Cliff Porter, MD, PhD
Dr. Cliff Porter is the managing partner and founder of Texas Direct Medical Care. He is board certified in Family Medicine with the experience to provide highest level of personal medical care for our guests.
Prior to opening Texas Direct Medical Care, Dr. Porter was medical director for several urgent care clinics in Travis County. Before settling permanently in Austin, Dr. Porter was an Army physician stationed at Ft. Hood, practicing full-service family medicine, taking care of all ages of active duty soldiers and their families, including retirees in primary care, hospital admissions, emergency medicine, intensive care, as well as obstetrics, delivering babies in the middle of the night.
Dr. Porter served with 1st Armored Division, deployed to Iraq in 2011, and served part-time in the Texas Army National Guard as the senior flight physician for aviation (36th Combat Aviation Brigade).
Dr. Porter has joined the growing physicians adopting the Direct Primary Care model, revolutionizing primary care. Our model allows us to provide the best personal care for all of our guests.
Suzanne Self, PA-C
Originally from SE Oklahoma. I began my medical career as an LVN working in a small rural hospital.
I continued my education culminating with a Masters in Family Medicine from the University of Oklahoma Physician’s Assistant program in 1998. Since graduation I have worked ER, family practice and most recently urgent care. My goal is to provide excellent medical care while maintaining a personal connection with my patients. I want my patients to know they have been listened to, cared for and are a part of the treatment plan. My patients and I are a team. We work together for a common goal.
Julia Harris, PA-C
Julia Huo Harris is a board-certified physician assistant (PA-C) with extensive experience in family medicine.
Growing up in the ancient city of Xi’an, China, Julia moved to Texas with her family as a young adult. A successful transplant Texan, she attended the University of Texas-Austin and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular biology. Always thirsting for knowledge and answers, she worked at MD Anderson Cancer research center in Houston, TX as a research assistant. There she discovered her true passion and decided to pursue a career in medicine. She attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and graduated with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She has been practicing family medicine in Kyle, Texas since 2014.
Julia is passionate about people’s physical and mental well-being. Through the years of working as a PA, she has gained much insight into how to help people achieve better health. She is well versed in managing common conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, postmenopausal symptoms, migraines, obesity, depression, etc. She has also developed a special interest in functional medicine and continues to expand her knowledge through continuing education. Julia believes that true health is achieved through nutrition, lifestyle, spiritual wellbeing and proper use of medicine.
Julia is happily married to her loving husband who is her pillar and shield in life. Together they have two precious, high-spirited children and a smart, laid-back black Labrador retriever. She loves to cook delicious food, read thought-provoking books and laugh at silly jokes, but most of all, she loves the Lord and made a mission to always seek His wisdom and guidance and do all things for the Glory of God.
Kerry Blanchard, PA-C
Kerry Blanchard is a board-certified physician Assistant (PA-C). Originally from Staten Island, NY she did not take the traditional route to a career in medicine. She initially obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and worked as a financial Analyst for AT&T up until having children. It was during this time her allure for medicine began. When her young sons started school, she began her pursuit to become a Physician Assistant. Kerry graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Wagner College Physician Assistant Program and went on to get her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Since 2004 she has primarily worked in Infectious Diseases. She has an extensive background in HIV, liver disease, primary care, women’s health, addiction medicine and weight loss management. Kerry is passionate about the patient-provider relationship not only treating symptoms but educating patients about the disease process and helping them obtain maximal health and wellness.