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OB-GYN in Falmouth, ME

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Learn how Dr. Lisa Parsons, DO is offering a new model of women’s health care to the state of Maine.

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No surprises, no complicated insurance forms. We offer straightforward, accessible pricing.

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Our Mission

To be the first gynecology practice in Maine based on the direct care model.

Let’s take women’s care away from one of sickness and dysfunction, to that of individualized care.

Put simply, to have a practice based on the care of the patient, independent of insurance companies. There will be TIME and OPPORTUNITY to delve into the topics of postpartum support, perimenopause, menopause, incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, sexual function, and many other topics in a safe and unique environment.

About Higher Ground Women’s Health

Dr. Lisa Parsons is a board-certified ob-gyn. She attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, from which she graduated in 2001. She completed her residency at Maine Medical Center in 2005.

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Our Services

With experience both in and out of the hospital, Higher Ground Women’s Health is intimately familiar with what works — and what doesn’t about traditional healthcare. We offer a full range of well-being, contraceptive, fertility, and postpartum support — led by a highly-experienced, deeply caring, board certified OB/GYN. Even better, we bring that all directly to you, without red tape, piles of paperwork, or long wait times on the phone (or in the office).


Contraceptive choices aren’t one-size-fits-all. We take the time to answer your questions, learn what you need, and find a solution that works for you and your lifestyle.

Sexual Health

When was the last time you were asked about pleasure — including sexual health — at your doctor’s visit? Being healthy means feeling good. We want you to feel safe enough to share.

Wellness Visits

Stop dreading your annual exam. Caring for yourself shouldn’t feel like a chore. At Higher Ground Women’s Health, you’ll feel comfortable, safe, and understood.


Becoming a parent, no matter how you get there, is a vulnerable and incredible experience. We honor the emotional and physical journey of creating a family — however it looks.

Pelvic Floor And Incontinence

Trust us — it’s not just you. And you don’t have to live with it, either. We can diagnose, determine, and decide how to help you feel more confident — and comfortable.

Postpartum Support

Fifteen to thirty minutes for your postpartum check-in isn’t enough. Life changes after having a baby. We provide a safe place to land (and a soft place to sit).

Hormonal Management

People are not cook books! We provide extensive hormone testing to deep dive into subjects of metabolic syndrome , PCOS, irregular menses, and thyroid disease.

Menopause & Perimenopause

Find a space where you have the time to discuss your symptoms of hormone imbalance , sleep disturbance, sexual function, and also all the GOOD that comes during this time period in our lives!

Our Services

With experience both in and out of the hospital, Higher Ground Women’s Health is intimately familiar with what works — and what doesn’t about traditional healthcare.

We offer a full range of well-being, contraceptive, fertility, and postpartum support — led by a highly-experienced, deeply caring, board certified OB/GYN.

Even better, we bring that all directly to you, without red tape, piles of paperwork, or long wait times on the phone (or in the office).



  • One annual exam per membership year
  • Pap smear if indicated
  • Basic blood panel (CBC and BMP)
  • Direct access to the physician line for same or next-day appointments, telehealth, and email
  • Access to wholesale pricing on medications and labs
  • Special, member-only discounts throughout the year
  • Office visits as needed with no additional cost unless lab/procedure or pathology required
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Dr Lisa is the best! I feel so grateful to have found her. I have asthma and acute bronchitis and thanks to Dr. Lisa she has kept me out urgent care at times when my system is vulnerable. Thank you for everything Dr. Lisa!

Lindsay B

I have never felt so heard and understood by a physician! She took the time I needed, answered my questions, and became a partner in my healthcare. Highly recommend!!

Kristin F

Dr. Parsons is an amazing doctor – like none I’ve had before. She is incredibly skilled, but also very compassionate and caring. She listens deeply and is a trusted partner in health. I feel so fortunate to have her on my care team.

Manuela A

Doctor Lisa is the absolute Best! My membership to her practice is the best money I’ve spent in a long time – an investment in myself. Being able to communicate directly with her about my health is such a gift. Her bedside manner, willingness to listen and dig deeper and commitment to whole health is unmatched.

Rebecca S

Predictable costs. Unparalleled care.

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It’s not about how often you’re in the office, it’s the access to care that matters most because our goal is to keep you well! When you join our membership program, you get full transparency, we want to ensure there are no surprises!

Sometimes you might only have a few questions, and we know how hard it is to communicate with your provider in the traditional medical setting. And that’s why we offer open lines of communication to all of our members!

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Membership Benefits

Members enjoy a 40% discount on office procedures (not including pathology charge).*

Enjoy our Monthly Membership for just $125 per month, with a $125 enrollment fee and a $175 reinstatement fee. It comes with a minimum commitment of 6 months and grants you access to discounted pricing on labs . We look forward to welcoming you soon!

This membership is intended for those looking for a long-term relationship with Dr. Parsons and Higher Ground Women’s Health. Included up to 2 sound healing sessions per month.

Personal relationships. Professional care.

Who said you can’t have both?

Women deserve more. More time to tell their story. More human contact. More access and flexibility. Direct care is founded on the idea of providing real value to both the patient and the practice. Straightforward pricing and a membership-based model lets us focus on what really matters — you.

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Lisa Parsons, D.O.

Dr. Lisa Parsons is a board certified OB/GYN. She received her undergraduate education at Skidmore College. Lisa was accepted into the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her residency at Maine Medical Center in 2005.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What services do you offer?

  • Virtual consults
  • General gyn “well” visits
  • Postpartum pelvic floor evaluation
  • Listening
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Holding space for your story
  • Lets talk …. Incontinence, shame, trauma
  • Exam and trauma history
  • Contraceptive management
  • Laughter and tears – you are not just a number
  • Sexual health
  • Perimenopause
  • Menopause and the tailored response- newsflash we are not a cookbook!
  • Periods – and all that comes with it
  • Postpartum support
  • Polycystic ovarian disease
  • Infertility support
  • Preconceptual support
  • Acceptance and safety
  • Postmenopausal bleeding
  • Prolapse and pessaries
  • vulvar health – pain, discomfort, lichen sclerosis, vulvar biopsies

What is direct care?

Direct Care is an innovative, common-sense model that takes the practice of medicine back to its roots, the doctor-patient relationship! Direct care can be served in both the primary care and specialty care areas of medicine. Direct care does not require health insurance and only accepts cash payments for visits or services rendered. This translates into more choices in your doctor’s appointment times, extended visits, and improved contact with your provider. 

The Direct Care Specialty model is an innovative way to provide quality patient care to the area of gynecology. As the sole physician of Higher Ground Women’s Health, I choose to have a small panel of membership patients so that each individual can get personalized care for an ongoing relationship for a variety of reasons and we can dive deep into sensitive issues. If you have a short term need such as a  procedure from an outside practice, or want a one time consult, that is ok too! I will be providing fee for service options for these needs. I have got you covered!  

How do you do things differently?

If you’re visiting a doctor in the traditional setting, chances are that their office spends a significant amount of time, staff, and money, on insurance billing and overhead. To make ends meet they work harder and longer each day, with shorter appointment times, in order to see more patients, as quickly as possible. Many times patients must come back multiple times, perhaps seeing different providers, having to retell your story, pay extra for additional issues “that are not covered for a routine visit”,  or even worse the patients  do not bring up issues that they would like to talk about because it feels rushed or strained. Doctors on the other hand are burning out ,or dropping out of medicine at all time highs, independent of the Covid pandemic. The system is broken! We want all this hassle gone for patients and OURSELVES by reinvesting in BOTH, using funds instead into Electronic Medical Records where everything will be tracked digitally, saving time consuming paperwork, while also giving doctors access at any given moment, from any location. We can provide longer appointments, free from interruption because there won’t needlessly include multiple trips back between the front desk looking for this or that,  and I PROMISE that I will not be typing at the computer trying to check off “all of my boxes required”  when you are telling me your story. A serious pet peeve of mine. We may even share a cup of tea in my office – consult room, wouldn’t that be lovely! 

Luckily Maine has many direct primary care doctors and I highly encourage you to sign up with one for an excellent primary care experience. Prevention is key! Please press link below

 We believe in traditional insurance when you need it – for serious illness, or expensive unanticipated events or procedures, catastrophic coverage is encouraged.

Why don't you take insurance?

In short, we don’t accept insurance because we believe medical care should be accessible and straightforward. The direct care model offers predictable costs at a manageable price. Without the red-tape of insurance, we can focus on what we do best: taking care of you.

Do i have to get a membership?

No, you don’t have to get a membership. While we believe a membership with Higher Ground Women’s Health provides the most value, it is not required. Patients have the opportunity to pay the individual costs associated with each visit instead.

You can visit our Pricing & Services page for more information.

I Tried To Book A 15 Minute Appointment, But I Couldn't.

At Higher Ground Women’s Medical, we don’t offer 15 minute check-ins. We don’t believe in them. We think it’s important to have time to get to know you, your medical history, and your needs. Our team will always schedule ample time for you to share your experiences, ask questions, or anything else that might arise.

What does "higher ground" mean?

The name “Higher Ground” marks a significant day in Dr. Lisa’s life and career. As she shares: In the summer of 2013 or maybe 2014, I quit my full time job at a hospital that I had loved, and whose practice and patients loved me. It was just a knowing that my time there had come to a close. It was now time for me to switch from autopilot to “Lisa, what do YOU want to do? Where are you supposed to be? What is your path?”

Asking these questions was incredible. Powerful, but scary.

That day, I was on my way home from a per diem gig at the hospital as the overwhelm — and doubt — seeped into my brain. It was a sunny day in Maine. I was driving, sunroof open, along the river, and UB40’s “Higher Ground” comes on — blaring — through my radio.

Of course, there was construction. There is always construction. But this time, there was also a man with a stop sign looking at me!

As I waited there, the song goes on: “Every hour of every day, I’m learning more, the more I learn the less I know about before, the less I know , the more I want to look around, digging deep for clues on higher ground.”

The stop sign man breaks out in a huge smile and we are both dancing. He’s using his sign as a microphone, I’m busting a move from my car seat, and we are singing together. And as I’m laughing, sun streaming, I have this feeling in my heart. I knew I was on the right path.

I knew it would be ok. And I knew I should keep going.

This moment is etched in my heart. I am grateful for it, and the ability to listen. This was the creation of Higher Ground Women’s Health, and a reflection of what I want for every person walking through the door. This is about wanting more, reaching for safety, and a higher vantage point.

Why make the switch?

Direct Primary Care (DPC) may seem like something new and different; however, this is a movement of physicians that has been in the making for over 15 years. These doctors want to return to an era where they can spend more one-on-one time with their patients without being passed from provider waitlist after waiting weeks on end at an ER or urgent care facility–a frustrating experience which could have easily been prevented by switching now! Transitioning today will allow you direct access as well improved quality health care not available elsewhere such as increased flexibility around when appointments might work best based upon individual needs while still offering broader doctor networks if needed down the line later

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