Dr. Katriny Ikbal is a Board Certified Family Physician with an extreme passion for patient care. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Texas at Austin and attended Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ for medical school. She then trained here in Austin at the UT Southwestern Family Medicine residency program
Before founding DirectMed, Dr. Ikbal spent the previous several years working in various urgent care centers. This is where she saw the need for a family medical practice built around more meaningful patient/doctor relationships and a focus on long term family health. Dr. Ikbal is devoted to giving her patients the absolute best care possible. She feels that the amount of time she can spend with her patients is key to understanding their needs. Dr. Ikbal became disillusioned with the old way, because insurance based healthcare severely limits patient/doctor interactions.
Then Dr. Ikbal learned about the Direct Primary Care model that is growing quickly throughout the U.S. She realized it was the answer that she and millions of underserved patients had been looking for.
When Dr. Ikbal is not serving her patients, she loves spending time with her family and two rescue dogs. Dr. Ikbal loves traveling, movies, baking and yoga.
Dr. Katie Keller, Family Physician
Dr. Katie Keller is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, and has been practicing holistic primary care in Austin, Texas for nearly a decade. She grew up in the Midwest and earned her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences at Western Michigan University. Gradually moving her way more south, she attended Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia and then completed her residency at Bay Area Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. She has since furthered her training with the Institute for Functional Medicine, and continually aims to help her patients get to the root of the problem, as well as educates on prevention to help her patients maintain optimal wellness.
Dr. Keller has always been passionate in her studies about using a whole person approach. She chose Osteopathic medical school for their inherent philosophy that the body has the ability to heal itself, when given the right conditions. She believes that nutrition, movement, stress management, and mindfulness make up the foundation of healing. Additionally, she is experienced with natural thyroid management and bio-identical hormone therapy.
Dr. Keller lives in Austin with her husband, daughter, and fluffy german shepherd. When she's not caring for her patients, Dr. Keller enjoys cooking, running the trails, dancing, yoga, and live music.
Neer Patel, Head of Operations & Employer Benefits Consultant
Keeping it all in the family, Neer, besides being Dr. Ikbal's husband, is responsible for the business side of things. He’s an engineer by trade, but an entrepreneur at heart. He also comes from a long line of physicians. So he understands Dr. Ikbal's desire to get family medicine back to what it used to be—real patient /doctor relationships.
He is working hard to integrate technology into our practice that will make those relationships stronger and more convenient for our patients.