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Doctors go retro with new model of practice

After years of working in the high-pressure environment of what he calls “corporate medicine,” a Peralta doctor is going retro with a home-based practice that offers same-day appointments.

Dr. Mark Evanko and his wife, Dr. Rebecca Evanko, opened Still Point Medical in August as a direct care practice. Patients pay directly for service instead of going through an insurance company and have the ability to contact the doctor 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He sees the patients, she runs the business.

“We work as a team. We know exactly what’s going on with our patients. It’s a very personalized form of medical care,” said Rebecca Evanko.

She said the emphasis is on the patient and consultations can take as long as needed.

“I wanted to find a way to help patients without sitting in front of a computer,” Mark Evanko said.

Mark Evanko is a family practice specialist who has been practicing in Albuquerque since 1988, including with ABQ Health Partners, now called DaVita Medical Group. He graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, Calif.

Osteopathy is a “whole person” approach to health that looks at how the body’s systems are interrelated and how each affects the others.

Dr. Mark Evanko and his wife, Dr. Rebecca Evanko, recently opened Still Point Medical, a medical practice that offers direct patient care outside the insurance model. (Courtesy of Rebecca Evanko)

In his new practice, Mark Evanko offers general family medicine, osteopathic manipulative therapy and cranio-sacral therapy. Still Point is also designed to accommodate the medical needs of adults on the autism spectrum.

The location is very quiet and calming. Inside, there are no televisions, radios or fluorescent lights. Outside, there is a Japanese garden with water fountains where patients can choose to wait for their appointments, Rebecca Evanko said.

Still Point Medical does not accept any form of health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. Instead, patients can choose from three direct payment options.

• Pay per service: patients pay an annual processing fee of $100 and $60 per visit. There is a $25 charge for additional services, such as having a prescription called in to a pharmacy. Patients who elect this option may be able to claim expenses for each service through a Health Savings or Health Flex account if they have one.

• Wellness: $100 per month, which covers in-person or phone consultations, and things like annual wellness exams and prescription refills,

• Ultra-Wellness: $150 per month, which also covers osteopathic manipulation, trigger point and cranio-sacral therapy.

For further information, call Still Point Medical at 505-967-7299 or check the website