Gigi Lefebvre, MD
DOCTOR GIGI &
INVENTOR OF THE SCOPESTER™
I am a native of Port Allen , Louisiana, where I was blessed to be raised by fabulous parents who provided love & acceptance, tempered by an expectation that I should lead my life in a manner that would make them proud & would help others. I lived at home while attending LSU in Baton Rouge where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry in 1982. I moved to New Orleans to attend LSU School of Medicine in August 1983, & graduated with my Medical Degree in May 1987. St. Petersburg, Florida became my home in June 1987 when I relocated to study at Bayfront Medical Center in their Family Practice residency. I completed those studies in June 1990 & passed my Boards that same year, thus becoming Board Certified in Family Medicine in 1990.
Doctor Gigi in the News
- You are a great doc!!"Andrea Woods, MD
- Thank you all for being so loving @ supportive You are all so dear.Vicki M.
- You need to know how much your patients appreciate your sacrifice towards giving us such great care!Sue S.
- To the best Dr. I have ever had. I love and trust you with all my heart. You have a great staff and are the best ever to help me.Kathy & Jack O.
- Thank you for being you! Very often when I start to feel real discouraged, even desperate, I do believe God send me an angel to help out. You were that angel this time.Lee
- Thank you for being the special person you are and all you do for us and so many.Don & Barb B.
- Character is how you treat others when they can do nothing for you. May I just say, I think you have a lot of character!Lee B.
Private Practice & Concierge Practice
Unlike most concierge practices, mine was very affordable… as my goal was to stay in practice & help people. I opted out of Medicare & all insurances, & I asked my patients to come with me to this new practice. I charged $65 per month with a 1 year contract. No other fees would be charged, thus each patient would pay $780 per year for up to 10 office visits & up to 20 hospital visits. I named this practice Lagniappe Medical, as lagniappe is a Louisiana French word that means “a little something extra.” So patients had to pay privately for my services, but they received in return a physician who was dedicated to them & their health. I committed to practice medicine for the patient, not for the almighty dollar nor for the bureaucracy which was overtaking medicine.
Unfortunately, change is often poorly understood, & most of my patients did not follow me to my new practice. To keep my practice afloat I began to work part-time at Meridien Research as a clinical trials investigator in January 2006. After 1 year I closed the concierge practice, but maintained a cash only practice along with the research job. In January 2010 I opted back into Medicare so I could grow my practice a little, but more importantly so I could resume seeing my patients in the hospital.
To this day I still see private patients at Lagniappe Medical in St. Petersburg, FL, & I am the Principal Investigator at Meridien Research’s St. Petersburg office. Obviously I am very busy, but I feel a bit unfulfilled. I love to teach, &I love to help people, but I am at the age where I no longer want to depend on a building, an office staff, or an 8-5 job to accomplish these goals.