Direct Primary Care Doctor
Dr. Aleea Gupta is a board-certified family physician who completed her undergraduate education at Duke University, medical degree at University of Florida and residency at Overlook Hospital/Columbia University. She has worked in multiple settings in the past 25 years, including as an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, as a partner physician at Southern Permanente California Medical Group, and as a staff physician at Doctors Immediate Care, Illinois.
In 2018, she learned about the direct primary care (DPC) model from a colleague and decided to open the first DPC practice in her county.
She did not have a patient or referral base in her town, and thus had to build her DPC practice from the ground up.
Dr. Gupta used in-person and social media marketing to successfully fill her DPC practice in three years. Through trial and error, she discovered the key steps that DPC physicians need to take to in order to use social medial to get patients to join their practices. Dr. Gupta is also passionate about spreading awareness about the DPC model to medical students and residents. She has used social media to showcase the strengths and values of DPC, and has lectured about DPC to several future physician groups, both virtually and in-person. Her goal is to help further the Direct Primary Care movement in Chicagoland, the state of Illinois and beyond. Dr. Gupta is married to a retina surgeon, has two children and in her free time enjoys reading, watching foreign films and studying Spanish.
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Welcome to the podcast,
Dr. Gupta. Thank you so much for having me Maryelle I'm so excited to be
here. You are back on the podcast, if you haven't yet checked out Dr. Gupta's podcast, with Alex Torres in regards to marketing, please go check that out.
But, It was such a pleasure to. share the stage with you at the DPC summit in Kansas city. And, you know, I, I really love that people got a little bit of your story from your initial podcast, as well as at the summit. But now this space is for you to really highlight you as a physician and to share, but more about your practice.
So with that, I wanted to get into first your journey, because as was shared in your bio and your credentials, you've been all over the place. So to speak, in terms of growing up, you were, you were moving to different places and training. You've trained in different states and practice in different states.
So can you just bring us back to your entrance into medicine and how your journey eventually led you to your DP?
Thank you so much for having me Maryelle it is such a treat to be on the podcast. I'm a huge fan. I've just watched it grow and explode. And I just think what you're doing in this space is phenomenal.
I'm glad you're getting all the recognition that this podcast deserves, and I'm just excited to see it spread even further through the DPC world and just the medical community in the coming year. So thanks again for having me. so I feel that I'm on the older spectrum of doctors in the DPC space. I turned 50 this year and I've basically been in practice since the late nineties.
Um, going back to my childhood. I think I was just destined to be a kind of a nomad or a gypsy. my I'm originally from Guyana in south America. Um, I was born there and I'm the fifth generation of Indian, descent, in my family, in guy. And there weren't a lot of opportunities for, um, people in the seventies.
You were basically gonna be, in whichever station we were born into and my parents really wanted to look for other opportunities and at the time, um, the middle east was hiring. And so my dad took us across to Saudi Arabia and I lived most of my childhood in Saudi Arabia where he was teaching, um, English to college level students.
So I spent most of my childhood in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. And then when I finished school over there, I moved to, um, south Florida. And that was my first entrance into the United States. But I come from a family that has, many, many teachers. Literally only one other physician. Who's about 10 years older than me and is a male cousin.
So the idea of me becoming a doctor to me, I was always an underdog. It was sort of like, you know, a, a pie in the sky. There were no role models. There were no one, there was no one else in my family who had, um, entered medicine. And of course in this, this is now what the eighties, um, in the eighties as an immigrant, um, it was, it, it was just kind of an unknown territory.
Um, I think my parents just let me apply to college. They never looked at my applications. There was no college counselor helping you in the essay. None of that. I just kind of filled them out and sent them in and saw what happened. So I didn't grow up thinking I was gonna be a doctor. I went off to college, just kind of interested in stem and then I fell in love with psychiatry.
So I decided I'm going to med school to be a psychiatrist, and that's what I'm gonna do. And then once I got there, I realized that it's great, but working with psych patients has a particularly unique stress because the majority of people you look after you're gonna have this, like alternate reality with them as patients and, you may always be questioning, what's happening to them because the nature of the illnesses you're looking after are all mental health based.
And so I wanted to round that out with just things that were more straightforward. Coughs and colds and, you know, gyny and all the other things we love in family medicine, but then of course still have the chance to do plenty of psych. So that's why in my fourth