2018 DPC Summit Presenters

An exciting group of thought leaders and speakers will present at the 2018 DPC Summit in Indianapolis.  

Cory Annis, MD

Dr. Annis earned her medical and physician assistant degrees from the Medical College of Georgia and a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency from Duke University Medical Center. She is dual board-certified as an internist and pediatrician and has been practicing for more than 35 years.

Annis is the founder, owner, and a physician at Unorthodoc, an affordable membership practice in Carrboro, North Carolina. She enrolled her first patient in 2012, before she even knew that direct primary care existed.  

Anastasia (Staci) Benson, DO
Paradigm Family Health

Dr. Benson earned her medical degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale and completed a family medicine residency at Methodist Charlton Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She is a family physician and owner of Paradigm Family Health, a direct primary care (DPC) practice in Dallas.

Since medical school, Benson has been involved in health policy at the local and national levels. She represents fellow physicians serving on the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy, and is involved with the DPC Coalition where she recently met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other federal representatives to discuss DPC as an innovative payment model. She currently serves on the board of governors for the Texas Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). Benson is active on various committees, including the newly-formed ACOFP Direct Primary Care Special Interest Group and serves on the DPC Summit planning committee. She actively works with the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) and the Texas Society of ACOFP fighting for policy changes to support DPC practices with in-house dispensing. She has spoken about DPC in a variety of settings, including to local businesses, physician state and national organizations, medical schools, and residency programs.  

Joel Bessmer, MD
Strada Healthcare

Dr. Bessmer earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha. He opened the Midwest’s first concierge clinic in 2010, called Members.MD, and continues to care for his patients at the clinic today. In 2016, Bessmer founded Strada Healthcare and currently serves as its medical director.
After completing his medical education, Bessmer joined the UNMC faculty in 1997, serving as associate professor of internal medicine, associate director of the internal medicine residency program, co-director of the UNMC medicine/pediatrics residency program, and medical director for UNMC Physicians Turner Park Clinic and Baker Place Clinic. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Erika Bliss, MD
Equinox Primary Care, PLLC

Dr. Bliss earned her medical degree from the University of California at San Diego and completed residency training at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. She is a family physician and former chief executive officer at Qliance, a direct primary care (DPC) company with clinics serving individuals, employers, and Medicaid patients. She is currently in solo practice in Seattle, Washington, in a DPC model. Bliss has been active in the DPC movement since its inception, and has been involved in local and national education and advocacy for DPC. 

Bliss has served in many state and national medical leadership roles, including the Washington Academy of Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Board of Family Medicine, and the DPC Coalition.  

Brad Banks, JD
Banks & Brower, LLC

Banks earned his law degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana and undergraduate degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He started his career at a civil law firm in Valparaiso, handling various aspects of family law. He transitioned to public service working as a deputy prosecutor in Hamilton and Marion Counties in central Indiana. In 2012, he opened his current practice focusing on family law, criminal defense, and small business law. He is a personal attorney and founding partner of Banks & Brower, LLC.

In 2017, Banks learned of Fishers Direct Family Care, a DPC practice started by Dr. Risheet Patel. Hoping to promote wellness and provide a perk for his employees, Banks enrolled his employees with Dr. Patel’s practice. Since then, the employees of Banks & Brower have enjoyed convenient access to high-quality primary care at Fishers Direct Family Care.

Jeffrey Davenport, MD, FAAFP
One Focus Medical

Dr. Davenport earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City and completed a residency at the Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program in Wichita, Kansas.
After residency, Davenport returned to Edmond, Oklahoma, and practiced medicine there, was in private practice for three years, employed by Oklahoma University Health System for five years, and now has opened the direct primary care practice he has dreamed of at One Focus Medical. Davenport provides high-quality, personalized primary care at One Focus Medical, giving his patients unlimited, immediate access to his services.  

Philip Eskew, DO, JD, MBA
Direct Primary Care Frontier

Dr. Eskew earned his medical degree in osteopathic medicine from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, and his law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown. After completing a family medicine residency, he founded Direct Primary Care Frontier, choosing to opt out of Medicare.

Eskew is a family physician and attorney, practicing broad scope family medicine, averaging more than 50 clinical hours per week, mostly in a prison medical setting in Wyoming. He joined Proactive MD in 2016, and is their vice-president of clinical development and the general counsel. His direct primary care (DPC) research has been published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Journal of the American Board of Family Physicians, Family Practice Management, Journal of Legal Medicine, West Virginia Medical Journal, and Medscape. Eskew has advised state and federal legislators about DPC legislation, and is the general counsel of the Direct Primary Care Coalition.

Eskew has spoken at continuing medical education and continuing legal education events organized by many groups, including the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation, American College of Legal Medicine, New York State Bar Association, Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians, and the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians.

Brian Forrest, MD
Access Healthcare Direct

Dr. Forrest earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and completed an internship and residency at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the chief executive officer and founder of the Access Healthcare Direct network of direct primary care (DPC) practices.

In 2001, Forrest founded Access Healthcare, the first DPC family medicine practice in the country. He is a pioneer in DPC and organizer of the DPC national summits. He has helped physicians in 33 states transition to new models of care over the last two decades. He has consulted for integrated health systems and health care industry companies, and teaches a class for the UNC School of Medicine, called “New Models of Care,” and the “Disruptive Innovation in Health Care” for the North Carolina State University Master of Business Administration program and has developed a DPC residency curriculum. He has been a featured and keynote speaker at many national conferences including “12 Gurus,” a presentation that was live on Broadway.

Forrest has made numerous TV and radio appearances and has been featured on the cover of several publications, including Medical Economics and The Weekly Standard for his innovation. He was named a ChangeMaker in Medicine by Medical Economics in 2018, and has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Health Affairs, Physicians Practice, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. He is the current president of the Direct Primary Care Medical Homes Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education about the DPC model and providing scholarships. He was the founder and first chair of the American Academy of Family Physician’s (AAFP) DPC Interest Group, and has helped shape policy on DPC and the DPC Toolkit and workshops for the AAFP. 

Forrest serves on the board of directors of the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC), which received a $15.8 million grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Practice Transformation Network (PTN) for 4,800 practices, with the focus on comparing practices transitioned to DPC versus patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), accountable care organizations (ACOs), and other advanced models. He served as president of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) in 2012.

Forrest is an adjunct professor in the UNC Department of Family Medicine and at East Carolina University, and has taught medical students for 16 years. His practice is one of 33 national Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence since 2009, and he has been a national thought leader in cardiovascular disease with over 200 lectures on these topics in the last five years. He authored the chapter on hypertension in the textbook, “Essentials of Family Medicine,” and has been an ASH-certified hypertension specialist since 2009. He has published research on quality improvement (QI) in cardiovascular disease with a focus on health disparities that was evaluated as one of the best practices by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He serves on the Cardiovascular Committee of the National Quality Forum, which evaluates quality metrics for payers, such as CMS and guideline organizations. As faculty for COSEHC, he has facilitated grant-funded QI projects throughout the Southeast, resulting in a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-recognition of practices as a center of excellence. He served on the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force from 2012-2017, where he advised policy for the North Carolina legislature and chaired the Stroke Advisory Committee.  

Jeffrey Gold, MD
Gold Direct Care PC

Dr. Gold earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and completed a family medicine residency at Scottsdale Healthcare in Arizona. In 2005, he returned to his hometown of Swampscott, Massachusetts, to begin his career as a family physician. After working as an employed physician for eight years, Gold became increasingly frustrated with the bureaucracy of medicine that resulted in less of his time spent on caring for his patients.

Gold sought alternative opportunities to practice medicine the way he had envisioned. In 2015, he opened his own direct primary care (DPC) practice in Marblehead, Massachusetts—Gold Direct Care—the first DPC practice in Massachusetts. The DPC model allows Gold to establish a direct, contractual relationship with patients and focus on true patient-centered care. It also provides a much leaner, lower-overhead business model. Gold can spend unlimited time with his patients; schedule appointments that fit into their schedule; communicate directly with them via cell phone, email, or text; and cut time spent on paperwork by not contracting with insurance companies.

Gold is on the DPC Coalition steering committee, and is the co-founder of the New England DPC Alliance, Massachusetts DPC Coalition, and the Massachusetts chapter of the Free Market Medical Association.

Julie Gunther, MD, FAAFP, FAAHPM

Dr. Gunther earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and completed residency at Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency. She founded sparkMD, southwest Idaho's first direct primary care (DPC) practice, and was integral in the passage of Idaho's DPC legislation in 2015.

Gunther is a member of the DPC Coalition board of directors; the former president of the American Academy of Family Physician’s (AAFP’s) DPC member interest group; and mentors and speaks for the AAFP, Benjamin Rush Institute, and the Hint Summit, among others. She has served on the AAFP’s DPC Summit planning committee and is vice-president of the DPC Alliance. She wrote a handbook on how to start your own DPC practice, and was named one of the top 10 most influential women in concierge medicine in 2016.

Gunther has been featured in Forbes, Medical Economics, Business Insider, KevinMD, and other publications. She is inspired to transform health care delivery models in the hope that physicians will reclaim their place at the forefront of primary care.  

Delicia M. Haynes, MD
Family First Health Center

Dr. Haynes earned her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed a specialty training at the Halifax Center for Family and Sports Medicine Residency Program. She is the chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of Family First Health Center, an integrative membership-based family medicine clinic with a worldwide reach based in Daytona Beach, Florida. Through the Direct Primary Care model, she empowers her patients to look and feel their best from the inside out with a lifestyle medicine approach.

Haynes has been recognized as a trailblazer for helping to revolutionize America’s health care system with the direct primary care (DPC) movement. She is on a mission to advocate for the sacredness of the doctor-patient relationship, helping patients and physicians redesign their relationship from a place of true service. Her commitment to helping people understand that true medicine comes in more than pill form has enabled several of her patients to shed excess weight; safely stop medications, including insulin; become clinically non-diabetic; and live an energetic life they love.

Haynes serves a diverse population of patients, including Olympic athletes, CEOs, best-selling authors, weekend warriors, top employees, teens, and domestic engineers. She compassionately helps them improve their physical and mental health so they can show up fully in their personal and professional lives.

Haynes is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and is highly trained in medical aesthetics, laser therapy, and lifestyle medicine. She is also an award-winning coach and business mentor. She created Premier Physician Consulting(familyfirsthealthcenter.com), which helps doctors transition to direct care practices so they can express the “art and heart” of medicine while increasing their inspiration, income, and impact.

Jay Keese
DPC Coalition

Jay Keese is the founding principal of Capitol Advocates, a government relations firm based in Washington, DC. With more than two decades of experience as a public policy professional, he has focused much of his career on health care issues. He works with providers, employers, payers, health care technology firms, and states on critical delivery system reforms, such as advanced primary care, accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), and multi-payer arrangements, and has played a role in shaping many of these innovative reforms in the Affordable Care Act.

Keese serves as executive director of the Direct Primary Care (DPC) Coalition, a group of primary care providers practicing in an innovative, cost-effective monthly fee model. He has worked extensively on bipartisan, market-based reforms in the health care delivery system, including provisions which have found their way into both the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as prominent Republican ACA replacement plans. Currently, he manages several advocacy coalitions, including the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a broad coalition of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to policy solutions to improve health outcomes and control costs by slowing the spread of preventable chronic diseases.
Keese has worked extensively on health information technology, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and pharmaceutical issues, patient safety and quality issues, and reforms to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In the effort to create the Medicare Part D drug program, he worked with pharmaceutical and health plan clients to help shape Title II provisions on Medicare Advantage, and played a role in the development of the first disease management program in fee-for-service Medicare.

Prior to founding Capitol Advocates, Keese was a vice-president at Columbus Public Affairs, where he managed the firm’s health care lobbying practice. Previously, he held government relations positions at both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Keese began his career as an aide to the late Sen. John Heinz (R-PA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and chairman of the Senate Aging Committee. He has worked on numerous House and Senate campaigns with the National Republican Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees.  

Vance Lassey, MD
Holton Direct Care

Dr. Lassey earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Program in Salina, Kansas, where he served as the chief resident. He practices full-spectrum family medicine at Holton Direct Care in Holton, Kansas.

For nine years, Lassey practiced inpatient, outpatient, emergency room, and obstetrics care, and had a thriving practice. However, he found the calling he loved to have a broken system, mired in bureaucracy and too often heard patients complain about medical costs. Direct primary care (DPC) became the solution. He is passionate about restoring the physician-patient relationship, bringing transparency to medical costs, and advises physicians about how to get out of the current health system.

Lassey serves as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, is the recipient of numerous clinical and teaching awards, and is a founding board member of the Direct Primary Care Alliance.  

Chris Larson, DO
Euphora Health

Dr. Larson earned his medical degree in osteopathic medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and completed a residency at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to attending medical school, he earned an undergraduate degree in finance and worked in investment banking and options market making.

Larson is the founder and chief executive officer for Euphora Health in Austin, Texas. Within his direct primary care practice at Euphora, he focuses on working with employers as a lever to affect change in our health care system.

Maura McLaughlin, MD
Blue Ridge Family Practice

Dr. McLaughlin earned her medical degree from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Virginia, serving as chief resident. She worked for nine years as academic faculty at a rural clinic, seeing patients of all ages and teaching medical students and residents.

In 2016, McLaughlin opened Blue Ridge Family Practice, a solo, no staff, direct primary care (DPC) practice in Crozet, Virginia. She finds DPC is a joyful way to practice medicine and believes that DPC offers hope for the future of our profession and for our entire health care system.  

W. Ryan Neuhofel, DO, MPH

Dr. Neuhofel earned his medical degree in osteopathic medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Kansas Health System. He owns and operates a direct primary care (DPC) practice in Lawrence, Kansas. His practice is one of the nation’s first DPC practices. It has grown to serve a diverse group of patients in an innovative model.

Neuhofel has been an active leader in the DPC movement, including lecturing and serving
as an expert for national media outlets. He recently helped found the DPC Alliance and serves as the group’s president.

Risheet Patel, MD
Fishers Direct Family Care

Dr. Patel earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York and completed a family medicine residency at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, Indiana. He currently is a family physician at Fishers Direct Family Care, a direct primary care (DPC) practice he opened in 2017 in Fishers, Indiana. Patel has a passion for innovation in health care delivery through the use of technology and unique health care workflows. He enjoys treating patients of all ages and building long-term relationships with a focus on preventive care and wellness.

Patel is a past-president of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians and works closely with his state chapter, along with the American Academy of Family Physicians at the national level.  He serves on several committees locally, including the Indiana Medicaid Therapeutics Committee and the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative, a group run through the Indiana State Department of Health.   

Matthew Priddy, MD
Priority Physicians PC

Dr. Priddy earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving as chief resident. He has been practicing direct primary care (DPC) since 2003, and is the president of one of the largest independent DPC practices in the Midwest, called Priority Physicians.

Dr. Priddy is currently active with the DPC Coalition, lobbying for legislation that encourages alternative payment models in the delivery of primary care, and is a past president of the American Academy of Private Physicians. He also serves as the chief medical officer for the North American Physician Advisory Board (ROAMD), a community of private physicians focused on covering patients when they travel.  

Emilie Scott, MD
Halcyon Health DPC

Dr. Scott earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York, New York, and completed an urban family medicine residency at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Residency in New York. She also completed fellowship training in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona.

Dr.Scott is the co-founder of Halcyon Health Direct Primary Care, a direct primary care (DPC) practice in Orange County, California, which opened in 2016. Prior to opening her DPC practice, she worked as clinical faculty at the University of California, Irvine, and as an employed physician with Optum Healthcare.

Paul Thomas, MD
Plum Health DPC

Dr. Thomas earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. His family medicine practice is Plum Health DPC, a direct primary care practice in southwest Detroit—the first of its kind in Detroit and Wayne County.

Thomas’ mission is to deliver affordable, accessible health care services to Detroit and beyond. He has been featured on Inc.com, Business Insider, WDIV-TV Channel 4, Crain's Detroit Business, and CBS Radio, and has spoken at TEDxDetroit.

Nick Tomsen, MD
Antioch Med

Dr. Tomsen earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City and completed both residency training (serving as chief resident) and an international fellowship at Via Christi Family Medicine Residency in Wichita, Kansas. In 2016, he opened Antioch Med, a direct primary care practice in Wichita, caring for a lower socioeconomic patient population, along with doing inpatient medicine, obstetrics, and a broad scope of in-office family medicine.

Tomsen is active in teaching at Via Christi, primarily teaching inpatient and obstetric care. He is passionate about teaching residents and students; providing excellent, broad-scope family medicine; and using medicine as a means to ministry.

Josh Umbehr, MD
Atlas MD

Dr. Umbehr earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Atlas MD in Wichita. The practice is tailored toward personalized care for the patient and represents his ideal medical practice to reduce government and administrative burdens and focus solely on his patients and their needs.

Umbehr and his wife, Lisa, have three children. Their oldest child has Down Syndrome, and their family and clinic have made it a focus to support the Down Syndrome Society of Wichita.

Thomas White, MD, FAAFP
Hometown Direct Care

Dr. White earned his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, and completed a family medicine residency training at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in North Carolina. After serving on the residency faculty and practicing in Charlotte, he returned to his hometown of Cherryville, North Carolina, and opened Cherryville Primary Care in 1988. In March of 2015, he opened Hometown Direct Care, a solo, independent direct primary care (DPC) practice.

White is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2015, he served as president of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology, a fellow of the National Lipid Association, and is currently a board member and president-elect of the Southeast Lipid Association.  

Kylie Vannaman, MD
Health Suite 110

Dr. Vannaman earned her medical degree and a family medicine residency (where she served as chief resident) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the co-founder and family physician at Health Suite 110, a direct primary care (DPC) practice in Overland Park, Kansas.

Vannaman is passionate about family medicine and has practiced in a wide range of environments, including the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico; a birthing center in rural Haiti; and as a locum tenens doctor in New Zealand. She believes in the transformative power of primary care and is grateful to be practicing meaningful medicine.