Nurse Practitioners

Cynthia "Cindy" Eller

Cindy Eller is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Collectively as a Registered Nurse (RN) and FNP she has over 35 years of healthcare experience. She is a native of the high country, currently residing in Wilkes County.

She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Winston Salem State University in 2015 and obtained board certification through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Prior to practicing as a FNP, she worked a RN for 23 years with experience in surgery, adult, pediatric, women’s care and orthopedic medicine. Prior to this, she worked in a multi-physician office for twelve years as a medical assistant.

She is a mother of four and a very proud grandmother. She enjoys reading, flower gardening, and photography. She sings in her church choir and volunteers at their Food Pantry.

Her passion is caring for people, whether it be her family or her patients. She is dedicated to quality healthcare through education and preventive healthcare employing a holistic approach and collaboration with her patients.

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Derek McClure

Derek McClure DNP, FNP-BC (ANCC)


Derek McClure is a high country native, and has been working as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in Ashe County since 2003, working independently since 2008.

Derek holds undergraduate degrees from Appalachian State University (BS, Health Promotion) and Lenoir-Rhyne College (BS, Nursing). He obtained his first graduate degree from East Tennessee State University (MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner) and specializes in rural family care. Derek completed his Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) through Concordia University Wisconsin in 2015. Holistic (all-encompassing) care is the foundation for care provided, and preventive health is paramount to the nature of services rendered. As the healthcare industry as a whole is dynamic, staying current and seeking continual education endeavors is important and this acceptance is represented by Derek’s desire to pursue a higher level of education.

“Our mission is to help others want to help themselves. Through education, advanced testing, comprehensive care, and focusing on the human resilience factor, we can facilitate change and improve outcomes in the lives of our patients as well as in our community. Our practice offers many new and advanced aspects of assessment and treatment unique to primary care,” says Derek. “We take a genuine interest in our patients, our community, and the quality of care we provide.”

Derek is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Physician Assistants

Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith MPAS, PA-C


New to Ashe Family Healthcare in September 2015, Michael is a Family Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) and has more than thirty years of medical experience. Michael retired from the United States Air Force in 2008 after serving nearly twenty-five years as an enlisted man and then as an officer.

Through military service, Michael traveled to many places and attended many colleges and universities – always in pursuit of higher education. He holds two bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska College and has advanced training in family medicine.

Michael is a skilled minor surgeon: removing moles, lumps & bumps, repairing lacerations (big and small); reducing dislocated shoulders, fingers and toes; injecting shoulders, elbows, knees and trigger points; and is especially qualified to care for nearly all your health concerns from rashes to acne, high blood pressure to diabetes, teething babies to post partum depression, allergies to asthma, and from physicals to preventative exams & screenings.

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