Let My Doctor Practice exists to restore the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship by removing third-party interference from the exam room. The organization empowers physicians and patients to voice their beliefs regarding the U.S. health care system and to have confidence in their ability
to evoke positive change.
Board of Directors
Daniel Craviotto, MD
Daniel is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices in Santa Barbara, California. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1985. He completed his five-year orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1990. He continued there for training in a Total Joint Replacement and Lower Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship from 1990-1991. Daniel is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. He has been a practicing orthopedic surgeon since 1991.
Michael Strickland, MD
Michael is an internist from Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1990. After internship, he worked as an emergency physician. In 2003, he returned to training and completed residency in Internal Medicine at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, and became board certified. In 2005, he started a private practice, Comprehensive Healthcare of Cincinnati. In 2010, the practice received an award from its malpractice carrier, American Physicians, placing it in the top three of 877 on-site practice evaluations. By the end of that year, however, he had closed the practice due to the lack of financial and operational viability under the current third-party payer system. He has since tried various positions (VA, urgent care, hospital-based primary care), finding similar problems throughout. Michael re-opened his private practice in 2015 as a direct patient care/membership-based practice.
Judith Thompson, MD
Judith is a board-certified general surgeon who has practiced in New Braunfels, Texas, since 1996. She received her medical degree in 1990 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed her general surgery training in 1996 at East Tennessee State University and has been a mother and private practice surgeon since that time. Judith is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Gina Melink, MD
Gina is a board-certified clinical oncologist in rural Ohio and a mother of five children. Her plaque reads RN, MD, MOM. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 1990. Her residency training was at The University of Cincinnati as was her oncology fellowship, which was completed in 1995. She has been a hospital-employed physician since 1999. In oncology, she is a solo practitioner. In 2003, Gina was named Ohio’s Patient Advocate of the Year by the Ohio Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy (OSHCA).
Richard Armstrong, MD
Dr. Richard Armstrong is a board certified general surgeon currently practicing in Newberry,
Michigan. Commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Navy, he attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine then completed his general surgical residency at the Naval
Regional Medical Center. After an illustrious career in private practice, in 2002, Dr. Armstrong accepted his current position as a General Surgeon at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry, Michigan. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery in the College of Human Medicine of Michigan State University. Dr. Armstrong is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. He is a member of the board of the Benjamin Rush Institute and the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation where he serves as Treasurer.
Venu Julapalli, MD
Venu Julapalli, M.D. is founder and president of Integral Gastroenterology Center, P.A., an
active private practice in gastroenterology in Houston, Texas. Dr. Julapalli attended Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar, and completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He then completed internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a clinician at heart and also enjoys teaching gastroenterology trainees and medical students as a Clinical Instructor at Baylor College of Medicine. When he is not spending time with his patients, he enjoys being with his family, reading everything from finance to philosophy, writing about renewing the promise of medicine, and watching his beloved New Orleans Saints.
Craig Wax, DO
Craig M. Wax, DO, is a family physician that practices family medicine and health through prevention. He is a tireless advocate for the patient-physician relationship and free-market health care. Dr. Wax serves on the U. S. congressional subcommittee National Physicians Council for Health Care Policy at NPCHCP.org. He served on Medical Economics journal editorial board and frequently publishes articles on topics of free-market medicine. He is the health talk show host and executive producer for “Your Health Matters,” on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS – FM since 2002. Dr. Wax was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists of Philadelphia with an SPJ award for his ability to make complicated matters simple to understand. He began HealthIsNumberOne.com, a free public information source on health in
Beth Haynes, MD
Dr. Beth Haynes, MD is the Executive Director of the Benjamin Rush Institute, a non-profit educational organization which promotes solutions that protect the doctor-patient relationship as the primary means of delivering quality medical care, empowered by a robust free enterprise system, which fosters innovation and reduces costs. Previously in private practice with board certification in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Haynes has been working full time in health care policy since 2009. She obtained her MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and her residency training at University of Wisconsin in Madison. In addition to UPSA, Dr. Haynes serves on the executive boards of Docs4PatientCare Foundation and the Dr. Joseph Warren Institute. Dr. Haynes frequently speaks to citizen and professional groups on health care policy, and the ethics and economics of medicine.
Parth Desai, MS-III
Parth Desai is a third-year medical student at Mercer University School of Medicine and lifelong student of healthcare innovation. Growing up working in his father’s solo Internal Medicine practice, Parth began developing healthcare technologies at a young age. He has since continued developing tools to support physicians and medical practices throughout the nation. In 2012, Parth founded ICD-10 Charts, the largest non-profit provider of free ICD-10 training and implementation resources in America. Parth brings with him years of marketing experience, as well as extensive experience in the development of multimedia, websites, mobile applications and e-learning platforms. Parth’s true passion however, lies in the art of medicine itself, and he plans to one day spend his life practicing alongside his father and brother.
Our Core Principles
Autonomy for doctors to practice their profession without intrusion from government or corporations.
The freedom for doctors to decide, together with their patients, what is best for the patient, based on ethics, rationality, law, religion and equality.
Free speech among members of the medical profession.
The trust in doctors to think, speak and act in the best interest of their patients, to whom they’ve pledged to serve.
Major obstacles impede physicians’ ability to care for patients, such as:
Intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship by third parties
MACRA legislation selectively penalizing private practice physicians
Health insurers who dictate care options over doctors’ recommendations