Charlotte AHEC Faculty

Eugene E. Wright, Jr. MD
Medical Director, Performance Improvement
Charlotte AHEC

Overview. Eugene is a physician with over 40 years of experience in clinical and administrative medicine. He has worked in private practice, academic medicine and corporate medicine. He has presented and published nationally and internationally on diabetes related topics and currently serves as a reviewer for several publications.

Work experience. Eugene currently serves as the Medical Director for Performance Improvement at the Charlotte AHEC. He has previous work experience as the Chief Medical Officer of the Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, NC and as Consulting Associate in the departments of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine of the Duke Southern Regional AHEC. He consults widely on diabetes therapeutics and technology.

Professional. Eugene holds a BSE degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a MD degree from Duke University. He did his internship and residency at Duke University Health System and returned to the clinical faculty in 1996 after 15 years of private practice. In 2000, he was hired as the Medical Director of Primary Care and Specialty Practices of the Cape Fear Valley Health System and in 2011. He is actively involved with the American Diabetes Association and serves as the inaugural chair of the Primary Care Interest Group and as member of the Know Diabetes by Heart Advisory Group.

Personal. Gene enjoys traveling internationally with his wife of 50 years. He also enjoys skiing with his wife and grandson and spending time with his family.

Presentations at Charlotte AHEC
Diabetes and Cardiovascular Co-Morbidities at the 32nd Annual Diabetes Conference: Diabetes Today—Looking Beyond the Numbers

Mary Elizabeth Murphy, C.P.C.C., O.R.S.C.C.
Corporate Consultant, Coach, and Trainer
Owner and Founder of S.T.A.R. Resources

Overview. Starting her relationship with AHEC in 2009, Mary Elizabeth leverages her 25+ years of experience with leadership teams to serve the healthcare community. Mary Elizabeth has created and delivered over a dozen unique and customized courses for AHEC, teaching students realistic tips, tricks, and tools on how to improve communications between individuals to build stronger, cohesive teams.

Work experience. Mary Elizabeth is an award-winning business owner, consultant, certified trainer, and coach. While her experience spans many industries, she truly considers it a privilege and honor to work with healthcare clients. Mary Elizabeth has served healthcare professionals within Public Health, School Nursing, and the Juvenile Correction System. She plans to continue to serve and support the professionals of the healthcare industry for as long as they will have her.

Personal motivation for teaching at AHEC. I received a call one morning in November that my Mom had a heart attack and was being rushed to the hospital. She lived in Illinois just outside of Chicago, and I lived in Charlotte, NC. Following a call from my brother with the words, “You should come now.” I was on a plane that evening. Arriving at the hospital at 2:00 AM, I was allowed into I.C.U. where I found my Mom on a ventilator and unconscious.

I was met by a compassionate ICU nurse who guided my family and me through what was about to be the most difficult 24 hours of decision making we had ever made. Later as she was being moved to hospice, where about a week later she would leave us, I asked the nurse what I could do for her. The nurse said, “Just pay it forward; you will know how.” Despite my immediate thought of, “I have no idea how… you have done so much”, her words resonated with me and I never forgot them.

Fast forward a year or so, and my phone rang with a request for a custom-designed workshop for AHEC. Although I have never been a fan of what is referred to as “one-and-done” training sessions, I immediately said yes. I saw that nurse's face in my mind and felt her words in my heart. This, I thought was my chance to pay it forward. And so began my connection to AHEC.

RESET Your Buttons®, 2009 Authorhouse

Presentations at Charlotte AHEC
An Interactive Guide to Healthy and Productive Conflict
Discover the DISC Assessment - Increase Motivation, Reduce Conflict, Improve Productive Behavior
Discover D.I.S.C. to Build Effective Relationships
Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™
Know Your Role to Boost Team Efficiency
RESET Your Buttons for the Healthcare Professional™
RESET Your Buttons for Great Customer Service™

Robert P. Hollowell, Jr., D.D.S., M.S.
Director, General Practice Residency Program
Atrium Health

Overview. Dr. Hollowell is a full-time faculty member at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center General Practice Residency program. The GPR program trains seven to ten residents each year in the interrelationships of oral and general health and the specialized care necessary for management of patients in the hospital setting. He also serves as Dental Director of the Atrium Health Dental Clinic where he oversees the clinical operations of the hospital’s general dentistry program, coordinating almost 7,000 patient visits per year. The clinic receives patient referrals from physicians and dentists across the Charlotte metropolitan area requesting expertise in developmental and medical conditions that require special considerations or adjustments to the patient’s oral healthcare services.

Work experience. Dr. Hollowell launched his career in residency education at the University of North Carolina’s School of Dentistry as GPR Director and Clinic Director of the UNC Hospitals Dental Clinic. Success at UNC led to the opportunity at Atrium Health and Carolinas Medical Center 6 years ago. Since coming to Charlotte, Dr. Hollowell has helped assure that the GPR and Oral Medicine Programs remain some of the most sought-after residency programs in the Southeast.

Upon completion of his residency program he accepted the position of Director of Dental Services at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC, treating medically complex and developmentally disabled patients in the hospital setting. Meanwhile, he held an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor with UNC’s Department of Dental Ecology and inspired UNC dental students to care for patients with special needs and provide care to medically complex patients. Upon leaving the Raleigh position, he was Dental Director of the Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, NC. This state-operated developmental center provides services and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), complex behavioral challenges, and/or medical conditions whose clinical treatment needs cannot be supported in the community.

Education. Dr. Hollowell received his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Certificate in Medical Technology from UNC Hospitals. He obtained his Masters of Life Sciences with a focus in microbiology from North Carolina State University before returning to UNC to earn his D.D.S. and complete the two-year general practice residency program at UNC Hospitals.

Affiliations. Dr. Hollowell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Hollowell has served as President of the UNC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors, Chair of Special Care Dentistry Association’s (SCDA) Council on Hospital Dentistry, member of the ADA House of Delegates, and he was the 2011 President of the North Carolina Dental Society. In April, Dr. Hollowell will be honored with the Lawrence Chasko award for service to SCDA in the area of hospital dentistry beyond the customary expectations of his elected position while embodying the finest qualities of character, dedication, and ethical standards exemplified by Dr. Chasko.

Personal. Dr. Hollowell has also been an active volunteer with his local dental societies, his church, and the local Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops. He and his wife Donna enjoy travelling and spending time with their family, including a son, daughter, and three grandchildren.

Presentations at Charlotte AHEC
Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Service Line Clinical Nurse Educator
Atrium Health

Overview. Greg has over 30 years' experience and capitalizes on a rich background of clinical knowledge, educational skills and personalized coaching to collaboratively journey with the client toward being the best version of themselves.

Work experience. Greg has practiced within several roles including general and specialized nursing care, therapeutic massage, energy therapy, clinical aromatherapy, and integrative health coaching. He offers a unique blend of integrative services that focus on optimizing health and wellness for clients with their goals being the target outcome. His unique integrative holistic approach toward achieving balance and wellness truly empowers the client to gain and maintain control of their most important aspects of health.

Perceptions of dying well and distressing death by acute care nurses Becker C, Wright G, Schmit K
Applied Nursing Research (2017)

Patient satisfaction with nursing care in an urban and suburban emergency department
Wright G, Causey S, Dienemann J et al.
Journal of Nursing Administration (2013)

Presentations at Charlotte AHEC
Introduction to Integrative Therapies - May 16, 2020
Inhaled Clinical Aromatherapy: Level II
Inhaled Clinical Aromatherapy
Integrative Health Therapies: Aromatherapy & Healing Touch

Catherine Hall, MSW, LCSW
Program Coordinator, Your Care-Your Choice
Atrium Health

Overview. Catherine is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years of social work experience in a variety of healthcare settings.

Work experience. Catherine currently serves as a Program Coordinator with Atrium Health's Your Care-Your Choice where she has the privilege of providing advance care planning education to healthcare professionals and community members. She has worked with Atrium Health for 19 years and brings her experience across outpatient and inpatient settings to enrich her teaching.

Professional. Catherine holds a BS in Sociology from Guilford College and a MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill. Catherine is certified to teach Respecting Choices First and Advanced Steps.

Personal. Catherine lives in Matthews with her husband, David. They have two daughters (22 and 19) and two cats. She volunteers her time as a board member for Monroe Road Advocates (MoRA), a community advocacy non-profit.

Presentations at Charlotte AHEC
The Respecting Choices First Steps© Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Certification Course
Respecting Choices ADVANCED Steps© ACP Facilitator Certification Course
Respecting Choices First Steps© Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Certification Course

Kim Shellenberger, MSSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW, APHSW-C
Program Coordinator, Your Care-Your Choice
Atrium Health

Overview. Kim is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of healthcare experience in Texas and North Carolina. She has diverse work experience in clinical services, process and performance improvement, higher learning at both the collegiate and professional level as well as program development.

Work experience. Kim works as a Program Coordinator for Your Care-Your Choice at Atrium Health. Her career has focused on working with people who have serious illnesses in the hospital, in palliative care and in hospice. She is committed to teaching clinicians and the community about advance care planning and advance directives. Kim helped to start a community-wide coalition in Denton, Texas to increase awareness about advance directives, and won an award from the Texas Partnership for End-of-Life Care. She was instrumental in reviving the Southern Piedmont Regional Coalition of the North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care; a group that is working to remove barriers to the completion of advance directives.

Professional. Kim has her BA in Social Work from Baylor University, and her MSSW from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is among the first social workers in the nation to be certified as an Advanced Palliative and Hospice Social Worker. Kim is a Respecting Choices First and Advanced Steps Certified Instructor. She is a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences.

Personal. Kim resides in Charlotte with her husband of 39 years. They have two married daughters and 6 grandchildren. Kim and her husband love to camp and to hike.

Presentations at Charlotte AHEC
The Respecting Choices First Steps© Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Certification Course
Respecting Choices ADVANCED Steps© ACP Facilitator Certification Course
Respecting Choices First Steps© Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Certification Course

Elizabeth G. Harvey, PT, DPT, MSR, CKTI, CEIM
ABC Therapies, LLC

Overview. Elizabeth Harvey, DPT is a physical therapist specializing in treatment of patients with complex neurologic and orthopedic involvement. She has over 17 years of experience in early intervention, outpatient orthopedics, school-based and sub-acute rehabilitation settings. She has been using the modality of tape for over 11 years. Currently she serves Kinesio University as a Curriculum Design Specialist and a member of the KTAI Research Committee. She is the owner of ABC Therapies, LLC in Moncks Corner, SC.

Work experience. Dr. Harvey is the owner of ABC Therapies, LLC Harvey uses her specialized training to assist pediatric patients. One of her specialties allows her to use NDT and a multi-modality approach including Kinesio tape for sensory feedback and alignment, as well as MNRI treatment. She is an instructor at Kinesio University, Infant Massage USA, and VOLUNTEERS at Trident Technical College where she offers a taping lab to up and coming COTAs.

She has been a consultant for various projects including the international Jiguar milestone app for parents and pediatricians, the PaSS Method curriculum, and the B.E.L.T. ™ (Bacteria Elimination using Light Therapy). Prior to these engagements, Dr. Harvey has experience working in a variety of settings as a Physical Therapist.

Professional. Dr. Harvey received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Newberry College and her Master of Science in Rehabilitation from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She received her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from AT Still University. She is a Certified Kinesio® Tape Instructor, and a Certified Educator of Infant Massage - Infant Massage USA. Additionally, she holds the Guardian Way™ NMES Certification, the Trismus Certification - ARK J Program UNC, and the Beckman Oral Motor™ Protocol Certification.

Presentations at Charlotte AHEC
Kinesio Taping® Assessments, Fundamental Concepts and Techniques (KT1 & KT2)
Kinesio Taping® Advanced Techniques and Clinical Reasoning (KT3/Day 3)
KT4: Specialty Neurological Concepts of the Kinesio Taping® Method: Influencing the Adult Nervous System

Personal. Elizabeth LOVES playing the ukulele, she started playing it in Hawaii and now takes it with her wherever she goes around the world – Honduras, Kenya. It makes such a sweet sound. Music has a way of building bridges, especially across cultures. Therapy and travel are high on her list of favorite things to if there is a medical mission trip, she is usually on board! She has three boys – a barrel full of monkeys. Never a dull moment in her little home!

William M. Thompson, Jr., MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Chair, Clinical Education, Department of Surgery

Mercer University School of Medicine
Medical Center Navicent Health

Work experience. William M. Thompson, Jr., M.D., FACS currently serves on the surgical faculty at Mercer University School of Medicine where he practices the full range of general surgery and trauma surgery. His interests include surgical education, surgical quality, and gastro-intestinal surgery.

Professional. Dr. Thompson received his bachelor's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his MD degree from Medical College of Georgia, and his Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta, Georgia in 1982. He then completed his residency in General Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center & Affiliated Hospitals in Dallas, Texas where he was on the faculty in surgery for twelve years.

Dr. Thompson serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Chair of Clinical Education for the Department of Surgery at Mercer University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. He is also the Director of the Simulation Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Presentations at Charlotte AHEC
Dr. Thompson is the Invited Keynote Lecturer at the 13th Annual GI/HPB Conference: Advances in Treatment Strategies in Charlotte, NC

Stephanie Glickman, MSW, LCSW
Program Consultation Director
Family Centered Treatment Foundation, Inc.

Work experience. Stephanie Glickman, LCSW of Glickman Consulting provides training and consultation services, currently works with a non-profit organization, The Family Centered Treatment Foundation and is a Graduate Adjunct Professor with Johnson C. Smith University School of Social Work. She has over 15 years' experience working with a wide variety of populations with extensive training in patterns of domestic violence, family systemic therapy, self-injurious behaviors and leadership development. Her experience in the field spans from micro through macro level involvement lending itself to an array of consultative advice and leadership development.

Presentations at Charlotte AHEC
Ethics: Revamped, Revived and Energized - February 28, 2020
LCSW Exam Prep: Experiential Learning to Boost Your Knowledge
Influential Leadership: Harnessing Your 5 Points of Power
Ethical Considerations in Clinical Supervision: Oh No She Didn't!
Storybook Skin: The Addiction to Self-Injury

Social Media
Instagram: glickmanconsulting
Facebook: glickmanconsulting101

Joann L. Spaleta, FACHE, CDP, MBA, MHA, MT (ASCP)
Assistant Vice President, Charlotte AHEC
Atrium Health

Overview. Joann is an executive with over 30 years of healthcare experience in urban, rural, and the VA health systems. She has diverse work experiences in clinical services, strategic planning, project management, performance improvement, continuing professional education, learning and development, leadership development, and consulting.


Work experience. Joann currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Charlotte AHEC, part of the NC AHEC Program, and Atrium Health. Charlotte AHEC serves an eight-county region to provide continuing professional development, practice support, library services, workforce development and student services as well as support graduate medical education for NC healthcare professional and the communities served. During her career, Joann has led clinical laboratory services, transformed departments to achieve goals and to improve productivity and performance. She has consulted with organizations and provided resources through education and process development. Joann has worked for Atrium Health for 23 years in various roles as well as other healthcare systems and a health department.

Professional. Joann holds a BS in Medical Technology from Western Carolina University, and both MBA and MHA from Pfeiffer University - Charlotte. She is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and is the incoming ACHE NC Regent (2020-2023). She has served as Board Member at Large in the local chapter of ACHE, Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives. Joann served two (1 year) terms as President and Treasurer and 1 year as President-Elect and Immediate Past President. Joann holds a certification as a Diversity Professional (CDP). She served a three-year term (2017-2020) and served as Chair in 2019 on the ACHE Higher Education Network Committee and two 1-year terms (2018-2019) on the ACHE Volunteer Giving Committee. Joann received the Distinguished Service Award from ACHE. Joann is a member of the UNC Charlotte MHA Advisory Board for a three-year term (2016-2019) where she shares her observations and experiences in health administration to help ensure students receive the education that will best prepare them for careers in health administration.

Personal. Joann resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband of 35 years. Joann has one daughter who is a physical therapist. Joann volunteers in her spare time, serves as a mentor and enjoys giving back and making a difference in the lives of others.