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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 five books, three 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 18 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

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.


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.

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.

Russell Kamer MD

Russell Kamer, MD identifies as a primary care physician. After a stint as a full-time faculty member at New York Medical College, he left for a solo practice in Internal Medicine. He has served as a Drug testing Crew Chief for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and a Doping Control Medical Officer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Drawing on this experience, Dr. Kamer co-founded Partners In Safety (PIS), a company which provides Occupational Medicine services to employers. 

John Hayes, Jr., MD

John is a graduate MD now a residency applicant who spent years working primarily with family physicians and surgeons helping their pain patients with chiropractic, clinical nutrition and lifestyle coaching.  His work with the sickest lead not only to furthering his training but more importantly to the development of patient systems & tools to better help those suffering neuropathy & chronic pain. 

Frustrated with the changes in healthcare and concern about increasing physician demands in 2008 he published the EVVY nominated book “Living & Practicing by Design” and along with his wife Patti developed simplified EMR, practice business platforms and systems.

He still regularly writes for patients and physicians alike, stressing the role each of our lifestyles, skills and behaviors have not only on health and illness but most importantly our mandate as physicians to maintain control of medicine’s clinical and business decision making.