Elizabeth Bird is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who has specialized in cardiology for most of her nursing career. She earned her undergraduate degrees at Marymount University in 1995 and 1997. After 20 years of nursing, she decided to follow her heart and completed her graduate degree at Chamberlain University in 2018. She enjoys working closely with Dr. Vranian. She also works as a legal nurse consultant/ nurse expert witness. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nursing Association.
Lauren Bock is a board-certified Physician Assistant, practicing internal medicine since 2007 with a special interest in lifestyle/preventative medicine. As a military spouse, she has practiced medicine in multiple states before returning to native Virginia and joining VCC. When not at work, Lauren and her family are often found walking local trails, biking, or training for triathlons. Lauren is thrilled to join Dr. Askew to bring progressive lifestyle medicine/nutrition as medicine concepts to the Fredericksburg area.
Ms. Brown is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has prior experience working in the field of endocrinology and specializes in electrophysiology working closely with Dr. Henry Clemo. Mary-Gordon has been with VCC since 2008. Since 2017, Mary-Gordon has assisted in monitoring patients’ pacemakers and defibrillators remotely.
Mishell is a board-certified nurse practitioner who completed her training at Georgetown University in 2013. She has been working with VCC since 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Henry Clemo in the electrophysiology department which specializes in implantable devices and the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias. Her previous experience includes nephrology and critical care nursing. She has a special interest in lifestyle medicine and disease prevention with plant-based nutrition.
Ariel Freeman is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1995 from the University of Texas in Austin. She has prior experience as a critical care nurse in the US Navy, and later as a flight nurse in the US Air Force. In 2006, she moved to Virginia, and started a family. In Virginia, she worked for the Mary Washington Healthcare system until receiving her Masters of Science in Nursing from George Washington University in 2013. Ms. Freeman has over 25 years of experience in caring for patients promoting health throughout the lifespan. She has specialized in cardiology for the past 7 years. She maintains professional memberships with the American College of Cardiology,
American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Virginia Counsel of Nurse Practitioners.
Mindi came to VCC in September 2019, working closely with Dr. Thomas Martyak. She practices at Mary Washington Hospital treating inpatients, as well as taking care of outpatients in our office. Her background allows her to treat a variety of cardiac conditions, with a special interest in woman’s cardiac health. Her previous experience was with a large cardiology practice in Pennsylvania for 9 years. She graduated from Emory University with a master’s in nursing and maintains professional national licensure with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Dan grew up locally in the region, graduating from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a degree in chemistry. From there, he attended Physician Assistant School at Bethel University in Tennessee. Dan joined VCC in February of 2017, working closely with Dr. Harish Chandra. Previously Dan spent three years working at Mary Washington Hospital with the Fredericksburg Hospitalist group. Dan’s special areas of interest are structural heart and interventional cardiology.
Lori is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Originally from New York State, she earned her Bachelors in Nursing degree from Utica College in 1998. She moved to Virginia in 2001, where she continued to practice as a Pediatric nurse, eventually transitioning into Adult Critical Care. In 2012, she earned her Masters degree from Marymount University. Her extensive Cardiology experience has included General Cardiology, Electrophysiology, and Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. She is excited to rejoin VCC working closely with Dr. Askew. She maintains professional membership with American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Samantha Stowe is a board-certified Physician Assistant who joined the practice in 2021, and works closely with Dr. Daniel Carlson. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014, and attended Lincoln Memorial University’s PA Program, graduating with honors in 2020. Samantha is currently a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Pi Alpha PA Honor Society, and has a special interest in the field of electrophysiology.
Sarah Younan is a board-certified Physician Assistant who joined the practice in 2022 and works closely with Dr. Jeffrey Askew. Before becoming a Physician Assistant, Sarah worked as an Emergency Room Technician and served as a volunteer EMT in Maryland. While working, she received her undergraduate degree in Public Health Science and her Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. During her studies, she specifically researched health policies impacting hospital outcomes for heart failure admissions. She is a 2021 graduate of Shenandoah University’s Physician Assistant Program and has clinical interests in general cardiology and lifestyle medicine.