Working together to bring relationships back to medicine
Doctor Samuel (Richard R. Samuel, MD, ABFM) went to medical school in Portland, Oregon where he attended Oregon Health Sciences University. He graduated in 1989. After he finished a three-year residency at Stanislaus Medical Center in Modesto, California, Dr. Samuel became a Board Certified Family Physician in 1992. He practiced rural family medicine and staffed the Emergency Room in Ellensburg, Washington for four years. Then, in 1997, he and his family moved to North Idaho, and, after a year as an employed physician, he started Family Health Care of Post Falls in 1998.
Desiring to create a medical practice model that made a difference in his community, Dr. Samuel began a discount cash-at-time-of-service practice in 2004. Located in Hayden, Idaho, this practice served more than 4,000 largely uninsured and underinsured patients and provided quality medical care for substantially lower prices than other traditional, insurance-billing medical practices. In the fall of 2013, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, he began North Idaho’s first Direct Primary Care practice, bringing over 20 years of broad primary and urgent care experience to a practice model known for its superior level of medical care.
Dr. Samuel integrates a Christian faith and world-view into his practice of Board Certified Family Medicine. He is married to Donna, who has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and has three grown children: Rebekah, Elisabeth, and Craig. He is an avid distance cyclist, enjoys Idaho whitewater, and is an active member of his church, Real Life Ministries of Post Falls.
Dr. Silakoski (Jenna Silakoski, DO, ABFM) attended both undergraduate and medical school in Ohio where she went to Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Graduating in 2012 she dedicated herself to serving our nation as she immediately took an oath as an officer in the United States Army. Serving as a Soldier and a physician, she completed her residency at the Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, TX and became a Board Certified Family Physician in 2015. Since then she has attained the rank of Major and served in many roles including Medical Director of an outpatient clinic and Officer in Charge for the Family Medicine Residency Clinic at Fort Hood as well as providing care for Soldiers and their families across the spectrum "from cradle to grave."
As early as medical school, Dr. Silakoski saw firsthand many of the challenges that existed with traditional healthcare both in the civilian world as well as the military. Difficulties with access to care and the lack of time able to be spent with patients left her searching for a better way. As Direct Primary Care surfaced as an answer to physician and patient's alike calling for a way to bring relationship back to medicine without the complications of insurance, Jenna seized the opportunity to bring care directly to her patients.
Dr. Silakoski raises her two young children, AJ and Everly, with her husband Ryan who works for a company that supports our military. She enjoys painting, exploring the world with her family and looks forward to building a life in the community of North Idaho.
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