Birch Bay couple opens health center in Bellingham

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Birch Bay couple Russell and Marika Dawe have always been interested in the health and wellness industry. Russell Dawe studied psychology and pre-medical studies in college and the two previously owned several health clubs in the Seattle area. After moving to Birch Bay three years ago, the couple began a new business venture in March: the Bellingham-based M.D. Wellness & Rejuvenations Lab Testing Medical Center.

M.D. Labs offers a wide array of services, both cosmetic and medical. The lab offers over 1,000 different types of medical tests including STD, DNA, gender reveal and corporate employee testing. The business originally opened as a medical spa specializing in facial injections such as Botox and Juvéderm, non-surgical facelifts, facials and chemical peels. Dawe believes these services are important to wellness as they can make patients feel better about themselves.

Because these treatments are expensive, Dawe said many people will shop around for a good price, often sacrificing expertise for cheaper rates. But because M.D. Labs offers a range of services, it is able to cut down on prices while maintaining a high level of care, Dawe said.

“We offer some of the best pricing in the Northwest and our members can lock in those prices and be assured that not only will they receive excellent prices, they will receive excellent customer service from our medical team,” Dawe said in an email.

The medical center has also recently expanded to include telehealth appointments and Covid-19 testing. Telehealth, remote appointments through an online platform, is conducted by the center’s medical director Dr. Ken Stiver, who has over 40 years of medical experience. Dawe said this new way of visiting a doctor has become very popular during the pandemic and is here to stay.

M.D. Labs has two types of Covid-19 tests available to the public: a rapid screening with results in 10 minutes and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nasal swab test that shows results in about 24 hours. Dawe said his company has worked with the Whatcom County Health Department to adhere to proper protocols and procedures. M.D. Labs is also CARES-Act approved to allow for patients without insurance to be tested for free, while those with insurance can be tested for $49.

“It provides peace of mind, it’s a nice way to find out if it’s just a normal flu or not,” Dawe said.

As a grand opening special, M.D. Labs is offering free membership with a patient’s first service, then $49.97 a month. Members pay the monthly fee which is then “banked” to their account and can be used for future services. For example, Dawe explained that three monthly payments equals 20 units of Botox to be used at the patient’s discretion.

All patients also have access to a patient portal where they can view their appointments, medications, lab results and more.

For more information about M.D. Labs visit md-wellness.com or call 360/474-3535.

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