There is no way around it; medical care can be expensive. However, Direct Primary Care offers an alternative way to provide affordable, high-quality health care.
Direct Primary Care practices charge a flat monthly or annual fee for access to a broad range of primary care services. Removing third-party insurers and the related extensive admin tasks allows doctors to focus on your individual needs as a patient.
The more common practice model is ‘fee for service’, which means that patients (and their insurance companies) pay ‘by the appointment’. This incentivizes a need to see as many patients as can possibly be squeezed into appointment books.
Instead of the traditional 'fee for service' model involving insurers, Direct Primary Care is provided through patients paying a monthly/annual fee. This fee covers health services provided by a primary care doctor.
The reduced administrative burden also allows doctors to spend more time with patients - enabling longer appointment times. Doctors can offer better services due to not cramming in as many appointments as possible, giving them time to truly develop a doctor-patient relationship. This is a crucial component in achieving better health.
John Dygert is a Family Medicine physician in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated medical school from Kansas City University - Medicine in 2009, and completed residency in Fort Wayne, IN in 2012.
Following training, he worked as a full-scope Family Medicine doctor in Colby, KS until 2017. This position involved inpatient medicine, outpatient clinic, obstetrics including c-sections, and coverage of the emergency room, two nursing homes, and one assisted living facility. In addition, he was also the director of Emergency Medical Services, head of the county health department, and deputy coroner! Despite being very busy, he cherished his time in Colby and credits this experience with providing him an intricate understanding of multiple facets of the health care system.
Dr. Dygert views Pinnacle Advanced Primary Care as "a materialization of a dream I've had since 2014". He firmly believes that this practice will model a impactful solution for the problems afflicting health care in the United States.
He and his wife Jilinda have five children; all attending school in the Colorado Springs area. He loves outdoor activities and sports, and is an avid fan of the Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Reds, and Ohio State athletic teams.
Dr. April Lynch is a Family Medicine Physician who received her osteopathic medical degree from KCUMB in Kansas City, MO in 2004. Her specialty training was at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, WA while serving on active duty. She has kept specialty board certification in Family Medicine since 2007 and practiced full-scope primary care medicine while serving in various leadership capacities.
Following residency, Dr. Lynch served on active duty as a medical director for Army Medical Clinics in Germany. Both of her children were born overseas. Upon returning to WA in 2011, she left active duty but continued to work for the military as a civilian physician. She became a regional primary care leader where she oversaw the transformation of over 40 primary care clinics into Army Patient-Centered Medical Homes. Dr. Lynch is originally from Colorado having grown up in Paonia on the Western slope. She happily returned to Colorado in 2015 to be the Medical Director for Mountain Post Army Medical Home. In late 2017, she left Army medicine to care for patients in a Direct Primary Care environment and currently lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Clayton and their two children. Her family enjoys Colorado activities to include camping in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.
Pinnacle Advanced Primary Care is the culmination of Dr. Lynch’s varied experiences. She plans to use the best of what she has learned over the years to provide patients with individualized, comprehensive healthcare while leading primary care as it transforms medicine through “front line” strength.
Sherry grew up in the Colorado Springs area. Before working in the medical field, she worked in customer service for over 11 years. Sherry received her associate degree in medical assisting in 2009 and graduated from Colorado State University, Pueblo, in 2021 with her bachelor's in health science and administration. She loves to travel and sightsee and tries to do it a couple of times a year. Sherry wants to take her customer service and health care skills and continue to enhance our members' experience
Cheyenne is our Lead Registered Medical Assistant who received her associate degree from IBMC College in Colorado Springs, CO, in 2017. She is currently pursuing a degree as a Registered Nurse and aims to complete schooling in the fall of 2024. Cheyenne was born and raised in Colorado Springs; she enjoys hiking new trails, traveling, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.
Travis brings over 15 years of media, marketing, and management experience to Pinnacle. He has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communication from Wartburg College and a master's degree in Marketing from Full Sail University. His primary leadership roles at Pinnacle include business development, member experience, and community engagement. Travis resides in Denver with his partner John. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, collecting vinyl records, cycling, and visiting his family in Iowa.
218 East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
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