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Diana Girnita , MD, PhD

Dr. Diana Girnita is a board-certified Rheumatology and Internal Medicine physician licensed in multiple US states. She was born and raised in Romania. Dr. Girnita is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Craiova, Romania. She is the first physician in her family.
In 2005, Dr. Girnita moved to the US to pursue her passion for medicinal research. She is an MD and has a Ph.D. in Transplant Immunology. For the next 5 years, Dr. Girnita had the opportunity to better understand the genetics impact on the heart transplanted patients, first during a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, followed by the University of Pittsburgh.
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In 2011, she resumed clinical training in the US, first pursuing internal medicine, then a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. After building a successful private practice in Cincinnati, Dr. Girnita realized that traditional clinical medicine comes with many restraints. From long waiting times for her patients to be scheduled, to short time spent with the patient, more and more time documenting (to be reimbursed) to no ability to disclose or control the costs and limitations to see a physician by insurance companies.
Along this journey, Dr. Girnita found incredible people that were instrumental in this move towards her practice.

Dr. Girnita was always passionate about technology, innovation and she looked into alternatives that can help her patients. She realized that we all use a fantastic tool to complete many of our interactions with the world, from banking, to shopping to communication: the smartphone. In 2019 she decided to build her own telemedicine company specialized in the management of rheumatology patients. Her goal was to practice medicine, patient-centered, affordably, and transparently. After 6 months of intense research, in April 2020, the Rheumatologist Oncall company was launched. 

Dr. Girnita quickly realized that many other specialists were struggling with burnout and restraints and were interested in starting to practice medicine again. She connected with many specialists and gave or received advice about the best ways to practice direct care. In a few months, she realized that direct care is a movement and needs additional advocacy and support. Drs. Lou Flaspohler and Lara Briseno Kenny were instrumental in helping put together the first Direct Care Specialty Alliance.

Dr. Diana Girnita believes in the power of people with a vision that can lead with compassion and is grateful for her family, friends, and colleagues.

drdiana1

Diana Girnita , MD, PhD

Dr. Diana Girnita is a board-certified Rheumatology and Internal Medicine physician licensed in multiple US states. She was born and raised in Romania. Dr. Girnita is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Craiova, Romania. She is the first physician in her family.
In 2005, Dr. Girnita moved to the US to pursue her passion for medicinal research. She is an MD and has a Ph.D. in Transplant Immunology. For the next 5 years, Dr. Girnita had the opportunity to better understand the genetics impact on the heart transplanted patients, first during a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, followed by the University of Pittsburgh.
Read more
In 2011, she resumed clinical training in the US, first pursuing internal medicine, then a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. After building a successful private practice in Cincinnati, Dr. Girnita realized that traditional clinical medicine comes with many restraints. From long waiting times for her patients to be scheduled, to short time spent with the patient, more and more time documenting (to be reimbursed) to no ability to disclose or control the costs and limitations to see a physician by insurance companies.
Along this journey, Dr. Girnita found incredible people that were instrumental in this move towards her practice.

Dr. Girnita was always passionate about technology, innovation and she looked into alternatives that can help her patients. She realized that we all use a fantastic tool to complete many of our interactions with the world, from banking, to shopping to communication: the smartphone. In 2019 she decided to build her own telemedicine company specialized in the management of rheumatology patients. Her goal was to practice medicine, patient-centered, affordably, and transparently. After 6 months of intense research, in April 2020, the Rheumatologist Oncall company was launched. 

Dr. Girnita quickly realized that many other specialists were struggling with burnout and restraints and were interested in starting to practice medicine again. She connected with many specialists and gave or received advice about the best ways to practice direct care. In a few months, she realized that direct care is a movement and needs additional advocacy and support. Drs. Lou Flaspohler and Lara Briseno Kenny were instrumental in helping put together the first Direct Care Specialty Alliance.

Dr. Diana Girnita believes in the power of people with a vision that can lead with compassion and is grateful for her family, friends, and colleagues.

Lara Briseno Kenney, MD

Dr. Lara Briseno Kenney is a board certified Internal Medicine physician with sub specialty board certifications in Hematology, Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Care.

Born and raised on the West Coast, she moved to the Midwest in 1997 to attend Medical School in Kansas City.

After attending and graduating from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, she entered into active duty in the United States Army. During her 7 years in the Army she deployed several times in support of the Military Police at the Battalion and Brigade level.

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