Personal, Quality Medical Care.


Canopy Family Care is Takoma Park’s Hometown Medical Practice

The nostalgia of knowing your neighborhood Doc – the little black medical bag, making house calls – is something I’ve carried with me in my vision to create an accessible, local medical practice here in Takoma Park.

With major advancements in telehealth technology and tools, I’ve brought my vision to life through Canopy Family Care – a convenient, telehealth-based, primary care practice where we build your holistic care plan – together.

From same-day appointments and secure messaging to eVisits and house calls, at Canopy Family Care, we focus on preventive health care, comprehensive and thoughtful referral care, and quickly responding to pressing concerns – combining the most advanced technologies with old-fashioned touches.

I’m a board-certified family physician with more than 9 years of clinical experience, delivering primary care both virtually and in-person. With Canopy Family Care, I’m combining my telehealth expertise with personal visits to bring patients accessible, quality care in the most convenient ways possible.
– Dr. Joey Nichols, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Personal Telehealth

Telehealth is much more than a video conference. You’ll see me, your family doctor, every visit, and telehealth just makes it more convenient and affordable. Plus, by incorporating a suite of digital assessment tools, we’ll have the information we need to complete your physical exam just like you were in the office.

Quality Care

I’m a board-certified family physician with more than 9 years of clinical experience – the last 3 solely devoted to telemedicine. I am an MD, MPH, and FAAFP and am proud to be the first-ever Primary Care Innovation Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Convenient & Affordable

Direct primary care means I am here when you need me. Most of the time that means a message or video conference/e-visit so we can go through your care plan, progress, and concerns. When there is something we can’t address virtually, I’ll come to you. And with my extensive network of referral providers, we’re on top of your specialty care.

Join the Canopy Community

Private practice, telehealth, and your own personal expert

We welcome you with a comprehensive exam. After that, we work on your care plan and make sure we’re focused on managing your needs and prevention priorities. When there is a lab, image, test, or referral needed, we work with you to coordinate what works best for your comfort, insurance, and convenience.

  • You see your family doctor every time you have an appointment
  • We create a care plan together that covers your physical, mental, spiritual, financial and social health
  • Schedule your own appointments quickly and easily online
  • If you have a pressing question, we can connect directly via secure messaging
  • If we need vital signs, to look more closely, or to listen, we send a digital health kit to your home
  • Lab work is as simple as scheduling a blood draw in your home or a trip to a local lab provider
  • Your membership includes 4 appointments every year
  • Additional telemedicine appointments are only $39 per visit
  • For non-emergent, non-telehealth needs, house calls are available
  • Straightforward pricing for reliable, quality care all the time
  • We focus as much on avoiding interventions that you don’t need, as on making sure you get everything you do need that’s clinically appropriate
  • We’re compatible with your PPO, medical cost sharing community, and some HSAs or FSAs
  • Our online prescription system makes refilling medications simple

We’re Welcoming New Patients Who Need:

A Trusted Partner

Building a lifelong relationship with your practitioner used to be the norm. Dr. Joey strives to be your trusted, experienced medical provider who understands you and your family, your medical history, and the importance of connection.

Thoughtful, Holistic Care

Today’s medicine often feels like a patchwork approach to treating symptoms. Dr. Joey approaches your care holistically. Canopy is focused on life’s journey, prevention behaviors and whole-health support – as well as ensuring you are treated quickly when needs arise.

Medicine with Heart

Say goodbye to long waits just to see an unfamiliar doctor for 8 rushed minutes. Dr. Joey’s visits are scheduled for 30 minutes. He listens patiently, puts you at ease, and is 100% affirming and accepting of every gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, ability, and national origin.

Ongoing Care For:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • ADHD in adults or children
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Weight management
  • PrEP / PEP / HIV prevention
  • Allergies
  • Digestive problems, such as Crohn’s, UC or IBS
  • Lung problems, such as Asthma or COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Birth control using pills, patches or rings

Diagnosis and Treatment Plans For:

  • Sinus infections
  • Rashes
  • Ear infections
  • Cough, colds or flu
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Yeast infections / vaginosis
  • Thyroid problems
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • International travel consultations
  • 100+ other conditions

We currently don’t treat:

  • Children under 5 years old (Coming soon!)
  • Life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or visit your local emergency room
  • Prenatal care or obstetrics, although we can handle the rest of your care while pregnant
  • Long-acting reversible contraception (e.g. IUDs, implants, shots), although we offer pills, patches or rings as clinically appropriate
  • Chronic pain requiring opioid medications, although we can coordinate care with your Pain Management specialist

Why Choose Canopy Family Care in Takoma Park

Dr Joseph (Joey) Nichols delivers old fashioned family medicine using the latest technologies at Canopy Family Care. We understand where our patients live, learn, work, and play. Because we know where you are coming from, we can meet you where you are on your health journey and help you get to where you want to be.

Get Started Now

Explore Enrollment Options at Canopy

Schedule a Discovery Call

To learn how Canopy Family Care works, schedule a free 30-minute discovery call with Dr Joey to discuss your needs and concerns.

Review our FAQs

We know you have questions because this is a new way of approaching primary care. Explore our frequently asked questions.

Enroll Online

When you are ready to join, our secure, online portal will walk you through our easy enrollment process step by step.

Membership Plans

We offer an exclusive subscription-based model that supports the practice and keeps our patient and membership costs low.

You can cancel your membership anytime for a prorated refund*, and you will never be provided with services that you don’t want or need.


per month per adult

Adults age 19+


per month per child

Children age 5-18

Billed Annually / Billed Monthly

What’s Included

You may be able to use your health savings account, flexible spending account, or file a claim for reimbursement for an out-of-network provider for services that we provide.

  • One-Time Enrollment Fee for a single Member of $99, with a maximum Enrollment Fee of $199 for all Members in the same household.
  • Each household must have at least one adult Member enrolled.
  • Discounts available of $20 per Member per month for households led by single parents, elder caregivers, or climate change or racial justice activists.

Wellness and Prevention

Annual Comprehensive Telemedicine Visit
A 60-minute visit with Dr. Nichols by live, real-time video, which includes: a pre-visit Health Risk Assessment questionnaire; gathering detailed biometric and physical exam data using diagnostic equipment that will be delivered to and from your home; and after the visit a trained professional will come to your home to draw blood for laboratory work.

Included in Membership Fee

Personalized Wellness Plan
An annual plan outlining specific actions and measures for your health goals and preventive care in the next year, which includes two 30-minute consultations with Dr. Nichols by live, real-time video for an initial review of the plan and a semi-annual progress review.

Included in Membership Fee

Patient Visits

Telemedicine Visits
A 30-minute visit with Dr. Nichols by live, real-time video with diagnostic equipment for the visit delivered to and from your home. (An AI-assisted triage and diagnosis tool helps confirm that the issue is appropriate for telemedicine.)

Four Telemedicine Visits per Member per year included in the Membership Fee, with additional Telemedicine Visits available at the Practice’s standard rates.

Direct Access by Secure Messaging and Telephone
Communicate directly with Dr. Nichols regarding clinically appropriate issues through secure messaging during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or by telephone on evenings and weekends.

Included in Membership Fee

Home Visits
When clinically appropriate, Dr. Nichols will be available to provide a visit in your home.

Home Visits available at $199 each

Enhanced Services

Diagnostic Equipment for Telemedicine Visits
Includes delivery to and from your home.

Included in Membership Fee

Extensive Availability
To address your medical needs.

When clinically appropriate, Dr. Nichols will be available for non-urgent, scheduled Telemedicine Visits and Home Visits during evenings and weekends on a case-by-case basis

In-Home Blood Draws
Schedule a blood draw in your home at a time that fits your schedule

Six (6) In-Home Blood Draws per Member per year included in the Membership Fee, with additional In-Home Blood Draws available at the Practice’s standard rates.

Family Sharing of Membership Benefits
Share your Telemedicine Visits and In-Home Blood Draw benefits among Members in your household

Included in Membership Fee

Comprehensive Coordination of Care
Dr. Nichols will coordinate your care with appropriate sub-specialists and facilities, and consult with hospital providers as necessary and appropriate.

Included in Membership Fee

Need More Details? Schedule a Free Discovery Call

*You may cancel your membership at any time for a prorated refund, minus the cost of your Annual Comprehensive Telemedicine Visit ($249) and Personalized Wellness Plan ($199 initial consultation, $149 semi-annual update), if you’ve had them already. The Enrollment Fee is not refundable.

What to Expect from Our Enrollment Process

1Discovery Call

First schedule a free 30-min video call to learn if Canopy Family Care is right for you and your family. If you choose to join, enroll with our no-hassle online process.

2Comprehensive eVisit and Personalized Wellness and Prevention Plan

Next, schedule an annual 60-min video call, usually within your first week of membership. Before the visit, you will complete an online risk assessment and tell us where to gather your medical records. During the visit, Dr Joey will guide you through a telemedicine based physical exam. After the visit, a phlebotomist will come to your home to collect blood samples. Then Dr Joey will develop your Personalized Wellness Plan and discuss it with you in a 30-min review call.

3Check In Frequently

Because we already know you so well at this point, we can answer any necessary questions or address minor issues by secure text message, at no additional charge.

4Focused eVisits

For any more complex issues, self-schedule 30-min video call, with same-day availability with a doctor who knows you. Home visits are available for those times when you really need a human touch.

Comprehensive Member Advantages

Canopy offers the following suite of membership advantages:

Annual Comprehensive Telemedicine Visit

A 60-min video call for each new member where we will discuss your health concerns and wellness goals.

Same Day Appointments

If you are sick, injured, or need medical advice, schedule a 30-minute e-consultation, with same day availability or weekend appointments via our secure, online portal.

Unlimited eCheckins

Contact Dr Joey via our secure messaging system whenever you have a question or concern. We will address your concern by the end of the same business day, usually within 1 hour.

Personalized Wellness and Prevention Plan

After discussing your health concerns, Dr Joey will develop a Personalized Wellness and Prevention Plan for you and each member in your family. This plan helps you keep on track with your health goals, stay up to date with preventative medicine, and access treatment or specialists as necessary.

Enhanced Telemedicine Exams

Using the latest FDA-cleared devices, we can listen to your heart and lungs, look in your ears and throat, collect all vital signs, take Dermatology-grade images of your skin, measure your lung function, assess the electrical activity of your heart, and gather detailed information about your body composition. We will deliver the necessary equipment to your home in time for your visit, and pick it up when the visit is over.


Our network of consultants in over 70 specialties provides eConsults and online second opinions, which may reduce the need for specialist visits in many cases. When necessary, we will refer you to specialists, complementary or alternative medical care, or essential services as needed.

House Calls

For health issues that can’t be resolved by telehealth, Dr Joey can visit you in your home. He will bring the latest, FDA-cleared devices with him to accurately diagnose you during your physical exam.

Prescription Refills

For stable, long-term medications, we refill your prescription for up to 1 year at a time, when appropriate. In the event you need a refill, or if there is any issue with the pharmacy, simply send Dr Joey a secure message.

Diagnostic Services

We will coordinate all diagnostic services like blood tests, mammograms, and x-rays for you. Many services can be provided from the convenience of your home or workplace.

After Hours

For after hours questions or concerns, contact Dr Joey directly by phone.

Medical Records

Access your medical records anytime via our secure, online portal.

Test Results

Access your test results on-demand via our secure, online portal.

Care Coordination

We will coordinate your care if you need specialists, hospitalization, surgery, alternative or complementary medical care, or other essential services.

Insurance Claim Forms

We will help you file insurance claims or submit expenses to your medical cost sharing community, HSA or FSA.

Meet Dr Joey

Joseph (Joey) Nichols, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is a board-certified family physician with over 9 years of clinical experience, the last 3 solely devoted to telemedicine. He was the first-ever Primary Care Innovation Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and in 2020 was elected Vice Chair of the AAFP Telemedicine Interest Group.

After working for the past three years exclusively in telehealth, Dr Joey is confident that more than 80% of patient needs in primary care can be met conveniently from the comfort of your laptop, phone or tablet. He uses his extensive experience, augmented by artificial intelligence triage tools, to determine when telemedicine isn’t the right solution, and he incorporates eConsults, house calls, and referrals into your care as needed.

He has special interests in mental health, community health, and using technology to make health care easier and more effective. He received his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine, ranked #1 among private medical schools for Primary Care. A native to the border region of south Texas, he moved with his family to Takoma Park in 2019 after 8 years in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Joey Nichols

Working in telehealth means my patients can see me from the comfort of their homes or workplaces. Canopy Family Care allows me to build relationships which improve your care, bringing that hometown feel to my own community combined with the convenience and quality of the latest telemedicine technologies.

Schedule my free 1-on-1 with Dr Joey

Canopy Family Care in the Community

At Canopy Family Care, we know that your zip code has a bigger impact on your health than your genetic code. We enhance the care we provide to our members by understanding the most important health issues affecting our local community.

Our Community Promise

We support the local economy by partnering with local small businesses.

We help you stay abreast of health related issues being discussed in our public schools and City and County government agencies.

We engage with local non-profit organizations that deliver essential services and support equitable and anti-racist policies.

We support students of color in choosing and succeeding in careers in family medicine, entrepreneurship, and health technology innovation.