Classifiers based on parametric or non-parametric learning methods have different advantages and disadvantages. To take advantage of the strengths of both methods, we propose an algorithm that combines a parametric model (logistic regression) with a non-parametric classification method (k-nearest neighbors). This combination is based on a measure of appropriateness that uses a heuristic to decide which of the two components should contribute more to the final classification output. We measure the performance of this combination method on two data sets (one from medical informatics, and one consisting of simulated data) in terms of areas under the ROC curves (AUCs). We are able to demonstrate that our method of combining classifiers exceeds the performance of both individual classifiers taken separately.