Episode 89: Dr. Allison Edwards (She/Her) of Kansas City DPC - Kansas City, KS

Updated: Aug 6

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Dr. Allison Edwards

Dr. Allison Edwards aims to change the manner in which healthcare is delivered, putting the emphasis on keeping people well rather than solely stepping in and treating the sick.

Originally from Lawrence, Dr. Edwards spent her undergraduate years at Drake University in Des Moines, IA before returning to Kansas City for medical school at the University of Kansas. From there, she completed her residency and served as Chief Resident at the University of Colorado in Denver, CO where she also was awarded the Larry Green Award for Leadership, Scholarship and Vision. In addition to her role at KCDPC (now merged with Health Suite 101), she provides locum tenens coverage for rural hospitals and ERs across the Midwest as a board-certified family physician and serves as a Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Kansas and a Volunteer Clinical Instructor for the University of Colorado, allowing her to continue to educate the next generation of healers. She also provides consulting services for healthcare technology startups (Sesame is a proud example), writes for the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is a nationally featured speaker on the subject of healthcare reform.

In her free time, she loves spending time with family and pursuing hobbies including travel, gardening, cooking, being outdoors (backcountry camping and skiing are top choices), and enjoying a cup of coffee, ideally while reading the (real! printed!) newspaper.





The AAFP National Conference for Residents & Medical Students

Many Maps, One Aim: Charting a Course to Family Medicine



The Larry A. Green Center Person-Centered Primary Care Measure


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Welcome to the podcast Dr.

Edwards. Hi, thanks for having

me. Your journey has definitely taken you very far from Lawrence, Kansas, where you grew up.

And so I wanted to start with something that was really, really impactful. Last year in Forbes magazine, you were quoted. Around sesames raising 24 million for, their venture, but the quote that you said was the insurance system is so opaque and full of hopes to jump through.

It's no different on the doctor's side than on the patient's side. We are equally frustrated with how poor of an experience working with insurance is. So given that DPC is your why, as you explained in your opening statement, this is so appropriate. And so, you saying how the doctors, as well as the patients are experiencing frustration, really highlights, , the, the why of this movement.

So I wanna ask, can you give us a little bit of a picture of your history and medicine and beyond so we can understand where you came from and how you came to this.