Our Personnel

 

Clinical Team

Dr. Pittman, M.D.

Venica Harris, C.M.A.

Ashely Coats

Melissa Zuromski, B.S.

Diane Corbin, B.S.


Administrative Team

Sharon Reynolds, B.S

Younger Mattox, B.A.

Amanda Simmons

Danielle Godwin

Rhacinda Douglas, B.S.

Angelica Getz, A.A.S.

 

Total Health Nutrition Center

Jeff Hickman, B.A.

Melissa Zuromski, B.S.

Ken Hendrickson, B.A.

 

 

Clinical Team


John C. Pittman, M.D. 

Medical Director

John C. Pittman, a fourth generation physician, has long been dedicated to the research-based integration of alternative, complementary and conventional treatments for achieving optimal health and maximizing the natural healing capabilities of the body. He received his B.S. in biology in 1980 and completed studies for a master’s degree in biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Georgia in 1982. He received his medical degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1986 and attended the Pediatric Residency Program at NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with an emphasis in Preventive Medicine. Later, while serving as Emergency Department Director at hospitals in Rocky Mount and Southport, NC, he began exploring ways to combine conventional medicine with nutrition, botanicals, and other natural therapies as an integral part of clinical medical practice.

Since founding the Carolina Center in 1994, Dr. Pittman has further enhanced his understanding of integrative medicine through clinical training at the Autism Research Institute and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society’s Physician Training Program. A long-time student of biological detoxification strategies, he is certified by the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology (not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties). He has lectured frequently at the UNC School of Medicine’s Program on Integrative Medicine and presently serves as a member of the state's Vector Disease Task Force and was the former President of the North Carolina Integrative Medicine Society. From the beginning, Dr. Pittman’s vision for the Center was to bring together multiple healing modalities in order to help patients overcome chronic degenerative illnesses and bolster their health and wellness.

 

Venica Harris, C.M.A. 

Medical Assistant

Venica joined the U.S. Armed Forces in 2003 after graduating from San Bernardino High School in Los Angeles. While serving in the military, she maintained medical supplies initially in Germany and later in Iraq. In 2005, she left the army and went on to complete her Associates Degree as a Medical Assistant at Miller-Motte College in Cary, NC. She is currently working towards completing her education at North Carolina Central University to become a nurse practitioner. Since joining the Carolina Center in 2010, Venica has worked as the Clinical Care Coordinator and subsequently as Intake Coordinator, assisting Dr. Pittman in the initial information intake for office visits.

 

Ashely Coats

Treatment Plan Coordinator, Lab Supervisor

Ashley Coats is a native of Dunn NC. She attended Central Carolina Community College in 2005 where she played junior college basketball and received her phlebotomy certification. She is currently continuing her education in the medical field at Wake tech Community College. Ashley started working at the Carolina Center as the office phlebotomist through Solstas Lab Partners in 2013. As of Jan 2015 she has joined our team as Lab Supervisor and Treatment Plan Coordinator. When she is not at the Carolina Center she is at the gym practicing Muay Thai under the Thai Boxing Association and BJJ under Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  

 

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Melissa Zuromski, B.S.

Nutrition Educator

Melissa has been a part of the Total Health team since the summer of 2012 has recently begun providing Nutrition Education for all new Carolina Center patients.  She is a graduate of James Madison University, where she studied Health Sciences. Her path led her into the information technology field as a programmer and business analyst. In 2001 she married her husband Michael and they now have 2 beautiful children. She has been a stay-at-home mom for 9 years and is now entering back into the work force in a field she truly enjoys and believes in – integrative medicine and disease prevention. In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors with her husband Michael, and their children Ayden and Anabelle. They also have a dog named Olive and a little cat named Emmie. They enjoy traveling, yoga, running, cycling and camping together as a family.  



Diane Corbin, B.S.

MSA Technician

Diane is a native of Dunn, NC and grew up in a family that studied and implemented nutrition and supplementation for wellness. Athletics have always been an important part of life for her, with basketball, tennis, and dance being the favorites. She is a choir member and active in the United Methodist Church.

After receiving a B.S. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked as a laboratory research assistant in Charleston, SC and Augusta, GA at the respective medical universities. Since then, she has worked in education and other pursuits until coming on board with The Carolina Center in 2008. She has two married daughters and 1½ grandchildren living here in Raleigh. Best thing she ever did!

 

 

Administrative Team

 

Sharon Reynolds, B.S.

Younger Mattox, B.A.

Amanda Simmons

Danielle Godwin

Rhacinda DouglasB.S.

Angelica Getz, A.A.S.

 


 

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Sharon J. Reynolds, B.S.

Front Office Supervisor

Billing & Insurance Coordinator

Sharon joined the staff of the Carolina Center in May 2008. As a staff member, she performs the tasks of Accounts Receivables Clerk, Medical Biller, Thermography Technician, and serves as our Front Office Supervisor. She has over 20 years of experience in Accounts Receivables and is a certified Medical Biller. She also has two years experience as a thermography technician. Sharon received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (minoring in Composite Science). In addition, she completed Harvard University’s Health Careers Program and the Medical Billers Program at Allied Schools, Laguna Hills, CA. She enjoys singing (First Soprano with the Saint Francis UMC Chancel Choir), music (Chopin to ZZ Top), cooking, dancing and family time. Sharon also serves as the primary Thermascan Technician for Carolina Thermascan where she oversees the entire thermascan process from performing the scans, documenting the process, insuring that they get to the physician to read the scans, and notifying the patients of the results in a timely manner.


Younger Mattox, B.A.

New Patient Coordinator

Younger serves as our New Patient Coordinator, a position that he enjoys because of speaking about the practice is one of his passions. His primary duties include scheduling of new patient appointments and processing of new patient information. A native of North Carolina with a degree in Business Administration, it seems that Younger has always been in the medical field. Along with owning a pediatric coloring book company for 14 years, he has been cultivating a personal passion for educating people about effective health care since 1984. An Eagle Scout, he tries to do one good turn daily or more. Younger enjoys swimming and spending time in the mountains of North Carolina.

 

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Amanda Simmons 

Medical Administrative Assistant

Amanda was born in South Carolina and moved to Wilmington, NC with her family. She attended Cape Fear Community College where she obtained her Nursing Assistant certification and her Medical Technologist license in 2009. Amanda worked as a Nursing Assistant for several years before relocating to Raleigh with her boyfriend in February 2013. Amanda joined the Carolina Center in July 2013, she brings an upbeat and pleasant attitude to the front office staff. She enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending time with family.

 

Danielle Godwin

Administrative Assistant

Danielle was born in New Jersey and moved to North Carolina in 1999. She attended the Art Institute of Charlotte and graduated with a Fashion Marketing degree.  Since then she married a North Carolina native and they have two awesome children.  Before joining the Carolina Center in January 2015, Danielle worked in the medical field for 6 years.  She brings an upbeat and positive attitude to the office and we are thrilled to have her on the team.  In her free time, Danielle enjoys going to the beach with my family, exercising and decorating. 

 

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Rhacinda Douglas, B.S. 

Administrative Assistant

Rhacinda was born in Western North Carolina. Since her father was in the military, her family has lived all across the United States.  Rhacinda graduated from Garner Senior High School and went on to the University of NC at Wilimington. She obtained a BA in Psychology with a minor in African American Studies and Biology in May of 2005. She has always been interested in the medical field and went back to school and obtained a certification as a pharmacy technician and an Associate degree in Pharmacy Technology.  In July of 2014, Rhacinda graduated with an Associate degree in Medical Assisting from Miller Motte College in Cary, NC. Rhacinda loves to read and spend time with family. Rhacinda joined the CCIM staff in June of 2014.

 

Angelica Getz, A.A.S. 

New Patient Coordinator / Marketing

Angelica has been working with the Carolina Center as an Independent Contractor designing and maintaining our website, flyers, brochures and other graphic design projects before she came on board as a Carolina Center employee in December 2011. She received her AAS in Graphic Design & Marketing from Seattle Central Community College in 1996 and worked as graphic designer for 10 years for a company in Redmond, WA, before moving to North Carolina. At The Carolina Center she is responsible for managing our website, advertising, internet and outside marketing.  She has recently expanded her role at the Center as a New Patient Coordinator and assisting with front office operations. She enjoys spending time with her 6yr son, reading, live music, fitness & outdoor activies.

 

Our Employees at Total Health Nutrition Center


Jeff Hickman, B.A.

Product Manager & Buyer

Jeff is our Product Manager & Buyer for Total Health Nutrition Center. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. He researches all of the supplements we sell to make sure you are getting the best quality supplement for your money. His over seventeen years of investigation has built an extensive supplement database that he can use to assist clients in finding the best supplements for their needs. In addition, Jeff was one of the first participants in Total Health’s HCG diet program. He lost 33 pounds and has been able to maintain it for over a year. As our resident HCG guru, he can answer any questions you may have about the diet.

Jeff and his wife, Jenice, live in Apex, and he enjoys building “yard art” and furniture, along with assisting in their extensive gardens. He has been an employee of REI for nearly 25 years and still works part time at REI in Cary. When Jeff says ‘he’s going Coastal’, they are off to their place on the White Oak River.  He was employed with REI for over 26 years and ‘retired’ with the esteemed Heritage Card in 2013. Come see Jeff at Total Health Nutrition Center for all your supplement needs.

 

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Melissa Zuromski, B.S.

Supplement Assistant

Melissa joined the Total Health team in the summer of 2012. She is a graduate of James Madison University, where she studied Health Sciences. Her path led her into the information technology field as a programmer and business analyst. In 2001 she married her husband Michael and they now have 2 beautiful children. She has been a stay-at-home mom for 9 years and is now entering back into the work force in a field she truly enjoys and believes in – integrative medicine and disease prevention. She is a firm believer in preventative medicine and proper nutrition and has been enjoying working with Jeff and Colleen and the rest of the team. In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors with her husband Michael, and their children Ayden and Anabelle. They also have a dog named Olive and a little cat named Emmie. They enjoy traveling, yoga, running, cycling and camping together as a family.

 

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Ken Hendrickson, B.A.

Supplement Assistant

Ken grew up in Tennessee amongst many of the country music stars just outside of Nashville, earning a B.A. at the University of Tennessee in Biology with minors in Psychology and Literature.  He spent 25 years working throughout North America in the Petroleum Industry, where he was a V.P. for a national management company out of Dallas, then started his own company in partnership with Amoco Oil Company in Fort Wayne, IN.  Later on, Ken sold his business and moved to NC with his wife, Patti, to be closer to her parents.  That’s when Ken’s environmental side took over and he started working at REI, where he met Jeff, and has been with REI for the last 15 years.  As an avid outdoorsman, Ken loves to mountain climb, go hiking and climbing in the European Alps, the South American Andes and of course our own Rockies and Cascades.  For more than a decade he has led trips to help teach others to Ice Climb in the New Hampshire White Mountains.  For the last five years Ken and his wife have been doing all of their vacations via motorcycle touring and teaching classes on motorcycle camping.  They also spend time each summer building houses in El Salvador.  Ken also is a pilot with a Commercial license and used to love to fly aerobatics.  Between Ken and his wife, they have four sons, five granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.  After 15 years with REI, Jeff is also the reason that Ken joined THNC.