DPC Summit Presenters N-S

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

W. Ryan Neuhofel, DO, MPH


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, founded in 2011. Neuhofel has been an active leader in the DPC movement, including serving as the inaugural president of the DPC Alliance.

Kathrine S. Nicol, JD

Nicol Health Law

Nicol is the founder of Nicol Health Law, a boutique law practice specializing in legal issues unique to direct primary care (DPC) and telemedicine. She has represented DPC practices in the United States since 2015 and is outside counsel to some of the largest DPC networks in the country that have affiliates (such as Nextera) in many states. In addition to advising DPC start-ups, she has years of experience representing DPC providers working with employers and third-party administrators, benefits brokers, and advisors. She is a member of the Direct Primary Care Coalition steering committee, and a frequent speaker about DPC at events, such as the Hint Summit and Health Rosetta Summit. 

Before starting her health law practice, Nicol was general counsel and senior vice president to a group of physician-owned, for-profit hospitals located in Texas and California. Before that, she was an associate at the global law firm of Locke Lord in Houston. She started her legal career as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Marcia Crone. 

Amiee Ostick, MD, FAAFP

Health and Healing Direct Primary Care

Ostick earned her medical degree and completed residency at Thomas Jefferson University. She has practiced primary care for more than 10 years with experience in various clinical settings and health systems. She cares for patients of all age ranges and has a broad scope of medical knowledge. Ostick noticed significant accessibility and cost issues in our medical system, along with an ever-growing frustration among patients and physicians. She witnessed her grandfather practice primary care for many years growing up and felt it was time to get back to putting patients first. Direct primary care (DPC) is a growing alternative health care model that provides accessible, high-quality, and evidence-based care at an affordable cost. She is committed to being a part of this model of care.

When not working, Ostick spends quality time with her husband, an emergency room physician, and three crazy kids.

Jerry Purcell, MD

Direct Access         

Purcell is a family physician at Direct Access in Anderson, SC, practicing with his co-founding family physician, Amy Cianciolo, MD. Their practice has used a direct primary care (DPC) model since 2015 to connect directly with patients without the interruptions of third-party payers.

The DPC model has allowed Purcell to return to his oath, mission, and passion for patient-first medical care. He is a founding member of the DPC Alliance and currently serves as an advisory committee member for the organization. He has spoken about DPC at TedxFurman, DPC Summit, DPC Nuts and Bolts, Hint Summit, and FMX, as well as to family medicine residencies and medical student groups.

Kenneth Qiu, MD


Qiu is a board-certified family physician who completed his residency recently and opened his direct primary care (DPC) practice, EuDoc. He attended his first DPC Summit in 2017 and has since been active in medical student and resident education and engagement.

Leslie Rabaut, DO

Plum Health DPC

Rabaut earned her medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Aurora St. Luke’s in Milwaukee, WI. She is a family physician at Plum Health DPC in Detroit, MI. Rabaut is interested in nutrition, preventive care, and integrative medicine. She enjoys working with patients on their journey to improving their health.

John D. Romanin

The Renter's Lobby

Romanin earned his political science degree and studied graduate economics at Claremont McKenna College. He is the president of The Renter's Lobby (www.therenterslobby.com), a Washington DC-based organization providing direct policy and legislative advocacy programs on behalf of America's residential renters. He is a registered lobbyist with the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives with 45 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and executive management in the information technology, real estate development/management, and political/corporate consultancy sectors. His current initiatives include serving as president of the Housing Crisis Solution Coalition (www.letusbuild.org) and developing commercially affordable modular housing living communities (www.modmodcomm.com). Romanin is also the past president of the Drucker Society, a representative organization of the Drucker Institute. The Drucker Institute is a participant organization in the Global Consortium of business professionals dedicated to promoting the principles of the late Peter Drucker, the founder of modern corporate management.

A native of California and raised in Arizona, Romanin currently resides in Mount Vernon, VA, with his wife and two children. 

Rob Rosborough, MD

Township Health DPC

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 full-spectrum practice, including obstetrics, he founded Township Health DPC in 2017. It has been a life and career changer.

Rosborough has a wonderful family with six children. They enjoy being outdoors, boating, traveling, and entertaining. .

Clodagh Ryan, MD

Cara Direct Care

Ryan earned her medical degree from Trinity College Medical School in Dublin. She grew up in Northern Ireland, and after working in family medicine in Ireland for three years, she moved to the western suburbs of Chicago and completed her family medicine residency at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital in Illinois.

Ryan worked in private practice after residency for eight years. As the medical landscape became more difficult for the independent family physician, her disillusionment with medicine grew. She switched to direct primary care (DPC), opening Cara Direct Care in 2017. Ryan also serves as adjunct faculty and preceptor at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois. In 2020, she developed the virtual elective, “Introduction to Clinical Practice with Telemedicine.” The elective includes instruction on the U.S. health care system, health insurance, and the corporatization of medicine.

Jillian Scherer, MD, IBCLC

Whole Family Health

Scherer earned her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Waukesha Family Medicine Residency in Wisconsin. She most recently practiced medicine at the Richland Medical Center in Richland Center, Wisconsin, providing general family practice care, obstetrical care, inpatient hospital care, and urgent care. Her areas of interest are preventive medicine, lifestyle medicine, and lactation/breastfeeding medicine, with her continuing medical education focusing on lifestyle medicine. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Scherer and her husband, Mark, moved to Olney, Illinois, in 2018, to be closer to his family as they raise their two children. She is thrilled to be practicing in the community and helping improve the lives of her patients.

Jacqueline Slakoper Delessio, DO

R-Health Yardley

Slakoper is board-certified in family medicine with R-Health Yardley, a direct primary care (DPC) practice that is part of the R-Health near-home network. She practices full-scope family medicine for children and adults. She believes that to maintain good health, patients should be invested and collaborative in their treatment. Before joining R-Health, Slakoper was a physician at Holy Redeemer Family Medicine in Bensalem, PA. She believes that a strong physician-patient relationship is at the core of quality medical care.

Felecia Sumner, DO

Synergize Direct Primary Care

Sumner earned her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Crozer Family Medicine Residency. She has additional training from the Institute for Functional Medicine, School of Applied Functional Medicine, and Functional Medicine University.

Sumner is a family physician, nationally recognized speaker, best-selling author, and lover of chocolate. As a physician who encountered dynamics causing chronic illness and burnout early in her medical career, she now owns and practices at her direct primary care (DPC) practice – Synergize Direct Primary Care. She practices functional medicine to reach her aspiration of giving back to her patients in a more meaningful way by providing better access, service, and value to them.