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As the Direct Primary Care and Direct Care models grow, many physicians are providing care to patients in different ways. This podcast is to introduce you to some of those folks and to hear their stories. Go ahead, get a little inspired. Heck, jump in and join the movement! Visit us online at mydpcstory.com
 
On the Highest Aspirations Podcast, we engage in important conversations about the most rapidly growing student demographic in the United States - English Language Learners. We speak with educators and students, researchers and policy makers, and parents and community members about how we can help all students reach their highest aspirations. Join us on this important journey as we bring the vibrant ELL Community together around the topics that matter most to the students we serve.
 
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Episode 48: Dr. Marguerite Duane of Modern Mobile Medicine - Washington D.C. Dr. Duane has been serving her local community since 2016 as a house call and telemedicine model. She built her dream practice panel up after realizing she did not have to practice as a family medicine doctor full time! For an amazing example of how DPC can prevent churn, …
 
Episode 47: Dr. Anand Mehta (He/Him) Of Stand Up Family Medicine - Marietta, GA In today's episode, Dr. Mehta shares how he has literally "stood up" to the many challenges he's faced in his journey to opening his own DPC, Stand Up Family Medicine. After ten years of working for different practices and climbing the corporate ranks, it was reflecting…
 
Episode 46: Dr. Thomas White (He/Him), Dr. Josh Carpenter (He/Him) & Dr. Brianna Buchanan (She/Her) of Hometown Direct Care - Cherryville & Shelby, NC The clinic Dr. White started out of his hometown has blossomed into a clinic with now three physicians! As we prepare for the AAFP DPC Summit, take a listen to the full gamut of DPC from Dr. Buchanan…
 
Episode 45: Dr. Rosana Lastra of Head2Toe Pediatrics - St. Petersburg, FL As a child, she envisioned being a pediatrician and she not only achieved that goal but she also opened her own direct pediatric practice for families in the St. Petersburg, Tampa and surrounding areas. She shares how she chose the DPC model after exploring multiple jobs all …
 
Episode 44 - Dr. Joi Johnson-Weaver (They/Them) of Resolve MD - Columbia, MD This is My DPC Story, a podcast about the doctors doing direct primary care and direct specialty care. Find it on all major podcast platforms! For more information on this episode and much more, please visit mydpcstory.com. Also, for up to date information on DPC, visit DP…
 
Episode 43: Dr. Nasser Mohamed (He/Him) of Osra Medical - San Francisco, CA This is My DPC Story, a podcast about the doctors doing direct primary care and direct specialty care. Find it on all major podcast platforms! For more information on this episode and much more, please visit mydpcstory.com. Also, for up to date information on DPC, visit DPC…
 
NEW EPISODE DROPS TOMORROW! Tune in tomorrow for Dr. Nasser Mohamed of Osra Medical - San Francisco, CA! FIRESIDE CHAT - The VIRTUAL ASSISTANT IN DIRECT PRIMARY CARE This Tuesday 06.22.21 Dr. Rebecca Berens and her virtual assistant, Angie Cortizo will be talking all about virtual assistants in the direct primary care space during our next free fir…
 
Welcome to our season wrap up episode - and what a season it was. We’ve released 49 episodes and covered so many topics since August of 2020 - definitely a record for the 3 and a half year history of Highest Aspirations. For our season finale, we thought we'd take some time to reflect on what we’ve learned through so many rich conversations with ou…
 
Episode 42: Dr. Elizabeth Eaman (She/Her) of Oodle Family Medicine - Renton, WA My DPC Story is proud to have Dr. Elizabeth Eaman on the pod as our second interview for PRIDE MONTH! She shares about the namesake of her clinic and her background of being an advocate that helped drive her to leave the corporate model of medicine and create a safe spa…
 
What supports can a designated immigrant/refugee program provide for students and families that go beyond what a typical school or district may be providing? After the past year of interrupted learning, what can we learn from educators who have worked with SIFE students and newcomers - particularly when it comes to social-emotional needs? How are r…
 
Episode 41: Melle Browning (He/Him) of Melle Browning Therapy - Petaluma, CA In this kickoff to PRIDE Month at My DPC Story, Mel Browning, a long-time friend of Maryal and an LMFT himself, Mel discusses his own take on insurance-driven care and how affirming care can greatly affect the health of an individual. Through his discussion of telemedicine…
 
How does trauma that migrant children experience manifest in the classroom, and what impact does it have on their ability to communicate and develop relationships at school? What can educators who do not share the lived experiences of their students do to best support them, and why is better representation so crucial? How can those entering higher …
 
Episode 40: Dr. Rebecca Berens of Vida Family Health - Houston, TX Dr. Berens shares her story today and it really hits home for anyone taking care of young children considering DPC. She speaks about the operations of her micro practice, its growth during the pandemic and the tricks she uses (like Angie, her irreplaceable VA) to thrive. This is My …
 
Welcome back to the second episode in our two-part series with Professor K. David Harrison. Make sure to check out part one on Anchor or wherever you listen to podcasts, and visit our community page to find our key takeaways from the whole conversation, resources and more. How are languages inextricably connected to other aspects of society and wha…
 
Episode 39: Dr. Dr. Hayley Miller of Mountain States Diabetes - Missoula, MT Dr. Miller is a self proclaimed "diabetes nerd" as well as an incredible physician! Practicing internal medicine with a focus on diabetic care, you'll learn that the best question in terms of her coverage area is, "Where is she NOT licensed!" In her interview she not only …
 
How are languages inextricably connected to other aspects of society and what does that mean about preserving and valuing them? What strategies can educators of multilingual students use to incentivize their students to help keep their home languages thriving - even while they are drawn to use English as the language of record? How have globalizati…
 
Episode 38: Dr. Whitney Pack Formerly of Cortez Pediatrics - Cortez, CO. Dr. Pack shares her story of how she created her DPC, Cortez Pediatrics, from the heart. Since she opened in 2018 she worked diligently to provide excellent personable care to children in an area where she was the only Pediatrician in the county for years. Though she was at th…
 
How can we combat an “English-only” approach in education and what is the importance of calling out cross linguistic connections for English learners? What is “metabilingual awareness” and how does it inform how we understand and develop language? How should equity be considered, both for students enrolling in dual language programs and in the recr…
 
Episode 37: Dr. Rosa Torres & Dr. Oscar Torres of Texoma Direct Primary Care - Burkburnett, TX. Joining their Daughter Dr. Kissi Blackwell on the airwaves, Dr. Rosa Torres and Dr. Oscar Torres share their story on today's episode! From a tumultuous journey from Nicaragua to the US, they share their journey to becoming physicians. They share how the…
 
What unique challenges and opportunities do parent-driven mentor programs pose for EL students and families? How can schools and districts create mission aligned programs that support ongoing goals while offering new opportunities? What existing district programs and community partnerships can schools tap into in order to create a more robust and s…
 
Episode 36: Dr. Kissi Blackwell of Clarity Direct Care - Wichita Falls, TX. If you've seen one DPC, you've seen one DPC. This is so true when it comes to Dr. Kissi Blackwell and how she got her start at Clarity Direct Care. Dr. Blackwell had 278 patients before she opened her doors. Hear her story where she talks about how she was "drinking from th…
 
How does “toxic stress” for students in the intersection of immigration and education manifest itself, and what are the long term effects it can have if not addressed? What are the most pressing concerns that educators have about their English learners as a result of the pandemic and what do they need to support them? How can educators, policy make…
 
Episode 35: Dr. Melissa Mondala & Dr. Micah Yu of Dr. Lifestyle Clinic - Newport Beach, CA. Husband and Wife team Dr. Melissa Mondala and Dr. Micah Yu are bringing so much value to their DPC where Dr. Mondala is a Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine Physician and Dr. Yu is an Integrative Rheumatologist. They discuss the formation of their clinic…
 
What tools can we provide teachers to help make their instruction as efficient and effective as possible - particularly as we transition between remote, hybrid and in person settings? How can we give quality formative assessments in a virtual, hybrid and in person settings to gauge student progress, especially for ELs? What strategies for front-loa…
 
Episode 34: Dr. Dr. Janet Arribas of Bahay Medical - New York, NY. Dr. Janet Arribas shares the vision she has to have a successful DPC above all else while facing the reality of what it is like to be an entrepreneur in the Direct Primary Care space. Located ON BROADWAY in New York City, her dream is to cater to the entertainment industry. No matte…
 
What effects do we see on educators from the second-hand trauma that they experience in the classroom? How can teachers best support their students to share their lived experiences and how can teachers respond when they do? Are there ways that the responses to trauma that immigrant children face can inform our response to the trauma students and te…
 
Episode 33: Dr. Vance Lassey of Holton Direct Care - Holton, KS. In today's episode, Dr. Lassey shares how he not only began to feel burntout in his first year as an employed Physician, he also looks back on the painful reality of missed time with his family as a result. He details how he made the transition from insurance-driven healthcare into hi…
 
What data can be used to measure learning loss in English learners, and what long term impacts are most pressing? How is tech being used to accelerate learning for ELs and empower students to continue their learning outside of class? How can building out a robust STEM program motivate students to develop foundational skills? We discuss these questi…
 
Episode 32: Dr. Lauren Hedde of Direct Doctors - East Greenwich, RI. Modeled after the Ideal Medical Practice, Dr. Lauren Hedde co-founded Direct Doctors in 2014. Focused on keeping overhead low and quality supreme, she has partnered with two other physicians (one of which is her Husband) and maintains a population of patients by harnessing the pow…
 
What family engagement strategies are most effective in linguistically diverse communities? How might we empower families and siblings to help support EL student outcomes? How might recent policy changes impact schools with significant refugee or immigrant populations and inform the future of education? We discuss these questions and more with Juli…
 
Episode 30: Dr. Jack Forbush of The Osteopathic Center for Family Medicine - Hampden, ME. Dr. Forbush has been practicing DPC for over seven years and his only regret is that he did not transition to DPC sooner. Though he is located in Hampden, Maine, he regularly travels to Paraguay to volunteer with the Andrea Ritz Clinic. He shares about his exp…
 
How can the challenges that teachers continue to face in remote classrooms lead to positive changes - particularly when it comes to facilitating discussions and practicing language? How can teachers set their English learners up for success, both with accessing academic vocabulary and creating lower-stakes entry points of participation for students…
 
Episode 29: Ankit Vaghasiya, RPh of Best Care Pharmacy - Ramona, CA. Ankit Vaghasiya is the owner of Best Care Pharmacy, a family-owned and operated pharmacy that offers services on a cash basis. Although he does take insurance, he focuses on working with cash pay patients and working with physicians who practice medicine through the DPC and direct…
 
What steps can we take to strategically support English learners through learning loss while also prioritizing social and emotional well-being? What approach can districts take with professional development to support educators in identifying learning loss and teaching language development in this environment? How can schools use this experience wi…
 
Episode 28: Dr. Natalie Gentile of Gentile Family Direct Primary Care - Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Gentile had planned her practice during residency and, a year after graduation and having her son Luca, opened Gentile Family Direct Primary Care in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. As President of the Direct Care Physicians of Pittsburgh, she has helped vacc…
 
What strategies can educators use in remote environments to increase learning capacity and promote student agency? What similarities and differences can we draw between what a language rich classroom looks and sounds like in-person versus virtually? How can routines support teachers and students when we transition back to in-person settings and beg…
 
Episode 27: Dr. Phil Eskew of DPC Frontier and ProactiveMD - Greenville, SC. Dr. Eskew's journey to becoming an MBA, JD and a DO is an amazing one. He shares where his inspiration came from that led to his chosen career. The interview is also jam packed with hot topics in DPC. He discusses using one's HSA, HIPAA, HITECH, when to opt out of Medicare…
 
How can incorporating routines into remote learning reduce stress and uncertainty for students while also supporting language development and discourse? What are some strategies that provide English learners with opportunities to develop mathematical thinking in remote and hybrid learning environments? How has the unfinished learning caused by the …
 
Episode 26: Dr. Dr. Bhavana Rao and Sunil Vasisht of Meridian Springs Primary Care - The Woodlands, TX. Since opening in May of 2017, Dr. Rao and Sunil have built Meridian Springs Primary Care from the ground up. After seeing that there was no potential for future happiness as a hospitalist, Dr. Rao decided that she would open her doors as an outpa…
 
How are educators reaching English Learners and bilingual students in a border district during a pandemic, both in addressing immediate needs for support and in looking ahead at the impact of learning loss on the future of instruction? What techniques can educators use to identify different types of bilingual learners and evaluate the effectiveness…
 
Episode 25: Dr. Catherine Agricola of Altucare Primary Medical Care - Newburgh, NY. Instead of finding DPC, Dr. Agricola shares how DPC found her and how she inherited her DPC clinic somewhat unexpectedly. Now, she has made the practice her own by adding personalized touches to her care because she is unencumbered by a corporation. She gives us a l…
 
How can districts, schools and educators identify and mitigate areas of Covid related learning loss among English learners? What is the role of professional learning in helping educators support English learners in content and language instruction as we trend toward more widespread in person learning? How can we be prepared to meet individual stude…
 
Episode 24: Dr. Adam Schulte of The Drop-In Doc - Yorba Linda, CA. Dr. Schulte has an innovative DPC practice inside of a CrossFit Gym in Southern California. Hear him share how he came to be a osteopathic family practitioner and CF-L2 trainer after dreaming of being an orthopedic surgeon for years. He describes how he became part of the CrossFit C…
 
What strategies can we use to help students overcome the significant challenges associated with learning in a remote environment? How can we implement tried and true strategies like sentence stems, anchors of support, choral reading and others to help strengthen English learners academic language skills? How might teachers use newly acquired skills…
 
Episode 23: Dr. Katriny Ikbal and her Husband Neer Patel of DirectMed DPC - Austin, TX. Together, these entrepreneurs opened DirectMed DPC six years ago. They talk about how their practice came to be as well as being a part of the DPC community in Austin. They discuss the growth of their practice and how that came to include building a boutique ben…
 
What can we learn from educators who have worked with English learners in hybrid learning models from the beginning of the pandemic? How can we use free built-in accessibility tools on devices to personalize learning for students? What are some simple strategies and tools we can implement to incorporate speaking, listening, reading and writing skil…
 
Episode 22: Dr. MaShira Jackson of Lutz Family Practice - Lutz, Florida. ***Please be aware there is explicit language in this episode.*** Dr. Jackson had always dreamed of owning her own peace and she shares the journey to doing just that. She had a soft opening of her DPC practice in 2015 and, after urgent care and locums positions, she has a phy…
 
Episode 21: Dr. Kate Snodgrass of First Primary Care - The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Snodgrass joined First Primary Care after having worked in fee for service clinics for years. One experience that changed her outlook on life and medicine was when she lived in Namibia where she served as a Peace Corps Medical Officer. After returning to the states, she e…
 
How can we go about converting top down approaches to professional learning to more relevant and engaging teacher centered sessions? What is the EdCamp model and how can it help structure professional learning opportunities to support teachers working with diverse groups of learnings? How can establishing relationships with community organizations …
 
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