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Celebrating Carolina Care Excellence

The UNC Medical Center just congratulated 173 providers who received the 2018 UNC Health Care and UNC Faculty Physicians Award for Carolina Care Excellence. Today we are celebrating the 17 Family Medicine doctors who made the list this year!

After each doctor’s visit, UNC Health Care sends out a survey to get feedback from patients. The survey asks patients if they would recommend their provider’s office to their friends and family. Over the last year, for these 17 providers, more than 95 percent of their patients responded “Yes, definitely!” which places these providers in the top quartile nationally.

The 2018 UNC Health Care and UNC Faculty Physicians Award for Carolina Care Excellence is awarded in recognition of this achievement. It shows our commitment to providing excellent care to our patients.

Give a round of applause to: Michael Baca-Atlas, Kathleen Barnhouse, Mallory Brown, Timothy Daaleman, Mark Gwynne, Thomas Koonce, Kenzie Johnson, Yee Lam, Anne Mounsey, Warren Newton, Donald Pathman, Brian Rayala, Vinay Reddy, Ashley Rietz, Donald Spencer, Gregg Warshaw, Samuel Weir.

Meet our New Nurse Mid-Wife, Venus Standard!

Venus is a native of New York City where she owned a successful complementary perinatal practice offering prenatal massage, Lamaze Childbirth Education, and labor support Doula services.  Venus relocated to North Carolina to attend Duke University’s School of Nursing where she received her BSN.  She began her career in 2005 as a labor & delivery nurse at the Duke Hospital’s Birthing Center.  While continuing to work at the Duke’s Birth Center, she returned to school to further enhance her career in women’s health.  Venus attended East Carolina University where she earned an MSN in Midwifery and became certified as a Nurse Midwife.  For the past few years, Venus has traveled  to a variety of highly respected hospitals throughout California, from Beverly Hills to Sacramento gaining knowledge through different techniques and treatment styles.

Venus is dedicated to expectant mothers, passionate about educating women and their families, all while promoting a healthy natural childbirth and encouraging breastfeeding.  She enjoys partnering with women to ensure their physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs are met.

From 2012 – 2016 Venus sat on the board of directors of Lamaze International and she is a member of the North Carolina Perinatal Association.  As a board member of Lamaze International she has lobbied United States Congressmen and Congresswomen on behalf of prenatal care, bring attention to maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.  She has also visited hospitals in South Africa, Prague, Australia, and Toronto to see how other countries manage labor and birth.

She lives by the motto that “Textbooks taught me the science of obstetrics but I learned the art of birth from babies and their mothers” (Vincent, 2002).  In her spare time, Venus enjoys traveling internationally as well as spending quality time with her daughter and two grandsons. To read more or make an appointment, select here.

3rd Annual Nicotine Dependence Program Fundraiser

Join the UNC Nicotine Dependence Program and the UNC Weight Management Program for their 3rd Annual Fundraiser! On Sunday, April 29th from 3:00PM-5:00PM, join us at Tandem at 200 N Greensboro St. #1A in Carrboro, NC. There will be hors d’oeuvres, music by the Dave Lora Band, and a silent auction. Please RSVP by email or by calling 984-974-4976. For more information about the NDP, or how they have supports patients, check out their website here. [Link:] To visit the Weight Management site, select here.

Memorial Day Hours


Memorial Day, May 28th, the clinic will be open 8AM-12PM and urgent care will be open from 12PM-5PM.

April is Alcohol Awareness Week

Why drink less?

  • Do it for your health! Drinking too much alcohol increases your liver disease and some types of cancer. From cirrhosis to alcoholic hepatitis, long term, excessive drinking takes its toll.
  • Alcohol use also impairs judgement, which can lead to injuries and car accidents. According to the CDC, in 2015 alone, alcohol-impaired driving crashes accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the US.
  • Excessive drinking may result in memory loss and shrinkage of the brain. Drinking can also exacerbate mental health issues like depression or anxiety.

Tips to get started

  • Aim for no more than 1 drink a day for women, or 2 drinks a day for men.
  • Keep track of how much you drink. Make a list of reasons not to drink.
  • Avoid places where people drink a lot.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home.
  • Try not to drink when you are upset.Read our infographic here!