Episode 86: Dr. Erica Young (She/Her) of Relief DPC - Whitemarsh Island, GA

Direct Primary Care Doctor, Integrative Family Medicine

Dr. Young of Relief DPC
Dr. Erica Young

Dr. Erica Young graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama and completed Family Medicine residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

As a component of her residency training, Dr Young completed the requirements for a Certificate in Integrative Medicine awarded by The University of Arizona.

She lives on Whitemarsh with her husband and daughters.

She opened Relief DPC July 9, 2018.

In today's episode, Dr. Young shares how she went from being a public school teacher to med school and then how she was able to open directly out of residency. She knew very early on in her medical career that DPC was the only way she could practice autonomously in her community. She shares how her DPC supports all through affirming care wherever her patients are in their mental and physical health journeys. She talks about how she has been able to guide the insurance underwriting community to help grow DPC within her own community and she shares how life can be like when you practice on your own terms.


The Straight For Equality Ally Spectrum & Associated Resources

Types of Membership Offered At Relief DPC
List of memberships including LGBTQ-friendly care
Inclusive Membership Plans at Relief Direct Primary Care

Dr. Young's Logo for Relief Direct Primary Care

Dr. Young's logo design evolution
The evolution of Dr. Young's logo

Dr. Young finding her logo in her community on a motorized scooter!
Dr. Young finding her logo in her community!


Dr. Young's self-esteem journal

An example of a Self-Esteem Journal
A Self-Esteem Journal example used by Dr. Young


Dr. Young's Note Templates (Adult + Peds)


The Med Pride Caduceus Pin



DPC Docs FB Group

DPC Summit




Website: https://www.reliefdpc.com


Ph: (912) 999-8617


FB Group: Relief DPC Integrative Family Medicine

FB Business Page: Relief Direct Primary Care

IG: @reliefdpc


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Welcome to the podcast Dr. Young, thank you so much for having me. I've been looking forward to it all day. Your intro really just charged me up and it is so wonderful to have you on the podcast. I wanted to start with flushing out. What was it like at the beginning of your DPC journey? Well, the very first introduction that I had to this type of medicine was in an elective during medical school.

It was at a clinic in Birmingham called the McMan clinic. And James McMan is a family medicine physician. He did no insurance billing. He saw about six to eight patients a day, sat down with them each for an hour. He included things like lifestyle, exercise, nutrition, intimacy, social, and spiritual growth, emotional growth.

And my time with him, I loved it. It was very different than the other clinics that I had spent time with during medical school. So that was my first introduction to a. Traditional clinic next. I was at my residency clinic and I quickly realized this is not for me. I was being told you talk too much to your patients.

You put things in the note that we can't bill for things like their sources of joy and their passion and their support systems. And that's the type of medicine I wanted to practice. So I attended the 2016, a a F P resident in medical student conference in Kansas city. And at that conference, Dr. Ryan Kaufman of Hickory medical DPC offered a session.

I went to that session and everything. He said, I was eating up. I was like, this is the type of clinic I'm going to have. Next. I go to the DPC summit in Washington, DC, the summer of 2017. And I literally cried most of the time and I was crying. It makes me wanna cry right now. Was that the room was full of people doing what I wanted to do.

I'm gonna get my emotions under check, but literally those people were talking about their clinics. They loved what they were doing. They loved their careers. And I knew I could do it so many people at my residency doubted that this was a possibility right out of residency and that it would even be a success.

I had one attending tell me, you'll come begging me for a job in six months. You know, it's too much to try to own your own practice. But the DPC docs community led me to my clinic today. You know, as you were getting emotional, the first thought that came to my mind was you don't see a fee for service doctor, typically crying about how happy they are in their job.

So that in and of itself just speaks volumes as to how this movement really allows us to be the physicians we were meant to be. And, you know, I, I wanna drop here that it is so important to what you said about how you learned about this in rotations, but also through a resident focused summit mm-hmm and then beyond in the DBC summit.

And I, I would love to pick Dr. Kaufman's brain as to how he got into the resident summit, because just recently I reached out to the California AFP resident summit organizer, and I said, Hey, you know, Is there a way to get DPC in, in this summit. And we have set up a table with at least three physicians, three DPC physicians going to talk to residents and medical students.

And that is definitely a way to, you know, take charge in your own community, whether that be on the state level or whether that be on, you know, your local medical school level or whatever it is. But I, I challenge people after you said that to think about how they can reach out to medical students and residents and other, you know, always other physicians who are in fee for service, who are unhappy because in primary care, we see the trends going down in terms of number of people choosing primary care as a profession.

And. We can't have that happen. That's just my personal opinion as a family physician. But yes, I completely agree. I think we need to wrap our arms around the third year medical students and get them excited about family medicine. And what I've done is the family medicine rotation at my local medical school sends the students once a rotation as a field trip to my office.

They come in, we sit down in the casual, what I call my living room of my clinic. And we talk about all the things DPC. Most of them have never heard of it. Most of them have already been exposed to some unhappy physicians in the rotations, and they see me beaming with pride for my office and I walk them through what it means to be a direct primary care physician, what it means for my patients.

And that's the time that we need to rope 'em in and get 'em excited about the possibilities of a long career in primary care. And just the importance of getting them at that stage. Cause a third year resident is too late, not too late permanently, but you know, it's not the time to grab 'em it's time.

It's you need to grab them that third year before they determine what they're going to be when they grow up and teach them that this is a possibility and not just for family medicine, but for internal medicine, pediatrics, even surgery in that kind of connects to the direct specialty care, which we have one here in Savannah, um, an endocrinologist doing it with you, having medical students.

And I absolutely love that because that's really how we grow this community is getting people involved at a young age and getting them enthusiastic and planning for DPC at that young age. Like it, like you pointed out I'm sure one of the things that they love about your clinic is the uniqueness of it.

So can you share about how your DPC really represents the community that it's in. Yes, I can. I think one of the coolest things about DPC offices is that each one is his own place, his own person, and it can reflect who the doctor is. So you bring in to your clinic, all of your life experi