Kennedy U. Onori, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
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The most gratifying part of my job is building a trusting relationship with my patients and helping them achieve their personal health goals.
– Kennedy U. Onori, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Kennedy U. Onori, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner - Family Medicine

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Duke Primary Care Henderson - Henderson, NC
Board Certified
American Nurses Credentialing Center
The most gratifying part of my job is building a trusting relationship with my patients and helping them achieve their personal health goals.
– Kennedy U. Onori, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

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About Me

Growing up in Nigeria, I witnessed first-hand how lack of access to health care led to preventable health complications and poor health outcomes. This problem is not unique to developing countries, but also present in rural communities across North Carolina. I think this is unacceptable and is a motivating factor in my becoming an advanced health care provider. I enjoy working with patients across the socioeconomic spectrum, but especially with patients in underserved and rural communities where access to healthcare is not only a challenge but often consequential.

I view my relationship with my patients as a partnership. It is a partnership because the patient and I must work together to identify their health issues and find solutions that gets them to desired health outcome.
To this end, I employ a holistic approach in my interaction with my patients. I feel it is not enough to simply tell a patient to take medications to control their high blood pressure, their diabetes, or their depression. I feel it is important we examine these health issues in the context of the multitude of factors (stressors) potentially at play and contributory to the patient’s current health state. And if we can mitigate these stressors and achieve a desired outcome without a medication prescription, then even better.

I am married to my wonderful wife and together, we have a daughter in college. When not at work, I enjoy traveling with my family, gardening, and fishing.

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Nurses Credentialing Center
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
FNP-BC, East Carolina University (North Carolina), 2020
BSN, Baker University (Kansas), 1997

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

External Relationships

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