The STFM Podcast

April 2023: Direct Primary Care Practices From Three Points of View

In this episode, we’ve convened a panel of three physicians to open a window on a day in the life of a Direct Primary Care practice. And while it’s true that if you’ve seen one Direct Primary Care practice, you’ve seen one Direct Primary Care practice, our panelists show us how they made the leap, grew their practices, and made it all work. Each panelist shares how they crafted their DPC practices, with stories and perspectives on what it means to provide patient care in this model, while embracing the challenges of being a business owner. 

Our panelists: 

  • Erika Bliss, MD 
  • Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP
  • Byron Jasper, MD, MPH 

Hosted by Saria Saccocio, MD.

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Erika Bliss, MD:

Dr. Erika Bliss is a family physician and former CEO of Qliance, a direct primary care company that operated in the Puget Sound for 10 years with several clinics serving individuals, employers, and Medicaid.  She is currently in solo practice in Seattle in the DPC model.  Dr. Bliss has been active in the DPC movement since its inception and has been involved in local and national education and advocacy on the model.  She currently has a solo DPC practice in Seattle called Equinox Primary Care.
Dr. Bliss received her medical education at University of California at San Diego and completed her residency training at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.  She has served in state and national medical leadership roles including the Washington Academy of Family Medicine, The American Academy of Family Medicine, The American Board of Family Medicine, and the Direct Primary Care Coalition.  
Prior to studying medicine, Dr. Bliss studied Latin American History at San Francisco State University and received a Master’s in Latin American Studies at Stanford University. 

Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP:

Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board-certified family physician, currently cares for patients in the DC metropolitan area via a direct primary care house-calls based practice, MD for Life.  While she provides the full range of services to patients of all ages, she has additional expertise in restorative reproductive medicine and focuses her practice on females from adolescence through menopause. Dr. Duane is also co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS about Fertility, an organization dedicated to educating medical professionals and students about the scientific evidence supporting fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs). She serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duquesne University and Georgetown University, where she directs an elective on FABMs and their role in women’s health and family planning.  Additionally, she has served on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC). 
Dr. Duane received her M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Science with Honors and a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University.  In May 2022, Dr. Duane completed a primary care research fellowship at the University of Utah earning a Master of Science in Public Health. Finally, she is trained as a Creighton, FEMM and NeoFertility Medical consultant, and a TeenSTAR educator.

Byron Jasper, MD, MPH:

Dr. Byron Jasper is the Founder and CEO of Byja Clinic, Louisiana's first Black owned direct primary care practice. Originally from Houma, LA, Dr. Jasper is a proud alumnus of Xavier University of Louisiana. He received his medical degree from Tulane School of Medicine and his master’s degree from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at Baton Rouge General (BRG) Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP) and followed this by completing two fellowships in Community Health Leadership Development at Georgetown University and HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) in Primary Care at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Jasper also serves as the Founder and National President of the non-profit organization Comprehensive Medical Mentoring Program, which was created to provide minority students with experiences that foster successful matriculation into health-professional schools. Dr. Jasper is board certified in Family Medicine.

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