Nurse Practitioners

Derek McClure

Derek McClure DNP, FNP-BC (ANCC)

DNP, FNP-BC (ANCC)

Derek McClure is a high country native, and has been working as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in Ashe County since 2003, working independently since 2008.

Derek holds undergraduate degrees from Appalachian State University (BS, Health Promotion) and Lenoir-Rhyne College (BS, Nursing). He obtained his first graduate degree from East Tennessee State University (MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner) and specializes in rural family care. Derek completed his Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) through Concordia University Wisconsin in 2015. Holistic (all-encompassing) care is the foundation for care provided, and preventive health is paramount to the nature of services rendered. As the healthcare industry as a whole is dynamic, staying current and seeking continual education endeavors is important and this acceptance is represented by Derek’s desire to pursue a higher level of education.

“Our mission is to help others want to help themselves. Through education, advanced testing, comprehensive care, and focusing on the human resilience factor, we can facilitate change and improve outcomes in the lives of our patients as well as in our community. Our practice offers many new and advanced aspects of assessment and treatment unique to primary care,” says Derek. “We take a genuine interest in our patients, our community, and the quality of care we provide.”

Derek is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

West Jefferson

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Shirley Warner

Shirley Warner DNP, FNP-C (AANP), WHNP-BC (NCC)

DNP, FNP-C (AANP), WHNP-BC (NCC)

Shirley Warner holds dual ceritifcations as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Originally from England where she practiced as a Midwife, Shirley brings a vast array of life and professional experience to the practice setting. She has completed two undergraduate degrees, a graduate degree (MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner), a post-masters certificate program (Women's Health Nurse Practitioner), and recently completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). Though she has been serving the high country for many years, Shirley joined Ashe Family Healthcare in 2012.

West Jefferson

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Amy Nix

Amy Nix MSN, FNP-C (AANP)

MSN, FNP-C (AANP)

Amy is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and has been with AFH since 2010. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and joined the practice soon after completing her training. Amy brings a pleasant blend of alternative medicine and family practice experience to the organization.

West Jefferson

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Claudia Burkhalter

Claudia Burkhalter MSN, FNP-C (AANP), LAc

MSN, FNP-C (AANP), LAc

Claudia Burkhalter is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, working primarily in our Banner Elk location as Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc). Having studied nationally and internationally, Claudia brings a refreshing perspective and a vast understanding of modern medicine as well as naturopathic (alternative) medicine, blending “east meets west” and helps Ashe Family Healthcare broaden its services to the patients we serve.

Banner Elk

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Physician Assistants

Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith MPAS, PA-C

MPAS, PA-C

New to Ashe Family Healthcare in September 2015, Michael is a Family Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) and has more than thirty years of medical experience. Michael retired from the United States Air Force in 2008 after serving nearly twenty-five years as an enlisted man and then as an officer.

Through military service, Michael traveled to many places and attended many colleges and universities – always in pursuit of higher education. He holds two bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska College and has advanced training in family medicine.

Michael is a skilled minor surgeon: removing moles, lumps & bumps, repairing lacerations (big and small); reducing dislocated shoulders, fingers and toes; injecting shoulders, elbows, knees and trigger points; and is especially qualified to care for nearly all your health concerns from rashes to acne, high blood pressure to diabetes, teething babies to post partum depression, allergies to asthma, and from physicals to preventative exams & screenings.

West Jefferson

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