Founding Physicians Comment About Premier

We established Premier Patient Healthcare to fill a mutual need of patients and their physicians –eliminate frustration in negotiating one’s medical journeys, provide personalized medical care, and to continue an educational dialogue. Since 1992, we have shared a medical practice in Northern Virginia. During those years, the traditional delivery of medical care has become clinically and administratively complex and fraught with numerous hassles for both the patient and their physician. Some of our colleagues have retired early rather than continue to incur escalating frustration with the status quo. In our opinion, the ideal patient-doctor relationship is a personal one that emphasizes access, education and a commitment to maximizing one’s health. On January 6, 2006, Premier Patient Healthcare began operations and Dr. Montalbano began seeing patients in this model exclusively on July 1, 2006. We believe that Premier Patient Healthcare will provide the means to return the focus to the patient and allow our physicians to continue to practice medicine in a high quality, proactive manner while preserving their professional standards and integrity. This personalized, some say “old-fashioned” approach to medicine, is designed to exceed patient’s expectations of their health care provider and to eliminate barriers between patients and their physician. In this model, we place a greater emphasis on preventive care, meaning you won't just see us when you are ill. With all routine appointments scheduled for at least 30 minutes, the doctor can address not only your acute and chronic conditions, but also review your preventive health issues at the same visit. This is impossible in the current traditional 15 minute appointment. We look forward to becoming advocates for your health and partners in your health care.

Foster Montalbano, M.D.

fosterAs a Board Certified primary care Internist, Dr. Montalbano has practiced in Northern Virginia since 1985. He obtained his Bachelors degree at University of California at Los Angeles, his Masters in Biology at California State University, Northridge and his MD abroad at the American University of the Caribbean. He is a past President of the Medical Staff of Mount Vernon Hospital and continues to invest in his profession by teaching medical students as Associate Clinical Professor at George Washington University. In recognition of his clinical and personal skills, Dr. Montalbano's peers selected him one of 1400 top physicians that they would take their families to for care as denoted in the Washingtonian Magazine in November 2002, July 2005, and April 2008.
topdoc1topdoc2CheckBook Magazine also has included him in their annual survey of patients ranking their physicians in the top tier for Primary Care in Northern Virginia. Dr. Montalbano is an ex-marathon runner, now avidly engaged in long distance walking, while participating in racquetball, cycling, alpine skiing and isometric weight lifting. He resides in Northern Virginia, is proud of his two daughters and actively promotes his wife’s oil painting career.

“Premier Patient Healthcare will allow me to practice medicine at a pace that will ensure I get to know my patients and their families better. It will provide me with the time to educate my patients on their health issues and give them the opportunity to have my undivided attention. Premier Patient Healthcare’s practice model will allow me to restore the continuity of care between patient and physician, which has been eroded today by competing interests.”

Don Brideau, M.D., M.M.M

donDr. Brideau is a Board Certified family physician who has practiced in Northern Virginia since 1992. He completed his undergraduate training at Georgetown University in 1980 and graduated from George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1984. Dr. Brideau trained at the Pensacola Naval Hospital. His naval career included duty on the USS Virginia as the Medical Department Head and Department Head of Primary Care at the Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Dr. Brideau is an Associate Clinical Professor at both Georgetown University and George Washington Schools of Medicine. He served as a Medical Director of Inova Medical Group, a 120+ provider group. In 2001, he received his Masters Degree in Medical Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. In Fall of 2009, Dr Brideau accepted a position as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Va. Offering his management and medical expertise in promoting patient safety. Dr. Brideau also speaks nationally on topics of smoking cessation, cosmetic laser treatments, and cholesterol management. Currently, he serves as the family physician for the Potomac Nationals, the farm team for the Washington Nationals. He has published several articles related to smoking cessation and cholesterol. He has served as a board member on the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Heart Association.

“Premier Patient Healthcare provides a way for physicians and patients to dictate how they interact with each other rather than following rules set up by insurance companies. Premier Patient Healthcare will allow its physicians to spend more time addressing the patients’ needs at each visit rather than just the most pressing medical needs. When talking to other physicians that have set up similar membership practices, the relationship between patient and physician returns to a friendly professional relationship.