As a Direct Primary Care provider in Reno, NV, Preferred Family Medicine focuses on you and your health without the unnecessary intrusion of insurance companies. We believe that the best primary care medicine is both personal and affordable, and that’s what we offer. Primary care is all we do, so let us restore your faith in health care. Experience a patient-doctor relationship based on trust and respect; the type of relationship every patient deserves.
Our patient benefits include full access to primary care, meaning you will have more time with your provider, 24/7 access for acute medical issues, no co-pays, and no limit on visits. Your monthly membership fee covers general adult physicals, women’s healthcare, newborn and pediatric care, wellness education, chronic disease management, minor procedures and coordination of care with specialists when needed. We also offer the added convenience of in-house phlebotomy, discounted labs and an in-house pharmacy for dispensing deeply discounted medications.
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Meet Dr. Highley
"I will be your healthcare fiduciary"
Christopher C. Highley D.O.
Dr. Christopher Highley has over 19 years of experience in the primary care medical space. Having worked on the front line of healthcare, Dr. Highley has garnered an acumen of skills at the point-of-care, treating patients of all ages and just about every conceivable problem. He is not only passionate about patient care, but optimizing the experience for both the doctor and the patient. He is especially skilled in developing a rapport with his patients, whom find him especially personable and willing to take the time needed to explain their medical conditions to their satisfaction.
After practicing in Carson City, NV for 15 years, Dr. Highley will be opening the first Direct Primary Care office in Reno, NV in August 2018. The transition from his established practice to the Direct Primary Care model allows Dr. Highley to continue to provide the highest quality care, for which he has been rated by insurers in the past, while continuing to focus on his patients’ needs with unmatched convenience. The DPC model will allow more time and attention to his patients and provide all services so his patients can get the best for their health care dollars. Therefore, Dr. Highley's new practice, Preferred Family Medicine, will not accept insurance. Learn more about Direct Primary Care here and Dr. Highley's practice model here.
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DR. HIGHLEY'S EXPERIENCE:
Carson Medical Group, Carson City, NV - Partner
August 2003 - July 2018 Board-Certified Family Physician Carson Medical Group
Family Medicine Physician - Primary Care Physician Treating All Ages Newborn to 90 year olds! , Partner Carson Medical Group
FAA Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)
2006 - present
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medical Education at University of Nevada School of Medicine2006-present
Preceptor Clinical Externships
Adjunct Instructor Family Medicine at Touro University Nevada2006-present
Preceptor Medical Students during Clinical Externships
Major, Medical Corps, Family Practice Physician at US ArmyJuly 1996 - June 2003
Resident, Tripler Army Medical Center, 1996-1999; Staff Physician 1999-2003
Founder, CEO at Cirrus Medical Network, LLCJanuary 2014 - Present
Founder, CEO of Cirrus Medical Network, LLC (CirrusMED) - "Your Doctor. Online." - Online Concierge Doctors. Proprietary all-in-one direct care telehealth platform for physicians moving to a virtual practice environment.
DR HIGHLEY'S EDUCATION:
Tripler Army Medical Center, U.S. Army1996 – 1999Residency, Family MedicineConcentration: Family MedicineActivities: 3 -year Medical Residency
Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center1992 – 1996D.O.
University of Wisconsin-Madison1988 – 1992B.S.Concentration: Molecular Biology
DR HIGHLEY'S INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES:
Primary Care Medicine, Health Information Technology, Digital Health, Direct Primary Care, EHR / EMR, Healthcare Optimization, Healthcare Innovation, Aviation, Music, and Tahoe.
Meet Dr. Scullion
"Excited to help my patient's health journey"
Amy Scullion M.D.
Dr. Scullion was born and raised in Ohio but every winter her family took a ski trip to Lake Tahoe. She fell in love with Tahoe’s beauty and the endless outdoor activities. She spent some time working at Preferred Family Medicine while in her third year of Family Medicine residency at the University of Nevada-Reno. She is excited to build her own practice and put her skills, caring for the entire family, to work! She is now accepting patients with an anticipated start date in September, 2021.
University of Nevada, Reno July 2018 – June 2021
Family Medicine Residency
The Ohio State University College of Medicine August 2014 –May 2018
Doctorate of Medicine
The Ohio State University June 2010- May 2014
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Summa Cum Laude
Professional Experience/ Interests
Chief Resident: July 2020 – Present
- Served as primary liaison between faculty/administration and 30 family medicine residents
- Developed educational opportunities and helped residents navigate personal and professional conflicts
Family Medicine Council Operations Committee Member July 2020 – Present
- Weekly meeting to address patient, resident, and organizational issues that arise in clinic
- Sports and musculoskeletal medicine, women’s health and family planning, primary care
procedures, newborn care
“Evaluating Back Pain in the Active Adolescent” Presented at NAFP winter CME conference, Stateline, NV 1-2021.
American Board of Family Medicine: Board Exam Schedule April 7th
Licensures: Nevada Limited License, Pharmacy License, DEA License
Certifications: BLS, ACLS, ALSO
Memberships: American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy for Sports Medicine
The Ohio State University Women’s Basketball Team June 2010- April 2015
- Big Ten Tournament Champions 2010, 4 NCAA appearances
- Named captain in 2014, Played final season during the first year of medical school
Certified Medical Assistant
Stephani is an experienced Certified Medical Assistant who has worked most recently in women's health.
Janet has been in healthcare for 14 years, 8 of which have been spent in office management. Starting as a receptionist at a multi-specialty group then quickly working her way into management within 4 years.
Janet loves the change and personalization DPC brings to healthcare. She believes that taking the time to listen, answer questions and discuss patients concerns is key to building a strong trustworthy relationship with the patient.
When not in the office Janet loves to travel with her husband and spend time with her family. As a family that loves camping, family camp trips are often the focus of vacations!