Dr. Ricky Haug

Ricky Haug, MD did his undergraduate work at Cornell University and after graduating from Temple School of Medicine he then completed his family medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. After residency he moved to West Chester, PA and has been practicing in the area since 2009. While doing his training in Philadelphia and practicing medicine for Penn Family Medicine Southern Chester County he noticed that time, accessibility and cost are major barriers to optimal health. There was a time in the not so distant past when strong relationships, accessibility and affordable care were the core to practicing medicine. Dr. Haug is passionate about returning those qualities to his patients and utilizing the great technology we have available today. When he is not in the office, Dr. Haug is passionate about spending time with his amazing wife and two awesome boys. He also enjoys exercising, gardening, carpentry and traveling.

Starting August 2019


Dr. Paul Yerkes

Paul Yerkes, MD graduated from Villanova University and, after practicing as an Engineer for five years, decided to pursue medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.  He completed his Family Medicine residency at Christiana Care Health System where he also served as Chief Resident.   Dr. Yerkes is passionate about serving the community in which he was born and raised and hopes to bring a return of the “town doc” feel by providing high quality primary care built on a foundation of meaningful relationships, access, and trust.  Dr. Yerkes pursued a job in direct primary care as he believes the cost of health care should be transparent and insurance should not inhibit care.  In addition to serving his community, Dr. Yerkes has also served his country as a Combat Engineer in the United States Marine Corps and has a passion for providing healthcare to veterans.  Outside of Medicine, Dr. Yerkes enjoys running, mountain biking, gardening, and spending time with his two young daughters and his incredible wife. 

Nurse April Hipkins

April Hipkins, LPN is our nurse at Core Family Practice. April received her nursing degree and Intravenous Certification from the Center for Arts and Technology in 2012. Prior to Core Family Practice April worked in an urgent care setting where she provided a wide range of acute care. April is a strong advocate for affordable and accessible patient care and believes listening is the core to good healthcare. 

April is active in the community especially with the local youth football program Avon Grove Wildcats where she is the medical director for the league. In her spare time April enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 young sons as well as amateur photography. 

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Patient Care Coordinator: Kara Gibbons

Kara Gibbons is our patient care coordinator.  Kara was raised in Northbridge, Massachusetts. She attended Salem State College earning a Bachelor of Educational Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She also attended Immaculata University for Special Education.   She has worked as a Kindergarten Teacher in Massachusetts, a Behavior Specialist in Berkeley California, a Special Education Teaching Assistant in the Kennett Consolidated School District and currently works as a Specials Teacher at Kennett Preschool Cooperative. Kara is currently training to be a health coach.

Kara has lived in Kennett Square for over 13 years and is an active member of the community. She enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and having spontaneous adventures with her husband, Kris, and their 3 loving and fun kids, Chase, Maia and Reece.

You can reach Kara at


Signing up for Core Family Practice is extremely easy. Fill out our new patient registration form to reserve your spot.  The $65 enrollment fee and monthly membership fee will be charged to the credit card you have provided at the time of enrollment.  

After completing your registration you will be able to access the patient portal and complete the initial forms and patient history information.  Signing up will require you to enter a credit card number and we will let you know when your registration is complete.