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Carol N. Ballard

Carol, who was raised in Narrows, Virginia, graduated from Roanoke Memorial School of Professional Nursing in 1977 and then Roanoke College in Salem, VA. She worked in emergency and critical care nursing early in her nursing career. She later went to West Virginia University School of Nursing and completed BSN coursework and stayed on and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing in 1987. She then went to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Virginia and graduated in 1997.

Although she is a strong WVU supporter, Carol has deep roots at Virginia Tech. Her spouse (Charlie), daughter (Lindsey) and stepson (Houston) are all VT graduates (biology, mechanical engineering, and biology respectively) and her stepdaughter (Jessica) is a graduate of Radford University in Music Therapy. Her daughter, Lindsey, son in law Carl and grandson Harrison live in Alexandria. Lindsey is in law school at George Washington University and Carl is a mechanical engineer. Charlie retired after 29 years in Emergency Medicine and loves the fact that “every day is Saturday.”

Carol has been in the Christiansburg area since 1987 and has worked in many nursing capacities. She has been supervisor at Montgomery Regional Hospital as well as Director of Education there. She was an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Radford University for many years and then stayed on as an adjunct faculty. She previously precepted nurse practitioner students from Radford University, Georgetown, UVA, WVU and other nurse practitioner programs. Now, predominately works with medical students and internal medicine residents. She spent many years volunteering her services at the Free Clinic of the New River Valley. She has been with Medical Associates of Southwest Virginia for the past 22 years as a nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator (23 years if you count her time as a UVA student who did most of her clinical time at Medical Associates). Her primary interest is the care of patients with diabetes with emphasis on health promotion and prevention of diabetic complications. She enjoys the interaction with patients and their families and the closeness that develops over the years of caring for them.