About DirectMed DPC
Imagine having a deep relationship with your primary care physician:
A doctor who knows your health history and goals as well as they know their own.
A doctor who asks questions and truly listens during your hour-long visits.
A doctor who validates and affirms.
A doctor who is your confidante, coach, and collaborator in health.
Dr. Ikbal, Dr. Keller and Dr. Simmons also train with the Institute for Functional Medicine, which is a tremendous value we include in our membership fee for our patients.
Read on to learn more about the DirectMed DPC doctors. If you’re ready to book your free meet and greet, click here.
Dr. Katriny Ikbal
Founder & Family Medicine Physician
Like most physicians, DirectMed DPC founder and Board Certified Family Physician Dr. Katriny Ikbal went into medicine to help people. She got her start working in urgent care, and was quickly disillusioned with the way the healthcare system prioritized insurance companies over patients and providers. After one too many times feeling frustrated and helpless as she tried to comfort a crying patient within the confines of a seven minute visit – and with her hand literally on the door as 10 other patients waited for her – Dr. Ikbal knew there had to be a better way. She also knew practicing good medicine required an investment in the patient-physician relationship, and that wasn’t possible in the insurance-based model she had become trapped working within.
The direct primary care model was just the solution Dr. Ikbal was looking for. Direct primary care returns health care to its roots of patient-centered care. At DirectMed DPC, Dr. Ikbal is able to practice medicine as it should be practiced: in collaboration with the patient to achieve better health outcomes, and at a lower cost to both patient and physician. She is so grateful to be practicing within a direct primary care model, and truly feels like she is able to provide her patients with exceptional care to optimize long-term health.
Before founding DirectMed DPC, Dr. Ikbal received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin and attended Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ for medical school. She then trained here in Austin at the UT Southwestern Family Medicine residency program. When Dr. Ikbal is not serving her patients, she loves spending time with her family and two rescue dogs, traveling, watching movies, baking, and doing yoga.
Dr. Katie Keller
Family Medicine Physician
Dr. Katie Keller is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, and has been practicing holistic primary care in Austin, Texas for nearly a decade. Dr. Keller loves primary care for its whole person approach. She chose osteopathic medical school for its inherent philosophy that the body has the ability to heal itself, when given the right conditions. She believes that nutrition, movement, stress management, and mindfulness make up the foundation of healing.
Within her practice at DirectMed DPC, Dr. Keller loves working with her patients to meet their holistic health goals, whether that’s identifying the cause of an acute issue or coming up with a wellness plan for long-term disease prevention. She has continued her training with the Institute for Functional Medicine, and loves functional medicine for what its personalized and whole-person approach can offer her patients. Dr. Keller works in collaboration with her patients to meet whatever their health goals may be, and is particularly experienced with natural thyroid management and bio-identical hormone therapy.
Dr. Keller grew up in the Midwest and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Western Michigan University. Gradually making her way south, she attended Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, and then completed her residency at Bay Area Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dr. Keller now lives in Austin with her husband, daughter, and fluffy German shepherd. When she’s not caring for her patients, Dr. Keller enjoys cooking, running the trails, dancing, yoga, and live music.
Dr. Suzy Lessing
Internal Medicine Physician
Dr. Suzy Lessing was born in Phoenix, Arizona and completed college and medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson (Bear Down!). She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Colorado and has over a decade of experience in a variety of different primary care settings. She spent her early career in Denver serving patients and training medical students and residents. She then moved to South Carolina for two years and practiced at Brio Internal Medicine. Dr. Lessing and her family relocated to Austin in 2019 to be closer to family, breakfast tacos and the wonderful people of Austin.
Dr. Lessing enjoys taking the time to get to know each of her patients and helping to discuss prevention strategies and treatment plans that work best for each individual. She firmly believes that food and exercise are medicine and is driven to provide her patients with the knowledge and tools to be in the best possible health. As an internal medicine physician, Dr Lessing enjoys providing the full spectrum of care to adults. This ranges from acute care and preventative medicine to treatment of medically complex adults and the elderly. Dr. Lessing is experienced in providing gender affirming hormone therapy and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. Dr. Lessing is well-versed and passionate about treating common mental health disorders.
In her spare time, Dr. Lessing spends time with her two sons, Henry and Gus, and her husband, Collin. They enjoy spending time outside, playing at the park, building lego creations, and cooking plant based meals. She loves to run, lift weights, read books and eat at the fabulous restaurants this area has to offer.
Dr. Travis Simmons
New Braunfels Clinic (Opening 9.1.2022)
Dr. Travis Simmons is a soon-to-be Board Certified Family Physician. He was born in Texas but grew up in northern New Mexico, then obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas A&M University (whoop!) and met his wife, Sarah. Dr. Simmons attended medical school in San Antonio at the UT Health Science Center. He knew from the outset of medical school that he wanted to be a primary care doctor, and throughout his schooling was inspired by the holistic, community-focused approach taken by the family medicine doctors he worked with.
As a primary care doctor his passion is helping people find the path to health and wellness that fits them best. He pursued additional education in integrative medicine and functional medicine, which provide perspectives/tools not taught in traditional medical training.
During training, it was clear the trend in healthcare was toward higher costs, lower quality, and less time with patients. He joined DirectMed DPC because he believes that direct relationships with patients through direct primary care provides better quality at a better price for patients and more time for real relationships and good medicine.
Outside of medicine, his priority is his wife, son, and extended family. He loves any activity that immerses him in the natural world, especially gardening or fermenting foods like sauerkraut, beer, and kimchi.
Head of Operations & Employer Benefits Consultant
Neer, besides being Dr. Ikbal’s husband, is responsible for the business side of things. He’s an engineer by trade, but an entrepreneur at heart. He also comes from a long line of physicians, so he understands Dr. Ikbal’s desire to get family medicine back to what it used to be—real patient-doctor relationships. Neer works hard to integrate technology into the practice that will make those relationships stronger and more convenient for DirectMed DPC’s patients. In 2020, Neer also founded Virtuous Benefits which is a boutique health insurance agency that helps teach employers a powerful, long-term strategy of how to break free from the broken health insurance system.
Patient Care Liaison
Raiza has had a knack for innovation and initiative her whole life. Inspired by her desire to help out others, she ventured to telemedicine and decided that it is time to level up. From being a clinical nurse, she became a clinical care support staff and assisted visiting doctors in the care of patients.
Being a clinical care support staff to these doctors in this kind of setup made her exceptional in the following aspects multitasking, communication, flexibility, and new learnings. Her keen attention to detail is also outstanding. Receiving verbal orders and relaying them to parties concerned is one of her best tools along with supervising a small group of clinical care support staff who have that same responsibility as hers for other providers.
This is her secret. In the face of adversity, she is known to strategize and give her best. Her experience as a nurse in the clinical setting and as virtual clinical support has made her equipped in dealing with patients with vigor and utmost professionalism in order to get the task done. She is more than ready to become your virtual assistant.
More About Direct Primary Care
Direct Primary Care is an innovative primary care model being embraced by patients, physicians, employers, payers and policymakers across the United States. The defining element of DPC is an enduring and trusting relationship between a patient and his or her primary care doctor. In DPC unwanted service incentives are replaced with a simple flat monthly or annual fee. This empowers the doctor/patient relationship and is the key to achieving superior health outcomes, lower costs and an enhanced patient experience.https://www.dpcare.org/