DPC Summit Presenters A-E

Direct Primary Care Summit July 16-18, 2021 | Livestream

Brandon Alleman, MD, PhD

Antioch Med

Alleman earned his medical and PhD degrees from the University of Iowa in translational biomedicine. He completed his residency at Via Christi Family Medicine and was chief resident in obstetrics. He was a former Fulbright Scholar in Budapest, Hungary, and is the co-owner and co-founder of Antioch Med in Wichita, KS.

Alleman is married with four children.

Rebecca Berens, MD

Vida Family Medicine

Berens earned her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine and completed residency at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she was the program's first obstetrics scholar with additional training in women's health and obstetrics. She is a board-certified family physician, internationally board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), and owner of Vida Family Medicine. She served as the associate clinical director at Carl Moore Health Center in Philadelphia, PA, before returning to her hometown of Houston. Berens was an assistant professor in the Family and Community Medicine Department at Baylor, where she taught medical students and residents while continuing to practice full-spectrum family medicine before opening her practice. The practice provides primary care for patients of all ages under a direct primary care (DPC) membership model, as well as lactation consults and in-home fourth-trimester care for parents and newborns.

Joshua Trent Carpenter, MD

HomeTown Direct Care

Carpenter earned his medical degree from the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and completed residency at Cabarrus Family Medicine/Atrium Northeast in Concord, NC. He began practicing direct primary care (DPC) immediately after graduation – one of the best decisions of his life.

Carpenter is married to his high school sweetheart, Megan, and they have two children, Lucy and Edison. He enjoys spending time with his family, running, playing tennis, and being outdoors.

Holly Cobb, MSN, APRN-C

Oasis Family Medicine Associates

Cobb earned her degree in health care administration and has been practicing in direct primary care (DPC) for six years. She is a family nurse practitioner and learned about DPC in graduate school and was hooked. She enjoys working at the intersection of health care and business and is blessed to work with amazing colleagues.

In her free time, Cobb enjoys outdoor adventures, petting Gracie (the Weimaraner), and trying to get her adult kids to visit as much as possible.

Scott Conard, MD, DABFP, FAAFM

GOH Medical/Converging Health

Conard earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences and completed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he served as chief resident. He offers a unique perspective as a physician, entrepreneur, and corporate executive. He is passionate about transforming health care to provide more convenience, improve quality, and lower costs. Conard believes that we can best meet challenges with innovation, technology, and accountability and that more convenience, improved quality, and lower costs in health care are possible. The surest path to reducing costs lies in a better model of care that embraces preventive care, early detection, management of conditions, and improved behaviors.

Conard’s experiences include strategic planning, creation, development, and leadership of health care organizations; organizing physicians and health systems for a 500-plus physician medical group; designing processes and systems to deliver streamlined care for integrated physician systems; identifying and evaluating innovative programs like Naturally Slim to prevent diabetes; increasing transparency and employee empowerment with programs like Compass Healthcare; and teaching and practicing at a proactive, integrative medical clinic he built – TienaHealth – which serves 50,000 residents of north Texas.

Conard believes that every company has unique cultures and needs that create opportunities to improve health care and lower costs. His experiences in medicine, corporate leadership, and health care allow him to strategically plan and provide accountability to organizations, leveraging this deep understanding as an integrator of effective interventions. His work in patient engagement has led to developing a new model for chronic care management and building knowledge and skills resulting in better health outcomes. 

Maryal Concepcion, MD

Big Trees MD, My DPC Story
maryal.concepcion@gmail.com | mydpcstory@gmail.com

Concepcion earned her medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine. She is a full-scope family physician in Arnold, CA, a small town of about 4,000 people. She practiced in the fee-for-service practice model after residency and has recently turned in her notice after more than five years in the system. She will open her direct primary care (DPC) practice, Big Trees MD, later this year.

Inspired by others practicing DPC, Concepcion hosts the weekly podcast, “My DPC Story,” where she interviews physicians at all stages of their DPC journeys. The podcast is available on all major podcast platforms.

Concepcion is married and has two beautiful boys.

Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP

Duane Modern Mobile Medicine

Duane earned her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her family medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA.

She decided to be a doctor when she was eight years old and witnessed the birth of her baby sister at home. That transformative experience fueled her passion for family medicine and desire to do house calls. She is a board-certified family physician and is currently practicing with Modern Mobile Medicine, a direct primary care (DPC) house call-based practice serving patients in the Washington, DC, area. Previously, Duane served as the medical director for the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities, a non-profit community health center that provides care for a low-income and uninsured population in the Washington, DC, area in a direct-pay model. Before that, Duane directed the family medicine clerkship at Georgetown University, and she holds an appointment there as an adjunct associate professor.

Duane is also the co-founder and executive director of the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science (FACTS), a non-profit group dedicated to educating students and health care colleagues about fertility awareness methods and their applications for women’s health and family planning. She is also trained as a medical consultant, working with Creighton, Fertility Education & Medical Management (FEMM), and NeoFertility.

Allison Edwards, MD

Kansas City Direct Primary Care

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 Kansas City Direct Primary Care (KCDPC), a solo DPC clinic. She aims to change how health care is delivered, emphasizing keeping people well rather than solely treating the sick. Edwards provides locum tenens coverage for rural hospitals and emergency rooms (ERs) across the Midwest as a board-certified family physician. She also serves as a volunteer clinical assistant professor for the University of Kansas and a volunteer clinical instructor for the University of Colorado, allowing her to continue educating the next generation of healers. Edwards provides consulting services for health care technology startups, writes for the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is a nationally featured speaker on health care reform.

In her free time, she loves spending time with family and pursuing hobbies, including travel, gardening, cooking, being outdoors (backcountry camping and skiing are top choices), and enjoying a cup of coffee, ideally while reading the newspaper.

Sabine Elisee, DO, MPH

Cornerstone Medical Group Inc.

Elisee earned her medical degree from the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a board-certified family physician, speaker, Amazon bestselling author, and chief executive officer and co-founder of Cornerstone Medical Group Inc. in Coral Springs, FL. Her biggest passions are providing people with tools to make informed choices about their health and helping them connect the fragmented pieces of their lives to enjoy wholeness. Elisee has a restorative holistic approach to patient care that focuses on the total body, addressing physical, spiritual, and cognitive health – not simply the illness or its symptoms. She is an expert in teaching, encouraging, supporting, and designing treatment plans for her patients that are practical and compliable. 

Elisee was honored with the Life Savings Citizens Award by the Davie, Florida Fire Rescue for immediate and successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation after saving a man’s life who went into cardiac arrest at her gym. Another recognition she received was the 2021 Excellence in Healthcare Award. She speaks at conventions, colleges, and churches and has provided interactive, informative lectures at the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association Physician Conference and to medical students at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Elisee often appears on radio outlets, providing medical insight and strategies on improving total health. These outlets include Haven Today, WAVS 1170, and Moody Radio.

Philip Eskew, DO, JD, MBA

DPC Frontier, Proactive MD

Eskew earned his medical degree in osteopathic medicine from the 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 (DPC) Frontier, choosing to opt out of Medicare. He is a DPC physician and attorney. He founded DPC Frontier in 2014 before completing his family medicine residency in 2015. Eskew is the vice president of clinical development and general counsel for Proactive MD, an on-site focused DPC company headquartered in Greenville, SC. He volunteers his time as general counsel to the DPC Coalition, where he routinely uses his accounting and legal backgrounds to discuss federal tax policies. His research has been published in many journals, including the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Journal of the American Board of Family MedicineFPM, the Journal of Legal Medicine, and the West Virginia Medical Journal

Eskew has given over 50 continuing medical education (CME) presentations about DPC, including events hosted by the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. These include events such as the DPC Summit, DPC Nuts and Bolts, and Hint Summit. He also educates fellow attorneys at continuing legal education (CLE) events and has spoken in New York on multiple occasions for the New York State Bar Association.