Long Live Healthy with Member Stories

Feb 27, 2014

Member: Sheila

Doctor Rating: 5

I thought my husband was the one who really would benefit from the MDVIP program since he has had a myriad of medical conditions.

I thought my husband was the one who really would benefit from the MDVIP program since he has had a myriad of medical conditions. I consider myself extremely healthy and felt that I did not require the extra attention that this program provided. I signed up anyway, first because we knew Dr. Bender to be an outstanding physician with a caring & upbeat personality, and second because we were worried about health care in the future under the ACA and cutbacks to Medicare & Tricare for Life. Continuity of care is important to us. Also we have seen first hand how important it is to have a personal physician who can refer you to a specialist if the need arises. I went along with the Wellness Exam never thinking that the lab results would uncover some potential cardiac risks. I was shocked to learn that the comprehensive blood test could detect myocardial stress among other things. Dr. Bender explained everything to me and put me on a low dose aspirin therapy and advised me of diet & lifestyle changes. I also didn't realize as I am very active that I still needed to do strengthening back exercises among other things. Until you are tested you do not realize just how much flexibility one loses as it is such a gradual loss. This Wellness Exam was a wake-up call for me. I am now a believer in preventive medicine and am so grateful to Dr. Bender. With her care and guidance, these golden years will be happy & healthy. Dr. Bender and the MDVIP program is a blessing in our lives!