By: Christopher Davis | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: June 2015
The Grassroots Medical Staff: (L to R) Melita Tate, M.D.; Kelly Compton , A.P.R.N.; Mikie Postrach, M.A.; Yomya Campos, M.A. and Aimee Hopkins, M.A.; Katie Brooks (not pictured)
Since 2011, Dr. Melita Tate has practiced medicine at Grassroots Healthcare in a way that clears away the impersonal paperwork and bureaucracy that characterizes most physician’s offices.
Located at 91st and Sheridan, Grassroots Healthcare is best described as a small town clinic tucked amongst the restaurants and businesses of south Tulsa. Dr. Tate and her staff treat a wide spectrum of medical conditions ranging from stitches to high blood pressure, urgent care to chronic illness. The office is quiet, private and welcoming – qualities seldom experienced in the typical medical environment.
As the rest of the healthcare industry scurries to adjust to the paradigm shift inflicted by the Affordable Care Act, Dr. Tate’s exam rooms are busier than ever. One reason for the growing roster of satisfied patients is Dr. Tate’s high quality, pragmatic approach to medicine. Another reason is the simple business model of the clinic: Grassroots Healthcare does not accept insurance.
Avoiding insurance and Medicare altogether enables Dr. Tate and staff to focus on patients and keep costs as low as possible. “We do have patients who are insured,” Dr. Tate notes, “but often, they have high deductibles or co-pays that make it difficult to go to a big hospital.” Patients find it refreshing to know exactly what they will be charged for medical services. The common sense process means patients are more informed about their medical care and less stressed about making payments.
In fact, lowering stress is a concern Dr. Tate has been emphasizing with her patients, as well as other characteristics of a more holistic approach to medicine. More than ever, Americans are grappling with health concerns related to stress, depression, anxiety and obesity. Unfortunately, these are issues that don’t necessarily get better with more medication. Considering side effects can undermine health as much as the original symptoms for which medicine was prescribed; the entire approach begs the question. “We try to focus on helping patients get off medication and establish a healthy lifestyle,” explains Dr. Tate. After all, if a person can overcome depression, obesity or high blood pressure without medication, isn’t this the best approach?
Over the years, Dr. Tate has increasingly encouraged patients to reevaluate their eating habits. “Avoiding processed foods and eliminating sugar is not easy,” she says, “but once patients see the results, they are motivated to look for other ways to eat healthier and become more active.”
Dr. Tate recalls a patient who started out by eliminating sugar and fast food for a month. When he returned for a follow up, he seemed like a changed man. “He told me he hadn’t felt this great in years. He was thinking more quickly, he had lost weight and was happy. It really opened my eyes about how big a difference making better food choices can have on health.”
Now, Dr. Tate is keen to suggest ideas aimed at wellness, rather than reaching immediately for the prescription pad. Local honey can be helpful for allergies. Food elimination regimens can aid symptoms like headaches and depression. Meditation can lower stress and increase mental clarity. And, while medication is prescribed if it is needed, the goal is to get to the root cause of a problem instead of merely treating isolated symptoms.
The approach has been well-received by patients, who return to the Grassroots office healthier and happier than ever. In fact, in order to save time (and money) in the exam room, Dr. Tate has begun a series of live webcasts to discuss these topics. A recent episode, Sugarfree Freedom, explores the health benefits of avoiding sugar – something that we all know we should do, but rarely practice.
Your path to wellness is just a phone call or internet click away. To experience the affordable services of Grassroots Healthcare, call and schedule a visit with Dr. Tate. The Grassroots Healthcare Wellness Show airs live at 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month, with replays available on demand.
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.
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