Cynthia G Richards, MD
Doctor Cynthia Richards is board certified in family medicine with 18 years of experience. She is a Charlottesville native who returned to her hometown in 2009 after eight years in rural practice in Haywood County, NC. Since then, Dr. Richards has worked at Sentara Martha Jefferson Forest Lakes Family Medicine.
Dr. Richards attended Charlottesville High School and was the valedictorian of her class. She graduated cum laude with a BA in English from Dartmouth College and received her post baccalaureate, premedical training at Stanford University.
She returned to Charlottesville to obtain her medical degree at the University of Virginia and completed her residency at Valley Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of Washington, in Renton, Washington.
When Dr. Richards is not working she enjoys rowing with the Rivanna Rowing Club, hiking, running and contra dancing.
At Hearthstone Family Medicine, you get more time with your doctor.
30 – 60 minute appointments so your doctor really understands your health needs.
No more packed waiting rooms. Don’t wait hours for a few minutes with your doctor!
Same or next day appointments. Wake up feeling sick? Call us, we can likely see you today.
Doctor Richards works for you. You and Doctor Richards decide what’s best for you.
Simple, predictable pricing. 80-90% savings on lab fees.
Combined with insurance for catastrophic events, we can provide terrific savings.
In many ways, direct primary care is a return to a simpler time when doctors charged cash for their services. Patients say they appreciate the accessibility and simplicity of the system.
Instead of billing insurers, Scott now charges patients a $79 monthly fee that covers office visits, phone calls, emails, texts and certain medical tests and procedures. Scott typically sees six patients a day, down from around 30, and spends more time at each appointment. She hired two assistants to help handle paperwork compared with working with a department of billing specialists.
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“There is a lot to learn from organizations demonstrating the Triple Aim (lower costs, improved outcomes, better consumer experience). I’ve yet to see any model that more consistently delivers on the Triple Aim than Direct Primary Care.” Dave Chase, “Health Plan Rorschach Test: Direct Primary Care,” Forbes, July 2013
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“The idea is deceptively simple: Pay doctors a fixed monthly fee directly instead of through the bloated insurance bureaucracy. Make the patient, rather than the paperwork, the focus of the doctor’s day. The result will be happier doctors, healthier patients and a striking reduction in wasted expense.” David Von Drehle, “Medicine Is About to Get Personal,” Time, Dec 2014
Imagine health care with no co-pays or deductibles!
Membership allows us to provide your primary care for a simple, fixed and affordable price. Much like a gym membership, it allows patients to better budget their health care finances without worrying about extra costs.
How do I combine this with my insurance and save money?
By choosing a high deductible plan with lower premiums you maintain insurance for a catastrophic event.
Here’s the thing – having a primary care physician will keep you healthier as you age.
The healthier you are the less “deductible” you spend each year.
A study in International Journal of Health Services revealed that states with more primary care physicians per capita have better health outcomes, including fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease, or stroke.
A British Medical Journal reported that using DPC services regularly resulted in a:
66% reduction in Specialist Visits
65% reduction in ER Visits
35% reduction in Hospitalizations
82% reduction in Surgeries
Finally, If you can’t afford insurance you may be able to afford Health Care at Hearthstone Family Medicine. Give us a call.
Membership and Services
Hearthstone Family Medicine – Membership
Individual membership for 18 and over is $80/month. Individual children ages 16 to 18 are $30/month. We do not accept children under 16.
Our family plan is $75/month each for any two or more adults and $25 per child.
It’s that simple! No more confusing medical bills or wondering how much you will be charged for each visit. Hearthstone Family Medicine membership grants you access to all of the services below.
There is a one time registration fee of $75 for all new patients.
Hearthstone Family Medicine – Services
All office visits, texts, emails and tele-visits are included
Most in-office diagnostics are included
All in-office procedures are included
Same or next day appointments
Extended time with your doctor – 30, 45 and even 60 minutes when needed
Prescription assistance and significant savings on labs .
Hearthstone Family Medicine Hours
Monday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 7 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 11:30 am
All visits are by appointment only. If you need to see us today, please call or text.
What Our Patients Have To Say
June 8, 2017
“My daughters are both medical doctors and have accompanied me to an appointment with Doctor Richards. They are completely impressed by her comprehensive attention and knowledge. She also was the first to discover my breast cancer in spite of numerous negative mammograms and genuinely cares about her patients.”
March 7, 2017
“Doctor Cindy Richards is an outstanding doctor and I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a knowledgeable, thorough, and friendly physician.”
March 23, 2017
“Doctor Cindy Richards is a wonderful health care provider. She is always very attentive, knowledgeable and cheerful. She is also a great advocate for me as a patient when it’s necessary for me to seek care outside of her practice. She listens, spends as much time with me as needed and is always eager and determined to find solutions to my health-related issues.”
“Bless you, we will always remember your kindness and personal attention, and the wonderful care you always gave us. Thank you for being such a wonderful human being.”