Doug Farrago, MD
Douglas Farrago MD 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.
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.
Douglas Farrago, MD received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia in 1987, his Masters of Education degree in the area of Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 1990, and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston in 1994. His residency training occurred way up north at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. In his final year, he was elected Chief Resident by his peers. Dr. Farrago has practiced family medicine for twenty-three years, first in Auburn, Maine and now in Forest, Virginia. He founded Forest Direct Primary Care in 2014, which quickly filled in 18 months. Dr. Farrago still blogs every day on his website Authenticmedicine.com and lectures worldwide about the present crisis in our healthcare system and the effect it has on the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Farrago’s has written three books on direct primary care: The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice, The Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Daily Motivational Journal and Slowing the Churn in Direct Primary Care (While Also Keeping Your Sanity) are all best sellers in this genre. He is a leading expert in direct primary care model and lectures medical students, residents, and doctors on how to start their own DPC practice. He retired from clinical medicine in October, 2020.
Debbie Farrago, M. Ed
Debbie Farrago was the practice manager at Forest Direct Primary Care for six years. She was the backbone behind the operation who is credited with keeping Dr. Farrago organized and on task while also helping to create their successful practice (He has problems with that). Debbie received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1986 and her Masters of Education in 1992. She is the mother of three great kids whom she was fortunate to be able to stay at home with and raise. Starting Forest Direct Primary Care with her husband was her first foray into the medical field but one she gladly jumped at in order for her and her husband’s dream to come true.
Kenneth Qiu, MD
Dr. Qiu will be moderating our Resident and Student section. Kenneth Qiu, MD is a PGY-3 family medicine resident who is opening a DPC practice in the Richmond area July 2021. He has been involved with the DPC community since medical school and has worked to increase awareness of DPC for medical students and residents across the country. He’s presented at two previous DPC Summits, serves as a steering member of the DPC Coalition, and is also an innovation consultant to the AAFP.
Tic is our anchorman for DPC News Television. He has been in broadcasting for over thirty years. He has worked as an announcer, disc jockey, and newsman for stations from California to New York City. After retiring in 2007 he has graciously accepted our offer to host our show on a sporadic basis. He is an avid fan of Direct Primary Care and parrots.
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