Dr. Lucie Bianchi doesn’t want to just help you stay healthy. She wants to revolutionize the health care system in the United States.
She is part of a movement of physicians offering Direct Primary Care, a growing form of health care provision that for the most part works without the intrusion of the health insurance industry.
Her new spa and clinic, which opened on April 1, uses a monthly membership model to provide primary medical care to individuals and families. For as little as $75 a month, individuals can have unlimited visits to a doctor with no wait times ($125 a month for couples and $150 a month for families).
“We’re part of a grassroots movement across the country, started by physicians, to bring back the quality of health care,” Bianchi says. “You put the patient in control, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.”
After earning her medical degree from the Medical School of Wisconsin, Bianchi started working in a private practice in Elgin in 2000, offering inpatient and outpatient care, as well as obstetrics. Eventually she would add aesthetics to her practice and reduce its scope to aesthetics and outpatient care.
It was ongoing frustration with the health insurance industry and dealing with the demands of health insurance companies that drew her to the Direct Primary Care model she uses at Mindful Medispa and Mediclinic. A big advantage is that her patients can significantly downsize the costs of their insurance policies.
“Adopting my style of care allows you to purchase a less bulky insurance policy. Everyone needs catastrophic care, but you don’t need a policy that covers 100 percent of your wellness needs,” she says. “You don’t need them to pay for your physical; you need them to pay for your heart attack.”
Another advantage of joining Bianchi’s new practice is the seamlessness of having a “one-stop shop” for both health and wellness needs and aesthetics. There’s more overlap than might be obvious.
“I would argue this is a safer place to get your aesthetic care because of my medical knowledge. I’m always here,” she says. “A lot of times these spas will say they have a medical doctor, but you never see them. They’re not on the premises.”
Bianchi adds that there are aesthetics treatments that can be used to resolve problems identified during routine visits to the Mediclinic, and that she may be able to identify larger issues, such as skin cancer, for those coming in for aesthetic treatments. Patients who lose weight through medical treatment, for instance, might want to get laser treatment to improve skin quality.
Mindful Medispa and Mediclinic employs an in-house aesthetician, who handles non-invasive services such as hydrafacials, microneedling and chemical peels, while Dr. Bianchi performs Botox injections and other more advanced treatments. Occasionally they work together when both of their expertise is required.
It’s all part of an effort to provide a comfortable space where patients and clients can get their health care needs addressed, feel better, and look better, all under a single roof.
“When you walk into our space, it’s very welcoming and peaceful. It doesn’t look like a doctor’s office. It’s almost like you’re walking into someone’s home, which is what I want,” Dr. Bianchi says. “We just want people to feel comfortable and get the best quality care.”
Mindful Medispa and Mediclinic is located at 1626 W. Algonquin Road in Hoffman Estates, 224-633-3482, mindfulmediaspaandmediclinic.com.