"Dr. Marilyn Lavallée was born in a small farming community in northern Alberta, Canada. She completed her undergraduate in psychology from the University of Manitoba, Canada. After working with battered women in Cobb County, Georgia, Dr. Lavallée decided to become a doctor. She graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia in 2001, and she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah in 2004. She continued work at an outpatient Memorial clinic through 2016. Dr. Lavallée has become disenchanted with the traditional model of medicine, as it has increasingly shifted focus from the needs of the patient to the demands of the insurance companies. She started Avalon Health, Inc. in an attempt to get back to basics — providing high quality care to her patients without the red tape. Dr. Lavallée has over 15 years experience as an internist with an excellent reputation among her peers and patients. She is accessible to her patients via email, as well as offering 24-hour access for after-hours emergency questions. Dr. Lavallée is committed to offering her patients an affordable option for high-quality, long-term internal medicine healthcare."
"We are facing a health insurance crisis in this country. Many hard-working people are either uninsured, underinsured, or pay way too much for what they are getting. Not to mention, insurance company requirements have become prohibitively expensive for doctors, who must work longer hours to keep up with demands that have more to do with paperwork than patient care. At Avalon Health, we are doing things differently. We're cutting out the insurance middleperson, and offering healthcare directly to the adult patient at an affordable cost. This model of health care is called "direct primary care." Direct primary care is a growing movement in response to our ineffectual health system. In this model, physicians and patients come together to decide what's best, without the intrusion of an insurance company. Here's how it works: the patient pays a monthly membership fee (or yearly fee) in exchange for high-quality patient care provided by Dr. Lavallée. That's it! No red-tape, no hassles, no paperwork. Direct primary care puts the focus back on the patient and their health and well-being — just as it should be."