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Jeanette Williams

Jeanette M. Williams, M.D. announced the opening of her new family medicine practice in Calistoga. She will begin seeing patients starting March 1 at 807A Washington St.

“My job is so fulfilling in Calistoga, because I get the opportunity to work with a strong community of patients who are appreciative of the care I provide,” Williams said in a statement. “I’m very excited to continue working with my patients in a new practice model that gives them more control over their healthcare.”

Williams practiced medicine for the past eight years at the Vermeil Clinic in Calistoga.

Today, Williams is using an alternative health care billing system. She will use a Direct Primary Care practice model that charges a yearly fee for primary care services through the doctor’s office and no additional visit charges.

“Revenue is not generated by how many patients are seen per day. Instead, the annual fee just pays for whatever care patients need,” Williams said.

“With Direct Primary Care, I am able to maintain a smaller practice size, which will allow greater access to care, time to return patient phone calls, unhurried visits, and a greater focus on preventive care – not just treating illness.”

Williams said in an interview that she wants to focus on her patients and their needs, not on an insurance company’s methodology.

As a family practitioner, Williams is often the first person that a patient sees when seeking healthcare services, and she examines and treats patients with a wide range of conditions. If necessary she refers patients to specialists or appropriate facilities.

“My approach is empathetic and non-judgmental. I see myself as an educator and a guide who empowers individuals to become active decision-makers in their own care,” Williams said.

Williams attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

For details call 942-1100 or visit jwilliamsmd.com.

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The Weekly Calistogan Editor