A better approach
A new way to do healthcare in South Georgia
We practice medicine a little differently at direct DOC. By utilizing a direct primary care (DPC) model, we do not bill your insurance for the care we provide; rather, we charge a monthly membership fee for access to a wealth of care benefits. We don’t collect co-pays, nor do we bill your insurance for the care we provide. We keep it as simple as possible.
Instant access. No hassles.
No waiting around for your doctor
No surprise bills
Option to call, text, or e-mail for advice, anytime
Founded on the idea of true personal care– we know our patients by name.
A Personalized Approach to Healthcare
Our goal is to provide our members with excellent primary care in a cost-efficient and transparent manner. By limiting our practice to around 900 patients per provider (traditional practices average 2,500 patients per provider), you will have increased access to our providers. Wholesale prices on labs and many generic medications, along with extended office visits, are just a few of the benefits our members receive.
With Direct Primary Care, you get unlimited visits each month
Same Day/Next Day Appointments
Our small practice size guarantees you get care when you need it.
No matter the time of day, you need us, we're there for you
Wholesale Lab/Medication Prices
Save money on the labs you need and the meds you take. Save up to 60% versus typical pharmacy prices.
None. Nada. Never.
Yearly lab panel is included for all members.
Phone. Text. Email. See the doctor on your schedule.
Special Rates on Radiology & Referrals
We find value without sacrificing quality to get you the care that you need.
Custom Employer Plans
Remove the barriers to care and provide a healthier benefits package for your employees.
Pure DPC Membership
Experience all the benefits of DPC without any insurance hassles. This plan is geared towards our non-Medicare population and looks to provide 24/7 health care access without billing insurance claims or collecting co-pays…ever. Wholesale prices on labs and many generic medications, along with extended office visits, are just a few of the benefits our members receive. Learn more about this plan through the Our Services page or enroll by clicking the link below.
Silver VIP Membership
Our Silver VIP Plan is set up specifically for our Medicare participating and eligible members. Your monthly membership provides you with many valuable non-covered services through our practice, while we will bill Medicare for those services they do cover. Longer, unhurried appointments allow us to spend the time to address all of your health concerns and provide insight on preventative care and chronic disease management. Enroll today by clicking the link below.
DOC Included Services
- Annual Wellness Exam (With Basic Labs)
- Same-Day/Next-Day Visits
- Telemedicine Visits (Email/Phone/Text)
- Skin Lesion Removal
- Laceration Repair
- Skin Biopsy (Does Not Include Pathology)
- Pap Smear/HPV Testing (Does Not Include Pathology)
- In Hospital Care (Berrien/Lanier)
- Urine Pregnancy Test
- Rapid Strep and Flu Testing
- DOT/Work Physicals
- Sports Physicals
Behavioral Health Services Offered
$45/hour for members | $65/hour for non-members
- Life Counseling
- Child/Adolescent Counseling
- Marriage/Relationship Counseling
DOC Low-Cost Services
- B12 Shot
- Chest X-ray
- CT scans/Ultrasounds/MRIs
- IV Fluids/Meds
- Weight Loss Program
- Medication Injections
- In-House Med Dispensing
- Joint Injections
- Flu Shots
- Testosterone Program
Meet Our Team
Our direct DOC providers have decades of combined medical experience.
Training and Education:
McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program
Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Virginia Military Institute
Throughout his training and education, Dr. Wade has been active in many community service projects, scholarly activities, and even played college baseball at VMI.
Recognition / Leadership:
Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates - District 8
American Academy of Family Physicians Fellowship Degree - 2015
SGMC –Berrien/Lanier Campus –Vice Chief of Staff
Bill passed away on December 2nd, 2019, but his vision and passion will carry on through the direct DOC practice for many years to come!
Training and Education:
Kennesaw State University
Valdosta State University
Recognition / Leadership:
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
As a therapeutic perspective, Joel believes in the holistic approach of treating the mind, soul, and body in order to develop more healthy ways of living. He is a furniture maker, operating the business “North Main Wood Goods” out of his workshop during his free time, enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and hunting. He has spent time operating as a worship leader and youth pastor during his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee at Martin, graduating with a degree in Vocal Performance. He allows clients to set the tone of therapy in regards to spirituality and a psychological approach to address their challenges from a perspective that most effectively aligns with their worldview. Joel enjoys working with all clients, but feels most effective when helping clients with marital or relationship counseling and mentoring developing adults.
Joel is a veteran of the United States Army serving as a Chaplain's Assistant, acting as the bodyguard and administrative assistant for the Chaplain of the 7th Engineer Battalion out of Ft. Drum, NY. He served one deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom at COB Adder, Iraq and assisted with Soldier support in the area surrounding Kandahar, Afghanistan. Joel has been married to his wife Loren Malin since 2007 and they live in the Nashville, GA area.