Episode 85: Dr. Tiffanny Blythe (She/Her) of Blue Family Medicine - Lee's Summit, MO

Direct Primary Care Doctor


Dr. Blythe is a DPC physician
Dr. Tiffany Blythe, DO

Dr. Tiffanny Blythe grew up in rural Alabama idolizing the rural country docs. She had an early passion for medicine and dreamed of providing simple, life-saving care for everyday people. While getting her degree in biomedical sciences from the University of South Alabama, she held multiple leadership roles and volunteer positions. She went on to get a Master of Educational Psychology from the University of Alabama simply for the joy of learning. In medical school, she wanted to focus on how to care for humans, not simply how to cure diseases. She found that at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Here she also learned to use her hands in what is called osteopathic medicine to diagnose and treat what the body knows is wrong but what cannot be detected by labs and xrays. Simultaneously, she obtained a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Leadership from Rockhurst University.

After this solid foundation in business and medicine, she was fortunate to learn from the compassionate, highly-skilled leaders at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency to hone her skills and broaden her knowledge of primary care, including hospital medicine and obstetrics. Dr. Blythe is proud to offer superior, full-spectrum primary care for everyone in the family. She finds all aspects of medicine fascinating and loves the variety that family medicine provides. But her greatest joy is in providing women’s health and helping a family welcome it’s newest member into the world.

She opened Blue Lotus Family Medicine in July 2017.



 



 

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Website: Blue Lotus Family Medicine

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I decided to open a DPC clinic, quit my well paying corporate job because there was no other option for me at the time. My options were leave medicine altogether or find a better way to do it and so I am ecstatic five years later to still be doing Direct Primary Care because it allows me to be a full human, a mom, a wife, a as well as a competent engaged doctor and patients to simultaneously access, helpful healthcare and truly that's the way the system should be.


I'm so to be doing this. I am Dr. Tiffanny Blythe of Blue Lotus Family Medicine and this is my DPC story.


Welcome to the podcast Dr. Place.


Thank you so much. I'm happy to be here.


So I think this is such an exciting interview. You know, one, because, you are just outside of Kansas city where the summit will be happening, but also because you have roots in Alabama and our last podcast featured Dr. Kyle Adams in Auburn, Alabama, and as somebody who during pride month during this time of, you know, tumultuous everything in our country, I love that you're coming onto the podcast to share how you've applied your training in business, your training


in psychology, you're training in medicine, you're training in osteopathy and taking it all and making your DPC a place where you can practice all of those things for every single patient. So again, thank you for being here.


Thanks. And as I mentioned, you're in Lee's summit, Missouri.


So for those people who are on, are not familiar with the geography there, can you share a little bit more about Lee summit? What's the population like and where, in terms of where your practices are there other DPCs around you or other corporate medicine, locations around you?


Yes. So I feel really fortunate to be in the area that I'm in.


I call Kansas city DPC. Because there are tons of other DPCs within a very short drive and we actually do get together quite frequently. So there's a lot of communion. There's a lot of sharing of resources. Teaching, you know, from the older, the people who have been doing this longer than we have.


So, this community is so great to do DPC, but it's also, I was a little worried when I first started DPC because there are also a lot of hospital systems. And they've purchased, you know, pretty much all of the private practice doctors at this point. So what I was most worried about. When I was thinking about transitioning to DPC was actually losing community with other physicians.


Because I was like, well, I'm going to be by myself. It's going to be a solo office. I'm not really connected to anybody. But it's fine. I'll just have to figure it out. You know, I have to do this. And so, and now I have a better community of physician colleagues and friends than I ever could have imagined otherwise.


I totally agree. And you, before we started recording, we were talking about our why's and in terms of this podcast, that the community, I feel it really is so lively and so supportive because one, we have a shared, experience in fee for service. For the most part. Some people don't have experience after residency, but still they understand the hamster wheel, the golden handcuffs.


And because we have this shared background to build off of, plus we have the time and we love our practices. We have the time to be part of the community versus in fee for service we're.


So I got to do my charts. I can't talk to you. I have to be done with them in 72 hours. So I totally agree with you there.


And I find that actually is a really surprising, valuable piece of DPC because. As we know primary care has been devalued extraordinarily over the decades. But when primary care doctors were more integral, there was a community doctor and everybody, you know, they were part of boards and volunteer committees.


And, you know, everybody knew a doctor and we rubbed elbows regularly. But now corporate medicine is so grueling. Literally nobody has time for that anymore. And anytime we do show our face, it is mandated and it's usually unpleasant. And we're usually, uh, having to burn the candle at both ends to make that happen.


So I really enjoy that. I'm able to be a physician and a voice for the community and a resource for patients for good medical information.


And now you mentioned, you know, what, what medicine used to be like for the primary care physician. And I want to go back to your roots specifically, because like was mentioned in your bio, you grew up in rural Alabama and you were idolizing the rural country doc.


So can you tell us about what you saw when you were growing up that made you idolize these people who were rural


doctors? Yeah, we grew up in a really small town. And so, you know, it's one of those places where everybody knows everybody and the doctors were revered.