Wednesday, 03 July 2019 23:03

Nurse practitioner to Join FirstHealth Family Medicine in Ellerbe

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ELLERBE — Certified family nurse practitioner Sharon Saunders will join Bo Kopynec, M.D., and Bridget Thompson, PA-C, at FirstHealth Family Medicine in Ellerbe on July 8, 2019.

“Ellerbe is a wonderful town with some of the greatest people,” says Saunders. “I look forward to being a part of the remarkable team at FirstHealth.”

Saunders earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from Duke University where she also completed a family nurse practitioner post master’s certificate program.

Prior to joining FirstHealth, Saunders worked as a nurse practitioner specializing in wound and vascular care. She has seen first-hand the damage that can be caused by chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.

“Personally and professionally, I have a special interest in the prevention of chronic wounds and arterial disease,” says Saunders. “It is my desire to work with my patients to promote disease prevention and wellness, and to help them achieve a desirable level of health.”

Saunders takes a personal approach to health care.

“It is my philosophy to treat my patients as I would my own family,” says Saunders. “I strive to provide the highest quality of evidence-based medical care with respect and dignity for my patients and their families.”

As a family nurse practitioner, Saunders will care for patients of all ages and provide care for a variety of conditions from annual wellness visits to the management of chronic diseases.

FirstHealth Family Medicine-Ellerbe is located at 112 E. Ballard Street. To make an appointment with Sharon Saunders, FNP, call 910-652-2663.