Meet Ballantyne's Staff
Ashleigh was born and raised as a Charlotte girl (one of the rare few around)! Her education background is an Undergraduate: UNCC Nursing December 2010; and Graduate School: South University in Savannah, GA May 2019. She worked as a nurse for 10 years before accepting her first NP job at a women’s health urgent care here in Charlotte. The majority of her nursing career was spent in women’s health aside from 1.5 years as a school nurse. She accepted her first NP job in September 2020 and began working on December 1, 2020. After 11 months at the WH urgent care, she left and worked at a laser hair removal clinic for a few months. Unfortunately, she hurt her back while working at this job, so she had to make the tough decision to take a 3-month break from work to allow her body to heal. She started working at Medi-Weightloss on May 31st of this year and truly loves what she does every day. Her interests outside of work are working out, traveling, spending too much money on skincare and on Amazon ha-ha, spending time with her boyfriend, family, and friends, and playing with her 2 nephews and niece.
Mike is originally from Ohio and in 2009, he graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor's degree in education. After teaching middle school science for three years, he decided to pursue a degree in nursing. He graduated from ECPI University in 2015 with an associate degree in nursing and from The University of North Carolina Wilmington with a bachelor's degree in nursing in 2017. As a registered nurse, Mike worked on a medical/surgical unit and in home health until he started graduate school at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from their family nurse practitioner program in 2021 and started off his career in urgent care before coming to Medi-Weightloss in June. He brings over seven years of health care experience and has a passion for helping others. He is excited to be a member of the Medi-Weightloss team and is looking forward to assisting clients reach their weight loss goals! In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is also an avid golfer and guitarist.
Valerie is a newly board-certified adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, she joined the Medi-Weightloss Ballantyne team in May of 2022. She received her Master's of Nursing from Maryville University in 2021 and her Bachelor's of Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2000. Although she may be newer in her role as an NP, Valerie comes with over 21 years of varied nursing experience in many specialties including the operating room, maternity services, school health, case management, and primary care. Her desire to go back to school and pursue an advanced practice degree stemmed from her passion for helping people. As a nurse practitioner, Valerie strives to build relationships with her patients, work in partnership with them, and provide them with the knowledge, resources, and support they need to set and achieve personal health goals. She admits the most rewarding part of her job is seeing her patients improve their overall health and reach their set health goals. Valerie is married with two young-adult children. For her, family is everything. When not working, she enjoys weekend get-togethers with her family and friends and being able to spend quality time with them. However, one of her absolute favorite things to do is travel with her family…whether its a local weekend glamping trip in the camper or an extended trip abroad. One day she is hoping to say she has been to all 50 states.