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Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Residency: University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics

Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine 

Megan Moini, MD

Dr. Megan Moini is a board-certified internal medicine physician (and pediatrician, because one residency wasn't enough!). She grew up in a small town in rural Oregon before her family relocated to Florida, where she completed high school and then college at the University of South Florida. Fate then brought her to Cleveland when she was accepted to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she earned her M.D. and later completed her residency training at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. After moving to Colorado to practice for 3 years, she and her family returned to Ohio because Cleveland felt like home. Dr. Moini practiced at Cleveland Clinic and was actively involved in teaching medical students and residents.


Increasingly frustrated with hospital-based primary care, she learned about the direct primary care movement and decided to open her own practice to better serve her patients. She opened Emerald DPC in October of 2020.

Dr. Moini lives in Shaker Heights with her husband, two young sons, and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, reading fiction, and exploring the many great restaurants and bars in Cleveland.

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Rachel Peterson, FNP-C

Meet the Team

Rachel Peterson is a board-certified family nurse practitioner that began her career as a pediatric nurse. She is from a small town in rural Ohio, and graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. Rachel then realized she preferred caring for humans, and went on to study nursing at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton's School of Nursing. She completed her BSN in 2005 and worked as a pediatric RN for three years before graduating from Case Western with a Master of Science in Nursing and becoming a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2008 and worked in the Internal Medicine & Pediatrics division treating infants, children, and adults for 14 years before  joining Dr. Moini at Emerald Direct Primary Care in 2022. 


Her special interests include: general health and wellness, asthma, women's health, and anticoagulation. 


Rachel resides in Auburn Township with her husband, three children, and lots of animals! She lived in Shaker Heights for 11 years prior to moving to Geauga County. She enjoys spending time with her family, teaching Sunday school, going to Playhouse Square to watch a play or the Ballet,  being outdoors, and working out at her local gym with her friends! 

Nursing School: Case Western Reserve University

Master of Science in Nursing: Case Western Reserve University

Board Certifications: American Board of Nurse Practitioners - Family Nurse Practitioner

Years Experience: 14 

From Dr. Moini:

I love primary care and truly believe I have the best job in the world. It is such a privilege to be invited into someone's life and have them share their goals, fears, setbacks, and victories with me. I feel strongly that everyone should have access to great healthcare, and a huge part of that is a primary care physician, who can manage 80-90% of health concerns, and serve as an ally and resource for the other 10%. As the healthcare system evolves, it gets farther from meeting the needs of the patients, and even the doctors and nurses providing the care. I started Emerald Direct Primary Care because I wanted to create a practice completely focused on providing ideal medical care for my patients that I could be proud of.

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