Julie Gunther MD, FAAFP, FAAHPM


Dr. Gunther earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and completed residency at Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency. She founded sparkMD, southwest Idaho's first direct primary care (DPC) practice in 2014, and was integral in the passage of Idaho's DPC legislation in 2015.

Gunther is a member of the DPC Coalition board of directors; the former president of the American Academy of Family Physician’s (AAFP’s) DPC Member Interest Group; and mentors and speaks for the AAFP, Benjamin Rush Institute, and the Hint Summit, among others. She has served on the AAFP’s DPC Summit planning committee and is president-elect of the DPC Alliance. She wrote a handbook on how to start your own DPC practice and was named one of the top 10 most influential women in concierge medicine in 2016.

Gunther has been featured in Forbes, Medical Economics, Business Insider, KevinMD, and other publications. She is inspired to transform health care delivery models in the hope that physicians will reclaim their place at the forefront of primary care.