Dr. Ernesto Matos Perez, M.D. grew up in Cuba and graduated from the Havana Institute of Health Science & Medicine in 1989. He completed his Family Practice residency in Havana in 1995 and worked in the mountains of Cuba with rural populations prior to a brief practice in Havana. He then moved to Belize where he operated clinics and did hospital practice in Belmopan and Punta Gorda. These were jungle settings where family members and friends would carry patients out of the jungle to see him in his clinic and hospital. While there, he was appointed as faculty at the American-owned Grace School of Medicine in Belmopan. Upon moving to the United States, he completed two years of Family Practice residency at the Rio Bravo Family Medicine Residency Program in Bakersfield, California. His experiences with socialized medicine in Cuba and his passion for free enterprise in business drove him to seek alternatives to traditional practice. He learned about Direct Primary Care and felt this would be a good way to practice medicine. He discovered the Free Market Physician clinic online and contacted Dr. Sheppard. He joined the practice in January 2019 as an Assistant Physician. Dr. Matos lives in Neosho with his wife. He likes spending time with his family as well as camping, hiking, and rock climbing, and he is an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan.