Owner: Agnes Oblas, nurse practitioner
Address: 13838 S. 46th Place, Suite 340
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Information: www.newpathshealth.com; (602) 405-6320
Q: Where are you from and what did you do before opening your business?
A: Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I was an RN for 10 years at two major hospitals in Boston. I have been a NP since 1980 and always worked in primary care.
Q: Why did you open your business in this community?
A: I moved to Arizona in 1991 and settled in Ahwatukee. I worked in a busy practice here and established wonderful relationships with my patients. When I decided to open my practice, patients wanted to stay with me. It was only natural that my business would be in the same community where these relationships already existed.
Q: How did you get the idea to open your business?
A: A wonderful story: It was summer of 2001 and the practice I was with was closing. On the last day, when I told my last patient that I was looking for employment she said: "But what are your patients going to do without you? Why don't you just set up shop yourself?" It is because of her that New Paths to Healthcare, LLC was born. She planted the seed in my consciousness and I began putting together a business plan the next day.
Q: What type of merchandise/services do you sell?
A: I am a nurse practitioner with national board certification in adult primary care. My practice relates to medical care running the gamut from sore throats and stomachaches to more complicated management of high blood pressure or diabetes. I limit the age of my patient population to 10 years old and up. I am networked with specialists of all kinds so that when a problem arises, as it does with any primary care provider, I can easily refer and share the care of the patient until which time the patient is released back to me.
Q: What does your business have in store for the future?
A: Growth. But never to the point of patients feeling they are cattle being herded through the system. My philosophy of primary care is an old-fashioned one: Each patient is "numero uno" and the provider-patient relationship is very special and not to be taken for granted.
Q: Anything else you want the community to know about you or your business?
A: It is important for the community to know that in the state of Arizona (as in many other states) the Board of Nursing licenses nurse practitioners as independent health care providers. This means there is no physician oversight, hence I can create an office practice where I spend time with my patients and make sure they get the kind of care that too often is lacking in other medical environments. I am accepting new patients and am contracted with many health plans and Medicare. My fees for cash pay patients are reasonable and I have a V.I.P. (Very Important Patient) Plan for those persons interested in the concierge model. I invite everyone to visit my website where they will get a better idea of my approach to patients and health care.