Free Market Physician
Restoring Simplicity and Freedom to Medicine



Our Mission

modern medicine through traditional means

Free Market Physician is a direct primary care clinic where patients and businesses contract directly with their doctor. This means that you get personalized primary without the hassle and expense of insurance

Have insurance already? We can counsel you in coupling our services with insurance plans - in many instances saving you a lot of money. This is especially true for businesses looking to offer their employees superior health care benefits.


Dr. Joseph Sheppard, DO

Who is this man?

January 2015 - Present

Over the course of my medical education, I have been interested in how to make primary care more affordable. In medical school, I began writing a blog about medical economics titled, Free Market Physician, where I explored and began developing many of these ideas that led me to establish an insurance-free practice. I am particularly indebted to the physicians of the Atlas MD Clinic in Wichita, Kansas. They coached me in the membership model that I have implemented. It has been exciting to offer Free Market Physician in Neosho as an alternative to the tradition delivery of healthcare.

My residency training in Springfield from 2011-2014 as part of the Cox Family Practice Residency. This program trains its residents to practice full-scope medicine. I see my own clinic patients, take care of hospital patients (even in the ICU), and provide prenatal care and delivery. While in Springfield, I was chosen as a 2014 Runner-up for Top Family Practice Doctor in Springfield by 417 Magazine. (I mention this not to brag, but to reassure patients who are curious about the new doctor in town).

My family and I enjoy fishing, camping, and being outdoors in the beautiful Ozark scenery.