Tell us your name of you and your business.
I’m Dr. Currissa Alsobrooks, Founder and Chief Physician at Bene Beyond Family Medicine.
Share your business.
Bene Beyond Family Medicine is a hospitality-driven, boutique family medicine practice that takes primary care to levels beyond that seen in a traditional clinic. We keep things professional but intimate so that we have the ability to really get to know the patients. I think what surprises the patients the most is that I wait in the room for the patient to start the visit and not the other way around. We do not double book. We value your time. Also, our visits are unhurried. Each new patient gets an hour. Established patients can get that too if needed.
Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in the area?
I was born in Kansas City, KS. I moved around in early childhood because my dad was in the Air Force. We settled in North Texas when he got out of the military. I came to Houston for medical school, and this area has pretty much been my home since then.
How many kids and how old are they?
I am a boy mom. I have 2 awesome boys, Dean and Ian, who are 13 and 11.
What brought you to do your business?
Well, my mother tells me that I told her that I wanted to be a doctor when I was 3 years old. Of course, I don’t remember that, but I do know that I’ve loved science since I can remember. I’ve tried other science careers, but nothing feels as good as practicing family medicine.
When did the idea of creating your business start? How long have you been in business?
After medical school, I did a traditional family practice. But I knew I had to branch out and do things my way when my then 3rd grader didn’t even invite me to his awards ceremony, stating “because I know you can’t come”. It was like a knife in the heart. I realized that I should not have to sacrifice being a person/mother/wife/etc. to be a doctor. I found that all of those experiences made me a better doctor for my patients, too. I started Bene with the purpose of restoring myself and restoring the relationship between the doctor and the patient. We use a form of healthcare delivery called Direct Primary Care to help minimize the transactional nature of medicine that many times deters patients from seeing their doctor as often as they should. Direct Primary Care allows for unlimited primary care services for a flat monthly rate. You can then come as many times as you need without incurring extra visit costs. We’ve been in business for about a year now.
What do you enjoy most about being an entrepreneur?
I like having the flexibility to change my schedule to adapt to the needs of my family. Of course, there are sometimes when my kids forget to tell me things until it’s too late, but now I am able to roll with that a lot easier than before. I also like getting to practice medicine the way I know I do it best. When I get to bring all of me to the visit, I know I’m providing the best care to my patients.
What is your favorite part about what you do?
I am always so humbled and honored when people choose me to be their doctor. I hope that never gets old.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
I am super excited about our new IV therapy launch, and as we are able to interact more, we’ll be doing some Health Excursions – taking clinical practice outside of the clinic. I like having fun with my patients. I can’t wait to turn it up a notch.
What advice would you give to others that want to start something new?
Two words – Do It. There are many things in this world that don’t work for everyone – not even close. If an issue or idea has been put on your heart, then it is your duty, your obligation, your responsibility to address it. The world needs your contribution. Be the difference. Blaze the trail. Change the world.