We Welcome Dr. Rebecca Downey, DO to Our Practice
Rebecca is a Board-Certified Family Physician who recently returned from practicing in Germany as a family doctor for sixteen years. Rebecca grew up in New York City, attended NYU as an undergraduate and did her medical training at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at St. Barnabus Hospital in New York.
She has four other siblings living in Charlottesville and is the mother of two daughters. Her husband is now able to telecommute back to Germany from their home in Charlottesville.
Dr. Downey is a strong advocate for primary care, believing it is always a conversation, a therapeutic relationship between the patient, family and provider built on trust. Rebecca believes life style is a contributor to both health and disease and therefore encourages good nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and stress management. She also incorporates Osteopathic manual medicine when appropriate, she treats patients of all ages and particularly enjoys working with teens.
In her free time Dr. Downey enjoys scuba diving, hiking, cross country skiing and reading sci-fi. She is active with her extended family here in Charlottesville, many of whom are well known in this community.
And We Bid Farewell and Smooth Sailing To Colleague and Friend Dr. Bill Maloney, MD
It was with great sadness and excitement, that Dr. Maloney and his wife Ninni , have left Charlottesville to take a sailing adventure over the next two years, hoping to reach New Zealand and perhaps beyond. At the end of the adventure, he hopes to return to our practice at Downtown Family Health Care. Dr. Maloney joined our practice in 2004 and has become an integral part of our family here. He has brought many people back to health and has kept many more folks healthy with his warm style of medicine and his relationships with his patients. He will be missed for these two years by many of his patients and by our staff who love him dearly.
These are exciting times for Bill and we heartily wish him smooth sailing, beautiful sunrises, and good breezes at his back over these next 24 months.
New – Prescription Submission Notification
To make getting and refilling prescriptions easier for you, on Monday January 16th we will begin sending an automated call to your phone notifying you that we have electronically sent the prescription to your pharmacy. The message will let you know who the prescription is for, the clinician that filled it, the pharmacy we sent it to, and the pharmacy’s phone number. There is no longer a need to call us to find out if we sent it. We will let you know with this message. Once you get this message you can call your pharmacy to find out when it will be ready for you to pick it up. If you had the prescription ordered while you were at an appointment and you do not receive a message within 24 hours, please call us back. If your prescription is being refilled, please wait 48 hours before calling us.
Evening Hours have Resumed
We are excited to announce the reopening of extended hours. We have realized that it has been hard for our patients to get in to see our providers for acute needs. To help address this we have extended our hours so that we now have a provider in the evenings until 7pm for Monday through Thursday. This time is being reserved to address acute and rapid turnaround follow-up care. The hours are being staffed by all the providers on a rotating basis so scheduling with a specific provider will be difficult. But we are confident that this change will make it possible for someone from this practice to see you or your family member fairly quickly.