DPC Summit Presenters F-H

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

Clint Flanagan, MD

Nextera Healthcare
@cflanaganmd | @Nextera DPC

Flanagan earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed his residency at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Program in Grand Junction, CO. He is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Nextera Healthcare and North Vista Medical Center. Nextera Healthcare is Colorado’s first direct primary care (DPC) program, established in 2009. Nextera Healthcare members pay an affordable monthly membership fee for unlimited office visits and virtual consultations with physicians at North Vista Medical Center and affiliate medical practices. Nextera Healthcare was selected by FierceHealthcare out of hundreds of health care companies across the world as one of the Fierce 15 companies of 2019 and has been designated as one of the most promising health care companies in the industry. Nextera Healthcare has more than 70 clinics throughout Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Florida, Virginia, Wyoming, and Washington, DC. North Vista Medical Center – voted the best business by the Longmont Times-Call Reader’s Choice Awards – is a primary care hybrid practice with six locations in northern Colorado.

Flanagan is board certified in family medicine, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), and a practicing physician. He has been a fixture in Colorado health care for 20 years, was named the “Top 20 Who’s Who in Direct Primary Care in the United States,” and is a founding committee member of the Direct Primary Care Mastermind Initiative, an effort focused on serving employers.

In addition to working as a family physician, Flanagan has fifteen years of experience as an emergency physician working in many underserved communities throughout Colorado and as far away as Iraq, where he served as an officer in the Army Medical Corps. An accomplished health care visionary, Flanagan regularly contributes to policy discussions at the state and federal levels to ensure physicians and health care providers have ample opportunity to deliver high-quality, affordable, and accessible care to families and businesses. He has testified on behalf of DPC and has been directly involved in DPC legislation passed unanimously in Colorado and Nebraska. He sits on the steering committee of the national Direct Primary Care Coalition. During the coalition’s conference in 2014, Flanagan discussed DPC at the White House. He has also presented his insights on the emergence and implementation of DPC to medical students, residents, and professional associations.

In his free time, Flanagan enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor fitness pursuits in the Colorado Rockies.

Leigh (Jack) Forbush, DO

Osteopathic Center for Family Medicine
@jforbush | @ocfm

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 neuromuscular medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine fellowship. 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 Guaraní 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. 

Maria Fowler, RPh

Hoffman's Pharmacy

Fowler earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She is currently the owner and a pharmacist at Hoffman's Pharmacy in Ashtabula, Ohio. In addition to serving her community, her pharmacy partners with Hospice of the Western Reserve and all other local hospice care providers to deliver continuous pharmaceutical care to patients most in need. Fowler also serves the Ashtabula Area City Schools as the preferred pharmacy in their network. She is a member of the Ashtabula City Board of Health and a past recipient of the Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence.

Sharon McCoy George MD, MPS

Heart & Soul of Medicine

George earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia and completed her residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is board certified in family, integrative, and lifestyle medicine. She is a grandmother of the direct primary care (DPC) movement, opening her solo practice in southern California in 2006. George has since relocated to northern California and started Renaissance Health Napa. She is currently a student at the Wellcoaches School of Coaching.

Passionate about restoring the sacred trust between patients and physicians, George co-founded the non-profit Ideal Medical Practices, Inc., to support physicians who want to practice high-quality, sustainable medicine. She has also directed annual conferences for five years and offers small group coaching and masterminds to help DPC doctors in all stages of practice and life.

George founded Heart & Soul of Medicine to offer retreats to physicians at her property in Napa. Her husband, Steve, is a gourmet chef, in addition to being an engineering professor. They planted a small vineyard of cabernet sauvignon during the pandemic and hope to produce their own wine in a few years. George enjoys tending to avocado, citrus, and other fruit trees, as well as her medicinal plant garden, and would love to share it with you at a retreat.

Julie Gunther, MD, FAAFP

sparkMD, LLC

Gunther earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and completed her residency at Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency. She is a dual board-certified family physician and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) fellow who founded sparkMD, a direct primary care (DPC) clinic in downtown Boise, Idaho, in 2014. In her seven years in DPC, she has been featured in Forbes, National Public Radio, Bloomberg, Reason TV, Medical Economics, and several other news outlets. She is a DPC leader, current president of the DPC Alliance, and has spoken at the DPC Summit, Doctors 4 Patient Care Foundation, FMX, and many local and regional meetings since 2016. She is a founding member of the DPC Alliance, a former Board member of the Direct Primary Care Coalition, and one of the minds behind the DPC Alliance Mastermind series.

Gunther loves challenges, entrepreneurship, working with people, and values all that DPC has done for her professional development, love of medicine, community, and health care as a whole.

Aleea Gupta, MD

Family First Direct Primary Care

Gupta earned her medical degree from the University of Florida and completed her residency at Overlook Hospital/Columbia University. She is a board-certified family physician who has worked in multiple settings for the past 25 years, including as an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, a partner physician at Southern Permanent California Medical Group, and as a staff physician at Doctors Immediate Care in Illinois.

These experiences led her to become disillusioned with the health care system in the United States and unhappy with how physicians are forced to practice. In 2018, she learned about the direct primary care (DPC) model from a colleague and decided to open the first DPC practice in her county in the western suburbs of Chicago. After working in an urgent care setting for five years, she did not have a patient or referral base in her town and built her practice from the ground up. The process of growing her practice rekindled her passion for family medicine and allowed her to learn the skills of being a small business and independent practice owner. She is passionate about spreading awareness about the DPC model to her community, medical students, and residents.

Gupta is married to a retina surgeon and has two children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching foreign films, and studying Spanish.

Jennifer Harader, MD

Oasis Family Medicine Associates

Harader earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at The Washington Hospital in Washington, PA, 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.

Delicia M. Haynes, MD

Family First Health Center

Haynes earned her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed her residency at the Halifax Health Center for Family and Sports Medicine. She is an author, public speaker, business coach, and founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Family First Health Center, an integrative membership-based family medicine clinic in Daytona Beach, FL. Considered a trailblazer in the medical community, Haynes founded the first direct primary care (DPC) clinic in Volusia and Flagler counties as part of her mission to make health care more affordable and advocate for the sacredness of the physician-patient relationship. In addition to running a successful clinic, Haynes coaches other aspiring DPC physicians through her course, Direct Primary Care Prescription for Success.  

Much like her approach to transforming barriers to health care, Haynes is also on a mission to break stigmas associated with mental health in the medical community, where rigorous testing, sleep deprivation, and high stress often normalize symptoms of depression. She is the founder of WHITE COAT SAFE SPACE, a physician wellness, depression awareness, advocacy, and prevention initiative. As an accomplished physician, CEO, and award-winning business coach, Haynes speaks to a broad range of audiences, including physicians, health care professionals, and organizations supporting employee and student health. 

Haynes is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and American Board of Obesity Medicine, clinical faculty at 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 among physicians, called The Dawn: A Med Student’s Roadmap to Finding A Light In Their Darkest Hour. Haynes 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. 

Richard Heck, MD

St. Luke’s Family Practice 

Heck has been in private practice in Modesto, CA, since 1994. His clinical interests include patient education, wound healing, and holistic medicine.

He enjoys exercise and volunteers with Liga International on mission trips in Mexico. He has two sons and attends Our Lady of Fatima Church.

Bryce Heinbaugh, MBA

IEN Risk Management Consultants, LLC

Since the age of 22, after undergoing open-heart surgery, Heinbaugh has been on the payer side of the health care industry, providing plan sponsors with professional guidance and strategy consulting for how they purchase and deliver health care coverage to employees and families. Following the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passage, Heinbaugh merged with multiple other independently owned insurance firms throughout Ohio to form IEN Risk Management Consultants, LLC, where he currently serves as acting chief executive officer (CEO) and managing partner. Heinbaugh is a forward-thinking antagonist of the traditional health care system. His key objective is helping employer populations achieve better health outcomes correlating to lower and more sustainable long-term costs.

In 2017, Heinbaugh joined a national movement of professionals driven to help systemically change the way health care coverage is purchased by employers throughout the country. The organization is called Health Rosetta. Rosetta replicates a set of strategies practiced among the country's largest employers, yet perhaps lacking in the middle market space. As an Accel member of Health Rosetta, Heinbaugh helps lead the charge among the more than 200 accredited advisors around the country with the same mission. He has been featured in a handful of national publications for his work, including Automotive News and Employee Benefit Advisor.

Heinbaugh credits his staff for their overwhelming support and effort, allowing him to run at the pace he does. Transforming lives and communities through better health outcomes is their mission statement and is reflected in all they do.

Lynn Ho, MD

North Kingstown Family Practice

Ho is a family medicine-trained solo doctor. She worked in an insurance-based practice at Ideal Medical Practice for 15 years before converting to a direct primary care (DPC) practice in 2019. She is interested in learning about her patients and how to improve their care.  

Lauren Hughes, MD, IBCLC

Bloom Pediatrics and Lactation

Hughes is a board-certified pediatrician and lactation consultant and founder and owner of Bloom Pediatrics and Lactation. She provides all general pediatric services, as well as breastfeeding services to her patients in Kansas City, KS.

Hughes is a wife and mother of four-year-old Calvin and 15-month-old twins Nolan and Sloane.