About Us

Healthcare should be about making you feel good.
We’re bringing a new way of accessing the services you need — with the care you deserve.

You deserve more.

More time to tell your story.
More of a relationship with your provider.
More human contact on the other end of the phone.
More advocacy, access, and flexibility.

More laughter, safety and joy.

Don’t settle for less.

What is Direct Care?

“I am going to be the first gynecologist in Maine to start a practice on the direct care model!”

Direct care…what?

Direct care is personalized, but it doesn’t mean (necessarily) that you’re going to one of those fancy, concierge doctors in Beverly Hills (although there’s nothing wrong with fancy doctors!)

Instead, direct care is a shift — a revolution in the traditionally complicated payment processes that healthcare is known for.

It’s based on the foundation and belief that we are taking control away from the bureaucracy, restrictions, and unsustainable requests of the insurance companies, and in turn the hospitals, that contribute to making modern healthcare inaccessible and unsustainable.

Burnout and dissatisfaction in the medical community is at an all-time high. Providers are encouraged to focus solely on productivity with little regard for patient experience. This attitude of “See more patients, but with less resources” leads to one inevitable outcome. Both patients and physicians suffer. People in need of care are left instead with unsatisfactory experiences and even less stellar results.

The direct care model connects patients directly to their providers. With open communication and transparent pricing, direct care empowers a healthcare environment focused on individualized and mindful care.

Most of us have been trained to leave our well-being in the hands of the healthcare companies. We think that the only way we can access high-quality care is through our networks. Many people think that paying for care out-of-pocket means consigning themselves to financial ruin.

But insurance isn’t without its costs. On top of premiums, participants pay high deductibles, co-payments, costs beyond the “scope” of your visit, fluctuating medication costs, and more. Insurance may be common, but it’s certainly not straightforward — and that’s for those lucky enough to even have it.

Direct care puts your costs — and your well-being — squarely back into your hands. Our transparent pricing and affordable membership plan puts you in control. Even better, your investment in yourself gives you unprecedented access to your medical team. That means when you have questions or need care, someone is there. 

To be sure, it’s a different way to think about covering healthcare costs — but then again, we do things differently here. The direct care model frees us (both) to focus on what really matters — you and your well-being.

Take control of your health. care. costs. 

Learn more about direct care, the services we offer, and what to expect.

What makes us different:

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Patient-centered care

We’re focused on just one thing — you. Direct care allows patients and practitioners to develop a relationship based on comfort and trust.

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Simplified billing

In-network? Out-of-network? We take the guesswork out of healthcare costs with transparent, accessible pricing.

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Years of experience, at your fingertips

You’ll benefit from Dr. Lisa’s experience as a OB/GYN and intimate understanding of both allopathic and osteopathic practices — all with unprecedented provider access.

Allaya C.

Allaya C.

Patient, Wellness Expert

I was amazed by the time Dr. Lisa spent with me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a doctor care so much about my well-being before.
Miriam M.

Miriam M.

Patient, Actress

I used to hate going for my annual exams. Now, I look forward to my visits at Higher Ground Women’s Health.
Tiffany L.

Tiffany L.

Patient, Body Language Coach

Dr. Lisa has the best personality! She’s patient, calm, and takes the time to answer all of my questions.

Louanna M.

Louanna M.

Patient, Entrepreneur

As a business owner and mom, I don’t have a lot of free time. Dr. Lisa makes it easy to schedule check-ins and make time for me.

About Dr. Lisa Parsons, DO

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.

As an entrepreneur and trailblazer, Dr. Lisa is excited to be opening Higher Ground Women’s Health, the first gynecology practice in Maine following the direct care model. She is so excited to be providing this service to the community, and to be following her inner compass.

Voted one of Maine’s best OB/GYNs
in DownEast Magazine

Frequently Asked Questions

what is direct care?

Direct care is a fee-for-service model that bypasses the insurance company entirely. It allows the patient and the provider to operate outside the restrictions of an insurance company’s policies. With direct care, physicians contract directly with the patient.

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. 

I'm ready to get started. What should I do?

If you’re ready to book a discovery call or have a few more questions, feel free to reach out.

You can schedule a call with us here.

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Contact us

Call Us

(207) 331 - 6341

Fax

(207) 945 - 8073

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Our Location

66 Leighton Road
Falmouth, ME 04105