Davis Mellick, PA-C
I graduated from the Medical College of Georgia school of Allied Health Sciences in 2010. I started my career in the field of Emergency Medicine where I found great satisfaction in critical care. I took care of traumas, strokes, heart attacks and anything else that would come through the doors. Emergency medicine is exciting, TV shows make it seem glamorous and other specialties see Emergency Medicine providers as the “cowboys” of the profession. Those exciting moments exist but less often than one would think. The reality is that with excitement comes lots of tragedy. I spent countless hours with patients and families in some of their darkest hours. Many times, the questions about what is next would turn back towards the “why did this happen?”, “how did this happen?”, or “what could have been done differently to prevent this?”
I realized that many of these tragedies could have been prevented or avoided with better access to primary care. I still enjoy Emergency Medicine but realized I could have a larger impact providing Primary Care; ultimately helping patients and families avoid those dark times in the Emergency Room. It is widely recognized that our health care model is broken. Government involvement has without question driven up healthcare costs and made health insurance less effective.
When I came across the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model, I quickly realized that this was a way to put the power back into the hands of patients and providers. DPC effectively cuts out the middle man. There’s no smoke and mirrors or surprise bills. It’s spelled out clearly, cleanly and without unpleasant surprises. Unlike other models that depend on insurance reimbursement, there is no need to hire somebody to handle billing, no need for coders, and most importantly no need to push patients through as quickly as possible. I feel that with Direct Primary Care I can better care for every patient I treat.
I have lived in the Augusta and Evans areas since 1996. I am married to my beautiful and supportive wife Rachel and we have three children and four dogs. My hobbies include gardening (I really like spicy peppers), cooking, and spending time in the outdoors.