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In several of its recent issues, South Magazine published articles about Family Medicine of Pooler.


Dr. Christi Ghaleb (FAMILY MEDICINE OF POOLER) Is In Your Corner When Fighting the Insurance Companies / South's Greatest Doctors 2018 Special Advertorial Section

December 2017 / January 2018

This was published in an article titled "Dr. Christi Ghaleb (FAMILY MEDICINE OF POOLER) Is In Your Corner When Fighting the Insurance Companies".

South's Greatest Doctors

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 off and I knew we needed to change." By operating as a DPC, Dr. Ghaleb is freed from the increasingly time consuming and expensive billing FAMILY MEDICINE OF POOLER 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."


Bringing Hope to Healthcare

Fatigued by the mounting pressures from private insurance plans that force practices to see more and more patients in less and less time, husband-and-wife team, Dr. Christi and Dr. Peter Ghaleb, decided to change the way they deliver medical care

December 2016 / January 2017 Editorial

This was published as an editorial titled "Bringing Hope to Healthcare" by Anne Roan.

The South's Finest

This year provided plenty of hints for our ever-changing healthcare setup. Fortunately, two local physicians have rolled up their white coat sleeves and designed a system that does what its supposed to.

"When a broken healthcare system is no longer working to properly fulfill the needs of either patients or physicians, what do you do? You find a new system. Fatigued by the mounting pressures from private insurance plans that force practices to see more and more patients in less and less time, husband-and-wife team, Dr. Christi and Dr. Peter Ghaleb, decided to change the way they deliver medical care. They want to get back to serving patients in the style they know best: efficient, caring and attentive. They believe in exceptional quality service for their patients, which they are not willing sacrifice in the face of insurance company demands. In their practice, Family Medicine of Pooler, Drs. Ghaleb have taken a bold, new move to embrace what they believe will be the future of healthcare. This new model is called Direct Primary Care and it is the first of its kind in the Greater Savannah/Pooler region. The structure of the new system is surprisingly straightforward and simple, which is contrary to what most people have been conditioned to expect from healthcare. The platform emphasizes the care of the patient over the bottom line. The idea behind Direct Primary Care began as a grassroots movement within communities of medical professionals on the west coast who were seeking change. They demanded better, personalized care at affordable rates. This movement is starting to take root and the proof of success can be seen in the satisfaction of both patients and physicians."

Source: The South Magazine


Meet the Doctors 2017 /	Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb

December 2016 / January 2017 Issue

This was published in an article titled "Things You Didn't Know About South's Greatest Doctors: Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb - TRAILBLAZERS".

The South's Finest

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.

Source: The South Magazine


Faces of Health

December 2011 / January 2012 Issue

This was published in an article titled "The South's Greatest Doctors".

The South's Finest

"Family Medicine of Pooler deals with a wide spectrum of issues. They have the opportunity to perform many different procedures on any given day, such as trigger point and joint injections, toe nail removals, laceration repairs, gynecological exams, and routine immunizations, just to name a few.

Having been involved with various charities since she was younger, Dr. Christi Ghaleb has always loved the satisfaction she gets from helping others. Since the medical profession is basically a full-time job of helping others, it seemed like a perfect fit for her. 

Her favorite part of the job is that every day and every patient she encounters is unique. This allows her to meet new people from varying ages and backgrounds, making her feel as though she is part of the community."


Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb at the 2011 Faces of the South party

Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb at the 2011 Faces of the South party at the Jepson Center for the Arts in downtown Savannah in January 2011


Faces of Family Medicine

February / March 2011 Issue

This editorial was published in the special 5 year anniversary edition of South Magazine titled, "Faces of the South - The Face of Family Medicine".

The South's Finest

"Christi Ghaleb, M.D. knew she'd found her calling in family medicine. After eight years of practicing in the area, she found the right home for that calling when she established Family Medicine of Pooler last October. The state-of-the-art facility welcomes patients from birth through their elder years in the belief that treating patients like one's own family is the best way to practice medicine in a way that benefits both doctor and patient."

Source: The South Magazine


The South's Finest Doctors - Meet the Doctors

December 2010 / January 2011 Issue

This interview was published in an article titled "The South's Finest Doctors - Meet the Doctors".

The South's Finest

If your practice had a motto, what do you think it would be?
Where patients are treated like family.

What is the most common procedure you perform?
Since Family Medicine deals with a wide spectrum of issues, I have the opportunity to perform many different procedures on any given day, such as trigger point and joint injections, toe nail removals, laceration repairs, gynecological exams, routine immunizations, just to name a few.

Why did you become a medical profession? 
Having been involved with various charities since I was younger, I've always loved the satisfaction I get from helping others. Since the medical profession is basically a full-time job of helping others, it seemed like a perfect fit for me, and it has been.

What is your favorite part of your job? 
My favorite part of my job is that every day and every patient encounter is unique. This allows me to meet new people from varying ages and backgrounds, making me feel as though I am part of the community. I enjoy treating the whole family rather than just the individual.

What fascinates you most about the human body?
The human body's ability to heal itself, given the right tools, is quite fascinating to me. As a physician, it's my job to simply provide the proper tools for my patients to help heal themselves.


Grand Opening of the brand new facility

October / November 2010 Issue

This was released to announce the Grand Opening of the brand new facility.