Direct Speciality Care Alliance

Founders

FOUNDERS OF DIRECT SPECIALTY CARE ALLIANCE

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. 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.
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. Along this journey, Dr. Girnita found incredible people that were instrumental in this move towards her practice.
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.
She returned to Kansas City to complete an additional three years of specialized medical training and met and married her husband, Jeff Kenney. In 2014 Jeff and Lara moved back to Jeff’s hometown of Clinton Missouri, to raise a family.
In 2018, while looking to leave her employed position, a former classmate provided her with an initial introduction to the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model.  She dove into the world of DPC, reading, researching and networking and started her Internal Medicine DPC practice, Leeton Medical, in Jan of 2019.   This eventually led to the realization that this same practice model could also provide accessible, affordable, superior, Hematology Oncology and Palliative Care to her community.   In 2020 she resigned from employment, and began developing the specialty part of her direct care practice.
Apart from her passion to transform medicine, her other pursuits include horse training, farm life, delicious food, and raising a family.

Meet Our Team

Who we are
Sandra Bells
Caregiver
Rose Mason
Physician
Lilian Terry
Manager

Frequently Asked

Questions
What do you need to know about PathWell Senior Care Center?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, saepe invidunt apeirian pri ut, pri dicat dicit consetetur an, eu cum utinam ornatus. Per an tantas democritum, cu mea utinam urbanitas assueverit, ex homero adolescens referrentur ius.

Who is eligible to receive assistance?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, saepe invidunt apeirian pri ut, pri dicat dicit consetetur an, eu cum utinam ornatus.

Who can contribute to the PathWell Foundation?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, saepe invidunt apeirian pri ut, pri dicat dicit consetetur an, eu cum utinam ornatus. Per an tantas democritum, cu mea utinam urbanitas assueverit, ex homero adolescens referrentur ius.

How do I know if my loved one is ready for a skilled nursing facility?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, saepe invidunt apeirian pri ut, pri dicat dicit consetetur an, eu cum utinam ornatus. Per an tantas democritum.

Contact Us

Stay in touch