Northwest Medical Group Welcomes New Family Nurse Practitioner to Valparaiso

Northwest Medical Group Welcomes New Family Nurse Practitioner to Valparaiso

Northwest Medical Group recently welcomed nurse practitioner Jennifer DeFauw, FNP-C. DeFauw joined the family medicine practice of Derek Gasper, D.O., and Vijaya Chapala, M.D., at the Northwest Medical Group – Primary Care office located at 1100 McDonald Drive in Valparaiso.

Ashley Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer for Northwest Health, shared that adding new practitioners is part of a continued effort by Northwest Medical Group to meet the growing demand for primary care throughout Porter, La Porte and Starke counties. Last year, Northwest Medical Group added more than 15 new providers to the area.

“We’ve seen the need for more primary care providers throughout Northwest Indiana in recent years and are pleased to add new practitioners and services here for the patients in the area,” said Dickinson.

DeFauw received both her master of science in nursing and her bachelor of science in nursing from Purdue Northwest in Hammond, Indiana. She specializes in general and preventive medicine for patients and provides treatment for acute illness and chronic conditions such as arthritis and high blood pressure. 

To schedule an appointment with DeFauw, call 219-464-9521 or visit

About Northwest Health

Northwest Health is a comprehensive healthcare system committed to providing communities in Northwest Indiana with high-quality, accessible healthcare—from highly specialized care and surgical services to more routine primary care. The system of more than 60 access points includes three hospitals, five emergency departments, urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers, an ambulance service, and physician offices. A team of more than 3,000 employees work together with the more than 700 physicians on its medical staffs. Northwest Health is owned in part by physicians. For more information, visit