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Who we are

Mission & Vision

Mission

  • To be a family of Christian, pro-life, people, providing affordable and accessible Direct Primary Care And other medical services for people of all ages.

  • We hold dear the dignity of human life and family life, striving to imitate Jesus, the healer, with compassion for each human being while maintaining our own Judeo-Christian roots. 

  • We will transform healthcare for people, families, and for providers by serving individuals and communities in the context of human relationships, and not simply as a product for purchase.

Vision

  •  To Transform Healthcare, Healing, and Wellness as Christian, Prolife, People.

 

Meet the Provider

Chad Parsons, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

General Interest:

I am a certified nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine. I have professional interests in caring for entire families, pediatrics, asthma, sports medicine, diabetes, hypertension, dermatology, men’s health, women’s health, obesity/weight loss, functional medicine, and more.

I am passionate about: 

My Christian Faith, my family, building rich relationships with others, enjoying and exploring nature, studying ancient literature, martial arts, and serving others. All of these have one thing in common: a deep interest and passion for humanity.  

I became a provider because: 

I have always wanted to help people whether it be with social or physical needs. Through my life, I have worked in youth outreach, in group homes and as a critical care registered nurse. I decided early on in my nursing career that I wanted to become a nurse practitioner to provide the kind of care that I gave as a nurse while providing care as a medical provider.

One of the challenges of this career that I enjoy is: 

Having the great privilege to care for people of all ages from infants to older adults as a family medicine provider.  I enjoy everything from teaching about health to the complexity of managing multiple health issues.   

Something I have learned from my patients is: 

That taking the time to listen gives great insight not only into the direction of care, but also into the richness of each person’s life. 

How it began.

The story The Family Clinic begins first with a calling to care for others and an overwhelming conviction that the best care is given in the context of a relationship. 

Chad, the founder, discovered in high school that he wanted to spend his life caring for people. His journey actual began in the 1990s when he traveled the United States and Canada for two years as a Catholic youth missionary, conducting retreats for youth in churches.

That same desire to serve others led to various fields of work that aim to help and just serve people: college campus ministry, training in crisis intervention children and families with intellectual disabilities, living and working in group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities, and becoming a nursing assistant and local hospitals.

A deep searching for meaning in life and caring for people led to a baccalaureate degree from the University of Saint Thomas in philosophy and classical languages (Ancient Greek and Latin). 

No less, a deep desire to care for people led to three nursing degrees, culminating in a graduate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Chad has now served people as a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 7 years.  In the last 18 years, Chad has worked in many medical related fields: Nursing assistant, Private duty RN in client’s homes, RN in Heart Care, RN in Cardiac, Neurological and General Intensive Care and ER.  The training, experience, and the combination of over 30 years of experience both in medical and non-medical related care has given Chad a broad range of skills and understanding to serve individuals and the community.  Chad’s greatest joy is forming longer term relationships with many of his patients.  

As a medical provider, Chad discovered that insurance-based healthcare has largely lost its focus and meaning. Good care takes time; time that the insurance-based healthcare system in the United States simply struggles to allow.   Medical care in the insurance-based healthcare system is largely full of paperwork and an administrative burden that has taken the focus away from the relationship of care between patients and medical providers. The administrative burden that insurance companies perpetuate makes it very difficult to provide the quality care that people deserved.

For Chad, late nights and weekends spent doing paperwork began to take its toll.  It dawned on him that there must be a better way. Taking good care of people and taking good care his family should not be mutually exclusive.  

He was at a crossroads.  Chad did not want to leave medicine; he loves his job.  He saw that he could provide much more dependable, personal, and quality care for patients outside of the insurance-based system.

Providentially, a colleague introduced Chad to the growing concept of the Direct Primary Care (DPC) movement.  

Chad found a way to be the Nurse Practitioner who he wanted to be in a model built to support both quality patient care and providers like him: caring, compassionate, ethical providers, who want to put their patients first.  

In the DPC model, Chad hopes to continue practicing the same quality care  that he has always done, but now in a model that supports his style of care.

Education

Undergraduate

Associate of Arts: Columbia College: Columbia, MO.

Baccalaureate of Arts in Philosophy and Classical Languages: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN

Associate of Science in Registered Nursing: Century College, White Bear Lake, MN

Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing: Regis University, Denver, CO

Graduate

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner: Walden University: Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Board Certifications

Family Nurse Practitioner

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board

Meet Chad Parsons, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

A Passion for Primary Care
Chad Parsons is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience providing care in many forms to people in the greater Twin Cities. He began his journey caring for others in the late 1990s in his hometown, Columbia, MO, where he was trained to support parents and to help their children with autism to integrate into the community.
He moved to the Twin Cities to work in campus ministry. He earned his first Batchelor’s Degree with a double major in philosophy and classical languages (ancient Greek and Latin) from the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, MN. While working and studying, he also continued his worked in and managed a home for adults with intellectual disabilities. It was amazing! It was this work that planted the seed for further studies and where Chad discovered a passion for caring for people directly in the community.

Meet Chad Parsons, MSN, APRN, FNP-C A Passion for Primary Care

Chad Parsons is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience providing care in many forms to people in the greater Twin Cities. He began his journey caring for others in the late 1990s in his hometown, Columbia, MO, where he was trained to support parents and to help their children with autism to integrate into the community.He moved to the Twin Cities to work in campus ministry. He earned his first Batchelor’s Degree with a double major in philosophy and classical languages (ancient Greek and Latin) from the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, MN. While working and studying, he also continued his worked in and managed a home for adults with intellectual disabilities. It was amazing! It was this work that planted the seed for further studies and where Chad discovered a passion for caring for people directly in the community.
Chad spent the next 11 years working and advancing though a series of medical roles: Nursing assistant at Bethesda Hospital, Private duty RN in client’s homes, RN at Bethesda Hospital, RN in Cardiac Intensive Care, RN Heart Care Telemetry, and RN Neurological Intensive Care. All the while, Chad also pursued further nursing degrees, culminating in his Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science in Nursing. While working with very ill patients in the hospital, Chad discovered that his real passion was to return to the community as a medical provider to harness over 20 years of very broad experience to prevent serious illness, to heal others, and to promote optimal wellness where life is really lived, in the community. Forming relationships of healing and wellness was his primary motivation for choosing to specialize as a Family Nurse practitioner.
As Chad entered the next phase of becoming an independent medical provider as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Chad’s greatest joy was forming longer term relationships with many of his patients. However, in that fee for service insurance-based model, he wanted to provide the quality care that patients deserved, but that took time. Time the insurance-based system simply wouldn’t allow. Late nights and weekends spent doing paperwork was taking its toll. It dawned on him that there must be a better way. Taking good care of patients and taking good care his family should not be mutually exclusive. He was at a crossroads—he didn’t want to leave medicine (he loves his job!), but he saw that he could no longer stay in an unhealthy system. He saw that he could provide much more dependable and quality care for patients outside of the insurance-based system. Then one day, two colleagues introduced him to the concept of the growing DPC movement. Finally, Chad found a way to be the Nurse Practitioner he wanted to be in a model built to support both quality patient care and providers like him—caring, compassionate, ethical providers – who want to put their patients first. In the Direct Primary Care model, he hopes to continue practicing the same evidence-based medicine he has always done, but now in a model that supports his style of care.
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