Try this little exercise: close your eyes, and forget everything you have experienced with healthcare. Then take a blank sheet of paper and write notes on how your ideal primary care practice would operate. Imagine what kind of healthcare you would want for your child or parent.
Does your list look anything like this?
- Your doctor has time for you in the office, and focuses on you and your health.
- If you are ill or injured, your doctor can see you that day or the next day.
- You can reach your doctor (not a partner or mid-level provider) anytime.
- Your doctor might visit you at home, if needed.
- The office looks more like a home than a health clinic; it’s comfortable and welcoming.
- The staff is small (one person, actually), and knows you personally. When you call the office, the doctor might even answer the phone directly.
Does this sound intriguing? Old school? Too good to be true?
We are making it happen, right now, at Fountainhead Family Med. Rather than swimming along with the crowd, and practicing according to the usual health insurance-based system, we are putting the focus on patient care, in a manner that is personal, rational, and affordable.
The method we have been using in the US to pay for healthcare (although it would be more correctly be termed “sick care”) is serving various other interests, but is not fairly serving the patient. It has evolved into an incredibly expensive, disastrous problem. At Fountainhead Family Med we have eliminated the insurance company from the primary care patient/doctor relationship. Dr. Bergland will work for you, not for your insurance company. You and he will collaborate, directly, to determine what’s best for you, free from the red tape, perverse incentives and hidden costs of insurance companies.
ABOUT DR. BERGLAND
Dr. Todd is a family physician certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. As of 2020, when Fountainhead Family Med opened, he has been in practice for 15 years.
Glenna, Todd’s wife, is a power-packed energizer bunny who, in addition to being a wonderful wife and mother, serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, teaches nursing students, works tirelessly as a hospice nurse, and teaches group fitness. Glenna and Todd have three fantastic children: Susie, Ginger and Stuey.
Dr. Bergland is originally from Denver, but earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Preferring the lifestyle offered by a less densely populated area with more mountainous surroundings, he attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. In 2002 he earned his doctor of medicine degree and was voted by his classmates and instructors to receive the class’s Humanism in Medicine Award.
Having been commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army, Dr. B then moved to Tacoma, WA, where he did his family medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center. In 2005, he completed his chief resident year and was then stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. His 3 year assignment in Stuttgart was interrupted by a 13 month deployment to Iraq, where he served as a tank battalion surgeon during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After 7 years of active duty, Dr. Bergland left the Army and he, Glenna and their 3 month old daughter Susie moved to Whitefish in 2009. The Flathead Valley has proven to be an ideal setting for the family to settle, multiply, and grow roots, as they love the beautiful mountains, lakes, and trails, as well as the spirit of community. Dr. Bergland has tried to contribute to this spirit, in part by volunteering as sideline physician at Bulldog football games as well as the local free clinic, and serving on the North Valley Hospital Board of Directors as well as the Kalispell Regional Healthcare Board of Trustees.
10 years of private practice in Whitefish has provided Dr. Bergland with the opportunity to care for thousands of people and develop countless treasured relationships. Eventually though, it became clear to him that the healthcare system in which he served constructed too many barriers to the kind of care he wanted to provide his patients. In addition, the care in that system was inexcusably overpriced. He knew he could do it better. This was the motivation to leave the insurance-based healthcare model and open Fountainhead Family Med.
Now, Dr. Bergland is liberated to provide “small town family doc” type care to his patients, in a fantastic little office with a superb team, and he feels that, both from a family and professional perspective, he is finally doing what he was meant to do.
Terri Williams, a physician’s assistant in radiology, has worked with Dr. Todd for the past 7 years. She started in the medical field at the age of 18, working as a medical insurance biller. Her love for medicine and caring for others led her to become a certified nursing assistant, phlebotomist, and radiology technologist. Ultimately at age 40, she returned to school, in the Master’s program at Weber State University, where she earned her mid-level provider’s license. She has been married to Mark for 28 years, and they have a beautiful daughter. In her spare time she enjoys fishing, camping, kayaking, gardening and horseback riding in our beautiful Montana countryside.