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 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 a founding member of the Direct Primary Care Alliance, where he serves as the Vice President on the 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 2018 AOA Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award.
Dr. Lassey and his wife, Erin, live in Holton, Kansas with their two children, Luke and Rebekah. Erin owns and operates Penny's, a local coffee and bake shop. 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, shooting hoops with his kids, 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, 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.
Daniel Jones, APRN, FNP-C
Eric marshall, RN, BSN
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.
“Nurses take care of people, not insurance companies.”
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 hasn't given us anything to write here yet. So we'll tell you what we know, and what we have heard, until she does. We know she's the smartest person in the office. It didn't take long to figure that one out. She is the office manager of HDC, and for some crazy reason married Dr. Lassey once upon a long long time ago. We have heard that she went to Notre Dame, but due to a lack of challenge, quickly graduated with a business degree in Management Information Systems, and founded a massive multi-national hedge fund that carries so many billions in capital that she makes Warren Buffet look like a hobo. You'd never know it; she drives a used Ford Explorer and wears shoes from Goodwill. We are told that she's a concert pianist, a drag racer, a NFL referee, a librarian, a meteorologist, and reads faster than supercomputers can process data. She has a weird penchant for killing animals with her car, except that one ironic time when a cow actually killed her car.