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Episode 17: Dr. Doug Farrago of Authentic Medicine and Formerly of Forest DPC - Forest, VA

Updated: Feb 24, 2021

Direct Primary Care Doctor

Dr. Farrago is not only a Physician but also a Father and an inventor.
Dr. Doug Farrago

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 then in Forest, Virginia. He founded Forest Direct Primary Care in 2014, which quickly filled in 18 months.  Dr. Farrago invented the Knee Saver, a padding that relieves knee stress in baseball catchers, while he was in medical school. The original Knee Saver is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is also the inventor of the Cryohelmet worn by people for migraines, heat recovery and head injuries. Dr. Farrago created the Placebo Journal in 2001 and ran it until 2011.  His first book, the Placebo Chronicles, was published by Broadway Books. 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.

Resources mentioned by Dr. Farrago:

- The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

- DPC Alliance - The Direct Primary Care (DPC) Alliance is a grassroots, non-profit organization providing vision, leadership, and guidance about Direct Primary Care through physician-led education, mentorship, advocacy, and organizational intelligence.

- The Consumer Guide to Primary Care (including DOWNLOADABLE PDF): LINK HERE

- (where you can purchase the three Best Selling Books on Running a Direct Primary Care Practice, see covers below)

Dr. Farrago featured as the Keynote Speaker for the

Nuts and Bolts Conference in 2017:

Dr. Farrago presenting with Dr. Allison Edwards on

How to Market Your Practice at the Nuts and Bolts Conference in 2018:


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