In primary care today, physicians face unsustainable pressure to balance patient care with compliance & documentation requirements. Elation alleviates that burden and allows independent practices and primary care organizations to focus on what’s most important: providing phenomenal care.
In today’s episode, we will hear from two DPC physicians, Dr. Sara Pastoor and Dr. Rebecca Byard as they speak about Elation's history as well as give examples of how powerful Elation can be for a DPC physician.
Dr. Sara Pastoor is a clinically active family physician and currently serves as the Director of Primary Care Advancement at Elation Health, where she advocates for primary care and its powerful role in the healthcare system. She also is co-director of Presence Health, an integrated primary care and behavioral health Direct Primary Care practice in Austin, TX. Dr. Pastoor is a seasoned physician executive with 20 years of experience in primary care innovation, patient-centered medical home, health system transformation, organizational change management, population health, EMR optimization, quality improvement, and health technology. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and spent the first 15 years of her career in the Army Medical Department. Dr. Pastoor has also led patient-centered transformation and primary care expansion in the academic and employer-sponsored primary care settings.
Dr. Byard is the proud owner of Direct Care Physicians of Pittsburgh: Mt. Lebanon. She went to medical school at Marshall University then attended residency for family medicine at the Washington Hospital in Washington, PA. She worked for the residency program as an attending for 3 years while juggling moonlighting at 4 other jobs and eventually left primary care for a better paying job in urgent care. She stayed there for 4.5 years, and was able to cut out 3 of the 4 moonlighting gigs. When she started looking for opportunities for growth, she did not find anything in urgent care and started to consider going back to primary care. She missed those long-term relationships. She learned about direct primary care and decided this was the answer to getting her back into primary care. Her DPC is located in Mt. Lebanon, PA, close to where she grew up. She loves her new patients and her DPC journey.
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