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A growing club: Membership-based direct primary care reimagines health coverage

Before Siobhan Benham started her own medical practice, she was consistently overwhelmed by her job.

The nurse practitioner saw upward of 22 patients in a 12-hour shift — about average for a primary care provider. Able to spend just a few minutes per appointment in order to keep up, Benham said there was never enough time to really listen to people.


Nurse Practitioner Siobhan Benham at Hearthside Family Health in Peterborough aims to provide an intimate and comfortable waiting-room experience for patients.


Monarca Health, a direct primary care practice co-owned by Dr. Aurora Leon and

Dr. Joaquin Carral, opened on West Street in Keene in 2020. Leon’s office is at right.


Sara Henry of Alstead poses for a portrait in her apartment on Oct. 27, after making a cup of tea. Henry has been a patient of Dr. Aurora Leon's since November 2020, after having had trouble making appointments with her primary care doctor. “She has so much experience with so many issues. She’s created a process where I feel as though we’re taking care of my health and not just my illness or issues, all of it together,” Henry said of Leon. 


Dr. Aurora Leon, co-owner of Monarca Health, is interviewed in her office Oct. 5. The direct primary care practice in Keene has about 200 patients, with a goal of reaching between 400 and 600.

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Olivia Belanger can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or Follow her on Twitter @OBelangerKS.

Olivia Belanger is the health reporter for The Sentinel, covering issues from the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic to mental health services in the region. A N.H. native, she joined The Sentinel team in August 2019.

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