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Primary Care Podcast

Primary Care Podcast

By Dr. Ross Tanick
Hi I’m Ross Tanick, DO, family medicine resident at Swedish Medical Center in Colorado. This podcast features interviews and stories with physicians from a variety of backgrounds and involved in many different styles of practice (mental health, addiction and pain, rural practice, OMM/OMT, geriatrics, pediatrics, lifestyle med, preventive medicine, etc). We dive into the journey to become a physician and choosing a specialty, as well as hear fun stories and compelling cases being presented. No matter your interest in medicine, I think you’ll find it interesting.
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Gretchen Frey, MD – hormone therapy, gender-affirming care, sexual pain disorders
Hormone therapy in menopause, gender-affirming care, and sexual pain disorders! This episode is with OBGYN Dr. Gretchen Frey.  She has a new project out now!  An Introduction to Sexuality Education: A Handbook for Primary Care Providers.  Get it now at She talks about how she worked as a general OBGYN for many years, then as she transitioned away from OB and focused on clinic GYN she saw a lot of patients in menopause and peri-menopause.  She became comfortable using hormone replacement therapy in that context and then expanded her practice to incorporate hormone therapy in gender-affirming care as well (which she says there is a great need for this type of care in primary care, particularly in Denver where I am at).  She discusses sexual pain disorders such as vulvodynia, dyspareunia, and vaginismus, and why they can be difficult to treat.  She notes that having a multi-specialty team is greatly important for success in this.   Subscribe, rate, review, etc.  Check out past episodes and don't forget to share it with a friend.  Thanks!  Enjoy!
July 16, 2022
Ross Tanick, DO – interviewed by Dave Gordon, MD
(Woops. It appears that after the intro there is about 35 seconds of silence before the interview begins. That’s my bad. Feel free to skip the silent part, you won’t hurt my feelings.). The script has been flipped!  Dr. Dave Gordon interviews me about my medical school experiences and the journey ahead into family medicine residency at Swedish Medical Center in Colorado and beyond! Check out Dr. Gordon at Enjoy the show.  Subscribe if you haven't already!  Check out past episodes and don't forget to share it with a friend.  Give it a rating and a review!
June 13, 2022
Josh Emdur, DO – telehealth, remote primary care, and the future of medicine
Telehealth, remote primary care, and the future of medicine! This episode with Josh Emdur, DO is a fun and interesting one about telehealth, remote primary care, and the future of medicine!  We get into all sorts of topics from his time as a hospitalist, to him changing up his practice completely and getting out of the hospital and into a role as a remote primary care doctor. He details his ideas on how to make big change in medicine by thinking outside the box, and how his remote primary care practice works.  And you know he's legit because he's a distance runner, and sub-elite marathoner  Check out Dr. Emdur at Enjoy the episode!
May 18, 2022
Brieanna Seefeldt, DO – direct primary care, osteopathy, ditching corporate medicine
Direct Primary Care! Dr. Brie Seefeldt is an awesome guest on the podcast.  She talks about how she got out of the world of corporate medicine to start her own small, independent practice that functions as direct primary care (DPC), circumventing insurance and giving her patients quality time and quality care.  She talks about the details regarding DPC and how it functions.  We hit on other topics such as osteopathy in general, and how she uses OMT.  Funny enough, she trained in family medicine at the very program that I will train at!  Shout out to Swedish Medical Center.  So that's very fun. Check out her website for Direct Osteopathic Primary Care: Reach out to her and tell her you heard her on the Primary Care Podcast! Leave a rating and a review!  Thanks!
April 18, 2022
Marcia Brauchler, MPH – business of medicine, billing, coding, and contract negotiation
Business of Medicine! Releasing this just after the Match, so I hope everyone is in high spirits with no stress at all in their lives! Today's episode is with Marcia Brauchler, a business consultant for physicians.  She is the owner and founder of Physicians' Ally, a consulting firm that helps physicians negotiate contracts with insurance companies so they can realize their maximum worth and value as providers.  We talk extensively about contract negotiation, coding and billing, and compliance.  Believe me, this is an exciting topic because so little of what she does in her world is taught to physicians anywhere in their training process.  She loves to work with doctors of all kinds to help them not only get reimbursed what they are worth, but in doing so, also deliver better care to their patients.  In 2020, Marcia launched a partnership with the University of Denver to teach her CPC Exam Prep Coding Class.   Hope you enjoy! Link to Marcia's website for her consulting business, Physicians' Ally: Link to webinar that Marcia has given:
March 21, 2022
Davis Blanton, MD – endoscopy and colonoscopy as a family doctor
Endoscopy and Colonoscopy as a Family Doctor! Dr. Davis Blanton details the world of endoscopy and colonoscopy within the world of the family medicine doctor.  He discusses his passion for teaching at the high school level, and as faculty at a family medicine residency as well.  We then get into how he got trained in endoscopy, how often he performs these procedures, the financial implications of doing GI procedures, what types of procedures he does and doesn't do, and how it benefits his patients by creating continuity of care while screening for, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the GI tract.  Great episode.  Enjoy.
February 18, 2022
Fred Grover Jr, MD – integrative medicine, ketamine, and sound therapy
Integrative medicine time! Psychedelic ayahuasca experiences in Peru, chanting with monks in Tibet, performing sound therapy and ketamine therapy in Colorado, working for Kaiser, being Chief Resident and then faculty for a FM residency program, starting a solo practice, and thoughts about the modern American healthcare system. This is an interesting one! Dr. Grover is a family medicine trained primary care physician who sees patients in his small private practice in Denver.  He was formerly in the space of more conventional primary care medicine working for Kaiser, and as faculty for FM residents.  Now he runs a highly integrative practice incorporating techniques and practices from all over the globe ranging from sound therapy to ketamine and many more.  He received his MD from University of Louisville School of Medicine, and completed residency in Family Medicine at University of Colorado Family Medicine Program at Rose Hospital where he was chief resident. He is board certified in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, also in Holistic Medicine. He is the recipient of several teaching and professional awards. I hope you enjoy our discussion on this episode!  Rate, review, and follow @PrimaryCarePodcast on instagram! Here are links to his books: Spiritual Genomics Awakening Gaia Here is a link to his practice website and his energy healing website:
January 22, 2022
Bryan Hemmer – behavior change in medicine, neuro-linguistic programming, and personal development
Happy Holidays, friends.  Consider this a stocking stuffer from the PCP to you.  My guest today is a friend from my undergraduate psychology days, Bryan Hemmer.  He is the owner of The Inevitable You®, a life and business coaching system that uses the latest in neural sciences, elite military leadership training, and cutting-edge business principles to empower people to grow, transform, and heal their lives. Bryan has served clients with a wide variety of challenges and outcomes from growing their business, developing leadership skills, repairing relationships, improving health, and more. Over the last 10 years, Bryan has developed a strong understanding of human psychology and how to create lasting change and transformation.  You can reach him by email and check out his website for more information.  We discuss behavior change in medicine, neuro-linguistic programming, and personal development.  Hope you enjoy this episode!
December 20, 2021
Mario Giovacchini, MD – how to learn and excel in residency with a FM PGY-2
This episode is with Dr. Mario Giovacchini, a second-year resident in family medicine at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO.  He has a very interesting backstory, having been in the biotech industry, medical informatics, and genome sequencing prior to getting inspired to go to medical school while on a medical mission in Honduras.  He talks about his desire to work in underserved communities both locally and globally.  We do a deep dive into the nuances of residency, the differences between the years of residency, how to learn things during intern year, and many other great topics relevant to people interested in primary care.  Dig it.  
November 14, 2021
Levi Sundermeyer, MD – program director at a family medicine residency
Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Dr. Levi Sundermeyer, graces this episode of the Primary Care Podcast. We sat down in his office to have a long discussion about the residency application, interview, and matching process from the point of view of a PD. We also discuss his additional OB training, his time as an active duty physician in the United States Air Force, and being faculty and OB fellowship director of a family med residency. A lot of good stuff in this one! Check out these two videos discussed in the podcast that make the matching process relatively simple and understandable: (1) (2) Subscribe, rate, and review! Thanks for listening!
October 15, 2021
Kathy Vidlock, MD – sports medicine
Sports Medicine!! If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will. This episode was a delightful, in-person(!) interview with Dr. Kathy Vidlock. She did her residency in family medicine and practiced as a family doctor for 10 years prior to completing a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Iowa. She has worn many hats throughout her career and we talk about many of them including being a team physician, a PCP, a sports med specialist, ultrasound guru, and a preceptor for residents. Speaking of residents, be sure to check out the previous 3 episodes which are with resident physicians talking about applying to residency and being a resident in family and internal medicine. You can listen on any podcast platform including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and plenty more. Thanks friends, hope you enjoy.
September 02, 2021
Kristina Hulen, MD — all things residency with a PGY-2 in family medicine
This fantastic episode is with Kristina Hulen, MD who is a second-year family medicine resident at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO. We discuss the ins and outs of family medicine residency, including the journey to get there.  She gives us a break down of her day to day life, as well as a more zoomed out view of the overall timeline of her three years of training.  She also talks about her passions within the field such as palliative care.  Many other topics as well!   Hope you enjoy. Leave a rating or a review!
August 02, 2021
Michal Klepadlo, DO – applying to residency, clinical reasoning, and mentorship in medicine
This episode of the Primary Care Podcast is with internal medicine intern, Dr. Michal Klepadlo.  He recently started residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO.  We discuss many things in this episode including how to set yourself up to apply to residency, his love of clinical reasoning and how to improve your skills, his appreciation for the power of touch, evidence-based medicine, and many other topics.  Great insights from a doc who navigated the difficult waters of going through the residency application cycle during the COVID pandemic and was able to secure a great residency.  Good luck to Dr. Mike and to everyone else out there taking exams, applying to residency, starting residency, or embarking on any other new journey in healthcare.  Thanks for listening.  Enjoy.  
July 05, 2021
Colleen Maher, OMS IV — applying to and matching family medicine programs
In this episode, fourth-year medical student and soon-to-be osteopathic physician, Colleen Maher, details her journey through third and fourth year of medical school including doing 5 sub-internships, applying to and interviewing with residency programs, and matching at her top choice family medicine residency program. We also discuss how to sell yourself, burn out in medicine, and career outlooks within the broad scope of family medicine. Subscribe, leave a review, and share with friends and family. Thanks for listening.
April 28, 2021
Cleveland Piggott, MD, MPH — diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine
Great episode just released with Dr. Cleveland Piggott! He is a family physician and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He talks about being a black man in medicine and many issues of diversity in medicine. I, personally, learned a lot from talking to Dr. Piggott and hope you all enjoy our discussion. Get out in your community and take some action and help make change!
January 16, 2021
Carolyn Chen, MD — health disparities and caring for the underserved
This episode of the Primary Care Podcast features an engaging and inspiring conversation with family physician Dr. Carolyn Chen about health disparities and caring for marginalized people and those of low socioeconomic status. Enjoy, friends. The last version was uploaded with a weird glitch that had the interview on repeat. This is the real version. Now let’s get the health out of here!
December 04, 2020
Wendy Scinta, MD — obesity medicine
Dr. Wendy Scinta talks about her work as a family-medicine-trained obesity medicine specialist. She is the immediate past president of the Obesity Medicine Association. Her book about combating and treating childhood obesity, BOUNCE, is available now! Enjoy!
November 01, 2020
Tiemdow Phumiruk, MD — pediatrics
The great Dr. Dow joins me on the Primary Care Podcast to talk extensively about her field of pediatric medicine. She spoke passionately about her several different careers within pediatrics and other topics in medicine and children’s literature, as well. We cover pediatric emergency medicine, primary care, and her post-clinical career teaching medical students and creating children’s literature. Enjoy it!
September 23, 2020
Michelle Tollefson, MD — lifestyle medicine
Dr. Michelle Tollefson is an OBGYN and a fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She is also a breast cancer survivor.    Hear her talk about:   - implementing change to medical curricula to include more evidence-based lifestyle medicine - many elements of health and wellness having to do with the pillars of Lifestyle Medicine   - statistics on chronic disease - opportunities for students to get involved in Lifestyle Medicine - Listener questions regarding exercise, mental health, menstruation, and menopause - and a lot more!
August 27, 2020
Mark Andersen-Nissen, DPT — physical therapy and primary care
Mark Andersen-Nissen is a doctor of physical therapy and a passionate advocate for his field. In this episode of the Primary Care Podcast, we discuss Dr. Mark’s work as a physical therapist and how he experiences his profession’s relationship with primary care medicine. Really good stuff here. Enjoy. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review!
June 15, 2020
Dr. David Gordon - part 2 - cannabis medicine
Part 2 of my talk with David Gordon, MD where we focus on his practice using cannabis as medicine. He talks risk and benefit, uses, misconceptions, and what the literature and research say on the topic of cannabis medicine. We take listener questions at the end. Spread the word. Tell a friend who you think might enjoy this show. Thanks. Enjoy.
April 13, 2020
Dr. David Gordon - part 1 - root-cause medicine and chronic disease
Dr. Gordon tells his story and journey through internal medicine residency in Colorado and breaks down his methods of practicing root-cause medicine and treating/preventing chronic disease. Stay tuned for part 2 about cannabis medicine. Find Dr. Gordon at
April 03, 2020
Dr. Beatriz Linn
This episode features the amazing Beatriz Linn, MD telling the incredible story of her life. She talks about growing up in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, going to medical school in Medellín, almost getting kidnapped by guerrillas in the jungle during the Colombian drug trade of the late 1980s, coming to the US and training as an internist, and now practicing preventive medicine and teaching residents in Colorado. You’re going to enjoy this one.
February 28, 2020
Dr. Sing Palat
We discuss her work in geriatrics. Dr. Palat is an internist and fellowship-trained geriatrician. She talks about the unique aspects of caring for an older population, her philosophy on aging well, her approach to care, and much more!
January 28, 2020
Dr. Andreas Edrich - part 2
This is part 2 of my talk with Andreas Edrich, MD. We discuss his career in family medicine and how he got into addiction medicine. He talks about management of patients with addiction from a primary care perspective.
December 16, 2019
Dr. Andreas Edrich - part 1
My conversation with Andreas Edrich, MD about his approach to mental health management as a family physician.
December 15, 2019
Dr. Victor Doyle
A conversation with the great Victor Doyle, DO about his experience in family medicine. We also talked about the business of medicine and much more!
November 04, 2019
Dr. Julie Lafontano
My conversation with Julie Lafontano, DO about her career as a family physician. Enjoy! Rate and review. Send questions and comments to to get your voice heard.
October 05, 2019
Dr. Stephen Miller
Great interview with Dr. Miller! Subscribe and review!
September 09, 2019
Dr. Jeffery Bacon
Dr. Jeffery Bacon is an osteopathic family physician out of Sterling, Colorado. We discussed many topics including physician wellness and burnout, training residents to practice full scope family med, using OMT and telemedicine as tools, and much more! He seems to love his job and being a leader in medicine in a small community. Hope you enjoy.
August 14, 2019
Dr. Jean Bouquet
Dr. Bouquet is an osteopathic family physician who has practiced family medicine and addiction/pain medicine for many years. He is currently a professor of Clinical medicine at Rocky Vista University in the Department of Primary Care Medicine. I sat down with him in his office and found out a bit about his thoughts on many aspects of family practice. He was filled with advice for medical students, and even delighted me with an interesting case presentation. Hope you enjoy.
July 31, 2019