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Hidden Gems: Meet Dr. Brad Shumway of Shumway Family Medicine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Brad Shumway. 

Hi Dr. Shumway, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was raised in Tempe, Arizona, doing a lot of camping, reading, playing the piano, swimming, playing sports, and teasing my five sisters. I served a two-year volunteer mission for my church in Portugal, then obtained a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. Next came medical school at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. The final leg of my formal education and training came through HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Family Medicine Residency. I have a wonderful wife and three children that are more important to me than anything. Family physicians are often considered the “Jack of all trades” in medicine. I take pride in this, and also apply this to the rest of my life in trying to be a well-rounded person. For example, I volunteer as one of the team doctors for Westwood High School’s football team, give service through volunteer church positions, participate in a church choir, enjoy athletics/camping/hiking, play the piano, read a lot, speak Spanish, juggle, like yard work, and enjoy learning about personal finance. 

Once I finished residency, I started working as a primary care family physician in a big network job. At first, I was very excited to finally do what I had been working toward for many years. However, I quickly became disillusioned, not with medicine, but with the flaws and obstacles of our current healthcare system. I quickly felt burnt out and shockingly wished no longer be a doctor. However, I felt stuck due to massive students loans necessary to pay for medical school. 

Instead of leaving medicine and my beloved patients, I started Shumway Family Medicine to be able to do what seemed impossible in traditional primary care clinics: that is, to provide excellent, personalized health care and spend more time with my patients. My practice is simple and low overhead, with a low, flat monthly rate covering all of the primary care services for my patients. Visits can be as long as needed. Patients can call or email me! They know me and I know them. I am able to provide better care and enjoy my work. I have rediscovered and am living my dream! 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Starting Shumway Family Medicine has been a bit like a ride. There have been a wide range of emotions, such as freedom, joy, exhilaration, discomfort, and fear. Sometimes, I have only been able to see the path directly in front of me. Other times, I have a spectacular view of the future. 

There were a lot of little things to learn about starting a business. Surprisingly, we learn practically nothing in medical school or residency about starting or running a business! I don’t know anyone who has a practice quite like mine, so I have definitely had to be an innovative thinker. 

The biggest challenge has been paying back my student loans while growing my practice. Fortunately, I was able to do some side jobs such as urgent care work to help with this while in the early stages. Although it can be a challenge, my business is proving to be a success. Most importantly, I enjoy it and my patients enjoy it! 

As you know, we’re big fans of Shumway Family Medicine PLLC. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
I started Shumway Family Medicine to be able to do what seemed impossible in traditional primary care clinics: that is, to provide excellent, personalized health care and spend more time with my patients. At Shumway Family Medicine, patients can expect much more time with their doctor. This means actually getting to the bottom of health issues and avoiding testing, prescriptions, or referrals that may not really be needed. Patients can be seen for urgent issues, which avoids many urgent care and ER visits. I do a wide range of office-based procedures and help patients find affordable testing options. Common medications are even conveniently dispensed in-office for wholesale prices. If something doesn’t require a physical exam, we can simply talk on the phone or by email! 

How do we accomplish primary care in such a natural, personalized way? We have taken the insurance “middle-man” out of the picture by using a Direct Primary Care (DPC) style. This means that it is simply a low, flat monthly rate that provides all of the primary care services. This opens the door for longer or more frequent visits, urgent visits, and simple phone and email communications. It also means that we don’t need numerous staff members to handle all the insurance hassles. In fact, the only person you will deal with at Shumway Family Medicine is me, your doctor! Check out shumwayfamilymedicine.com to learn more! 

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love living and working in the east valley (of the Phoenix Area). I was born and raised here. I love the people here. I love the weather for about three quarters of the year, and put up with three months with our roughest weather (June, July, and August). You can find just about anything in Arizona within a short drive! 

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