Casey is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who believes in partnering with patients in a joint problem-solving effort to reduce unwanted symptoms and improve quality of life through a journey toward each individual’s definition of health and wellness. She uses an approach which she calls the Four Corners of Health, where nutrition, movement, stress management, and connection (to self, nature and community) are utilized to achieve one’s highest state of wellness. She believes that people are meant to thrive in vibrant wellness, and not suffer from unwanted symptoms or medication side effects, and that the great majority of people can reach that goal with a partner to help guide the way (and she would love to be your partner!) Ultimately, she believes in the radical notion that the human body is capable of self-repair and rejuvenation, and has seen the beneficial effects of the Four Corners of Health in her own health transformation and many others in her life journey.
Casey was born, raised and educated in the south, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a BA in Public Policy, a BS in Nursing, and her Masters of Science in Nursing. Her Masters Thesis was on the reversal and management of Type 2 Diabetes with a low-fat, whole foods plant based diet, and she has also achieved a plant-based nutrition certification through eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She is always staying abreast of the current research on how most chronic diseases can be treated or reversed with lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing multiple medications that can have untoward side effects that only treat symptoms, she wants to find and pursue treatment of the root cause of illness. (She will, however, use medication to a reasonable degree to achieve health goals so long as the individual wishes.) After spending seven years working in the Research Triangle in nursing, both at Duke Hospital and UNC Health Care, and spending three years in family medicine rotations throughout the state of North Carolina, Casey has seen the devastating effects of chronic disease and is ready to begin partnering with people to stay out of the hospital and enjoy a long and healthy life.
Casey and her husband, Jay, have two young daughters and two dogs, Bodie and Frankie. She greatly enjoys hiking, cooking healthy and delicious meals for her family and friends, and is also an artist—she paints portraits in oil and abstracts in acrylic. More than anything, she believes in the abundant joy that life can bring when we see the world through the lens of gratitude and that laughter really is the best medicine. She is very grateful and honored to forge partnerships with people who are ready to thrive in health alongside Dr. Jaster at L.I.F.E. Medicine.