Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

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.

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

Kristie Szarpa, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Director of Practice Management & Palliative Care

Kristie became Director of Palliative Care for Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in April 2018. She has over 10 years of experience working directly in hospice and palliative medicine. She worked for The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Buffalo, NY, during which she spent five years working in the hospital as a palliative medicine specialist with Infinity Medical of WNY PC, also in Buffalo. 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 Robert reside in Pinnacle, NC, where they moved from East Amherst, NY, in January 2018. They are active members of Two Cities Church in Winston Salem, NC. They have one daughter who is a Registered Nurse.

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

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.

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

Amy Crittenden, MSN FNP-BC

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!”

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

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.

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

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.

Heather Grant July 2020

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.

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

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.

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

Penny McDonald, MD

Dr. Penny McDonald has been a physician since 1989. She earned her medical degree from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She works in internal medicine and hospital medicine, with part-time hospice and palliative care work.

In her spare time, she describes herself as a hiker, seamstress and mountain lover.

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

Victoria Mullins, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Victoria Mullins has more than 12 years of experience in geriatric and long-term care. She worked as a hospice nurse while obtaining her master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner from Bluefield College in 2019. She is ANCC board certified.  
Victoria grew up with a large family in Stuart, VA. She describes herself as family-oriented and enjoys traveling to new places.
Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

Ted Nifong, MD

Dr. Ted Nifong was born and raised in Davidson County, NC. He attended High Point University, when it was still known as High Point College, and Bowman Gray School of Medicine before it was Wake Forest School of Medicine.
In 2001, Doctor Nifong founded Cedar Creek Family Medicine, south of Winston-Salem, where he continues to practice.
He has three children: Justin, a lawyer; Lexi, a physician; and Christian, who is completing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In addition, Doctor Nifong has three grandchildren, Lyla, Hanauer and Cora, whom he says, “will either be President of the United States or Nobel Peace Prize winners (depending on which they choose!).”
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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.

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

Jane Sage, MSN, FNP-BC

Jane joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in October 2018, after working exclusively in primary care.

She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Radford University, followed by a master’s degree in nursing from Old Dominion University in 2005. She was board-certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Jane is married to Troy, with two children: Rachel, 9, and Reece, 6. They live in a rural area in Grayson County, Virginia. They are members of Corinth Baptist Church, where Jane serves as pianist and Sunday School teacher. At home, she enjoys making goat milk soap, crafting, baking, and helping look after chickens, dairy goats, one dog, and two cats.

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

Elizabeth Shockley, FNP

Elizabeth has been a family nurse practitioner since 2001. She performed primary care in private practice for 16 years and has been at Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care since January 2017.

Elizabeth has been married to John for 27 years, with two wonderful sons: Kirby, 16, and Jonah, 11. She is involved with her church’s youth group and loves to watch her sons play baseball and basketball.

Physicians/Nurse Practitioners

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. 

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