Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb

The list of Ghaleb family activities reads like the options at an adventure park:  camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, swimming, diving.  They do it all with enthusiasm, says Dr. Pete Ghaleb.  He and his wife, Dr. Christi, daughter, Alexis, 11, and son, Joey, 7, take advantage of every opportunity to jump into motion.  “We try to be active as a family,” says Dr. Pete.  “It’s fun, and it’s healthy.  This is the kind of thing we try to emphasize in our medical practice.  Keeping active in some way is just very good for you.”  A favorite activity for the Ghalebs is “off-roading,” taking their four-wheel drive vehicle into scary-sounding places like “The Big Nasty” in Georgia and “The Gulches” in South Carolina. Even getting stuck was a good experience.  “We looked at each other wondering ‘what are we going to do now?’” said Dr. Pete. “Then we got the winch going and working together pulled ourselves out.”
 
As experienced “off-roaders,” Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb recognized when they had come to a crossroads in their family medicine practice and needed to take a less traveled path.
 
“I love being a doctor and caring for my patients, but the administrative hurdles have become too cumbersome,” Dr. Christi posted on the Family Medicine of Pooler web site in November.  “More and more, I found the limitations and obligations placed on me by the government and private insurance plans interfered with my ability to give my patients the time and care they deserved, which is unacceptable.”
 
The Ghalebs, who opened their traditional family care practice in 2010, will launch a Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice beginning in 2017 – the first in the greater Savannah area.  The difference?  “Under the DPC model, in return for a set monthly fee, I treat all of your primary care health issues (sick and well visits, sports physicals, in-office labs and procedures, etc.),” explained Dr. Christi.  “Freed from the increasingly time consuming and expensive billing procedures and administrative requirements of health plans, I can concentrate my time and attention on you.”
 
Drs. Pete and Christi emphasize that in most cases, DPC patients receive “significantly better care with lower costs” than in traditional practices.  Another important point, noted Dr. Christi:  “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.”
 
DPC  is not the first new road the Ghalebs have taken.  They were the first practice in the area to adopt cloud-based Electronic Medical Records, so no paper charts or bulging file cabinets.
 
Providing comprehensive, personalized patient care has always been a priority for this family-oriented husband and wife team.  Drs. Pete and Christi model one of the behaviors they recommend in their practice – staying active.  Along with their two children, Alexis, 11, and Joey, 7, they hike, camp, scuba dive and snorkel, canoe, bike ride and take their “family car,” a four-wheel drive SUV, off the road at every opportunity.
 
Family Medicine of Pooler
433 US-80, Pooler, GA • 912.748.1100 • familymedicineofpooler.com

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Events Calendar

  • "The Favourite"

    Jan 23, 2019
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    “The Favourite” is a deliciously tawdry black comedy that’s also a surprisingly affecting period drama taking place in the somewhat...

  • Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo Style)

    Jan 16, 2019
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Fit912savannah

    Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo Style)    Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo style) is for beginners and advanced beginners  of this type of...

  • Fundamentals of Bachata

    Jan 16, 2019
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ fit912savannah

    Fundamentals of Bachata    Come learn the sensual dance of Bachata with us. We're a small Savannah group and  would love to expand it with dance...

  • 2019 The Delta Quadrant 5K & 10K Savannah Virtual Run

    Jan 19, 2019
    All Day @ Virtual Race

    The Delta Quadrant 5K & 10K is our sixth annual race inspired by Star Trek. Participants asked us to do a Voyager inspired medal, so...

  • Toddler Touch Tanks

    Dec 06, 2018
    All Day @ UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium

    Explore the coast with your child in a unique setting perfect for inspiring wonder and curiosity! During select Thursdays in January and December,...

  • License to Chill Snow Island

    Nov 16, 2018
    All Day @ Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

    Margaritaville at Lanier Islands is preparing for a winter wonderland makeover that will surprise and delight local residents and travelers...

  • Annie the Musical

    Jan 18, 2019
    All Day @ Savannah Children's Theatre

    Leapin' lizards! Little orphan Annie goes on a New York City adventure to find her parents, and ultimately, her forever home. With classic...

  • Blowing Rock Winterfest

    Jan 24, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Downtown Blowing Rock

    Don’t hibernate-celebrate! Join us for the fun side of winter with events like the Polar Plunge, WinterFeast, WinterPaws Dog Show, WinterFashion...

  • "Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out" Exhibition at Telfair Musuems

    Jan 24, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums hosts the first museum survey of the work of visionary videogame designer Keita Takahashi (Japanese, b. 1975). Takahashi is noted...

  • MAKE Savannah Roundtable

    Jan 24, 2019
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ CLARK CREATIVE 208 W HALL ST SAVANNAH UNITED STATE

    Please join us for our New Year roundtable featuring creative consultant, stylist, podcaster and small business owner Kelsey Bucci. After years of...

  • Let's Talk Mental Illness: Childhood Trauma

    Jan 24, 2019
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs

    The third event in The ELLA Foundation’s Mental Illness Community Discussion Series will address childhood trauma and will feature...

  • 2019 Lip Sync Battle

    Jan 24, 2019
    7:00 PM @ Savannah Station

    Join us for the 3rd Annual Savannah Lip Sync Battle presented by David Pence of Pence Family Agency (Allstate) on Thursday, January 24th! The...

  • Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah

    Jan 24, 2019
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Trustees Theater

    Get ready to be moved by the power of film! Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah returns for its 10th year [January 24-26, 2019]. We have an incredible...

  • Lean Ensemble Theater presents A Doll's House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath

    Jan 24, 2019
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children and begin a life on her...

  • Mountain Film on Tour

    Jan 24, 2019
    All Day @ Trustees and Lucas Theater

    Started in 1979, Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the...

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

    Jan 24, 2019
    All Day @ Embassy Suites and Hyatt Regency Center

    A workshop based on the bestselling book that has changed the lives of millions. At this free real estate workshop you will discover: Secrets the...

  • Acting FUN-damentals

    Jan 26, 2019
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Southwest Chatham Library

    Have you ever wanted to act but were afraid to try? Get an introduction to acting in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere! Join us each month for...

  • 90's Bar Crawl

    Jan 26, 2019
    3:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah

    TICKET LINK: https://90sbarcrawl.com/events/farewell_savannah/ THE FAREWELL TOUR: Relive your glory days with the very last nationwide tour of...

  • 2019 Night at the Museum

    Jan 26, 2019
    3:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah History Museum

    The annual event takes visitors through night guard training and then on a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum. Guests will be able to interact...

  • 30th Annual Model Railroad and Train Show

    Jan 26, 2019
    All Day @ National Guard Armory

    Annual model train show hosted by Savannah’s Coastal Rail Buffs. Adults $7, children under 12 free. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10...


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Scenes of the South

PUTTING Away Crime

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 Savannah helped McGruff the Crime Dog take a bite out of crime at the Crimestoppers Savannah's 3rd Annual Putt Putt Mini Golf Tournament held at Island Miniature Golf and Game on Wilmington Island. Proceeds went to helping fund rewards for the Crimestopper's anonymous crime tip line.

Dining in the Dark

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the 3rd Annual Dining in the Dark event presented by The Charles C. Taylor and Samir Nikocevic Charitable Foundation benefitting the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, was held at the Embassy Suites/Downtown Savannah.

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.

A Chefs Collaborative

This five course dinner held at Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar allowed guests to taste exceptional flavors steeped in tradition. Included were the culinary skills of Chef Adam Barnett of The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, Winston-Salem, NC, Chef Robert Hoffman of Angeline’s Charlotte, NC, Chef Daniel Gorman of The Henley Nashville, TN, Chef Sebastien Rondier of Brabo, Alexandria, VA, and Chef Lauren Teague of PACCI Italian Kitchen + Bar.

East and West BBQ

A whole hog BBQ showcase, from two of the south’s most legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones. Hosted by Alida Hotel this event was a fabulous juxtaposition between Eastern North Carolina style BBQ and Western Tennessee style. Made possible by the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

Savannah Food & Wine Fest

Hundreds came to experience Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah Style. The South's best culinary happenings - one exceptional week in Savannah. Iconic and historic coastal venues provided the perfect backdrop for gourmet and fun. South magazine captured the experience at the VIP tent.

Big Wig Boat Bash

Savannah's Riverboat, The Georgia Queen set sail to host the final fundraiser for the 2018 class of Big Wigs, together raising over $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Foundation. This evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a silent auction, music and dancing and a contest to crown the Biggest BigWig! Contest categories included: The Biggest Wig, The Pink Ribbon Award and Best Pink Personality.

Boo Bash

This spooktacular evening included hors d’oeuvres, “spirits,” music and dancing, a Halloween costume contest with cash prizes, Halloween-themed entertainment, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and talent contest. Contest categories included: Dancing, Singing, Rapping, Stand-up Comedy and Lip Syncing.

Masquerade at the Mansion

Plenty of patrons donned masks and beads for an unforgettable Mardi Gras at the Mansion. There unique entertainment, food, and decor including magic fire, beignets, king cake and a photo booth, plus music and dancing, libations, late-night treats, and lots of surprises.

DineSouth After Party

This year's DineSouth ended in a blast. Dozens headed over to Barrellhouse, who hosted the after party. They enjoyed great drinks and live music by Individually Twisted.