Primary Care Physicians

Our Primary Care Physicians

You’re entering a community that lets primary care doctors be the doctors they were trained to be, and the caring, compassionate doctors they long to be. Similar to "concierge medicine," and also referred to as direct primary care, our doctors let you be their customer instead of the insurance carriers being their customer. Our Primary Care Physicians care for patients aged middle school and older.

Studies show fantastic results when patients are connected to a personal direct primary care physician:
• 36% decrease in hospital inpatient days
• 65% decrease in visits to emergency departments and specialists
• 82% fewer surgeries

HIPnation puts you at the center of your healthcare--as it should be!

It’s a different experience that will help you be healthier, provide you more convenience and access to your HIPnation Primary Care Physician, and cost you less money.

Chris Knox, MMSc, PA-C: Functional Medicine

Medical care is provided by Chris Knox PA-C, under the direct supervision of Nicholas Beaulieu, MD. Functional medicine is an approach to healthcare that helps patients understand the root cause of their symptoms. Patients and providers work together to create individualized comprehensive treatment plans to address the underlying cause of disease. Lifestyle changes, diet and nutrition, stress management/self care, mindfulness, therapeutic movement/exercise, and where appropriate, supplements and/or pharmaceuticals can be aspects of each patient’s treatment plan.

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Please note: Your primary contact will be Chris Knox.

Dr. Nicholas Beaulieu

Highland Urgent Care and Family Medicine

920 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Office:   404-815-1957

Please note: Your primary contact will be Chris Knox.

Christina Berry Knox MMSc, PA-C, practices family and urgent care medicine under the direct supervision of Nicholas Beaulieu MD. Chris received her Master of Medical Science degree from Emory University in 2007.  She is Board Certified through the NCCPA and has practiced in Primary Care, Orthopaedics, and Urgent Care for over a decade. She is experienced in caring for patients with acute illnesses or chronic diseases, as well as counseling patients in best practices for achieving optimal health and wellness.

In 2016 Chris completed Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice training through the Institute for Functional Medicine.  She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Georgia Academy of Physician Assistants.  She has maintained national board certification for Physician Assistants, serves on the Admission Committee for Emory University’s PA Program, and mentors medical students.  A wife and mother, Chris tries to achieve work-life balance, without truly knowing exactly what that means.








Dr. Nicholas Beaulieu (Bowl-you) M.D. completed a B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and English at The University of Miami, Medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, and an Urban Family Practice Residency at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles serving as Chief Resident.

He went on to work in the Emergency Department for the next eight years before opening Highland Urgent Care and Family Medicine now in its fifteenth year. He incorporated Highland Travel Medicine twelve years ago which specializes in infectious disease issues related to foreign travel.

Dr. Beaulieu, always interested in the treatment of the whole patient, went on to study acupuncture and Functional Medicine obtaining a Certification in Functional Medicine from the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Starting work at an early age in his families small business he rapidly developed an affinity for business. Applying this business acumen to medicine, he has thrived through the extinction of the solo practitioner. His current business model incorporates the tenets of Direct Primary Care, being one of the first practices in Georgia to adopt this model.

Dr. Beaulieu is a Father, Physician, and Businessman dedicated to the delivery of exceptional Primary Care achieved by developing a personal relationship with every patient.

Dr. Sherika Newman

Montgomery Medical

35 Collier Rd. NW #185
Atlanta, GA 30309

Office:   404-590-0626

Dr. Sherika Newman is the physician every patient deserves. With a gentle spirit and a listening ear, she pours love into every patient experience. For Dr. Newman, palliative care is not just a practice–it’s a calling.

After attending Nova Southeastern College of Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL, she completed her Family Medicine residency in 2008. Then, in 2009, she finished her Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Broward Health.

Since then, Dr. Newman has played a leading role in both inpatient and outpatient palliative medicine including: operating her own private practice from 2009-2011, leading the Lee Memorial Hospital Q-Life Palliative Medicine Program from 2011 until 2014 and managing at Emory University as the Palliative Site Director of Emory Saint Joseph Hospital until July 2017.

In 2012, Dr. Newman was a nominee for the Robert Wood Johnson Leadership Award. She has also left her mark on the Florida Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Therapy (POLST).

In Newman, you get more than just a physician; Dr. Newman has a heart for the people. She is a public speaker who uses local and regional platforms to educate communities on Palliative Care including an appearance on WZVN in Fort Myers, an ABC affiliate, where she spoke openly about compassionate care.

Dr. Gary Orris

Lanier Family Healthcare

5830 Bond Street
Suite 200
Cumming, GA 30040

Office:  770-205-5518

Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday:
7:45am – 4:30pm
8:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday – Sunday:

Dr. Orris earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He completed his post-graduate training in Emergency Medicine at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is honored to serve as the Medical Director for the Forsyth County Fire Department, the Forsyth County 911 Service, and Atlanta Training Center. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.

As a native of Georgia, Dr. Orris has spent his entire healthcare career caring for patients in the communities of metro Atlanta and eastern Georgia.

Dr. Gary Dalley


3515 Braselton Hwy.
Bldg. E-2
Dacula, GA 30019

Office:  770-691-5656


Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
8:00am – 8:00pm
9:00am – 1:00pm

Dr. Gary Dalley received his Medical degree from Wake Forest University and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of North Carolina, one of the top training programs in the country. He has over 20 years of clinical experience treating adults with Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol and many other conditions, and specializes in the care of patients with multiple medical problems.

Dr. Dalley has applied his unique background in leadership and computer experience to his practice of medicine and has always been an early adopter of Electronic Medical Records, health care information systems and new ways to use technology to enhance the medical care of his patients. He is a past Chief of Staff at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, and Co-founder of the Braselton Clinic in Braselton Georgia.

Dr. Truc Nguyen

Conscious Medical & Anti-Aging Center

6601 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Suite 220
Duluth, GA 30097

Office:  770-789-9497

Dr. Truc Nguyen is a family medicine physician, with a profound interest and emphasis on functional medicine, which allows her to treat her patients as individuals while getting to the root cause of illness. She has noticed there are certain structures within the healthcare system that inadvertently diminish the patient-doctor relationship and how the lack of this powerful relationship affects the outcome of patients. Patients want to be heard and understood by their doctors and Dr. Nguyen brings that to her practice.

She also trained in Functional Medicine with the Institute of Functional Medicine – using biomedical testing, food-as-medicine, mindfulness (meditation), lifestyle modifications, and coaching/interviewing techniques to effectively identify and treat the root cause of diseases.

She acknowledges her courageous parents, her son, and her brother for supporting her and her dreams in pursuing individualized high-quality healthcare for all people.

Dr. Albert Johary

1320 Center Drive
Suite 100
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Office: 770-730-8908

Dr. Albert Johary has been practicing Internal Medicine in metro Atlanta since receiving his M.D. degree in 1990. A graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Johary received his Bachelors of Science degree with HIGH HONORS in Microbiology and Cell Science. He received his Medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida, and completed his internship and residency training at the Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Johary has been an active instructor of medical students and residents from Georgia Regents/Medical College of Georgia where he serves as a full Clinical Professor. Dr. Johary teaches 4th year medical students from Georgia Regents in his office each month, and has been the recipient of several Teaching Awards for dedication to medical student education. Dr. Johary has also been listed as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumer’s Research Council in Washington, D.C for several years. Dr. Johary is very active in organized medicine, serving for over a decade on the Board of Directors of the Medical Association of Atlanta. He has been featured in numerous medical segments from various media venues such as the “Ask the Doctor” program on WSB AM radio, CNN, the Anderson Cooper Show, Channel 5 Alive local news, and Sandy Springs Radio.

Dr. Johary and his staff pride themselves in being very personable and attentive to their patients’ needs. He and his staff are able to work together to provide quality healthcare in a warm, compassionate, non-hurried environment. Dr. Johary and his staff enjoy their work and it shows.

Dr. Alex Rikhter

Perimeter Office

6105 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd
Suite C-125
Atlanta GA  30328

Office: 770-351-0900

Office Hours:

Monday:  8:00am – 2:00pm
Tuesday:  8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday:  8:00am – 12:00pm
Friday:   8:00am – 2:00pm

Dr. Rikhter received his Internal Medicine Degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and scored in the top 3% on the Board of Internal Medicine exam. He was named one of 20 “Best Physicians Patient Choice” by Atlanta Magazine.

Dr. Rikhter’s panel of patients is FULL. 

Dr. Robert Herrera

Johns Creek / Duluth Office

10680 Medlock Bridge Rd.
Suite 205
Johns Creek, GA 30097

Office:    678-796-6945 

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
8:30am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Saturday – Sunday:

Dr. Robert D. Herrera is an experienced primary care physician who has been caring for patients and their families since 1997. Dr. Herrera received his bachelor’s degree in biology and his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He went on to complete a combined internship and residency in internal medicine at Emory University.

Dr. Herrera believes the most important goal for physicians is to help others, and he works hard to help his patients be as healthy as they can be. This includes spending as much time as possible with each patient. He is a skilled listener, which helps him develop relationships with his patients. This allows him to personalize his advice about preventive health care beyond the usual age and gender standards. Dr. Herrera strives to understand not only his patients’ current medical issues, but to provide individualized advice about healthy lifestyle habits and other preventive strategies that can help maintain good health.

Dr. Herrera grew up in a suburban area in New York and came to Atlanta from Washington, D.C. He is married and has two children. When he isn’t caring for patients, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys playing tennis, especially with his family.

Dr. Dwana Bush

Roswell Office

formerly known as Center for Integrative Health

Roswell Business Center*
11660 Alpharetta Highway
Building 200
Suite 285
Roswell, GA 30076

*Some GPS directions are incorrect. We are located at the intersection of Alpharetta Highway and Hospital Drive, opposite of North Fulton Hospital.


Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday:
8:30am – 4:00pm
8:30am – 1:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 

Dr. Dwana Bush received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at The Medical University of South Carolina. She is board certified in family medicine. She was named Georgia Family Physician of the Year and has been listed by Atlanta Magazine as one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors for 12 years in a row.

Dr. Bush believes that “Health is soundness of body, mind and spirit that satisfies you and allows you to make a meaningful difference to others.”

She strives to help all of her patients achieve their own personal best quality of life, productivity and prosperity throughout their entire life span.

Dr. Ayesha Shaikh

Roswell Office

formerly known as Center for Integrative Health

Roswell Business Center*
11660 Alpharetta Highway
Building 200
Suite 285
Roswell, GA 30076

*Some GPS directions are incorrect. We are located at the intersection of Alpharetta Highway and Hospital Drive, opposite of North Fulton Hospital.

404 255-5774

Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday:
8:30am – 4:00pm
8:30am – 1:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 

Dr. Shaikh graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College. Dr. Shaikh completed her residency at Emory Family Medicine Residency Program. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Shaikh welcomes patients who speak English, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi. Her awareness of these different languages makes her accessible to patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Dr. Stanley Brown

Stanley Brown, M.D.

Sandy Springs Office

5885 Glenridge Dr.
Suite 200
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Office:  770-391-0552

Office Hours:

 7:00am – 11:30am
12:30pm – 3:30pm

Dr. Brown graduated from Arkansas State University in 1985. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock in 1990. He completed his family medicine residency in Newport News, VA in 1993. Dr. Brown is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Erinn Harris

Harris Internal Medicine

245 Greencastle Rd.
Suite B
Tyrone, GA 30290

Office:  770-954-5010


Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
8:30am – 11:30am
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Saturday – Sunday:

Dr. Erinn Harris-James is an internist in Tyrone, Georgia and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. She received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. “I became frustrated with the current healthcare system. The pressure to see a lot of patients in a short period of time left me feeling quite overwhelmed. The increased burden of paperwork and insurance regulations resulted in my professional burnout. Now, I am able to spend more time with my patients and really get to know them. My patients have become like family.”


  • "My daughter Ann injured her knee and needed immediate medical attention. In less than 24 hours, we were enrolled in Hip nation and saw an Internal Medicine Doctor and Orthopedic Doctor plus my daughter was equipped with a knee brace and crutches and an xray all for $400. That would never have happened that quick and for that cost had I done it out of pocket or through a high deductible medical plan."  C.P.
  • "We have 4 children. Easy access to our doctor is important to me. Our primary care doctor handles almost everything for our family. What a difference it makes having 24/7 access to our doctor! I suspected my son had strep throat: I called the office; they made an appointment to see the doctor within 30 minutes; we saw the doctor; she did the test and gave me the prescription and we had the medicine all within 2 hours. Everything about the experience was personal and efficient. That makes all the difference!"  J.B.
  • "We are a family of three who originally had health insurance through our jobs, but lost it due to rising costs. We knew we needed to do something to have good health insurance, so we went onto the healthcare marketplace and bought a policy. Several months later we just couldn't handle the financial strain. Our premiums were through the roof and we were afraid to go to the doctor because it was just going to cost so much anyway. We needed a change. Our experience with HIP has been exactly what we hoped. It is simple. It is easy. We got so tired of the run around with insurance and it always felt like we weren't even getting any value. HIP has changed that because our costs our lower, the connection to our doctor is so much simpler and we couldn't be happier. We are saving thousands each year. The biggest question really is, why doesn't everybody do this?"  C.B.
  • "Even as a Type 1 Diabetic, I have saved thousands of dollars this year while receiving the best care ever! My doctors care about me and do what is best for me. Insurance companies no longer control my care - my physicians do."  D.B.
  • "Our family has always been hesitant to go to the doctor, mainly because of all the hassle. Even getting prescriptions filled was a time consuming and challenging thing for us. With HIP, it's much better. I can think of one example on particular where I was heading out of town in a few weeks. I needed some medication before then and over the counter meds weren't working. So I called my doctor and told her the situation. She prescribed something for me over the phone, sent it to the pharmacy, and I was able to pick it up. Easy."  C.A.B.
  • "My experience with HIPnation started immediately with my first prescription I had to pick up. I have been on a medication for the last few years after a surgery. I have paid $40.00 as my copay each month when I picked this up at Walgreens. When I lost my insurance, it cost me $234.00 for the next month so I needed an answer. I was able to go to Concord Pharmacy in Johns Creek as a member of HIPnation and get the same medication for $17.50. Crazy!"  B.H.
  • "I wanted to share our family's story of how HIP Primary Care Plus has already impacted our monthly prescription drug costs. My husband has had some heart issues in the past and takes 4 different medications. Since we each have a deductible to meet the cost of my husband's 4 prescriptions had been running about $500 each time we re-filled for a 90 day supply. As soon as we joined HIP, we called to have Concord Pharmacy in the John's Creek area, refill our medications and we were shocked at the difference we had to pay. We were able to purchase three of the four medications my husband took and my two medications, all generics for $225.00 for a 90 day supply. When the pharmacist gave us the price, we asked him to check to he had rung up all of the medications as the price was so low! We saved $300 on my husband's prescriptions and saved $200 on my medications in the first month. My advice is that everyone should find out more about HIP Primary Care Plus and see if this is a program for you. We know it has met our needs and believe it can for anyone!!!" D.R.G.
  • "We just signed up our daughter and son in law in Hip Nation. We met Dr. Shaikh on Monday and have to say she is the best primary care physician we have ever seen in our 61 years! What a wonderful doctor and have already used the 24/7 access with a few minor questions and received an immediate response. Such a wonderful way to practice medicine!"  G.C.
  • "This is pretty Amazing. Thanks so much for the help. Really appreciate it, as it will make a big, big difference in my quality of life."  P.B.

Healthcare As It Should Be

Healthcare and wellness services for you and your family should be both accessible and affordable. To contact us and learn more, please click HERE. To join HIPnation please click HERE.