Complex Care Pediatrics
I am a pediatrician who focuses on excellent, personalized patient care. After providing care in large healthcare systems for 20 years it became impossible to give every child the comprehensive care they each deserve. I started this practice focusing on children who only had complex medical needs, but have recently expanded to all children. I am now able to provide outstanding, direct care for all children through my Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice. In this model, I am able to limit the number of patients to around 200 (vs 2000 in a traditional clinic) which allows me to spend more time with each patient at their convenience. I also offer all patients and their families direct access to me via phone call, text and email. As well as same day appointments when needed.
How it works
You pay a fee (monthly or annual) directly to me, as I do not bill insurances. In return you receive direct, unlimited access to me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Communication is available via phone call, texts, e-mail, or video chats. When appointments are needed, they can be done the same or next day. The fee you pay includes regularly scheduled well care, vaccinations and any acute care visits needed. Home visits are also an option if needed especially for children with complex medical needs.
Office tests like hemoglobin, strep, influenza and urine tests are included in your child's membership. Other labs can be drawn in my office and sent to a lab at discounted rates as compared to when billed to your insurance. In addition, I will help you with any coordination of care your child needs, timely signing of orders, and facilitating communication between all of your child's providers. I am available to attend, as a consultant, any sub-specialists appointments, hospital admissions, or ER visits. I also can help with hospital admissions and will see your child in the hospital to follow with the hospital care team.
My services are never billed to insurance, instead are covered by the fee you pay me. However, some lab tests and x-rays may be needed to care for your child, these will need to be covered by your insurance company. Additional services that will be covered by insurance include doctors other than me (like specialists), hospitalization and home care. There are also times that your child may need to be seen in an Urgent care or Emergency room and your insurance will be billed by these providers.
I began my career as the only PCA for this beautiful but terminally ill child, Jennifer. She taught me more about being an excellent pediatrician than anyone else. Because of Jennie I understand the difficulties that come with caring for a medically fragile or complex child and I love taking the extra time with these kids and their families getting to know them and help coordinate their complex needs and many specialists.
I grew up in the Twin Cities area. When I am not taking care of other people's children, I love spending time with my family. My husband, Ken, and grown children Lucas and Emily. I especially enjoy traveling with them and making trips to see them at their colleges.
I also enjoy swimming, skiing, biking and walking my dogs, Lucy and Ginger.
Hamline University, BA in Biology 1993University of Minnesota, MD 1997 University of Minnesota, Pediatric Residency 1997-2000
I would be honored to care for your child in the personalized manor they and your whole family deserve. Please let me know if I can assist you further by sending me an email. Just press the contact Dr. Michele button below or call me directly at 612-850-1256.
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Pricing varies depending on the age and medical complexity of your child. In general, the younger your child and the more complex your child's health care is the more expensive it is. Please feel free to contact me with specific prices for you child or children. When multiple children in one family signs up discounts may be available as well.
In addition, I offer one time service fees for non-members as needed:
$50 for an acute visit
$100 for any well child check
Additional fees will apply for any labs tests or vaccines needed for these visits.