Carrie Thonen, APRN, WHNP-BC
Carrie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Kentucky University. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing with a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2003. Carrie has a wealth of experience and training in managing hormones, treating vulvar skin conditions, and performing advanced in office GYN procedures. But to Carrie your annual exam entails so much more than just a pap smear and breast exam. She puts a lot of emphasis on the body as a whole and discussing diet, activity, and vitamins are always part of her patient consultations. Carrie is a listener and each patient interaction is special to her. She truly wants you to lead the healthiest, happiest, and most fulfilled life as a woman and she is there to help guide you in the right direction.
In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time with her family… cooking, crafting, hiking, reading, camping, dancing, snowboarding, volunteering, and leading her daughter’s Brownie troop.
Ashley D. Anderson, PHD, WHNP-BC
Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing with a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty from the University of Louisville in 2008. In May of 2016, Ashley completed her PhD in Nursing at the University of Louisville and will continue to aim her research to better the reproductive health care provided to adolescent females. Ashley is a family planning specialist, trained researcher, author, certified health science educator, community activist and motivational speaker.
Michele R. Sumpter, MSAc, LAc
Michele R. Sumpter, MSAc, LAc has been in active private practice for over 13 years and has worked with a wide variety of medical conditions and age groups. She earned her Master of Science in Acupuncture degree from the Colorado School for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, Colorado and is a board-certified acupuncturist by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In 2006 she became one of the first 20 acupuncturists certified in Kentucky and prior to her return to the Derby city, was also an instructor at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Michele is able to adjust her style and technique to those wary of acupuncture needles and has great respect and value for the diversity of this beautiful community. In her social time, she loves music, enjoys sailing, and spending time with friends and family exploring this beautiful world in which we live.
Valenchia Q Brown APRN, FNP-C
I am a family nurse practitioner and women’s health advocate. I am passionate about providing high-quality patient care. I believe that a patient’s experience is not defined by one particular element, but by a collection of occurrences and emotions that a Nurse Practitioner can greatly influence.
I am board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. I obtained my Bachelors degree from Nicholls State University in Louisiana and earned my Masters degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Bellarmine University. My experience includes geriatrics, palliative medicine and critical care. When not caring for my patients, I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, camping, yoga and traveling the world.
Natasha Wright has been a professional massage therapist since 2007. She received certification from the Advanced Massage Therapeutics in Louisville KY. She specializes in deep tissue to help people with fibromyalgia, injury assessment, sports massage, reflexology, trigger point, and Swedish massages.
She received her associate’s degree in applied science for an occupational therapy assistant in 2015.
Brooke has been a massage therapist for 20 years, having practiced in both Colorado and California. She comes to Athena Health and Wellness with a diverse background in the health and wellness industry. Throughout her massage career, she has focused on injury prevention, sports rehab, pre/post opp. as well as sports massage. Brooke has been a team member in several professional settings including chiropractic offices, physical therapy offices, and Sports Med at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Brooke uses her years of experience to tailor each session to the individual client. In her toolbox, Brooke uses techniques that include trigger point, myofascial release, deep tissue massage as well as lymphatic drainage, integrative therapy, and aromatherapy.
Brooke also brings with her a unique body-centered therapy called Somatic Resolution. Somatic Resolution focuses on the regulation of trauma bound energy as a result of accidents, falls, invasive surgeries, and minor abuse.
Brooke looks forward to bringing her skills to the community here at Athena!