meet the family!
VANCE LASSEY, Md
Vance Lassey, MD
Dr. Vance Lassey has lived and worked in the Holton community since 2007. He earned dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas before attaining his M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He served as Chief Resident of the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program in Salina, Kansas where he received awards for teaching, writing, and the prestigious national AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education.
Starting in 2007, Dr. Lassey practiced full-spectrum family medicine at Holton Community Hospital. Unsatisfied with the shortcomings of the third-party payer system, and believing that it was the only way he could stay true to his career-long mantra “Patients First,” in 2016, Dr. Lassey left the traditional Fee-For-Service medical system and founded Holton Direct Care. Utilizing the direct primary care model, he is excited to offer unprecedented access, attention, time, and quality to his patients--for less than a cable or cell phone bill.
Dr. Lassey is a founding member of the Direct Primary Care Alliance, where he currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors. He has served on or chaired numerous boards, including the KDHE Newborn Screening Advisory Council, the Governor's Fitness Council, and the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. He is also a founding member of the Midwest DPC Alliance.
He proudly serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, most recently the AOA Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award.
Dr. Lassey and his wife, Erin, live in Holton, Kansas with their two children, Luke and Rebekah. Dr. Lassey was born and raised on a farm in Peck, Kansas, and feels right at home in Holton. His hobbies include carpentry and building renovation, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with his family. He proudly serves as an elder at the Holton First Baptist Church. In any time he has left, he enjoys playing the banjo. Poorly.
Daniel jones, APRN, FNP-C
Daniel Jones, APRN, FNP-C
Daniel Jones, was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. He is a nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with experience in Family Medicine, Cardiology, and Urgent and Emergency Medicine. Starting at about age 10, he studied every home remedy book on his grandmother's bookshelf, with the mission of alleviating his family's health problems.
His health care journey was delayed by a career in the mechanical trades, as he owned and operated an HVAC company across Northeast Kansas. He continued his career in HVAC until his graduation from Washburn and Baker Universities, and he entered the medical profession in 2012.
Like Dr. Lassey, Daniel found the practices of the traditional medical system to be incompatible with the level and quality of care he wished to deliver to patients, so he returned to school for his advanced degree, with the hope he could offer a change away from the “patient factory model” of traditional managed care and overpriced fee-for-service medicine.
Daniel is overjoyed to be part of the Holton Direct Care family, where he has been since September 2021, and looks forward to connecting with and caring for the good people of northeast Kansas, treating them the way he'd want to be treated. He currently lives in Shawnee county with his wife Rebecca and his two sons, Christian and Lyric. Rebecca is a registered nurse in Topeka and the boys are well on their way to becoming teenagers.
Daniel enjoys spending time with his family. Together, they enjoy adventures into the woods, waters, and roadways. They attend services at Fellowship Bible Church in Topeka. In his spare time, Daniel has a wide range of hobbies, including tinkering, which provides him with multiple projects he can start and eventually not finish.
Beth kroll, APRN-BC
Beth Kroll, APRN-BC
Beth enjoyed the most wonderful childhood in Maple Hill Kansas. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School, received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Baker University and later her masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas. Go Jayhawks!
In 2008, Beth began her family nurse practitioner career in the lovely rural community of Pawnee City, Nebraska. In 2018 Beth joined Sabetha Family Practice. In 2021 Beth felt called to move into Direct Primary Care, and we are pleased to welcome Beth to the HDC family! When Beth is not working, she enjoys her family, baking, reading, gardening, kayaking, working on their farm and growing relationships at church. Beth has taught at church for a dozen years; with 10 years in confirmation preparation. Beth’s role model is Saint Mother Teresa, and she tries daily to replicate the saint’s gifts of service and love. Beth enjoys her husband of 20 years, Chris. Together they delight in raising their five beautiful children. Noah (16), Benjamin (12), Emmett (11), Hannah (6), and Lauren (3).
Holton Direct Care is building a new clinic in Fairview, and when it is completed, Beth will be the medical staff there. Until then, Beth will welcome her patients at the Holton location.
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face. -Psalm 104: 3-4.
Eric marshall, RN, BSN
“Nurses take care of people, not insurance companies.”
Originally from Topeka, Eric has been working in Kansas as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. Eric started his nursing career in Topeka after he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with a Minor in Biology, at Emporia State University in 2001. He's worked at the Holton Community Hospital in inpatient and emergency nursing, and at Stormont-Vail Hospital and Trauma Center as a Trauma/Surgical ICU Nurse. Eric held a seat on the Trauma Committee as an ICU Nurse Liaison for his unit and was a Trauma Response Team Nurse.
Later in his career, Eric worked as a Director of Nursing for long-term care facilities in NE Kansas, and was awarded the National Standard of Quality Initiative in Staff Retention and Education by the National Health Care Association in 2014.
After 20 years of nursing, it became apparent to Eric that in our health care system, the care we provide was becoming secondary to profits, politics, and power. The Health Care System is now run by insurance companies who dictate too much of our clinical decision making, in some cases, causing major delays or even denials in much-needed testing and treatments.
"Dr. Lassey first laid his idea on me of having his own clinic, when he arrived in Holton in back in 2007. Imagine a clinic without the politics of corporate management or the red-tape of corporate insurance and government middlemen that can interfere with our care. He wanted to raise the bar and exceed our patients' expectations. Immediately I was on board with the enthusiastic fire he had when he spoke about his plan. With the Good Lord’s guidance, 14 years later, I am honored and humbled to be back working with old friends and new ones, proving and providing a new concept of care that is raising eyebrows in NE Kansas and beyond."
Eric has three successful adult sons: Brandon, James, and Eli, who live out of
state. He spends quality time with his better half Jodi, and lives on the “South-Upper East-Side'' in the big city of Whiting, KS. They enjoy the quiet rural life there that supports his multiple expensive hobbies including Astronomy, Salvaging and Repairing Telescopes, (Eric is a self-described "total nut job about space exploration"), Carpentry, Gardening/Canning, Riding their Harleys together and always working on something crazy in the garage chasing that “Eureka Moment.”
JULIE PORTER, RN, BSN
Julie was born and raised on a farm right here in Jackson County. She graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Baker University in 2008. As a nurse at the Holton Community Hospital, Julie loved the variety of learning opportunities a small hospital offers. In 2017 she left Holton Community Hospital to stay home with her children. Julie loves the direct primary care model both as a patient and as a nurse. She feels blessed to be a part of the amazing team at Holton Direct Care and to serve her community. Julie and her husband Jeremy live in Northeast Jackson County. They have four children Ruby, Jackson, Lincoln, and Pearson. They enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, and any outdoor adventures.
Erin runs our business office. There isn't a better office manager on planet Earth. She hasn't written us a bio to put here yet. Here's what we know: She's the smartest member of our staff. She plays the piano really well. She has really pretty hair. She likes to read. When she was young she didn't like barbecue and she now can't understand how she felt that way. She has a penchant for killing animals with her car, except that one ironic time, when a cow killed her car. (This really happened, she'll be glad to tell you about it.)
Megan Mercer, CNA
Megan is the newest member of our family, and is our fantastic medical assistant. We very blessed to have her on our staff, and we love her infecious smile!
She was born and raised in Holton. She says: "I love HDC and couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of this family. I have the best teachers!”
Of course, the rest of the staff agrees with this, but then again, the teacher doesn't make the student. Megan is a whiz and rapidly becoming integral to our family!