BENEFITS OF DIRECT PRIMARY CARE
One of the biggest (and most important) differences you’ll find between Dr. Pennavaria, a Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice, and other traditional family practices is the number of patients she sees.
Most family doctors in Oregon routinely include 2,500 patients or more in their practices. Others around the country are even more packed— 3,000 to 4,000 patients!
With Homestead Family Medicine, you’ll be part of an intimate family practice where I treat hundreds of patients compared to thousands. With this solid foundation, the advantages are inevitable and plentiful.
UNLIMITED ACCESS TO CARE
After hours, weekends, holidays – there’s no bad time to receive excellent medical care. If you need one visit a month or multiple appointments - there is no extra charge. These services are part of your membership.
I am committed to being available and will have provider coverage for those times when I schedule time off.
Dr. Laura Pennavaria received her MD degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2001. She completed a residency in Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, California, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has practiced in a variety of settings, and has spent a significant amount of her career serving in physician executive roles, in addition to maintaining her practice. This experience in an administrative capacity allowed her to see firsthand how the ever-increasing bureaucracy and red tape have driven physicians and their patients farther apart.
Dr. Pennavaria’s passion has always been serving her patients. She considers it a privilege and honor to have people entrust her with their health and their lives. What she loves most about practicing medicine is the relationships she builds with her patients. This relationship of caring and trust allows her to partner with her patients to reach their health goals. Direct Primary Care is a perfect match for Dr. Pennavaria, as it allows her to take her time with her patients, and serve them in a more personal way.
Dr. Pennavaria lives on a ranch east of Bend, Oregon with her husband Michael, and their two sons. In her spare time, you will find her enjoying various adventures with her family, fishing, loving on her goats (she considers herself a “crazy goat lady”), working on various projects around the farm, cycling, skiing, knitting, and cooking (she especially loves to bake). She hopes that you will join her practice, and is looking forward to getting to know you!
Extended, relaxed visits.
You won’t feel rushed through an appointment and there’s never a question you won’t have time to ask. We will have time to partner for your best care. This will allow for risk assessment, preventive care, medication review and education. Part of the relationship you’ll build with me is based on your understanding of your care. That’s what I call personal healthcare.
Family Doctor House Calls.
I understand there may be times when making it into my office can be challenging and a home visit would be more beneficial… in these circumstances, I will come to you. My service area is approximately 30 miles surrounding Bend, OR. My promise is to provide quality care, value and convenience. I will give case by case evaluation of your needs.
Wholesale labs and medication.
We pass our benefits right to you. In office injections when needed are steeply discounted. Examples of prices (estimate):
90 pills lisinopril - $1.35
90 pills amlodipine 5 mg Norvasc - $1.53
180 pills metformin 1000 mg $0.54
If you need a medication that isn't here, just ask. We can probably get it for you.
Frequently asked questions
Direct Primary Care, or DPC, is a healthcare model focused on putting the patient first. That means treating them when they need it, never rushing patients through appointments, and being proactive with healthcare treatment plans. The doctor-patient relationship is just as the name suggests -- direct. DPC clinics don't accept insurance, rather, they choose to work directly with the patient, providing wholesale labs and prescriptions, and other cost savings along the way.