Glenn Golaszewski, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Glenn Golaszewski, known as “Dr. G,” has been with Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care as the Chief Medical Officer since 2008. Prior to this, he had a full-time family practice in Elkin and served as a volunteer medical director Mountain Valley Hospice.
He is dual board-certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina and Virginia. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Golaszewski is responsible for administering medical care as he supervises and collaborates with nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians to ensure our patients receive the highest quality hospice and palliative care. He enjoys teaching our staff as well as nursing, pharmacy and medical students.
Dr. G lives with his wife, Kimberly, and their four children in Traphill, North Carolina. They belong to Elkin Valley Baptist Church. Dr. G. enjoys reading, woodworking, exercising, and has been coaching youth football for more than 10 years.
Kristie Szarpa, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN
Senior Director of Practice Management & Serious Illness Services
Kristie joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in April 2018. Palliative & Hospice medicine has been her passion and specialty for most of her career. A native of Williamsville, NY, she worked for The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Buffalo, NY for many years. She then worked for nearly 5 years at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital as a palliative medicine specialist with Infinity Medical of WNY PC. She earned her Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Daemen College. She is board-certified both as an adult nurse practitioner and in palliative care.
Kristie and her husband moved to Pinnacle, NC in January 2018. They are active members of Two Cities Church in Winston Salem, NC. Their daughter is a Registered Nurse who has also moved to Pinnacle and works in a local hospital.
Amy Crittenden, MSN FNP-BC
Palliative Care & Nurse Practitioner Team Lead
Amy has been in nursing for 25 years, with 15 of those years specializing in hospice and palliative care. She has been with Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care since April 2019.
She earned her Master’s of Science degree in nursing from South University and is board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Amy and her husband Roscoe reside in King, NC, where they live with two dogs (Lola and Chester) and three ducks. They have two grown sons and one grandson who are the light of their lives – “most of the time,” she jokes.
Amy is originally from East Tennessee and says, “GO VOLS!”
Kelly Burris, FNP-C
Kelly has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2011 and has a background in emergency medicine. She joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in April 2015.
She is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. Kelly was born in Mount Airy, NC, and raised in Carroll County, Virginia, where she currently resides. She enjoys being able to serve patients and their families in the area she calls home.
Vanessa Fant, MD
Dr. Vanessa Fant has more than 19 years of experience specializing in the skilled nursing and assisted living environment.
Doctor Fant graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2000, with her residency at Trident Medical Center in Charleston, SC. She is a certified medical director and board-certified in hospice and palliative care and family medicine. She is licensed in both North Carolina and Virginia.
Heather Grant, FNP-BC
Heather joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in August 2020 after working primarily in family medicine.
She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Winston-Salem State University, and then accepted a commission in the United States Army Nurse Corp. While on active duty, Heather completed her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is ANCC board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Heather is a native of Wilkes County and currently resides in Wilkesboro, NC. She has been married to Michael for 23 years. They have three children, two beautiful lively granddaughters and three dogs. At home, Heather enjoys reading, watching old movies, and kayaking.
Rohini Kanniganti, MD, MSPH, HMDC
Dr. Rohini Kanniganti, “Dr. K”, is a board certified family physician and certified Medical Director who joined the Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care team in October 2020. She has over a decade of experience in family medicine, integrative medicine and geriatric medicine, and over six years of experience in hospice and palliative care.
Most recently she was Medical Director and Team Physician at The Denver Hospice and Optio Palliative Care in Denver, CO. Both in her work and personal life, she brings together her love of science and humanism to offer heart-centered service, “small things with great love”.
Dr. K lives with her husband, 2 children and 2 cats. She loves laughter, yoga, mindfulness, hiking, writing, and teaching mind-body-spirit wellness.
Nicholas Kipreos, MD
Dr. Nicholas Kipreos earned his medical degree from the MCV/ Medical College of Virginia in 1990. His residency was at the Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania, in 1993. He is licensed in both North Carolina and Virginia.
Mark Mahoney, MD
Dr. Mark Mahoney began offering his services to Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in 2015. Prior to opening his own private practice in April of 2004, Mark T. Mahoney, D.O., received his bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Virginia.
He obtained his medical degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA in 2001. His residency in family medicine was completed at Trident Family Medicine in Charleston, SC where he was named Resident of the Year in 2003-2004 and was also an AREA Aware Winner in 2002.
Dr. Mahoney was on the Recruitment Committee and was Head Resident in Charge of Recruiting at Trident Family Medicine.
He is board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice since June of 2004 and accredited with the NBOME, ACLS and BLS. Although his schools varied in location, Dr. Mahoney chose to open his practice in Martinsville and Henry County, as he is originally from this area and his family and friends reside here.
Victoria Mullins, FNP-BC
Ted Nifong, MD
Roy Peters, MD
Dr. Roy Peters is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. He completed his medical internship at Mount Sinai in New York City and his Internal Medicine residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2013. He has practiced Hospital Medicine for the past seven years.He was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, where his parents still reside. He is a proud uncle of a nine year old nephew and three very individualistic nieces. He enjoys exercise and petting any dogs that would allow him.
Amy Poindexter, MSN, FNP-BC
Amy joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in 2020.
Amy was born and raised in Surry County, NC. She has 27 years of experience in nursing. Amy earned a Master of Science Nursing at Winston-Salem State University in 2008. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Her past experience includes eight years of Hospice and Palliative Care, advanced wound management, and hemodialysis. She is most passionate about end-of-life care and serving a rural population.
She currently resides in Westfield, NC, with her husband and children. At home, she enjoys reading, spending time with kids, caring for dogs, and riding motorcycles with her husband in the mountains.
Dan Ray, MD
Dr. Dan Ray was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine. He earned his residency in internal medicine, fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine and his master’s degree in epidemiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
He served 20 years in the Lehigh Valley, PA, doing critical care and then Chief, Section of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in 2018.
Doctor Ray is professionally interested in the integration of palliative medicine in community/hospital settings and the efficiency/effectiveness of hospice programs in urban and rural settings.
He jokes, “Personally, I want to be a goat farmer again but will settle for lake living.”
In the meantime, he is proud of his two daughters, who are completing college and graduate studies in Boston.
Laura Torres, MD
Dr. Laura Torres is a board-certified family physician who joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in 2020. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband and their daughter. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and hiking with her family. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Ronda Blevins, FNP-BC
Ronda Blevins, Family Nurse Practitioner, joined Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care in 2020. She has over 30 years of nursing experience, with a diverse background in family practice, hospital care, urgent care and home health . She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from Winston-Salem State and her Masters Degree and Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Radford University.
She was born and raised in the rural community of Sparta, NC. She is married to her grade school sweetheart and has two daughters, both of whom also chose to pursue careers in nursing.
At home, she enjoys spending time on her mini–farm tending to her ducks, Flemish rabbits, chickens and her precious beagle. She attends Gods Will Baptist Church, and cherishes simple time with her family above all.
Mike Capriola, MD
Dr. Capriola graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1996 and completed a residency in Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During his experience as an emergency medicine physician of over 20 years, he has witnessed first–hand how important it is that health care providers support patients in approaching the end of life with dignity, respect, and compassion.
Since 2005, he has lived with his family in Pfafftown, NC where he lusts after, and occasionally purchases, rusty old farm equipment.