Healthcare Providers

Thomas Meek, DO

Justin Crouse, PAC

Jacob Whitener, MD

Our team of health care providers aim to communicate effectively and work collaboratively resulting in enhanced patient safety and improved clinical performance throughout all the services we provide.

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Thomas Meek, DO

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine / Medical Director

Specialty: Family Medicine / Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Education: Residency Training,  University of New England / Southern Maine Medical Center. DO,  Medical School - Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. BS, Under Graduate - University of Rio Grande

Background: Dr. Meek grew up and attended medical school in rural Southeastern Ohio. He completed residency training in Portland, Maine where he specialized and became board certified in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (OMT). He has had the opportunity to do mission work in Kenya, Honduras, Peru, as well as domestically and has lived and practiced in Western North Carolina since 2012.

 

These experiences have allowed him to recognize the need for healthcare in diverse, and often remote, under served areas. This has shaped his philosophy - to make the most out of each and every medical appointment. The best possible outcome results from a collaborative effort between the patient and physician. The goal is to avoid prescriptions and procedures whenever possible and ultimately, to find health.

As a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Dr. Meek received extra training in Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT) during medical school and residency. OMT is a treatment option similar in some ways to physical therapy, chiropractic, & massage therapy often utilized to treat painful muscular and skeletal conditions without medications.

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Justin Crouse, PAC

Physicians Assistant

Specialty: Family Medicine / Behavioral Medicine

Education: Undergraduate Degree in Molecular Biology from UNC, Graduate Degree from LR 

Background: Justin is experienced in Psychiatry, Addiction medicine, Primary care, and Geriatrics. He also spent time at Christian ministry in Hickory.  Found a calling for the underserved.

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Jacob Whitener, MD

Medical Doctor

Specialty: General Psychiatry / Behavioral Medicine

Education: BA - Wake Forest University;  BSN - Lenoir-Rhyne University;  MD Wake Forest University Health Sciences;  Residency NC Baptist Hospital.

Background: Born and raised in Hickory, NC;  has spent the majority of career in Public/Government healthcare systems in NC and with the Veterans Administration;  has an interest in tailored medication therapy for patients utilizing psycho pharmacogenomics testing.

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Chasity Spake, MA

Practice Manager

Specialty: Medical

Background: Highly accomplished, hardworking medical assistant and phlebotomist with over 16 years of experience working with a variety of patients. Primary Care, Behavioral Health and specialty practices. Strong constitution and ability to work in high-stress situations. Excellent knowledge of medical procedures, record-keeping activities and terminology.