Primary Care Specialist

Hope Wellness Center & Spa

Maria Jefferson-Walker, DNPc, APN, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Beverly, Chicago, IL

Nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely each year from preventable diseases and conditions. That’s why it’s so important to develop an ongoing relationship with a knowledgeable primary care nurse practitioner like Maria Jefferson-Walker, DNPc, APN, FNP-BC, owner of Hope Wellness Center & Spa in Beverly, Chicago. Maria takes a whole-patient approach to health care with a focus on preventive primary care for people of all ages. When you need affordable, comprehensive health care, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Primary Care Q&A

What services does a primary care practitioner offer?

Traditionally, primary care health care providers offer routine checkups and preventive care, including immunizations and routine testing or health screening. The focus of a primary care medical professional is on keeping you healthy and preventing illness or chronic health conditions from developing. Additionally, primary care practitioners emphasize patient education, such as good nutritional habits and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Primary care health care providers also diagnose and treat acute conditions and help you manage chronic illnesses like high blood pressure or diabetes. Primary care practitioners take a collaborative, patient-centered approach to treating people of all ages. They emphasize the doctor-patient relationship, and you are considered an integral part of your own health and well-being.

Primary care providers include:

  • Family medicine doctors
  • Internists
  • Pediatricians
  • Nurse practitioners

How is direct primary care different?

Direct primary care (DPC) is an alternative model of family health care that places more emphasis on patient care than on insurance billing and reimbursements. DPC practitioners like Maria provide comprehensive health care services to people of all ages for a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee, rather than charging expensive co-pays or filling out lengthy insurance claims.

The direct primary care model allows Maria to spend more time with you when you come in for an appointment, so you get individualized attention. DPC is also in line with Maria’s philosophy of developing deep patient relationships and offering affordable, quality health care to all. It’s a patient-centered approach to improving your overall health and wellness.

The benefits of choosing a DPC practice include:

  • Same-day or next-day appointments
  • Less time waiting in the lobby
  • More time with Maria (30-45 minute visits)
  • Less worry about finances and copays
  • Access to comprehensive health care whenever you need it
  • Transparent costs and fees for services

What if I have health insurance?

Even if you have a health insurance plan, it makes sense to choose a direct primary care practice. You can eliminate high out-of-pocket expenses and save your health insurance for unexpected hospital visits or referrals to specialists such as imaging or diagnostic testing services. With a DPC practitioner, you and your whole family can benefit from the convenience of unlimited office visits without the burden of co-pays.


If you’re searching for a more innovative approach to health care with an emphasis on the practitioner-patient relationship, call or schedule a consultation with Maria using the online booking system.