Our Medical Practice is Almost Full!

We are excited to announce that effective February 17, 2018, there are only fifty (50) openings remaining for patient participation in our Direct Access Medicine® medical practice.

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In keeping with our goal of ensuring the highest level of service for every patient and the consistency of access to and availability of Dr. Mike and his staff, we have determined that the engagement of 50 additional participants will bring us to optimal capacity.

Unlike standard medical practices in which doctors see their patients enter and leave routinely as though walking through a “revolving door”, Summit Medicine and Pediatrics enjoys strong, lasting professional relationships with patients who are committed to optimizing their health, and are experiencing the security and satisfaction of personalized, comprehensive, and affordable healthcare delivery. We make sure that the medical needs of every patient in our Direct Access Medicine® practice are managed with prompt efficiency, and, in order to continue to do so, we’ve determined that we must set a limit to those who may engage with us.

Once we have engaged at full capacity in the coming weeks, we will establish a ‘Summit Future Patient List’ through which those who wish to see Dr. Mike may hold their place in cue to join our practice as opportunity arises in maintaining our optimal capacity. Each person who wishes to join our Summit Future Patient List will be required to:

  • Meet with Dr. Mike ahead of time to discuss the principles of Direct Access Medicine® care to ensure that the practice goals and objectives will meet the needs and desires of the individual;
  • Establish or continue to participate in a professional relationship with another physician or extended healthcare provider until the individual is moved from the Summit Future Patient List to active engagement with Dr. Mike; and
  • Provide a non-refundable $250 Future Patient Fee (FPF) to maintain their place in cue on the Summit Future Patient List; upon engagement in the practice, individuals’ FPF will be applied to the required Participation Fee as payment in full.

It is important to note that listing on the Summit Future Patient List does not constitute establishment of a professional medical relationship and confers responsibility neither for patients to make payment for services provided nor for Dr. Mike and his staff to provide healthcare services.

As soon as the next 50 patients engage for services at Summit medicine and Pediatrics, we will announce that our practice is “closed” for participation of new patients and establish the Summit Future Patient List. In the interim, we will not provide updates on the number of patients we may accept to achieve optimal engagement, and we therefore encourage all those who are currently considering participation in Direct Access Medicine® care with us to do so promptly in the coming weeks.

On behalf of all of us at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics, we thank our patients, our colleagues and our many supporters for having made our medical practice so successful in the last 4 years. We look forward to many more years of dedication to our health and wellness, to our medical community, and to our healthcare industry as true Pioneers in Direct Access Medicine®.

The Summit Team

Open House: Winter 2018 Schedule

Is someone you know dealing with a health issue that they can’t seem to get the right treatment for? Do you know someone who has been dissatisfied with the level of service their doctor provides? Bring them to meet Dr. Mike so they can discuss their concerns and see how Direct Access Medicine® care can help. Our Open Houses are always informal, and there is no fee or obligation when you stop by.

Winter 2018 Open House Schedule: All Open Houses are held on Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics.

  • January 6th, 2018 — NO OPEN HOUSE; DR. MIKE’S BIRTHDAY
  • January 13th, 2018
  • January 20st, 2018
  • January 27th, 2018
  • February 3rd, 2018
  • February 10th, 2018
  • February 17th, 2018
  • February 24th, 2018
  • March 3rd, 2018
  • March 10th, 2018
  • March 17th, 2018 — NO OPEN HOUSE; SPRING BREAK
  • March 24th, 2018
  • March 31st, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy and Healthy New Year to all of our patients, colleagues, friends, neighbors and family from all of us at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics!

“In 2017, we experienced both cherished and bitter times. They are now memories that we shall carry with us for the rest of our lives as we look back in love and gratitude for the privilege of caring for our patients.

“In 2018, we look forward to challenges and victories, which will become the memories that shall sustain us when the need is greatest and our strength wanes, until the new year–another year of renewal–arrives.” — Dr. Mike


The Elves Visit Summit!

The Elves on the Shelves have made their annual appearance at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics! Each year, without fail, a pair of mischievous pixies mimic medical procedures and make mayhem in our office when we are not around. We have begun capturing their antics and are happy to share them with you…

Elf Treat for Dr. Mike!

The elves have brought their special mix of cocoa to Dr. Mike.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas…

Healthcare style!

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     12 Medications

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     11 Ear Lavages

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     10 Mattress Sutures

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     9 Sinus Flushes

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     8 Testosterone Injections

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     7 Temps A-Taken

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     6 Women’s PAP Smears

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     5 EKGs

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     4 Oximetries

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On the Third Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:   3 Prostate Exams

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On the Second Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     2 Blood Draws

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Check back with us tomorrow to see what the elves were up to overnight!


The Christmas Santa Samba

Here’s a little ‘warm’ humor that’ll make you smile:

Remember, you don’t need snow to celebrate the Christmas Season…

Merry Christmas from all of us at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics!

— The Summit Team

Dr. Mike’s Christmas Coffee:

A Day in the Life of Summit Medicine and Pediatrics…

Long before there was ‘Elf on the Shelf’, there was ‘Dr. Mike and his Christmas Coffee’!

Lovin’ the Practice of Medicine Again!

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— The Summit Team

Special Christmas Ornaments and Chocolates:

A Day in the Life of Summit Medicine and Pediatrics…

Thank you, Bob and Sue, for the ‘corky’ homemade ornaments and chocolate coins. The ornaments will look great on our wine-themed Christmas tree, and the coins are adorable! Merry Chocolate-and-Cabernet Christmas 🍫 🍷 🎄!

Lovin’ the Practice of Medicine Again!


— The Summit Team


Happy Thanksgiving!


Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.


To Our Dear Patients, Friends and Neighbors:

We now enter the season of reflection and gratitude for the many blessings given to every one of us. And because, for each of us, the year brings with it both blessings and difficulties, we are compelled at this time to remind ourselves that there are many among us whose needs are greater than our own.

We at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics dedicate ourselves to the needs of all of our patients, and wish for each of you a time of peace, health, love and joy in particular during this Thanksgiving holiday:

A time for family and a time for love… Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics!

The Summit Team


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He’s My Dad

Years ago, I was given a copy of the following letter, apparently written by the daughter of a man who was receiving medical care at the outpatient clinic of a large, metropolitan teaching hospital.

The letter was dropped off after the man’s treatment was completed, and although the author is unknown and the veracity of the letter is unconfirmed, the content is quite moving. It serves as a reminder to everyone who is privileged to serve in our healthcare care industry to strive at every opportunity to preserve, above all, humanity when all other lesser aspects of our healthcare industry seem to get in the way.

Dr. Mike


He’s My Dad

To Each Staff Member of This Facility:

As you pick up that chart today, and scan that green Medicaid card, I hope you will remember what I am about to say.

I spent yesterday with you.  I was there with my mother and father.  We did not know where we were supposed to go or what we were supposed to do, for we had never needed your services before.  You see, we have never before been labeled ‘charity’.

I saw a week man stand in line, waiting five hours to be shuffled through a system of impatient office workers, a burned-out nursing staff and a budget-scarce facility, being robbed of any dignity and pride he may have had left.  I was amazed how impersonal your staff was, huffing and blowing when the patient did not present the correct form, speaking carelessly of other patients’ cases in front of passers-by, of lunch breaks that would be spent away from this “poor man’s hell.”

To you, it seems my dad is only a green card, a file number to clutter your desk on appointment day, a patient who will ask for directions even after they have been mechanically given the first time.  But no, that is not really my dad.  That is only what you see.

What you do not see is a cabinetmaker since the age of 14, a self-employed man who has a wonderful wife, four grown kids (who visit too much), and five grandchildren (with two more on the way), all of whom think their “Pop” is the greatest.  This man is everything that he should be: Strong and firm, yet tender; rough around the edges (a country boy), yet respected by prominent business owners.

He is my dad, the man who raised me through thick and thin, gave me away as a bride, held my children at their births, stuffed a $20 bill into my hand when times were tough and comforted me when I cried.  Now we are told that before long, cancer will take this man away from us.

You may say that these are the words of a grieving daughter lashing out in helplessness at the prospect of losing a loved one.  I would not disagree.  Yet, I would urge not to discount what I say.  Never lose sight of the people behind your charts.  Each chart represents a person with feelings, a history, a life, whom you have the power to touch for one day by your words and actions.  Tomorrow it may be your loved one, your relative or neighbor, who turns into a case number, a green card, a name to be marked off with a yellow marker as done-for-the-day.

I pray that you will reward the next person you greet at your station with a kind word or smile because that person is someone’s dad, husband, wife, mother, son or daughter, or simply because he or she is a human being, created and loved by God, just as you are.

—          Author Unknown

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Reflections on Veterans’ Day

Reflections On Veterans’ Day

Because in most of our world…

where Freedom isn’t free and
Liberty isn’t cherished…
where Honesty isn’t admired and
Trust isn’t earned…
where Rights aren’t respected and
Laws aren’t preserved…
where Bravery isn’t selfless and
Justice isn’t blind.

And because We, collectively the United States of America, with all our flaws, are this world’s best hope to preserve a sane and secure future for all of humanity, we at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics ask God to bless the men and women of the US Armed Forces, who, with bravery in their hearts, justice in their deeds, honesty in their words, and trust in their souls, continue each day to win, protect and preserve the Rights, laws, freedoms, and liberties we enjoy each day.

 Happy and Honored Veterans’ Day! 

God Bless America!



“At Summit Medicine and Pediatrics, we celebrate and honor the men and women who willingly guard against evil in protection of innocence.” — Dr. Mike