Dr. Ed Boland, M.D.
I’m thrilled to join the Direct Primary Care Community after 25 years of Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine/Public Health practice. As both doctor and patient, I’ve experienced the impersonal, hurried, often sub-par healthcare of the insurance-based system. Practicing medicine “the old-fashioned way” with time to know my patients and their families has been my dream since medical school.
A little about me, so you’ll know who you’re dealing with:
I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983 and was commissioned in the Field Artillery. After serving three years as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, I transferred to the Army Medical Service Corps to work as an environmental engineer and pursue admission to medical school.
In 1994, I graduated with a doctorate in Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, re-entered the Army, and completed a Family Practice residency at Fort Gordon, GA.
In 2000, I earned a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, and in 2001 completed a Preventive Medicine Residency at Fort Lewis, WA.
I am board-certified by the American Boards of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and Obesity Medicine.
I retired from the Army as a Colonel in 2011 and became the medical director of Live Healthy MD, a multi-disciplinary clinic designed to deal with the diseases associated with weight.
My medical interests include all types of prevention, especially the treatment of obesity-associated diseases, tobacco use cessation, travel and dive medicine.
I am an active member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church and have been on mission trips to Peru, Mexico and Haiti.
In my free-time, I am an avid SCUBA diver and serve on the Columbia County Dive Rescue and Recovery Team. I also enjoy underwater photography.
My high school sweetheart, Mandy, and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary last June. We are the proud parents of three daughters and two sons-in-law. We also have a grandson.
Davis Mellick, PA-C
I graduated from the Medical College of Georgia school of Allied Health Sciences in 2010. I started my career in the field of Emergency Medicine where I found great satisfaction in critical care. I took care of traumas, strokes, heart attacks and anything else that would come through the doors. Emergency medicine is exciting, TV shows make it seem glamorous and other specialties see Emergency Medicine providers as the “cowboys” of the profession. Those exciting moments exist but less often than one would think. The reality is that with excitement comes lots of tragedy. I spent countless hours with patients and families in some of their darkest hours. Many times, the questions about what is next would turn back towards the “why did this happen?”, “how did this happen?”, or “what could have been done differently to prevent this?”
I realized that many of these tragedies could have been prevented or avoided with better access to primary care. I still enjoy Emergency Medicine but realized I could have a larger impact providing Primary Care; ultimately helping patients and families avoid those dark times in the Emergency Room. It is widely recognized that our health care model is broken. Government involvement has without question driven up healthcare costs and made health insurance less effective. When I came across the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model, I quickly realized that this was a way to put the power back into the hands of patients and providers. DPC effectively cuts out the middle man. There’s no smoke and mirrors or surprise bills. It’s spelled out clearly, cleanly and without unpleasant surprises. Unlike other models that depend on insurance reimbursement, there is no need to hire somebody to handle billing, no need for coders, and most importantly no need to push patients through as quickly as possible. I feel that with Direct Primary Care I can better care for every patient I treat.
I have lived in the Augusta and Evans areas since 1996. I am married to my beautiful and supportive wife Rachel and we have one child and four dogs. My hobbies include gardening (I really like spicy peppers), cooking, and spending time in the outdoors.
Dr. Rob Lamberts, M.D.
Dr. Rob Lamberts serves as our teacher, mentor, benevolent overlord, cross-coverage provider and friend. He is the first practitioner of direct primary care in the CSRA, having established “Dr. Rob Lamberts, LLC,” in 2013. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and sees patients at the office he graciously shares with Dr. Ed at 119 Davis Road, Suite 4A, Martinez, GA.
As one of the early adopters of the DPC model, Dr. Rob’s passion is mentoring other healthcare providers to share the healthcare revolution that is direct primary care.
If you haven’t already, go back to our homepage and watch Dr. Rob’s TEDx talk video.
More information about Dr. Rob is available on his website: DOCTORLAMBERTS.ORG
Rachel Mellick, PA-C
I graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 2011 with a Master of Physician Assistant degree. Upon graduation, I began working in a hospital’s Emergency Department where I worked for six (6) years. While in the Emergency Department, I learned to think quickly on my feet while caring for a wide variety of patients from the critically ill to those with relatively minor emergencies. Although I enjoyed the fast pace and critical nature of the Emergency Department, after having my first daughter, I left the Emergency Department to allow for more time to care for my family. I then began working at an urgent care clinic. This provided an environment that allowed opportunities to interact more fully with my patients, particularly through longer patient-provider interactions, more individualized treatment plans and closer follow up visits. During this time, my husband, Davis, began to develop a vision for a direct primary care practice. As I began to see the full potential of the direct primary care model, which would allow for better communication, more time with patients and overall ease of patient access— all while being affordable and cost-effective, I grew eager to come aboard. I have a particular interest in Women’s Health and aim to partner with patients to develop a care plan to meet the individualistic and comprehensive needs of women and teens in a primary care setting.
I have been married to my wonderful husband Davis for seven years. We have one darling daughter, Charlotte, and reside in Evans GA. We are actively involved at Journey Community Church where I participate in Bible Study and enjoy serving in Children’s and Student Ministry.
In my spare time, I enjoy time with my family, running, gardening, and spending time outdoors.