Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

You can find the best series of podcasts on DPC right here at My DPC Story. This week we highlight:

Dr. Kissi Blackwell graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas in 2006 and from John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency in 2009. 

She practiced for 5 years in Fort Worth at John Peter Smith Hospital and moved back to her hometown of Wichita Falls in 2014. 

After almost 3 years of working with United Regional Physician Group, she ventured to open her own direct primary care practice and bring a new kind of healthcare to the Wichita Falls area. 

She has been serving as the DPC Alliance secretary since Dec 2020. 

She opened Clarity Direct Care in 2017!

In her interview she shares how she had 278 patients before she even opened her doors. She shares about how she made the transition to DPC and how she’s been able to pivot on many issues; she has had to make lots of changes on her journey to DPC like selling her Escalade (only to buy yet another when she was in the black) and moving her clinic within 90 days to a new location! 

Resources mentioned by Dr. Blackwell:

– For marketing, Alexa Torres, Kissi’s Cousin, over at

– Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

– Sphenocaths for sphenopalatine ganglion blocks (point of clarification: 

Dr. Blackwell notes in the interview she reuses sphenocaths only after they are cleaned but of

note, she only reuses a single sphenocath on the same patient.

– Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) classes she took: 

– Univ. of South Carolina POCUS course

– Global Ultrasound Institute course

– DPC Alliance

– DPC Alliance Masterminds

– DPC University (and a FB video walkthrough here)

– DPC Alliance Startup Checklist

– DPC Alliance Grand Rounds on Facebook


15190cookie-checkMy DPC Story Podcast: Dr. Kissi Blackwell of Clarity Direct Care – Wichita Falls, TX

By Doug Farrago

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 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.

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