One thing you're not likely to do if you have an appointment with family physician Dr. Janice Pegels is spend a lot of time in her waiting room.
"I don't like waiting, so I don't like to make my patients wait, either," she says.
You'll also be booking your own appointment online and will get a reminder call from the doctor herself. When you come into the office (housed in a charming vintage home), she'll give you time -- lots of it.
"Appointments for new patients typically last for 60 to 90 minutes, while established patients typically get 30 to 45 minutes," Pegels explains. If your lab results are within the normal range, you'll receive them via an encrypted e-mail service and, if not, the doctor will call you directly.
If you're thinking this doesn't sound like a typical visit to the doctor, you're right. Pegels is one of approximately 100 physicians throughout the country who has adopted a new kind of practice, known as an Ideal Micropractice (IMP). She acts as her own receptionist, office manager and medical assistant. By doing so, she is able to keep her costs down, which translates into longer office visits for her patients.
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