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Douglas Farrago MD

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Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va.  He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee.  He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice.  He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers.  He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books.

From 2001 – 2011,  Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years.  Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times.

Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years

Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity

Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

Pat Conrad MD


Pat Conrad is a full-time rural ER doc on the Florida Gulf Coast.  After serving as a carrier naval  flight officer, he graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and the Tallahassee Family Medicine residency program.  His commentary has appeared in Medical Economics and at AuthenticMedicine.com .  Conrad’s work stresses individual freedom and autonomy as the crucial foundation for medical excellence, is wary of all collective solutions, and recognizes that the vast majority of poisonous snakebites are concurrent with alcohol consumption.

Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years.  He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice.  He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist.  Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office.    Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper.  He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems.

Erin Weisman DO


Errin Weisman, DO is a life coach, podcaster and fierce advocate for wellness in medicine. She faced professional burnout early in her career and speaks openly about about her story in order to help others, particularly female physicians and working moms, know they are not alone. Dr. Weisman wholeheartedly believes to be a healer, you must first fill your own cup. She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer’s wife, athlete and mother of three.You can find out more about Dr. Weisman on her podcast Doctor Me First, her website truthrxs.com or hang out with her on social media @truthrxs. Her podcast is “Doctor Me First”.

Roberty Duprey MD

Robert P. Duprey Jr studied medicine as a 2ndcareer medical student who went to medical school in his 40’s after honorable discharge and ‘retirement’ from 25 years in the US Military (USCG & US Army). He was a registered nurse (RN) with specialty training as a psychiatric RN in the US Army for 15 years. During this time he also became a Master’s level psychotherapist in 2002. While on US Army active duty he also became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner while working full time in 2011. He served as a Psych NP on active duty, to include a combat tour in Iraq, until his ‘retirement’ in 2014 and moved to Philippines with his 3 children. At this time he started medical school overseas at Oceania University of Medicine based out of Samoa accredited byPhilippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).  He continued to work as a Psych NP throughout medical school to support his children and to not have to take out loans for medical school tuition. Originally from Rhode Island, he completed medical school clerkship rotations throughout the USA with a graduation in May 2019 earning the esteemed credential of MD. He has successfully completed USMLE Steps 1, 2CS, and 2CK. He will take Step 3 this September as he applies for Psychiatry Residency. Having been and RN, NP and now MD, he is a believer of Physician led multidisciplinary healthcare teams

Natasha Sriraman MD

Dr. Sriraman, MD, MPH, FAAP, FABM, speaks around the country on various topics: breastfeeding, postpartum depression screening in pediatrics, narrative medicine/physician burnout, cultural competency/cultural differences in infant feeding and social determinants of health. She has specialized training in pediatric psychopharmacology.

In addition to seeing patients, she is an associate professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and teaches medical students and residents daily. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh and has designed curriculum for public health training in pediatrics and breastfeeding training. She also serves as Adjunct Lecturer at the College of William & Mary where she teaches a class on health disparities..

Dr. Sriraman is frequently involved with legislative advocacy and has worked with the Governor’s office on having May declared as Maternal Mental Health Month in Virginia. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and research. She has also received grants from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and jointly from Williams & Mary College/Eastern Virginia Medical School.

She has served on the board of National AAP-Section of Breastfeeding, and VA-AAP Chapter, and Postpartum Support Virginia. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and The Eliza Hope Foundation. 

Natalie Newman, MD

Dr. Natalie Newman is a residency trained, board­certified emergency physician who has been practicing for nearly 24 years.

In 1991, she graduated from California State University in Sacramento, California with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on an Army scholarship. As a graduating senior, Dr. Newman was presented with the Marjorie M. and Henry F. Saunders award for her compassionate care of patients within the family structure. After her graduation in 1995, she was accepted into the Emergency Medicine Residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Upon her graduation in 1999, Dr. Newman entered active duty service with the U.S. Army. Her first assignment was at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During her stint in the Army, Dr. Newman was deployed to Bosnia­Herzegovina(formerly Yugoslavia) where she was Chief of the Emergency Department at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia. She had the honor of serving under the command of Colonel Rhonda Cornum(now a retired brigadier general), a urologist, pilot and former prisoner­of­war during the Persian Gulf War. While in Bosnia, and as the only American female physician in the Balkans at that time, Dr. Newman was assigned as the personal physician for Queen Noor of Jordan during a humanitarian visit to a local hospital in Bosnia. After her return home to the U.S., she was promoted to Major and completed the rest of her Army service at Fort Bragg.

Dr. Newman subsequently returned home to California where she continues to practice as a traveling physician and participates in multiple speaking engagements about the values of education, of which she is passionate. She is also a member of Physicians for Patient Protection, a patient and physician advocacy organization.

Kailee Marin

Aloha! My name is Kailee Marin, I’m a DO student in California. I was 15 years old when I decided to go to medical school. I spent three years in Hawaii getting my bachelors, then I came straight to CA to pursue my dream. These three years have been a rollercoaster – the best and worst of my life. I’ve spent med school listening to, and participating in the complaining of my classmates. I’ve come to realized that it’s all the same. It comes down to the common barriers that current and future doctors face – and it starts in medical school. Moral injury being disguised as burnout so that institutions can pretend they care… But moral injury can’t be fixed by wellness Wednesdays, or fitness Fridays. I have realized, to heal moral injury, you have to treat the underlying cause. And there are so. many. causes. So I guess I have a lot to talk about! As an aspiring psychiatrist, I feel compelled to advocate for mental health. This includes the mental health of my colleagues, my future patients, and myself.


Jaclyn Nadler, MD

Jaclyn S. Nadler, MD, MBA, FACP is a practicing internal medicine physician in Southwest FL. She received her medical degree from the University of Miami and undergraduate (BSN) and graduate (MSN/ARNP) training from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She attended residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC and completed her MBA degree with a concentration in medical management from UMass, Amherst. Dr. Nadler recently joined the Direct Primary Care/DPC movement when she became disillusioned with the current state of healthcare including physician abuse, corporate medicine’s focus on quantity of care over quality and the loss of physician autonomy. She started her own DPC clinic, CoastalMED DPC in January 2019 where she can practice medicine on her own terms and provide her patients with the time and superior care they have grown the expect. She is passionate about physicians regaining their rightful place at the helm of healthcare and physicians reverting back to independent practice and regaining autonomy. She is a member of the Florida Medical Association and Direct Primary Care Alliance, she is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and received her certification as a physician executive (CPE) through the American Association of Physician Leaders. You can learn more about Dr. Nadler and view her blog at www.JaclynNadlerMD.com

Cynthia Stuart, DO

Dr. Stuart is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Originally from Georgia, she spent most of her youth in Miami, Florida and has been a Texas resident since the early 1990’s. She attended UNTHSC-Fort Worth and completed her residency at UTSW/Methodist Hospital System where she was Chief Resident in her senior year. She is an Associate Professor at UTSW and UNTHSC, participating as a preceptor for medical students and residents. She completed a two-year course at SMU Cox School of Business in Advanced Leadership that enables her to advocate for quality health care providers and local public health programs in her community. She is the head of the Credentials Committee, sits on the Medical Executive Committee and the Ethics Committee at Baylor Scott and White Hospital of Carrollton. She has appeared on numerous news and radio programs to educate the public about various health topics. Dr. Stuart has managed her own private practice in Carrollton since 2005 and is now a Direct Primary Care physician.

Karyn Tapley MD

Dr. Karyn L Tapley, MD is a residency-trained Ob/Gyn with a fellowship in Integrative Medicine.  She was born in Ft. Myers, Florida into a military and spent the first few years of life living with her parents in Okinawa, Japan.  After returning to the states, her father was recruited by Texas Instruments and the family moved to Houston where she spent most of her young life.  She moved back to Florida in her early 20s and obtained a BS in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida, before moving on to the University of Florida for medical school.  She obtained her residency at Christiana Health System in Delaware. This large, community hospital was situated on the I-95 corridor between Philadelphia and Washington, DC, providing ample educational opportunities with over 8000 deliveries a year and only 16 residents.  After successfully completely residency, Dr. Tapley moved across the country to be closer to her husband who had been deployed to the West Coast. She joined a Gyn-only practice with Aesthetics in Oregon and was able to add an extensive cosmetic-surgery education to her skillset.  From there, she transitioned to traditional Ob/Gyn care, as an employed physician, in northern Washington state so that she could be closer to her husband who was stationed there. Frustrated with the typical bureaucracy & politics of hospital-based care, she turned to rural Locum Tenens (“traveling doctor”) for a change of pace and to have some control over her life.  For over 3 years, she traveled with her husband, now retired from the Navy, her 2 large dogs, and an Amazon parrot named “Cowboy” in a small, vintage travel trailer, caring for women and babies in rural towns from Bar Harbor, ME to Astoria, OR. Eventually, they were ready to return home and she opened her own women’s health clinic and medical spa in northern Washington state.  It was during this time she obtained her fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the world-renowned Dr. Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her non-clinical interests include real estate investing and financial planning for female physicians and other high-income female professionals. She has completed her real estate license training and is currently completing her master’s-level Certified Financial Planning course to sit for the CFP exam.  She will be a guest speaker at a major non-clinical career conference in October, speaking on Locums opportunities. For fun, she races cars.

Anupama Verma MD

  Anupama Verma is a board-certified nephrologist practicing for close to seventeen years in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Nigeria and subsequently moved briefly to England. She then moved to the United States where she did her residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania/ Presbyterian health system. She did her fellowship in Nephrology at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia. She has lived and observed the practice of medicine on four continents and thus has unique insights into global healthcare.
In addition, she teaches medical students and serves on the pharmaceutical and therapeutics committee at Bellin hospital.
She believes strongly in preventive medicine and medical narratives to bring about change and healing. She is a patient and physician advocate and has contributed articles to KevinMD and Doximity among others.
She is on Twitter and instagram @anuvmd.

Adil Manzoor DO

Adil Manzoor DO is an Internal Medicine/Pediatric physician practicing in New Jersey who just finished his training. He is very passionate about mentoring the next generation of youth. In his free time he writes for local newspapers, mentors the youth, reads voraciously, hosts a podcast titled Doctor’s Dilemma. Most important of all he spends time with his lovely wife, Diana, and soon to be daughter, Olivia, and when time finally permits, binge TV shows! He is also very passionate about free market medicine and believes. that competition amongst businesses brings down cost and provides innovation in ways people cannot fathom.

Pamela Krol MD

 I am an ED physician in Wisconsin, where I have worked since 2013.   My Emergency Medicine training was at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2002-2005, after having graduated from Rush University for Medical school in 2002.  
I was an ER Attending at Illinois Masonic from 2005-2007, where I enjoyed working with the UIC residency program.  I was also an ER physician for the Wisconsin based Infinity healthcare from 2007-2013. Prior to becoming a physician, I was an ER nurse for 5 years in several institutions in the Chicagoland area, which gives me a rather unique perspective.  
I am the mother of 2 wonderful children, and my husband and I enjoy our home on a small lake with 2 dogs, 7 chickens, and 1 bunny.

Tayma S. Shaya M.D. 

Tayma S. Shaya M.D.  FAAFP is a Kuwaiti-American board certified family physician living and practicing in Sugar Land, Texas. She went to University of Texas at Austin to obtain a B.S. in Nutrition, received her medical degree of University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX.  After medical school, Dr. Shaya completed three years of Family Medicine training back in Houston at Southwest Memorial Hermann Family Medicine Residency, acting as a chief resident in her final year. After being employed for 14 years by hospital systems, Dr. Shaya became an entrepreneur opening her clinic Shaya Precision Health PLLC in January 2016.  Practicing with authenticity and heart, Dr. Shaya is known for her diagnostic skills, down to earth personality, and pairing a holistic approach to an allopathically managed patients. An early adopter of virtual medicine, she has been able to extend the reach of her practice to an international audience.  A lifetime learner, she is currently working on her functional medicine certification through Institute of Functional Medicine. In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband and their combined 5 children, three cats and two dogs. In addition to travel, she is a voracious reader, sometimes tv binge watcher and  volunteers with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo every season in the Health Booth. For stress management, she loves working with leather to make personal use leather items, belts and accessories.  She is passionate about prevention of physician burnout, and helping manage that vulnerability.  You can learn more at http://www.shayahealth.com/, or follow her on facebook   https://www.facebook.com/shayahealth/

Bridget Reidy MD

Bridget Reidy is an FP practicing near Victoria, British Columbia who abhors hypocrisy, waste, euphemisms, and useless bureaucrats, ie inauthentic medicine. She was a board certified FP with a certificate of additional qualifications in palliaitive care, no longer because, MOC. She did her residency in rural Marquette Michigan in the eighties, and spent her career mostly in the US in a variety of settings, emergency, urgent care, family practice – including locums on reservations, prisons and medicaid mills, and housecall practice – including work as a hospice medical director. Now she owns and runs a solo cottage industry style family practice, typical of Canadain FP’s. She is on the advisory board of The Medical Post, Canada’s newsletter for physicians, and a member of BC GP’s for reform.

Steven Podnos MD, CFP

Steven Podnos MD CFP attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UT Southwestern in Dallas Texas.   He moved back to Florida with his physician wife (ENT) and raised a family while practicing Pulm/CC medicine for over twenty years.  During that time, he also started and ran a Hospitalist program for several years.  In 2002, Steve began a slow transition towards having a Fiduciary Fee Only Financial planning practice-at first just for friends and family.   As the practice grew, he transitioned out of full time medical practice to full time financial planning.  Dr. Podnos joined the US Air Force Reserve in 2008 as a critical care physician and flight surgeon.   He deployed twice to Landstuhl Army Hospital in Germany as an intensivist during the Afghanistan war in 2009 and 2010, and as a critical care air transport (CCATT) physician in Okinawa in July 2018.  
His firm, Wealth Care LLC now serves approximately 100 physician families nationwide and another fifty non physician families with both financial planning and wealth management.  He is a staunch advocate of independent medical practice, believing that the corporatization of medicine and Electronic Medical Records are both harmful to physicians.

Kristen Nebel DO

Kristen Nebel, DO a wife, boymom x 6, and visionary is a board-certified, family-trained Geriatrician in practice for over 12 years.   She currently works with UPMC in Central PA as medical director of Senior Care. Dr. Nebel has been through burnout and back establishing relationship-based medicine and personal boundaries as the foundation of her personal and professional well-being. She believes these tenants and current state of medicine do not have to be mutually exclusive. She looks forward to sharing her thoughts and learning from the Authentic Medicine community.