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Meet Dr. Brittaney Belyeu: Forward’s Newest Physician in Los Angeles

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Forward, and published on January 11, 2019. Go to Forward's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Forward is the new approach to primary care, offering customized plans to help you control the future of your health. Today, we sit down with Dr. Brittaney Belyeu to hear her take on tech-enabled, member-centered healthcare.

Dr. Brittaney Belyeu — our newest physician at our Los Angeles location at The Americana in Glendale — received her medical degree from UCLA and completed residency training in Internal Medicine, with an emphasis on Primary Care, at the University of Washington. She values building a strong therapeutic alliance with members and using that as a foundation to help members move toward optimizing their health.

What first drew you to practice medicine?

As a child, I watched my mother suffer from widespread pain and fatigue as she searched for answers from her doctors for what was going on. She also dealt with the stress of work and caring for our family. Seeing her deal with these trials, I began to recognize the importance of a physician in improving a person's quality of life, which is ultimately connected to their ability to care for themself and their family.

What areas of interest do you have as a physician?

I am interested in prevention and optimization of chronic disease. My other primary interest is how technology and information systems can help a member better understand their health.

What do you value most in your relationships with members?

Being a primary care physician often means being invited into areas of a person's life that make them feel worried and vulnerable. I value the trust that is built in establishing a therapeutic relationship with members.

What is your experience with the current healthcare industry? Where would you most like to see improvements or changes?

There are inefficiencies in processes and transmission of information in the current healthcare industry that can lead to patient-provider miscommunication, unnecessary care, and unnecessary cost. I would like to see those inefficiencies addressed, which technology and optimization of information systems can help to facilitate. Additionally, it is important to train a workforce that is passionate about providing efficient but equitable care, particularly within the primary care field.

Why did you decide to join Forward?

I joined Forward because it is a new model of care that strives to address the inefficiencies that I mentioned above, while also placing high value on the member experience. This gives me the opportunity to be a part of positive change toward a better and equitable healthcare system.

What are a few fun facts about you that our members might not know?

I love food! If I could be dropped anywhere on Earth right now, it would be into La Boqueria in Barcelona.

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Meet Dr. Melissa Mueller: Forward Los Angeles’ Newest Physician

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Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Forward, and published on April 26, 2018. Go to Forward's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

We're thrilled to introduce our newest Forward Los Angeles physician, Dr. Melissa Mueller. Previously, Melissa attended medical school in Charleston, South Carolina and completed her residency in New York City. She joins Forward from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she practiced internal medicine.

What first drew you to practice medicine?

I found my love of science and biology at a young age, and through this, discovered my passion for the human body and healing. I really enjoy helping members understand their symptoms and how their bodies work.

What areas of interest do you have as a physician?

I'm interested in lifestyle modifications and helping members nurture healthy habits. A person's lifestyle plays a such big role in their health, and ensuring healthy habits can really go a long way to both prevent and treat many medical issues.

What do you value most in your relationships with members?

I enjoy taking time to get to know members and to understand their health perspective. I value the importance of developing such a partnership with members in order to help maximize their health and wellness.

What is your experience of the current healthcare industry? Where would you most like to see improvements or changes?

I feel that the healthcare industry needs to get back to supporting physicians in being able to spend more time with members. This will help ensure that members have a better understanding of their health and are more able to set and reach their wellness goals.

Why did you decide to join Forward?

I'm very excited about incorporating technology in order to deliver the highest quality medical care, and to utilize this technology to motivate and empower members to be the healthiest they can be.

What has struck you as most different in the care here?

In my time here, I've already seen how the technology Forward has built can facilitate developing individual relationships with each of the members that I see. Rather than having to rush members through 5 minute appointments, the tech here has really allowed me to approach my care from a more personalized and holistic angle.

What's one fun fact about you that our members might not know?

I am an avid tennis fan!

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Meet Dr. Karimi Gituma: Forward San Francisco’s Newest Physician

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Below is an article originally published by PowerToFly Partner Forward. Go to Forward's Page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

We're thrilled to introduce our newest Forward San Francisco physician, Dr. Karimi Gituma. Karimi received her MD at Harvard and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF, and previously practiced medicine at Kaiser Permanente.

What first drew you to practice medicine?

As a young child I grew up inspired by my mother who was a nurse. I have always been fascinated by the human body, understanding the anatomy and physiology that keeps everything in perfect balance and harmony.

What areas of interest do you have as a physician?

The management of complex, chronic medical conditions and the impact that stress, diet, lifestyle and environmental risk factors have on these illnesses.

What do you value most in your relationships with members?

I value forming deep and meaningful relationships with members and having the opportunity to support them in their journey towards optimizing and achieving their health and wellness goals; being there for them in their time of need; and getting to celebrate with them as they achieve these important milestones.

What is your experience of the current healthcare industry? Where would you most like to see improvements or changes?

Providing high quality healthcare has become increasingly challenging due to the rise in cost, demand and complexity of illnesses. The upsurge of chronic medical illnesses and cancers across all age groups and demographics is very concerning and the current healthcare structure is not equipped to deal with this tidal wave. Majority of these illnesses can be mitigated through lifestyle changes, stress management and an increased focus on mindfulness. Proactive rather than reactive medicine will be key to turning this around. I would like to see more time and emphasis spent on preventive medicine and the incorporation of wellness into daily medical practice.

Why did you decide to join Forward?

I am very excited to be joining Forward, as it provides a revolutionary approach to member-centered healthcare delivery and the integration of tech in the primary care setting. Longer appointment times with members allows me to establish a meaningful patient-doctor relationship which is important to me. Providing holistic, proactive medicine, with a focus on prevention and wellness I believe, will significantly improve overall health outcomes for our members.

What has struck you as most different about the care here?

In my time here, I have been struck by how much the technology really helps me form deeper relationships with the members I see. Not having to take notes allows me to fully focus on our conversation when members are present. The chat feature and connected sensors allow me to get real-time, real-life monitoring which helps us tailor and personalize members' treatment plans as we work together towards achieving their health goals.

What's one fun fact about you that our members might not know?

I love, love, love to travel but I have zero sense of direction :).

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