Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

Dr. Vasanth Kainkaryam (KINE-CURRY-UM) completed his undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences and in Linguistics at Cornell University and went on to pursue his M.D. at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He subsequently trained at Baystate Medical Center/Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and then went on to pursuing a degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, focusing on Health Administration Informatics.

He has special interests in shared medical appointments, innovative health care delivery models, patient education, deaf health, adult survivors of childhood illnesses, and especially the application of technology in health care delivery. He carries academic appointments as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter School of Medicine as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UConn School of Medicine.

In his prior practices, including Hartford HealthCare, Iora Health, and First Choice Health Centers, where he has held roles as a Physician and Regional Medical Director, Medical Director, and Chief Medical Officer, respectively,, he has had extensive experience in developing shared medical appointments, helping advise development of electronic health records and patient based communications, and developing Telehealth strategies. While with Iora, he also was the Director for the Fellowship in Primary Care Leadership and Innovation. He has led very successful site visits by HRSA, The Joint Commission, and the Provider Transformation Network, and has led federal grant applications for innovative educational programs.

He is a father of 3 daughters, ranging from 9 years old to 9 months old, and is a husband to an Anesthesiologist. In his spare time, he enjoys writing (his first book is entitiled Suprabhatam), loves traveling the world, learning about different cultures and languages, listening to Indian classical music, and has a passion for baking mini-cupcakes. He speaks Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, French, has basic conversational proficiency in American Sign Language, and has studied Latin as well.

He opened 4 Elements DPC in November 2019.

In today’s episode, Dr. Kainkaryam shares about his DPC practice that he opened a day after he left his previous job. He shares his experience transitioning from being an employed physician to being his own boss opening his practice with the design of his ikigai in mind!


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By Maryal Concepcion, MD

A Sacramento native, Dr. Maryal Concepcion is a Filipinx creator and connector. She attended the University of California at Davis where she graduated in 2005 with a double major in Anthropology (BS) and Evolution & Ecology (BA). She had an unforgettable time as a California transplant when she got her MD at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. It was there she discovered hayrack rides, found her Husband, Dr. Jeremiah Fillo, and discovered her love of rural family medicine. Her residency training was in the unopposed family medicine program at Doctors Medical Center, Modesto, a training extension through the UC Davis Medical School. During her time in training, she returned to rural Superior Nebraska to complete proficiency training in performing colonoscopies as part of her rural family medicine concentration. After residency, she moved to Arnold, CA where she worked under the fee for service model with her Husband doing full-scope care for over five years. Though grateful for her experience in this role, she was driven to seek a better way of life and a desire to practice insurance-free medicine and that was when she discovered DPC. She is the founder and host of the podcast My DPC Story, a weekly podcast that educates and inspires by featuring DPC and direct care physicians. Find it at and on all major podcasting platforms. Most recently, she became the CEO and wearer-of-all-the-other-hats at Big Trees MD, the first Direct Primary Care in Arnold, a rural town of 4,000 in the Stanislaus National Forest located in Northern California. Her clinic was created as a telemedicine and home visit model without a brick and mortar space. But, the title she is most proud of is being a Mama to Asher & Nolan, her two ridiculously awesome and cuddly boys!

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