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Denise Watson, MSN, MBA/HC

Executive Director
Denise Watson, MSN, MBA/HC

Denise has been the Executive Director of Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care since 1999, and has worked for MVHPC since 1994. She holds the degrees of Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix; Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University; and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Surry Community College. Denise oversees the day to day operations of the organization for all programs and services. She has strategically seen to the growth of MVHPC into 16 counties in North Carolina and Virginia, and the development of the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home.

Denise is married to Greg Watson and has three children: Ericka, Samuel, and Alexis. Her family lives in Ararat, North Carolina. Denise enjoys the beach, swimming, walking, and spending time with her family.

Barry Dowell, BAcc

Chief Financial Officer
Barry Dowell, BAcc

Barry joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in 2016, with 20 years of finance experience in both the service and manufacturing industries. He has served in finance roles with companies in Surry and Forsyth counties. A native of Carroll County, he graduated from the R.B. Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Barry lives in Cana, Virginia, with his wife Tammy and their two children, Nathan and Anna. He enjoys family time, kid’s activities, camping, hiking, and VT sports.

Glenn Golaszewski, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Glenn Golaszewski, MD

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 for another hospice.

He began his medical career as a paramedic in Florida in the 1980s while earning a B.S. in Biology from The University of South Florida. Dr. G earned his M.D. from The University of Miami School of Medicine, and did his internship and residency in Family Medicine at Penn State University. He is dual board certified in Family Medicine and Hospice & 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.

Tracey Dobson, BSN, RN

Chief Clinical Operations Officer
Tracey Dobson, BSN, RN

Tracey joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in September 2018, with 18 years in operations and administration for long-term care. She also started a nursing career in 1990 that has spanned 29 years across hospice, home care, pediatrics, and geriatrics. 

She earned her associate's degree from Guildford Tech; her Bachelor of Science degree from Capella University; and her Master in Nursing Leadership and Administration from Capella University.

Tracey lives in Lewisville, NC, with her husband Stacey. They have two adult children and attend Westside Christian Church. Tracey loves animals, having 3 dogs and 2 cats, and enjoys beaches, cooking, and time with family and friends.

 

Sheila Jones, BBM

Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Sheila Jones, BBM

Sheila joined our Hospice team in April 1995. Sheila has been the Director of Marketing for Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care since 2005. In 2016, Sheila added the Public Relations to her role to help oversee the agency's image more closely. Sheila promotes MVHPC through health fairs, hospice events, radio, newspapers and television commercials. Her department is responsible for the development of print material, web presence and community outreach. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. She has most recently become a Wish Granter Volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, has served on the Yadkin Valley Chamber Dobson Division Board and is currently an ambassador for the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.

Sheila is married to Clark Jones, with whom she has two adult children, two minor children and two grandchildren. Sheila and her family reside in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

Melissa Hiatt, MPA

Director of Development
Melissa Hiatt, MPA

Melissa was named Director of Development for Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in June 2018. She has more than 12 years experience in income development. For six years, she served The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life, following seven years as the Director of the Surry/Stokes SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). She earned her master's degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix, with a minor in non-profit management.

Melissa and her husband, Chris, reside in Sheltontown, NC. They have 3 children, 3 grandchildren, 2 goats, 12 chickens, a dog and a cat.

Rita Bowman

Director of Human Resources & Payroll
Rita Bowman

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Katrina McDowell, RN, BSN, CHPN

Director of Quality and Compliance
Katrina McDowell, RN, BSN, CHPN

Katrina joined the team in March of 2003. She currently serves as the Director of Quality & Regulatory Compliance. She is also a Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse. She oversees the Quality Department Education, Quality Assessment, and Performance Improvement  and serves as the Compliance Officer. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gardner-Webb University and 31 years of experience in critical care, home health, and hospice.

Katrina and husband Richard live in Yadkinville, NC. She loves spending time with family, gardening, quilting, and caring for her animal family – dogs, chickens, and birds.

Glenn Golaszewski

Glenn Golaszewski

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 for another hospice.

He began his medical career as a paramedic in Florida in the 1980s while earning a B.S. in Biology from The University of South Florida. Dr. G earned his M.D. from The University of Miami School of Medicine, and did his internship and residency in Family Medicine at Penn State University. He is dual board certified in Family Medicine and Hospice & 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, NP

Kristie Szarpa, NP

Kristie became Director of Palliative Care for Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in April 2018. She has 10 years of experience working directly in hospice and palliative medicine. She worked for The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Buffalo, NY, before spending five years as a Palliative Medicine Specialist in a hospital, also in Buffalo. She earned her master's degree in nursing from Daemen College. She is board-certified both as a adult nurse practitioner and in palliative care.

Kristie and her husband of 25 years, Robert, reside in Pinnacle, NC, where they moved from Buffalo, NY, in January 2018. They have one daughter who is currently attending college, studying to be a Registered Nurse. They also have a dog named Noel.

Penny McDonald, MD

Penny McDonald, MD

Dr. Penny McDonald has been a physician since 1989. 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.

Dan Ray, MD

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 Master's 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 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.

Murugananthan Subbiah, MD

Murugananthan Subbiah, MD

Dr. Murugananthan P. Subbiah graduated from the Coimbatore Medical College in 1993. Doctor Subbiah is affiliated with Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, NC, and specializes in internal medicine. He has more than 25 years of experience. 

Kelly Burris, FNP-C

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. 

Jane Sage, MSN, FNP-BC

Jane Sage, MSN, FNP-BC

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

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Radford University, followed by a Master of Science 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. 

Elizabeth Shockley, FNP

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 playing baseball and basketball.