severe hyperemesis gravidarum. I, it was resistant to every medication in the books and ultimately I needed continuous Ivy fluids for 30 consecutive weeks. So I had this little backpack that held two and a half liters of fluid and a pump.
And I wore it 24 7 and tried to keep up and try to function, but it really became clear pretty quickly. Like I was going to have to temporarily step back from seeing patients. I was just too sick. So I had my daughter in early 20, 20. And as luck would have it, of course just as I was starting to feel better, I was like coming out of that fourth trimester Hayes you know, getting ready to return, to work, getting my groove back.
That's when COVID came to town. I actually remember I was in the parking lot after my six week postpartum checkup and I got an alert on my iPhone about going into lockdown. Wow. So it was like in an instant, everything changed. Right. And over the next few weeks, it became really clear that the job I had stepped away from during pregnancy was going to look very different.
By the time I was scheduled to return. Just like practices all over the country here in York, you know, people were putting off preventative care. They weren't coming into the office. So visits were down. Offices were closing, you know, providers were being shuffled all over the place to kind of meet to changing needs.
So I sort of found myself in this really strange spot where I had to decide, do I stick this out and kind of wait until patient volumes recover. See if I needed again in the same capacity is when I left. Or do I sort of take this moment when the world is clearly changing and just make a big change for myself?