Dr. Christi Ghaleb

Dr. Christi Ghaleb is in your corner when fighting the Insurance Companies

WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOORS OF FAMILY MEDICINE OF POOLER, YOU FEEL LIKE FAMILY. The nurses know you by name and better yet, Dr. Christi Ghaleb knows all about you and your health concerns. She isn’t rushed when she sees you and gives you the time you deserve. It’s her innovative approach to health care that allows her to do this. 

In 2010, Dr. Ghaleb parted ways with the major hospital scene to start her own practice; one that has been thriving ever since. In 2017, she and her husband, who is also a doctor, decided to change the way they do business. They launched a Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice and were the first to adopt the idea in the Savannah area. They believe the best medical treatment comes from one-on-one interaction, so they’ve essentially eliminated the middle man. Dr. Ghaleb sees it as getting back to the basics.

“The old system makes you feel rushed. It’s impersonal and the insurance company dictates how you practice medicine,” said Dr. Ghaleb. “I was running from room to room every day and wasn’t able to spend the time I needed to with my patients. After doing that for so long, a light went on and I knew we needed to change.” By operating as a DPC, Dr. Ghaleb is freed from the increasingly time consuming and expensive billing procedures and administrative requirements of health plans. The new approach allows her to concentrate on what matters most, her patients.

The DPC structure is actually pretty simple. Family Medicine of Pooler limits the number of patients they see and they don’t accept insurance. For a set monthly fee, you are treated for all of your primary care health issues such as sick visits, in-office labs and procedures, and annual physical exams. Not only is Dr. Ghaleb providing top-notch care, a good majority of her patients are saving money.

Sandra Bronson is one of Dr. Ghaleb’s patients. She knows what it’s like to fight with insurance companies and endure the growing costs of premiums and deductibles. “Dr. Ghaleb essentially came to my rescue,” said Bronson. “I’ve never had a doctor treat me with the kind of respect Dr. Christi does. She is truly on my side when it comes to my care. Her compassion is genuine.”

Dr. Ghaleb’s compassion comes from her good-old-days mentality; one that allows her to play an active role in the health care of her patients. She’s only a phone call or text message away. “You will be able to communicate with me via cell phone, text messages, email and video conference. You can also see me as many times as you need, as long as you need to, without an additional fee,” says Dr. Ghaleb. “Before, I wasn’t able to do that.”

As an early adopter of the DPC movement, Dr. Ghaleb has seen spectacular success over the past year. Not only are her patients receptive to the change in her business style, Dr. Ghaleb is, too. “I’m much more relaxed and I truly enjoy what I’m doing. I didn’t like the administrative burdens I was facing every day. I’m happier now and I always have a smile on my face.”

FAMILY MEDICINE OF POOLER
CHRISTI GHALEB , MD
BOARD CERTIFIED IN FAMILY MEDICINE
MEDICAL DOCTOR (M.D.) DEGREE FROM
ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IN 2002
OFFERS WHOLESALE LABS AND MEDICATION COSTS
433 US HIGHWAY 80 W, POOLER, GA
912.748.1100,
FAMILYMEDICINEOFPOOLER.COM

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Events Calendar

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    Dec 14, 2018
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM @ The Sea Pines Resort

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    Dec 07, 2018
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Scenes of the South

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

Savannah's 39 Rue De Jean celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine.

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