Women’s health clinic opens in Holland

Dr. Laurie Birkholz Courtesy Ms.Medicine

Cincinnati-based Ms.Medicine recently opened a new Holland office and hired a new nurse practitioner and aesthetics trained nurse injector.

Dr. Laurie Birkholz opened a satellite office in Douglas in May as part of the Ms.Medicine network. Ms.Medicine is a national health care organization whose mission is to improve health care for women via an innovative membership model.

Birkholz welcomed Anna Spoelhof, a board-certified family nurse practitioner who will offer services at the Holland location, 11971 James St., under the direct primary care model, an option for those who wish to join the practice but for a smaller fee. Kelli Rivera, RN also joined the practice and will be focused on offering women skin care consultations and aesthetic services.

“I’m thrilled we have finally opened our office in Holland,” Birkholz said. “And we’re also excited to have expanded our team and expertise so that we can provide more women with the health care services they need to live full and healthy lives.”

Spoelhof received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Hope College in 2014 and has specialties that include neonatal intensive care and urgent care.

Rivera has experience in surgical nursing and surgical intensive care. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Michigan in 2005.

Ms.Medicine practices offer a concierge primary care model designed specifically to meet the unique health needs of women. Practices are led by women’s health-trained, primary care providers who offer a full spectrum of care, including long-term care, urgent care, wellness and preventive care, and specialty women’s health care.

Birkholz is a board-certified family medicine physician and fellowship-trained women’s health specialist who has been practicing since 2007, first in Wisconsin and now in Michigan. She most recently practiced with Lakeshore Health Partners in Holland.

Ms.Medicine was founded in Cincinnati in 2018 to address women’s needs not typically addressed in traditional primary care settings, like bone health, sexual health, breast cancer risk assessment and prevention, menopause and other issues.

As concierge practices, Ms.Medicine offices opt out of Medicare and health insurance and, instead, provide services for a monthly or annual fee. The company’s goal is to expand nationally, including opening three to five new offices in 2020.

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