Dr. Brian Blank is the Founder of Ember Modern Medicine, a direct primary care practice in Greenville, SC. Ember Modern Medicine is a family medicine practice offering a more comprehensive, personal approach to medicine, including unlimited access to the healthcare team, same-day visits, and clear costs. Direct primary care practices like Ember Modern Medicine focus on the doctor/patient relationship, bringing medicine back to the way it should be.
Dr. Blank grew up in the small town of Waterford, PA, delivering newspapers as a teen before leaving for the Midwest to study journalism at the University of Missouri. He spent several years working in cable news in both Atlanta and New York City. While living in New York City, he met his wife, Laura. As he got to know her parents, he spent many late nights talking with her father, a longtime primary care physician at the Cleveland Clinic. That was when he realized he wanted to switch careers and become a family medicine doctor. After stops in Boston and Costa Rica, Dr. Blank moved to Chapel Hill, NC where he completed medical school at the University of North Carolina, followed by residency at Duke University.
In 2021, he opened Ember Modern Medicine, a direct primary care practice he had dreamed about for more than a decade. By eliminating overpriced insurance restrictions, he’s now able to spend more time connecting with his patients and focusing on health and wellbeing instead of rushing through 15-minute visits with a checklist of questions for insurance companies.
Ember Modern Medicine offers a range of health care services, as well as telemedicine, after-hours and home visits for members upon request. Monthly memberships range from $75-100 per month for adults and $20 per month for children. Ember Modern Medicine also offers business packages to small- and medium-sized businesses looking to offer health benefits to their employees. In his free time, Dr. Blank enjoys competing in endurance sports. He’s run more than a dozen marathons, finished 2nd in a 50-mile ultra-marathon, and barely survived an Ironman Triathlon. More recently, he’s been attending Swamp Rabbit CrossFit. In January 2021, he started a running streak and is attempting to run at least one mile every single day.