Heather realized in her teenage years that she wanted to work in healthcare. During her senior year of high school, she took a job as a ward secretary at Ashe Memorial Hospital. It was there that she fell in love with nursing and realized this was the career she wanted to pursue.
Heather received an associates degree in nursing from Wilkes Community College in 2002. She then went on to receive her bachelor of science in nursing from Winston-Salem State in 2004. She worked as an intermediate care nurse and then a school nurse for several years. She became more passionate about caring for the entire family. She then returned to school receiving her master of science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner from East Tennessee State University in 2010. She worked at Mount Jefferson Family Medicine for 8 years.
While working as a family nurse practitioner, Heather discovered that so many patients have illnesses and chronic disease that can be avoided and often times reversed by making simple lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, the insurance-based medical practice does not allow providers to spend extended amounts of time with patients to educate them about how to better care for themselves and reverse chronic illnesses.
Heather’s personal goal is to empower patients with the tools to help them lead a healthy lifestyle. In order to achieve this, Heather collaborated with Maggi Birdsell, Registered Dietician, to open their own practice. Heather’s professional goal is to work with patients to help them decrease and eliminate chronic medical problems. She also wants to assist those leading a healthy lifestyle in maintaining this for years to come.
Heather lives with her husband, Marty, and their two children, Harper and Hadley, their dog, Hazel, and cat Princess Patches in Crumpler, NC. In her free time she enjoys back porch sittin’, CrossFit, antiques and flea markets, and spending time with family and friends. She is an active member of Midway Baptist Church and enjoys giving back to the community.