DPC Summit Presenters I-M

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

Byron Jasper, MD, MPH

Byja Clinic, Jasper Medical Associates, LLC

Jasper earned his medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program. A native of Houma, LA, he is board certified in family medicine and is the founder and chief executive officer of Byja Clinic, the first Black-owned direct primary care (DPC) practice in Louisiana. Jasper confirmed his passion for teaching and mentoring, as well as his desire to improve community health during his family medicine residency. After residency, he pursued a fellowship in academic and community medicine. He completed the Community Health Leadership Development Fellowship at Georgetown University School of Medicine. After this transformative experience, Jasper pursued an additional fellowship focusing on HIV and hepatitis C in primary care at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. During his fellowship, he created the Comprehensive Medical Mentoring Program (CMMP) due to his realization about the minimal growth in the number of minority physicians – despite their essential role in reducing health disparities. CMMP has grown to become a successful, non-profit organization in multiple states across the country, and Jasper continues to proudly serve as its founder, national president, and executive director.

Kendrick Johnson, DO

Ark Family Health

Johnson earned his medical degree from Touro University Nevada. He is the founder of the first direct primary care (DPC) practice in the Phoenix area and leads the Arizona chapter of the Free Market Medical Association. He also hosts a live radio show called "Healthcare Questions."

Johnson is a father of four beautiful children and the husband of one beautiful wife. Above all, he is a follower of Jesus Christ.

Joi A. Johnson-Weaver, MD

Resolve MD: Direct Primary Care 

Johnson-Weaver (they/them) is a non-binary, Black, board-certified family physician who has been practicing for more than 15 years. After obtaining their bachelor's degree from Princeton University, Johnson-Weaver attended Temple School of Medicine and then completed their residency at the Chestnut Hill Family Practice in Philadelphia, PA. Johnson-Weaver felt a growing dissatisfaction with traditional medicine. In 2018, Johnson-Weaver opened Resolve MD: Direct Primary Care.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnson-Weaver piloted the Resolve MD Telehealth COVID-19 Program for African-Americans through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant allowed Johnson-Weaver to provide concierge services to black patients with chronic medical issues who were at high risk for severe complications from COVID-19 at no cost to the patients. This pilot ran for six months.

In keeping with the entrepreneurial spirit of building a direct primary care (DPC) practice, in January 2021, Johnson-Weaver started a second business called DM Covid-19 Test. DM Covid-19 Test is a concierge COVID-19 testing business that offers fast turnaround COVID-19 testing via house calls nationwide and office visits in nine locations. Their company caters to VIPs, celebrities, and other travelers nationwide.

Neeti Kapur, MD

Devoted Family Practice

Kapur earned her medical degree from Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University and completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago. She is a board-certified family physician. Upon graduation, she joined a practice in downtown Chicago and continued as a teaching attending for the residency. Within a year of practice, Kapur encountered challenges in her clinical practice that caused her to search for answers to help patients reach optimal health. She then trained with the Center for Education and Development of Homeopathy (CEDH) in homeopathy treatments and began offering them to her patients.

After leaving Chicago, Kapur spent time raising her children while her husband trained in a subspecialty. When they moved to North Carolina, she served as a supervising physician at a private practice and introduced homeopathy and holistic medicine to patients. In 2020, she opened her direct primary care (DPC) clinic – Devoted Family Practice – to teach patients about their health and physiology to reach optimal health. Her goals are to make holistic and integrative medicine accessible and affordable for all.

Jay Keese

Direct Primary Care Coalition

Keese is a health policy and government relations professional with more than three decades of experience in Washington, DC. In 2002, he founded Capitol Advocates, a successful public policy and government relations firm located steps from the U.S. Senate. His primary focus has been on health care reform. Keese spent decades creating and implementing policy changes to health care delivery and payment systems aimed at moving our system away from the misaligned incentives of the fee-for-service (FFS) payment model into value-based care. Along with other pioneers in the direct primary care (DPC) movement, Keese laid the policy framework for the growth and expansion of DPC by designing legislation passed in the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). It established membership fee-based DPC medical homes as an important value-based delivery reform as part of essential health benefits offered by employers to individuals. Since then, he has been instrumental in the passage of more than 30 state laws and regulations defining DPC as a medical service not regulated as health insurance. Due to Keese’s work, legislation has been introduced in the Senate to clarify Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations on the treatment of DPC plans to make the model more compatible with health savings accounts (HSAs) paired with high-deductible health plans. This legislation has previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Keese lives in Alexandria, VA, with his wife Sara, and their three children, Katie, Caroline, and William. 

Erin Kiesel, DO

St. Luke’s Family Practice

Kiesel has been in practice in Hughson, CA, and Modesto, CA, since 2000, in affiliation with the family medicine residency program. Her special interests include women’s health and pediatrics. She speaks medical Spanish.

Her personal interests include running, skiing, wakeboarding, and any other outdoor activities. She enjoys spending time with her husband, George, and their four children. They attend Our Lady of Fatima Church in Modesto. 

Vance Lassey, MD

Holton Direct Care

Lassey earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Program, where he served as the chief resident. He practiced rural inpatient, outpatient, emergency room, and obstetric care in Holton, Kansas. He found the calling that he loved – practicing medicine – was hijacked by middlemen. While stuck in a broken system – one mired in bureaucracy, clicking boxes, coding, not seeing his family, and hearing patients complain about medical costs he could not control – the solution for him, his family, and his patients became direct primary care (DPC). He is passionate about restoring the physician-patient relationship, bringing transparency and sanity to medical costs, and advising physicians around the country about getting out of the fee-for-service (FFS) payment 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 member and serves as vice president of the Direct Primary Care Alliance.

Anand Mehta, MD

Stand Up Family Medicine

Mehta earned his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India, and completed his residency at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ, where he worked for the hospital system for four years. He is a board-certified family physician who focuses on dedicated patient care and improving experiences.

After moving to Georgia, Mehta worked as a solo family physician for WellStar Health System for five years in Roswell, GA, where he later established himself as the medical director for primary care for the local hospital. Then, he took a position as the first medical director for Walmart Health in the nation in 2019. He helped grow the pilot location into a successful model that promoted the future growth of Walmart Health services in Georgia and beyond. However, he left this position to join direct primary care (DPC) to provide a more comprehensive style of medicine, but on his terms.

Mehta takes the time to listen to the needs of his patients. He is an extrovert, known to make people laugh, is empathetic, kind, and welcoming with extensive medical knowledge. His character is spoken highly by patients, both in New Jersey and in Georgia. He has received remarkable patient satisfaction scores, coupled with providing exceptional care to his patients. He is known to his former co-workers and employees as a great team leader, always lending kind words and a smile as he strives to provide patient-centered care.

Mehta is a doting husband and busy father to three young children. When he is not busy with family life, he enjoys doing stand-up comedy, playing basketball, and watching the Buffalo Bills.

Nassar Mohamed, MD

Osra Medical

Mohamed is a family physician and a sports medicine fellow. He practiced primary care and sports medicine for four years after his fellowship in San Francisco with venture capital-backed practices (One Medical Group, Circle Medical).

Mohamed started Osra Medical in late 2019 using the direct primary care (DPC) model to address his community’s needs with a focus on the San Francisco lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and specifically care for gay men. Mohamed’s practice now cares for San Francisco’s local community artists and drag queens, as well as very high earners that face access issues due to life demands.

Deepti Mundkur, MD

My Happy Doctor

Mundkur is an internal medicine graduate from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Fresno Medical Education Program. She hails from a small coastal town in India. Her medical schooling was at Manipal University in India.

In the second year of her residency, she found that primary care was her passion. With psychiatric conditions being a prevalent comorbidity encountered in primary care, she pursued a fellowship in primary care psychiatry from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine to provide comprehensive care for her patients. She has a master’s degree in clinical research from the University of California, San Diego, and has won accolades for various quality improvement projects. She worked at a big box clinic in San Diego right out of residency and soon realized the many hurdles to provide primary care in the insurance-based health care system in the United States. To meet her personal and professional goals in primary care, she has now begun her journey in direct primary care.

Christina Mutch, DO

Defiant Direct Primary Care, PLLC

Mutch earned her medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Riverside’s Family Medicine Residency in Newport News, VA.

A native of Virginia, Mutch is an avid runner, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. She decided to complete a wilderness emergency medical technician (EMT) program in Conway, NH, where she serendipitously met the founder of the school, who happened to be an osteopathic physician. Combining a holistic mindset and hands-on manipulation resonated with her, so Mutch chose an osteopathic medical school in West Virginia. Surrounded by mountains in the charming, two-stoplight town, she fell in love with wide-scope, rural family medicine. She wanted to bring that same level of care and sense of community back to Williamsburg, VA. But she quickly realized that the rushed, seven-minute visit did not provide patients or doctors with adequate time to make meaningful lifestyle changes needed to control and reverse disease. So, Mutch started a direct primary care (DPC) practice with her husband, Jake Mutch, DO. Defiant Direct Primary Care, PLLC opened in 2020, and the couple could not be more pleased with their decision to start a DPC practice directly out of residency. 

Jake Mutch, DO

Defiant Direct Primary Care

Mutch is an osteopathic board-certified family physician and co-founder of Defiant Direct Primary Care in Williamsburg, VA, with his wife, Christina. Disappointed by the conventional health care model, Mutch and his wife decided to open a direct primary care (DPC) practice in 2020. They strive to make health care accessible by combining old-fashioned medicine with modern technology. Their journey has been featured on the “My DPC Story” podcast.

In his spare time, Mutch runs the local trails or chats up residents about DPC.