#97: Katherine Devine: Building a DPC Clinic from a Patient Load of Zero


Katherine Devine, MSN, BSN, CNP and owner of Well Life ABQ speaks with Jason A. Duprat, Entrepreneur, Healthcare Practitioner and Host of the Healthcare Entrepreneur Academy Podcast about how she built her Direct Primary Care (DPC) clinic. Katherine talks about how the DPC model can offer cost savings to patients and how it addresses some of the larger problems we’re currently facing in the healthcare system.


Episode Highlights:

  • Where did Katherine grow up and what was her upbringing like?

  • What was her Army experience like and which program was she in? 

  • What would Katherine say to anyone considering an Army or ROTC career choice?

  • What was Katherine’s thought process when she was applying to graduate school?

  • What is her definition of integrative medicine and how does that practice model differ from a traditional practice model?

  • What was Katherine's overall experience working at her first integrative practice? Who did she work under?

  • When did she start her clinic and what was the startup practice like?

  • What were some of her considerations when choosing the location of her clinic?

  • Is her EMR specific for DPC? 

  • How does the DPC model work? What are typical monthly patient fees for this type of service?

  • How does the 24/7 access work?

  • Is there a directory where patients can look for a DPC provider?

  • What did her clinic's growth look like? How did Katherine find her initial patients and how did she scale up?

  • What does the process of contracting with a lab look and are there special requirements? 

  • If somebody wants to start a business following the DPC model, what would Katherine recommend?


3 Key Points:

  1. DPC clinics can offer a lot of primary care to individuals at any income level. The cost savings on tests can be staggering.

  2. You can build a client base from nothing by giving talks in your community and bringing  on small groups and/or families at the same time. 

  3. Consider innovative ways to assess the skills for the people you hire and the team you build. 

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “It's criminal what's happening with the markups in the insurance world. People feel like they can't get any healthcare if they don't have insurance and they can.” – Katherine Devine

  • “If you're stuck, write that business plan because that will get you moving.” – Katherine Devine


Resources Mentioned:

  • Well Life ABQ Facebook


  • Well Life email 


  • IV Therapy Academy


  • The Evolution of Medicine (book)


  • The DPC Journal


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