About Hope Family Medicine

Why Direct Primary Care

Over the years health insurance has become more and more unaffordable to businesses and citizens alike. Chances are if you purchase health insurance for your business/employees, or if you are an employee of a company you have felt this pain directly in your budget. Health insurance premiums continue to rise, as do the deductibles you must reach before any real benefits kick in. This has become commonplace. It is now just the way things are. But there is another option….

Direct Primary Care (DPC) isn’t a new idea. It’s actually been around for years. There are DPC clinics that exist in almost every state. Their goal is to change the delivery system of how health care is accessed. Without a third-party payer involved, like an insurance company, the patient and the provider make the decisions. The plans are much clearer without surprising hiccups from insurance or government payors. Patients can have greater time with their provider so that real health can flourish on principles of empowerment instead of dependence. And just to make things even more amazing, the health care costs drop significantly with a DPC model.

Ultimately the DPC model is a subscription-based healthcare system. It allows patients to pay a nominal monthly fee and have virtually unlimited access to a physician, or a nurse practitioner. Because DPC clinics are based in Family Medicine, they can often take care of over half of health care needs for most Americans.

Craig Hope FNP-C

Born in Utah, I spent the first few years of my life in Idaho Falls before moving to Plano, TX where I was raised. After graduating high school, I attended BYU Idaho for a year. I chose a school in Idaho because my whole family was from Idaho. My grandparents both lived and worked on farms in Idaho Falls and Malta, Idaho. I spent many summers helping them work on these farms, moving sprinkler pipe, picking wild oats and helping with the harvest.

I met my lovely wife in 2001, we got married that year and began our journey together – raising our 4 beautiful children. We have found parenting to be one of the most rewarding and meaningful endeavors in life. Our kids continue to surprise us and make us so very proud every day!!!

From there, I attended school for my undergraduate at California State University, Chico where I Majored in Nursing, and then Minored in Exercise Science. In 2009, during my time at school, I began my career in healthcare as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a local physical rehab facility. I spent the next 10 years as a Registered Nurse in critical care areas – the majority as a Trauma Nurse in the Emergency Department.

In 2018, I enrolled at California State University, Sonoma where I earned my Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Since then, I have spent time in Family Medicine where I have treated a large range of chronic diseases daily. I have also spent time working in an Urgent Care setting where I mainly treated acute illnesses and injuries, performed sports, DOT, and pre-employment physicals.

Craig Hope

“I am very passionate about mental health. Often, it is the beginning of many journeys we take even when the end goal is something different. I have always loved natural approaches to problems as well, and have an unending love of exercise, nature and the outdoors.”