Speakers for DPC 2024

Esther Khatibi, MD

“Direct Specialty Care”

DPC 2024 Full Scope Primary Care & Direct Specialty Care Part 1
Session 02 Track 02

As DPC matures, the offerings expand and Dr. Khatibi will  explore the highlights and challenges of doing OB within a DPC practice.


My last name is Persian (from Iran) and is pronounced Cat-tee-bee.  I was born in a small town in Kentucky and not long after our family moved to the Chicago area. I was raised most of my life in the Chicago area and moved to Texas when I applied to the Corpus Christi Family Medicine Residency Program. I am happily married to the love of my life. We have two children that keep us busy, help us stay sharp, and fill our lives with love and laughter.

Before I became a physician, I was a teacher. I love teaching! I never gave up teaching, even after becoming a physician.  I love to teach my patients and learn from them as well. I worked with the Corpus Christi Family Medicine Residency Program for 5 years to teach new physicians.

I have a passion for the underserved, international patients, and women’s health. I love different cultures and learning about different customs.  My first language is English, but in college I started learning Spanish and completed a Spanish immersion program in Costa Rica.  My neighborhood in Chicago was Spanish speaking as well as the church I attended there. I later went on to work with a community health physician in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. During medical school, I completed a Masters in Global Health in Dublin, Ireland.  These experiences gave me insight to how healthcare differs in other countries and how the US healthcare system is the most expensive, yet not always the best.

My passion along with my life experiences motivated me to open my DPC clinic, New Life Direct Primary Care, in 2020. In 2022, I opened a separate clinic, My DOC, that is a nonprofit providing OB care using a DPC model.


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