Wellness Health Services wants to bring healthcare home

Dr. Khalid Athar has been in Culpeper since 2007.  He is head of the anesthesiology department at the Culpeper Surgery Center as well as Medical Director. Wellspring Health Services is a private venture for him. Photo by Ian Chini
Dr. Khalid Athar has been in Culpeper since 2007.  He is head of the anesthesiology department at the Culpeper Surgery Center as well as Medical Director. Wellspring Health Services is a private venture for him.
Photo by Ian Chini



Getting your pilot’s license? Or perhaps you’re applying for your CDL license. Or you want to play on the high school soccer or football team. A visit to your primary care doctor may not immediately come to mind but you’ll need a physical and Wellspring Family Practice can take care of that for you.

They can also provide critical care management, wellness checks, vision screenings, or diabetes management.

You can phone in for an appointment or walk-in patients are welcome at their facility located at 633 Sunset Lane, across from the Rainbow Child Care Center.

Officially planned to open Oct. 26, they are registering patients now and this Saturday there will be a grand opening from 3-7 p.m.

At the helm is Dr. Khalid Athar who is optimistic that his brand of service will resonate in Culpeper.

Currently with one doctor and two nurse practitioners, Athar plans to recruit additional physicians soon.

“I’d like to keep patients local,” says Athar. “We find that Moms make most of the decisions when it comes to health care. If they leave the county, chances are their children are leaving with them. If they get a referral, they are leaving again.”

“We’d like to offer a reason to stay in Culpeper,” emphasized Athar for their medical needs.

Incorporating cutting edge technology into this clinic, visitors won’t see posters on the walls of the lobby or in the examining rooms. Instead, they can view or tune in to a large screen monitor offering high tech medical information.

As an example, if you are coming in to have your heart checked, you can see images of a heart, the valves and arteries connected to it. Athar is all about educating his patients as well taking care of them.

“People talk about rehabilitation…I’d like to focus on ‘prehabilitation,” says Athar.

“If we can get to patients earlier, we have a chance to change the outcome…the earlier we get them, the less chance we’ll see them in the emergency room,” stresses Athar.

Another feature that patients will no doubt appreciate is the clinic’s in-house laboratory. Blood work can be taken quickly with results given back on the spot with no waiting for several days.

The administrative staff is working diligently to insure that a wide panacea of insurance companies will be in their books.

“We’ve very excited about this,” said the administrative manager Louise Kadlec. “It’s about quick access and availability, reducing wait times and offering patients a pleasant place to come…like a family.”

Using software that is HIPPA compliant to insure security, Dr. Athar will be leveraging the use of technology offering what’s known as telemedicine. Think of Skype on medical steroids. Once you’ve had your initial visit with the doctor, he/she can monitor your situation coming right into your home via the Internet, checking on your progress remotely if you choose, making healthcare much more user friendly.

It’s all state of the art when it comes to modern medicine but it’s also about patient care with an emphasis on prevention.

“We’re trying to offer more for the people of Culpeper…so that they don’t feel they need to leave the area to receive quality primary care,” said Athar.

As another example, if during a visit, consultation with a specialist is required, that can be done via telemedicine bringing that doctor into the examining room and saving that patient a trip elsewhere.

Athar smiles as he warns people about seeking advice from Dr. Google.

“Don’t go to Dr. Google for your medical questions,” advises Athar. “There is so much information out there but you need to know that you are getting the right information to make a good decision when it comes to your health needs.”

“We’re trying to do our part…even if you aren’t a patient…we want you to come to our website as an education resource,” says Athar who finds Culpeper a beautiful place, a safe place and a place to raise families.

In addition to the clinic, Athar has plans to open an urgent care facility the first of the year in the building that once housed Capital One Bank near Panera’s and Chick-A-Fila. It will be called Wellness Urgent Care.

Between the two locations, Athar looks to improve health care offerings in the area.

“We want to raise the bar on what people can expect from their healthcare provider,” said Athar. “We want to bring care to you whether it’s your home, a nursing home, the hospital, or a clinic…it’s about the patient and managing their disease or preventing it.”

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.

Although there were distant precursors to telemedicine, it is essentially a product of 20th century telecommunication and information technologies. These technologies permit communications between patient and medical staff with both convenience and fidelity, as well as the transmission of medical, imaging and health informatics data from one site to another.

For more information, visit www.healthspringhealthservices.com or phone 540-321-4281.

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