Northern Virginia Family Practice Associates (NVFPA) continues to expand in response to growing community demand for highly personalized care. By Mary Wadland – March 6, 2020
Alexandria, VA – Over the decade since Northern Virginia Family Practice Associates (NVFPA) launched Virginia’s – and the country’s – first concierge family medicine practice, the appeal of the model’s high-touch, wholly personalized approach to care has grown significantly. Now, NVFPA expands its team with internal medicine physician Ken Zweig, MD and family medicine physician Cecily Havert, MD, well-respected ‘Top Docs’ recognized with multiple awards for outstanding care.
“I am thrilled to join this group of outstanding primary care providers,” says Dr. Zweig, who became part of the NVFPA team at year-end 2019. “They are true innovators as the first family practice in the country to adopt this healthcare model. This practice allows us the benefits of longer appointment times due to a smaller patient panel size. It also gives us the opportunity to delve into complex medical issues, focus on preventive care, and develop more meaningful connections with patients. This feels like medicine the way it was meant to be.”
At NVFPA, a concierge, or membership medicine practice, providers care for a limited number of patients, allowing time for unhurried, extended visits and same-day appointments for acute illness. After hours, patients are able to easily reach an NVFPA physician who will offer immediate guidance and advice, significantly reducing the need to visit the emergency room or urgent care facility. As part of a “proudly unaffiliated” practice, patients are not limited to the resources of a single hospital system, but benefit from their NVFPA doctor’s personal coordination of care with the onsite team at any facility, local or national.
“Having the opportunity to develop relationships with my patients, spend time with them, listen to their problems and coordinate their care is amazing, and so gratifying,” reveals Dr. Havert, who joined NVFPA earlier in 2019. “We’re able to provide true continuity of care, helping people through all the parts of their lives.”
For Alexandria resident Dak Hardwick, staying with Dr. Zweig as a member of his NVFPA practice was “one of the best decisions I ever made.” A patient for more than a decade, Dak says he has always appreciated Dr. Zweig’s holistic approach to care, now greatly enhanced in the new concierge model.
“My experience has been exceptional, as Dr. Zweig can now take the time to discuss a range of healthcare options – physical therapist, nutritionist, specialists, and others – not always found at a traditional practice,” he says. “When you’re just moved from provider to provider, healthcare feels like something that happens to you, but with concierge medicine, I’m an active participant in my health. It’s the difference between just being seen by a provider versus being cared for by the physician you trust.”
Now 43, Hardwick says the ability to thoroughly discuss his choices becomes more important every year.
“None of us is adequately prepared for the experience of getting older!” he says. “Being able to ask questions and become educated on the specifics of medications and treatments is a huge benefit of being part of a concierge practice. Dr. Zweig takes everything into consideration and is the key to helping me make the right decisions about my health.”
Doctors Zweig and Havert are strong proponents of NVFPA’s mission to educate patients and the community on optimizing “wellness at every stage” with a robust schedule of programs that includes: complimentary presentations on topics including nutrition for the brain and women’s heart health; monthly walks with NVFPA providers and staff at Fort Ward Park; group participation in community 5k runs and walks; and a recurring eight-session basic movement class to enhance strength, agility and balance, developed in conjunction with physical therapists. In addition, Dr. Zweig offers medical wisdom and practical advice on staying healthy in his recently launched blog “An Ounce of Prevention,” and Dr. Havert provides knowledgeable insights on women’s health and mental health issues as a regular featured guest on the popular The Second Half podcasts.
To learn more: call 703-379-8879 or visit www.nvafamilypractice.com. NVFPA is located at 4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 250, in Alexandria, VA.