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I was inspired to become a primary care physician after combating a childhood illness when I was 8. One day, I suddenly became ill with a high fever, debilitating joint pain, and swelling. My parents took me to our local urgent-care center several times over the following weeks, and each time I was sent home with a flu or viral infection diagnosis. However, my symptoms continued. Finally, we secured an appointment with my primary care physician. He suspected I had an autoimmune disease. After months of discomfort and fear, I was diagnosed and treated for juvenile idiopathic arthritis and fully recovered. 


This experience motivated me to become a doctor who takes the time to understand my patients’ health and concerns while developing a personal connection. I never wanted my patients to feel like a number or leave with questions. Our Direct Primary Care model allows us to build the relationships necessary to help our patients lead healthy lives. Your health matters to us.

Dr. Heikens


Dr. Heikens headshot



Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

College: University of Washington, Seattle, WA (BS in Microbiology)

Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Combined Residency, Baltimore, MD

Internal Medicine




When I’m not caring for my patients, I enjoy playing soccer and baseball with my two sons and bonding with my family outdoors. You can often find me in the garden or behind the grill. I look forward to welcoming you to Health Matters DPC and empowering you on your wellness journey.


My Free Time



Better Off Dead — “I want my two dollars!”

What’s your favorite movie?

Boarding an airplane with the right foot, not the left

What is your secret superstition?

Mendocino Farms' Not-so-fried Chicken Sandwich

What’s your favorite sandwich?

"Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Smoked brisket

What’s one food you can’t live without?

Most of my T-shirts

What’s one thing you own that you really should throw out?

“Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder

What song could you listen to for the rest of your life?

That I didn’t hang up the phone, and the person on the other end can still hear me

What is your strangest irrational fear?

My podcast app — Always trying to learn something new!

What’s the most-used app on your phone?

Seattle Seahawks

What’s your favorite sports team?

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