DPC Summit Presenters T-Z

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

Paul Thomas, MD

Plum Health DPC

Thomas earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He is board-certified in family medicine, practicing in the Corktown district of Detroit. His practice is Plum Health DPC, a direct primary care (DPC) service that is the first of its kind in Detroit and Wayne County. His mission is to deliver affordable, accessible health care services in Detroit and beyond. He has been featured on WDIV-TV Channel 4, WXYZ Channel 7, Crain's Detroit Business, and CBS Radio. He has been a speaker at TEDxDetroit. Thomas is also a clinical assistant professor and the author of two books: “Direct Primary Care: The Cure for Our Broken Healthcare System” and “Startup DPC: How to Start and Grow Your Direct Primary Care Practice.”

Pat Tokarz, MD

Specialdocs Consultants

Tokarz earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He was a family physician and serves as chief medical advisor for Specialdocs Consultants and a facilitator for Healthcare Innovators Network.

Nicholas "Nick" Tomsen, MD

Antioch Med

Tomsen is the co-owner of Antioch Med, established in July 2016. The practice has grown to five physicians and offers a broad scope of care, including obstetrics. The practice serves a diverse set of patient populations, including the underserved and uninsured populations of Wichita, KS, as well as several small and medium-sized businesses. He teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency, where he completed both residency and an international fellowship. Tomsen is passionate about the relationships he has with his patients and sees medicine as his primary ministry.

He is married to Michaela and has three children, Moriah, Charlie, and Daniel.

Michael Tuggy, MD

Primary Care Innovators Network

Tuggy earned his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his family medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. He serves as a clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and as a rural family physician in the mountain valley in Winthrop, WA. He was on active duty in the U.S. Army for seven years, including serving in Iraq and Kuwait during the first Gulf War.

As the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) president, Tuggy joined other leaders in family medicine to develop the strategic plan for family medicine while also serving on the board of Family Medicine for America's Health. He is also working closely with the Primary Care Collaborative to innovate primary care.

Aruna Tummala, MD, ABIHM

Trinergy Health LLC (Trinergy Center for Integrative Psychiatry)

Tummala earned her medical degree from Deemed University, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, India. She was recognized for excellence and received three awards during her medical education at the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences in Bellary, India. She completed her residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals.

Tummala founded the Trinergy Center for Integrative Psychiatry in Wisconsin and is a board-certified psychiatrist and integrative and holistic medicine physician. She also serves as an at-large board member for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Wisconsin chapter. Since conventional psychiatry is a linear, medication-dependent, and symptom-reduction health model that is ineffective and has side effects, Tummala turned to integrative psychiatry. Her patient-centered, systems-based, collaborative-care approach finds and addresses the root causes of patients’ problems to achieve overall mental and physical health and balance. She has authored and presented on topics of mental illness, Ayurveda, and integrative approaches to mental illness with academic audiences in the United States and abroad.

Tummala’s multi-pronged method includes diet and lifestyle medicine, meditation, yoga, nutritional supplements, Ayurvedic herbs, psychotherapy, and careful use of psychiatric medications. She recognizes that reducing the reliance on psychiatric medications minimizes the severity and occurrence of side effects while empowering her patients. Health, harmony, and vitality are qualities she envisions and strives for all her patients. 

Richard Usatine, MD

Richard Usatine LLC

Usatine earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a professor of dermatology, cutaneous surgery, and family medicine at the University of Texas Health, San Antonio. He is the lead author of eight books, including “Dermatological and Cosmetic Procedures in Office Practice,” “The Color Atlas and Synopsis of Family Medicine,” and “Cutaneous Cryosurgery.” Usatine has published more than 130 journal articles. He began teaching dermoscopy in 2009 with the mentorship of Dr. Marghoob. In 2014, he co-developed a free, interactive application (app) for smartphones and tablets called Dermoscopy: Two Step Algorithm. It remains the top downloaded app for dermoscopy and was updated to contain the triage amalgamated dermoscopic algorithm (TADA) method.

In 2018, Usatine was elected to the board of the International Dermoscopy Society. He has developed more than 80 dermatology instructional videos and the Interactive Dermatology Atlas website. His photography of skin disorders is used in many books, monographs, journal articles, and educational websites (including the American Cancer Society). He has taught dermoscopy for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Texas Dermatological Society, and general practitioners in Australia and Canada. Usatine has been teaching at the American Dermoscopy Meeting since 2014. He regularly teaches on the dermoscopy of skin color and is the lead author of the Dermoscopedia chapter on this area. He has chaired the yearly skin course hosted by the AAFP since 2006. He also founded the University Health System Skin Clinic in 2006 and is the program director of the only underserved dermatology family medicine fellowship program in the United States.

Raymond Louis (Louie) Wall, MD

Primary Health Partners

Wall earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency at Oklahoma Memorial Hospital, focusing on family medicine. As a practicing physician, he enjoys helping other physicians improve their quality of practice through group and individual consults. The evaluation includes pre- and post-surveys, direct observation emphasizing patient satisfaction, and office efficiency-based solutions.

While an undergraduate on an athletic scholarship, Wall had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the United States. He continues to enjoy traveling and sporting activities as a fan and weekend participant. He has been involved in athletics as an official and coaching baseball, softball, and wrestling until his children became adults. 

Amy Walsh, MD

doctor direct

Walsh earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. She opened doctor direct, her direct primary care (DPC) practice in Raleigh, NC, to focus on health without unnecessary requirements of insurance companies. Her sole focus is to provide outstanding primary care to each of her patients.

Walsh is married with four children and is an avid college football fan, especially the University of Michigan. She loves to work out, run, read, and spend time at the lake house.    

John H. Wasson, MD

Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Wasson earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He is an emeritus distinguished professor of medicine and community and family medicine at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. For more than four decades, he was a practicing internist and geriatrician. Wasson’s areas of expertise and interest include practical methods for assessing and responding to the things that matter to patients and reducing health care waste and inefficiencies. He has led numerous medical programs, including outpatient services at the Veterans Administration, Centers for Health and Aging, Dartmouth - Northern New England Primary Care Research Network, and Idealized Office Practices at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Wasson was a founding member of The Dartmouth Institute. His experiences led him to receive a unique award from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research as the "pioneer for practice-based research." For many decades, Wasson has distributed – without charge – the HowsYourHealth.org standardized assessment and networking technology. The assessment was considered a "national treasure" by the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for patients of all ages and clinicians in all settings.

Jennifer Wipperman, MD, MPH

Antioch Med

Wipperman earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita (KUSM-W) Via Christi Family Medicine Residency (VCFMR), followed by a fellowship at KUSM-W. She continued as an associate professor with KUSM-W and faculty with the VCFMR, where she received the Faculty Leadership Award for innovation in teaching. Wipperman is a national faculty speaker with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and has presented at the AAFP’s Family Medicine Experience (FMX) and adult medicine courses. She practices broad-spectrum family medicine and enjoys colposcopy, dermoscopy, and maternity care.

In her free time, Wipperman loves playing the guitar and piano, enjoying nature, and cross-country skiing.