Mission-Access Healthcare, P.A. is committed to providing high quality medical care services to the population of southwestern Wake County. We are motivated by the need for more patient friendly healthcare services in this era of increasingly complicated managed care. We strive to make healthcare services more readily available, affordable, and less complicated. Through a simple and affordable fee schedule and with a nonreliance on managed care networks we make accessing primary healthcare services convenient and affordable.
(Office Hours M-Th 8am-5pm, 8am-7pm Fri and Sat 10a-2p) Walk-IN's Welcome (for existing patients) for acute problems from 8-11:30 am and from 1:30pm-4 pm on weekdays and 10am-2pm on Saturdays
We are closed on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, and New Year's Day every year.
-Physicals (Sports, Teachers, Work, Private DOT, Annual)
-Adult and Pediatric Medical Care
-Management of Severe or Complicated High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
-Routine Laboratory Tests
-Dermatological Procedures and Minor Office Surgery- cryosurgery for skin
-House Calls by appointment for established patients (Ask for details)
We believe that insurance companies and HMO's can sometimes get in the way of quality healthcare. Our office does not file insurance of any type. Our fees have been dramatically reduced to make our services affordable even without using insurance. We offer these reduced fees while providing excellent service and top quality medical care. This fee schedule will be beneficial for those in our community who are unable to afford health insurance and will also be appealing to those who have insurance but do not want to wait long periods of time to be seen by a doctor on their insurance plan. It will also be helpful for those with high deductibles. Our goal is to make it easy for those in our community to access quality healthcare without the hassle and drawbacks to managed care. We do not sign contracts with insurance companies or HMO's that cause us to have the insurance companies' interests ahead of our patients- At Access Healthcare you are our # 1 priority- not your insurance company or the government. Unlike most offices that take insurance and send your personal health information to the insurance company, we do not. Your health information never leaves our office without your expressed request to do so(unless requested by legal authorities). Although existing patients have access to same day or walk-in appointments for visits, new patients are taken on a limited basis and it may take several weeks for a new patient to become established at the practice with their first visit.
$20 for existing patients that are medical home members including most labwork and in office supplies (this fee is normally $93-$150 at other offices+the costs of supplies and labs)
$64+labs or other services for non medical home members
Sports Physicals $29
Lab work: We offer a significant discount for our patients regardless of insurance- this can be as much as 80% off standard LAB prices. One example is that we charge $34 for a cholesterol test.
Housecalls - On an individual basis for medical home members only $64 + .20/mile over 5 miles
*other services and supplies such as strep test, stitches, and braces would be an additional but reasonable charge
Annual Access Wellness Medical Home Membership- for a fee of
$459 (in office cash price) per year you can receive comprehensive physical exam and wellness screening that includes an extensive panel of bloodwork that can help identify cancer, diabetes, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, leukemia, anemia, parasites, kidney or liver disease, and other diseases that may not have symptoms but when caught early can result in better health. Included with purchase of this annual exam is a "Medical Home Membership" which will allow you to be scheduled for visits for a fee of only $20 each visit for a period of 12 months. There is no extra charge for most basic labwork for people with a membership or any additional charge for the visit. Some non-routine labwork that is sent out is a fee based on actual costs. All Access Wellness Memberships are nonrefundable once any office visits or labwork has been completed. These memberships represent a private 1 year contract between Access Healthcare and the patient which is executed after payment has been made and initial services rendered. Some insurance companies will reimburse for annual exam. Access Wellness memberships are not a type of insurance, they are only a type of prepaid discount plan. Some insurers will reimburse patients directly for any claims they submit for services such as office visits. Access Healthcare makes no guarantees regarding reimbursement by insurance companies and does not file insurance claims or sign in insurance contracts. Medicare and Medicaid patients are not allowed to file claims since we do not charge those patients for any covered services. Services like sutures or supplies (like injections) are not discounted with the Access Wellness Membership. * Basic labs that will not be an an additional charge in this discount are the CMP, Lipid panel, TSH, PSA, HgbA1C, CBC, and an annual routine Pap Smear. Another option is to purchase this membership for $40 per month. Discounted memberships are available by application approval.
Who We Are:
Dr. Brian R. Forrest, M.D.- is the Medical Director and Founder of Access Healthcare. Originally from Wake County, he attended UNC Chapel Hill for medical school and specialized in family and community medicine in the residency program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem where he also completed his internship. He currently serves as Board Chair of the NC Academy of Family Physicians representing over 3200 physicians in NC. His special interests include management of Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cholesterol. Dr. Forrest completed a Holderness Medical Research Fellowship in Diabetes and an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in Public Health while At UNC Chapel Hill. He is dedicated to treating patients as whole persons and is sensitive to the importance of mental and spiritual aspects of patients' overall well being. He has been named the "Best Doctor in the Triangle" by the Independent Weekly newspaper . He is an American Society of Hypertension Certified-Clinical Hypertension Specialist. "What I try to do with patients is to prevent strokes and heart attacks, which are two of the most important things to accomplish in preventive cardiovascular medicine." Dr. Forrest is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill.
Dr. Heather Mullens is a native of West Virginia, where she graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Mullens completed her internship and residency at the Duke/Southern Regional AHEC Family Medicine Residency Program in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Dr. Mullens did locum tenens work for Healthcare Partners before joining Access Healthcare. She works most weekends when she is not taking care of her three children. Dr. Mullens has special interests in dermatology, pediatrics, and women’s health. She is currently accepting new patients.
Dr. Keely Godwin is a native of Montana and received her B.A. in history from Montana State University. She attended the University of Washington, where she received her medical degree. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Tennessee Family Practice Center and Jackson Madison County Hospital in Jackson, TN. In her career, she has participated in the full spectrum of family medicine and continues to be interested in the care of infants, children, teens, as well as adults. She has significant experience with chronic pain patients. She is committed to treating the whole person, and recognizes the connection between families, communities and individual health. When she's not treating patients, she enjoys knitting and crafting with her young daughter, traveling and enjoying Durham, where she lives with her family. She is currently accepting new patients.
Shelley Kittrell, M.P.A.- has received degrees from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University with her concentration in financial management and extensive experience in health care administration, contracting, and Medicaid managed care. She is responsible for payroll and accounting operations. She also is a certified instructor in CPR, First Aid, and OSHA bloodborne pathogens.
Susan Bavisotto-has an Associate Degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources and has also had extensive experience in various front office positions. Another native of the area, having lived in Wake County her entire life she is responsible for patient check-in, answering our phones and assisting with clinical responsibilities. Susan will be the live person you initially talk to every time you call our office and will be able to answer most non-health related questions you have.
Charlotte Price- has been working in the medical field for several years as a phlebotomist and a medical assistant. She works at the front desk and will be another person you talk to on the phone; she can help you with non-health related questions or concerns.
Hannah Boghosian – has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill. She is a certified nurse aide and has experience in clinical trials at the UNC Diabetes Care Center. She is responsible for patient scheduling and check-in and will be one of the people with whom you will talk when you call the office. She enjoys running, has participated in half marathons, and has mentored beginner’s running groups at the Cary YMCA