When Dr. Gary Schaffel began practicing medicine in 1997, it was still possible to control the number of patients he managed each day. Over time his required patient load grew to 20 or 30 appointments per day. “I was frustrated by having to rush my patients, and wasn't able to provide the type of personalized care I envisioned when I went into medicine.”
In order to continue practicing the highest quality medicine, Dr. Schaffel looked for alternative practice models and found that Concierge Medicine was the solution he was searching for. He opened Forward Focus Concierge Medicine in 2007, creating a smaller practice with an emphasis on superior patient care and customer service. By treating hundreds of patients, rather than thousands, he is no longer inhibited by time constraints and bureaucratic overhead. “I now have the time and energy to give my patients the attention they deserve, and the ability to delve into lifestyle issues and behavioral changes that can positively affect their overall health.”
In January of 2016, Dr. Schaffel was joined by Dr. Steven Lasin, another widely respected internist with deep roots on the North Shore. Dr. Lasin brings over 20 years of experience as an outstanding, compassionate physician, and he is looking forward to returning to a practice where he can focus his complete attention on each patient. His patients also benefit from around-the-clock access, unhurried appointments, and a proactive approach to wellness, in addition to exceptional medical care.
Dr. Schaffel and Dr. Lasin have admitting privileges at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Highland Park Hospital. They are able to meet most patients in the emergency room if a critical situation arises. When a patient is hospitalized at another institution, Dr. Schaffel and Dr. Lasin are available to consult with specialists by phone and advocate for the highest quality, coordinated care for their patients.