2019 DPC Summit Presenters

An exciting group of thought leaders and speakers will present at the 2019 DPC Summit.  

Anastasia (Staci) Benson, DO, and Phillip Brenner

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. She is a family physician and owner of Paradigm Family Health, a direct primary care (DPC) practice in Dallas. Mr. Brenner is a commercial real estate banker for Bank of America and is involved in various nonprofit and professional organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Benson and Brenner met in college in 2005. Following medical school, Benson practiced in urgent care. During this time, the couple planned and saved for a future cash-based clinic. In 2016, Benson opened her direct primary care (DPC) clinic, Paradigm Family Health in Dallas. During their joint session at the DPC Summit, the couple will discuss how they manage family life (three children) with two busy professional careers. They will also discuss how Benson’s medical career path impacts their family and relationship.

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 and 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 to a variety of groups, including local businesses, state and national physician organizations, medical schools, and residency programs.

Deborah Chisholm, MD

Chisholm Center for Health


Dr. Chisholm earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Broadlawns Family Medicine Residency Program. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and the owner/family physician for Chisholm Center for Health, a direct primary care (DPC) practice in LeRoy, IL, a community that is both farm community and a suburb of Bloomington, IL.

Chisholm and her husband, David, manage the practice while raising their five children, aged 2 to 13 years.

David Contorno

E Powered Benefits


Contorno is the founder and chief executive officer of E Powered Benefits, a benefit consulting firm. The firm is dedicated to the company’s and Contorno’s personal vision of delivering a different benefit experience for employers that is based on full transparency.

Contorno began his career while living in New York. For more than 20 years, he has become a leading expert in employee benefits as a trusted consultant. His business model has produced an average one-year savings of more than 40 percent, along with substantially reduced out-of-pocket costs for employees.
He actively participates in the membership drive for the United Way, assists the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and supports the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. He is also a member of the board of directors for both the Charlotte Association of Health Underwriters and a former board member of HealthReach Community Clinic.

Jeffrey Davenport, MD, FAAFP, and Christine Davenport

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 (DPC) 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.

Davenport and his wife, Christine, were high school sweethearts and have been married for 21 years with two daughters. After residency, Jeff spent eight years in the traditional family medicine model of care. All the while, he believed there was a better way to provide quality care for his patients, as well as having work-life balance.

Christine is a mother, entrepreneur, and lover of people, but one of her greatest roles has been that of Jeff’s helpmate. In 2014, after being introduced to DPC at a local conference, the Davenport’s knew instantly this was the answer they had been looking for all along. Taking the leap, they opened the first DPC clinic in Oklahoma. It was scary, but they embraced the same mantra that had made their marriage flourish over the years: quitting is not an option. Today, One Focus Medical is a thriving practice with multiple providers. Together, the Davenports are determined to share the “good news” of DPC.

Rita Davis

Anderson County

Davis is the chief financial manager for Anderson County, South Carolina. She has held this position for more than 20 years. Along with the human resource department and county manager, she has overseen the insurance benefits for county employees for almost 10 years.

After seeing increasing premiums and deductibles, while benefits dropped, Davis and her team were open to new ideas. The team evaluated and learned about other options for health benefits for more than a year. After their evaluation, the team decided to make a dramatic shift in health care benefits. They terminated their long-held preferred provider organization (PPO) state plan. With the help of David Contorno of E Powered Benefits, and other local brokers, they formed a self-funded plan with a direct primary care (DPC) option unlike anything in America. Not only is Davis an administrator overseeing the plan, she is also an active DPC user.

Nathanael (Neal) Douglas, MD

Heritage Family Medicine


Dr. Douglas earned his medical degree from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Providence Oregon Family Medicine Residency. A native Oregonian, he grew up on a small farm in rural Boring, discovering a passion for medicine on several medical mission trips to Africa with his father during high school. Following in the footsteps of his father, Douglas joined an independent and thriving practice in southeast Portland where he served as a full partner for more than three years.

In 2014, Douglas and his family moved to the beautiful Hood River Valley and he quickly fell in love with the close-knit community, independent businesses, and small-town charm that reminded him of his hometown. With a passion for service and community involvement, he noticed families and businesses were struggling to find affordable primary care and basic medical services, all while medical insurance premiums continued to soar.

Recognizing the need for affordable care, Douglas founded Heritage Family Medicine. Adopting a direct primary care (DPC) model, he provides specialized, convenient, and compassionate care to his growing base of members.

Along with his passion for providing innovative care, Douglas enjoys spending time with his wife and four children skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and all the activities at the Gorge. His family is also actively involved in their church. A true renaissance man, Douglas is an Eagle Scout, pianist, vocalist, gardener, aquarist, American history buff, mountain climber, family chef, and maintains his great grandfather’s 1965 Ford pickup.

Allison Edwards, MD

Kansas City Direct Primary Care


Dr. Edwards earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Colorado in Denver, serving as chief resident. She owns and operates a solo direct primary care (DPC) clinic, called Kansas City Direct Primary Care.

She enjoys the entrepreneurial element of the DPC movement immensely and is an avid reader. These two passions converged as she leads an entrepreneur book club in Kansas City that focuses on small businesses and startups. The group reads relevant literature to support business owners as they manage the growing pains of running a business. She is also a current member of the Novel City Growth Venture small business accelerator class of 2019. Her academic interests in medicine revolve around empirically-based decisions for system change.

Edwards’ professional interests and areas of expertise include public health, women’s health, preventive medicine, and emergency medicine. In addition to providing care at her DPC clinic, she serves as a volunteer clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas and a volunteer clinical instructor at the University of Colorado, allowing her to continue to educate the next generation of students. She also volunteers at the JayDoc Free Clinic.

In her free time, Edwards loves spending time with family and pursuing hobbies, including photography, traveling, gardening, cooking, being outdoors, and reading the newspaper over a cup of coffee.

Michael E. Eggebrecht, DO

Family Physicians of St. Joseph, P.C.


Dr. Eggebrecht earned his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing his family medicine residency at Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals in Saginaw, Michigan, he and his wife, Dawn, and their family moved to St. Joseph, Michigan, where he joined Family Physicians of St. Joseph, P.C.

The practice has been a longstanding family medicine practice in the community for decades. In 2017, the practice consisting of Eggebrecht and three other physicians transitioned from a traditional fee-for-service practice to the direct primary care (DPC) model.

Philip Eskew, DO, DJ, 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 he 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.

Kirby Farnsworth, DO

Simply Direct Health


Dr. Farnsworth earned his medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Vegas and completed his family medicine residency at Conroe Medical Educational Foundation in Texas. He is passionate about health care transparency, convenient care for all patients, improving the health system, and providing the best possible patient care.

Farnsworth is an entrepreneur, focusing on building and maintaining a successful direct primary care (DPC) practice and network.

Leigh (Jack) Forbush, DO

Osteopathic Center for Family Medicine


Dr. Forbush earned his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program and a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine. Forbush is the owner, operator, C-level executive, and chief instigator at the Osteopathic Center for Family Medicine, one of Maine’s first direct primary care (DPC) practices. He provides the full spectrum of family medicine, including obstetrics and hospital care.

Forbush remains active in local, state, and federal politics in his capacity as a past president of the Maine Osteopathic Association, as well as helping keep operations working behind the scenes at the DPC Alliance and the New England Direct Primary Care Alliance.

In his free time, Forbush travels to Paraguay each year with the Andrea Ritz Foundation caring for and enjoying the company of the Guarani people, and enjoys thumping his way through obstacle courses. He dreams of one day being knighted by the great master Yoda while cranking his Les Paul Custom into the ears of a screaming mob through his vintage Mesa-Boogie Mark IV amp.

Brian Forrest, MD

Access Healthcare Direct


Dr. Forrest earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina 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. He also serves as adjunct professor in the Departments of Family Medicine for the University of North Carolina (UNC) and East Carolina University, and has taught medical students for 17 years.

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 36 states to transition to new models of care over the last two decades. He has consulted for integrated health systems and health care industry companies, and has developed a DPC residency curriculum. Forrest teaches classes about the model, including “New Models of Care” at the UNC School of Medicine and “Disruptive Innovation in Health Care” for North Carolina State University’s MBA program.

Forrest has been a featured/keynote speaker at many national conferences, including “12 Gurus” live on Broadway, and made numerous television and radio appearances, including producing and hosting a statewide radio show about health care and being a better health care consumer. He has been featured on the cover of Medical Economics and The Weekly Standard, and appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Health Affairs, Physician’s Practice, and Kiplinger’s. Medical Economics named him a “ChangeMaker in Medicine” in 2018.

Forrest has served on numerous boards for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and other national organizations surrounding DPC and practice enhancement, including being the founder and first chair of the AAFP’s DPC Member Interest Group, helping to shape policy on DPC. He also served as president of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) in 2012.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family (including three recently adopted foster children), composing music, organizing free clinics, placing Bibles as a Gideon, and being an amateur magician.

Eleanor Glass, MD

Integrative Family Care


Dr. Glass earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed her residency at The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency. She is a third-generation doctor in her family, inspired by the legacy of her grandfather, a primary care doctor in England. She is committed and excited to start a direct primary care practice in Cincinnati—Integrative Family Care—which supports both patients and physicians in the pursuit of health.

Prior to starting Integrative Family Care, Glass served on the faculty for the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and as a primary care doctor for The Christ Hospital Family Medicine Center. She further broadened her clinical experiences by serving as a medical acupuncturist for the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness; teaching clinicians in the newborn nursery and the office procedures clinic; and serving on staff at The Christ Hospital Urgent Care Center.

Glass has been recognized with numerous awards for her studies and clinical work, including Intern of the Year; Marjorie Grad Vockell Award for Humanism and Compassion in Clinical Care; Gold Humanism Resident as Teacher Award; Preceptor of the Year; and she received AOA induction. She teaches on topics ranging from burnout prevention and integrative approaches to mental health care for primary care for patients with HIV/AIDS and quality improvement in electronic health record usage. Some of her clinical interests include pediatrics; women's health and contraception management; dermatologic procedures; and nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness.

An integrative lifestyle means plenty of time in the woods hiking, biking, and running, along with daily meditation and close relationships with friends and family.

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 in 2014, 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 president-elect 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.

Jennifer Harader, MD

Oasis Family Medicine


Dr. Harader earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Washington Hospital in Pennsylvania, where she served as chief resident. She worked as an employed physician for more than seven years before co-founding Oasis Family Medicine Associates, LLC, in 2015.

Direct primary care (DPC) has allowed Harader to practice the way she feels medicine should be, making things better for her patients and her community, as well as for her own professional life. She is an active member of the Midwest DPC Alliance and is the chair of the membership committee for the national DPC Alliance.

DPC has also allowed her to enjoy more of her leisure activities, such as family, reading, gardening, and cooking. Harader and her husband Matt, both work at Oasis, and they have two fabulous sons.

Delicia M. Haynes, MD

Family First Health Center



Dr. Haynes earned her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed residency at the Halifax Health Center for Family and Sports Medicine. She is the founder and chief executive officer 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 (DPC) 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 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 a 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 is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Obesity Medicine, clinical faculty with Florida State University College of Medicine, and is highly trained in medical aesthetics, laser therapy, and lifestyle medicine. She is a medical student mental health advocate and is the author of a book on preventing suicide and depression amongst physicians, called The Dawn: A Med Student’s Roadmap to Finding a Light in Their Darkest Hour. Haynes is also an award-winning coach and business mentor. She created Premier Physician Consulting, which helps doctors transition to DPC practices so they can express the “art and heart” of medicine, while increasing their inspiration, income, and impact.

Wayne Jonas, MD, FAAFP

Samueli Integrative Health Programs


Dr. Jonas earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed his residency at National Capital Consortium’s Family Practice Residency at Fort Belvoir. He is a family physician and the executive director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs, an effort to increase awareness of and access to integrative health. He is an expert in integrative health and health care delivery, as well as a widely-published scientific investigator.

Jonas was a lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army and was president and chief executive officer of the Samueli Institute, a non-profit medical research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes in the areas of stress, pain, and resilience. He was also the director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health and served as the director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

Jonas has led and participated in hundreds of research studies and has an extensive publishing career. While serving as chief executive officer and president of the non-profit research organization, Samueli Institute, his work set the bar for evidence-based research in the areas of pain, stress, and human performance. He has a new book, How Healing Works, published in 2018, and his research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Nature Medicine, Journal of Family Practice, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Lancet.

Jonas has received the Pioneer Award from the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, America’s Top Family Doctors Award, Pioneer Award from the American Holistic Medical Association, Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association, and the Meritorious Activity Prize from the International Society of Life Information Science.

Vincent D. Keenan, MSPH, CAE

Illinois Academy of Family Physicians


Keenan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Northwestern University, and a Master of Science degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He is the executive vice-president (EVP) of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (AFP), where he began as a staff member in 1989 and was named EVP in 1992. Prior to working at the Illinois AFP, he worked at the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Self-Help Center.

Keenan also serves as executive director for the Family Medicine Midwest Foundation, chair of the medical and scientific committee for the Alzheimer’s Association of Illinois, and is a board member of the HealthCare Associates Credit Union.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Patty. They are deeply involved in Patty’s family, church, and with their kids, Lizzy and Rob.

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 Residency 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 nearly nine years, Lassey practiced full-spectrum family medicine at Holton Community Hospital in northeast Kansas. Unsatisfied with the status quo in health care, and believing the only way he could stay true to his career mantra of “patients first,” Lassey left the traditional fee-for-service payment model. In 2016, he founded Kansas’ first rural direct primary care practice, Holton Direct Care.

Lassey is an assistant clinical professor for the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, most recently he received the 2018 Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. He has served on numerous health boards and councils, and is a founding member of the Direct Primary Care Alliance, where he serves on the board of directors, and is currently vice-president elect.

In his free time, Lassey enjoys coaching his kids in basketball, serving his church, all-terrain vehicle trail riding, building/renovation, writing comedy, and playing the banjo (poorly).

Luanne Leeds, JD

Leeds Law, LLC


Leeds is passionate about direct primary care (DPC). As a health care attorney, she has primarily devoted her practice to DPC practitioners for more than ten years. She advises physicians on legal issues related to all areas of DPC practice, including start-up, marketing, patient and employer contracting, practice expansion, employment, and regulatory issues.

Mark Machalka, MD

Whole Family Direct Care


Dr. Machalka earned his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed a family practice residency at Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, and an obstetrics fellowship at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas.

Machalka joined Marshall Medical Associates in 2004, where he practiced under the traditional insurance model until early 2017. He opened Whole Family Direct Care in 2017 in an effort to bring back the traditional family doctor model.

In 2016, Machalka became the medical director of Oaklawn Hospice, in addition to working as a family physician. He resides in Marshall, Michigan, with his wife and three children, where he is an assistant coach of swimming and soccer in his spare time.

Amy Mechley, MD

Integrative Family Care


Dr. Mechley earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Utah. She is an active speaker for many organizations, including the American Heart Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

As she continues to consult in various areas in the health transformation landscape, her interest in aligning her focus of lifestyle medicine principles in the practice of primary care led her to open an integrative direct primary care practice, called Integrative Family Care in Cincinnati.

Her career as a physician is grounded on servant-led principles. She takes innovative approaches to some of the most challenging concerns in health care today. As a recognized physician executive in primary care, she has had success leading transformation in an advanced payment model, as well as working with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and being nominated to the Ohio governor’s task force. She is also actively involved in teaching medical students and family medicine residents.

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.

Amber Price, MD

Willow Pediatrics and Lactation


Dr. Price earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. While in residency, she received pediatric integrative medicine training through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, was a medical education scholar, and became an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC).

Price realized the only way to practice medicine on her own terms was to open a direct primary care (DPC) practice. She fulfilled her dream by opening Willow Pediatrics and Lactation while in her last year of residency. Thanks to the support of her colleagues, community, and family, her vision for the delivery of health care for children and breastfeeding families has come a reality. She is a board-eligible pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist.

Although a native of Indianapolis, Price considers herself a Chicagoan after living there the past 19 years. She has an incredibly supportive husband who has been her life partner for more than 20 years. Together they have two beautiful daughters, both of whom have directly inspired her career path.

Shane Purcell, MD

Direct Access MD



Dr. Purcell earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency in Anderson, South Carolina, where he continues to reside. He was born in Athens, Georgia, and is a true Bulldog by birth.

After completing residency, Purcell worked in private group practice for three years before opening his own cash-only primary care clinic in 2005. As he built the clinic, he was also working part time in a local urgent care facility. In 2008, he purchased a dormant medical clinic in a less affluent area and opened an urgent care and primary care clinic.

After gaining employment freedom, Purcell, along with a colleague, formed the first direct primary care (DPC) clinic in Anderson County in 2015. Since then, he has been operating both his walk-in clinic and the DPC clinic, free from third-party interests. The DPC model has brought about a restoration of relationships with patients broken by third-party interests. Now, he offers more access and more of his time to patients. Purcell believes the DPC model is the last hope for health care in America.

Purcell is an active member in several medical organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Free Market Medical Association, Doc 4 Patient Care Foundation, and DPC Alliance. He currently is the chair of the AAFP’s DPC Member Interest Group and is a founding member of the DPC Alliance and the Carolina Chapter of the Free Market Medical Association. He was elected to the advisory committee for the DPC Alliance in the fall of 2018.

Kenneth Qiu, MD

2nd Year Resident, Riverside Family Medicine Residency, DPC Advocates


Dr. Qiu earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He is currently a family medicine resident in Newport News, Virginia. Qiu learned about direct primary care (DPC) as a fourth-year medical student and has since developed a passion for spreading the message of DPC. He has worked with residency programs and medical schools to incorporate DPC education into interest group meetings and residency curricula.

Rob Rosborough, MD

Township Health DPC


Dr. Rosborough earned his medical degree from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program. After 20 years in a private, fee-for-service practice, he founded a direct primary care (DPC) practice in Silverton, Oregon, in 2017, called Township Health DPC. He has also served as the medical director for Bridgeway Recovery Services since its inception in 2009.

Rosborough grew up in rural Oregon and returned there after residency training and loves to fish, cook, spend time with his family, and entertain with his partner, Cindi.

Clodagh T. Ryan, MD

Cara Direct Care


Dr. Ryan earned her medical degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in Ireland. After she completed her family medicine residency at Adventist La Grange Hospital, she worked as an employed physician in a private family medicine practice for several years. She also practiced in hospital and primary care settings within the Irish socialized medicine system before moving to Illinois. In 2017, Ryan opened Cara Direct Care, the first direct primary care (DPC) practice in the western suburbs of Chicago. She joined the faculty at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2018 where she lectures on DPC, as well as precepting medical students.

Ryan has been interviewed by several local media outlets, including Fox 32, NBC 5, and the Chicago Tribune, and is featured on the podcasts “Get Healthy 360” and “Strong Women in Medicine.”

Joseph E. Scherger, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Eisenhower Health Center


Dr. Scherger earned his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Washington. He is a family physician with Primary Care 365 at the Eisenhower Health Center in La Quinta, California, and professor of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Scherger is a leader in transforming office practice with a special interest in nutrition and lifestyle changes to reverse diseases. He has a distinguished career serving in numerous leadership roles, including as vice-president for Family Practice and Primary Care Education at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego; chair of the Department of Family Medicine and associate dean for Primary Care at the University of California, Irvine; and founding dean of the Florida State University College of Medicine. He has also served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Quality of Health Care in America and board of directors for both the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American Board of Family Medicine. He was president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scherger has authored two books, 40 Years in Family Medicine and Lean and Fit: A Doctor’s Journey to Healthy Nutrition and Greater Wellness. He currently serves on the editorial board of Medical Economics; was editor-in-chief of Hippocrates; and was the first medical editor of the AAFP’s journal FPM. He has authored more than 500 medical publications and has given more than 1,100 invited presentations.
Scherger has received numerous awards, including being recognized as a “Top Doc” in San Diego for six consecutive years; voted Outstanding Clinical Instructor at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine three times; and Family Physician of the Year by the AAFP and the California Academy of Family Physicians. He also received the Thomas W. Johnson Award for his career contributions to family medicine education from the AAFP.
Scherger enjoys an active family life with his wife, Carol, and two sons, Adrian and Gabriel. He has completed 40 marathons, ten 50K runs, and five 50-mile ultramarathon trail runs.

Paul Thomas, MD

Plum Health DPC



Dr. Thomas earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. His family medicine practice is Plum Health DPC, a direct primary care practice (DPC) 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.

Thomas is a clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the author of the book, Direct Primary Care: The Cure for Our Broken Healthcare System.

Amy Walsh, MD

doctor direct


Dr. Walsh earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. After working as an employed physician for 15 years in Raleigh, North Carolina, she opened doctor direct, her direct primary care (DPC) practice in 2015. She chose to focus on health without unnecessary requirements of insurance companies. Her sole focus is to provide outstanding primary care to each of her patients. She currently serves on the executive committee of the DPC Alliance as treasurer.

She is married with four children and is an avid gymnastics and college football fan, especially the University of Michigan.