Meet Dr. Lacroix
Christopher E. Lacroix, MD
Board-Certified in Internal Medicine
Board-Certified: American Board of Internal Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University at Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
MD: University of Minnesota-Minneapolis School of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN
BS: Cell and Structural Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
“I chose this field to make a difference in people’s lives. As a young boy, I was always interested in seeing my X-rays after sporting injuries. As I got older, I witnessed firsthand my grandmother’s illness caused by toxic chemicals from the dry cleaning industry where she worked for many years, hoping someday I would be able to help her.”
“I enjoy the privilege of being part of people’s lives when they need advice, counseling or comfort through the joyous, apprehensive and difficult times. It’s rewarding to earn a patient’s trust over time so I can learn how best to assist him or her with some of the most personal and important decisions he or she will ever make. What I find most gratifying is walking with patients through difficult times and witnessing them reach their health goals.”
“I realize that everyone’s situation and life experiences are unique. That is why I take a partnership approach to care. This is the beauty and art I love about medicine: no two situations or paths to health are the same. I strive to give my patients a thoughtful, high-quality and individualized care experience within a peaceful and unhurried environment. Along with our concierge approach, we still want to be families and businesses choice for being their Primary Care Physician Greenville NC provider.”
In his spare time, Dr. Lacroix has coached sports for over 20 seasons, including baseball, flag football and basketball. He and his wife are very active in their church and lead small group Bible studies on weekends. Having a heart for those less fortunate in the community, they avail themselves to outreach opportunities.
At Viva Med, we create a big difference in people’s lives. Call us at 252-329-VIVA (8482).
Rekita Williams, FNP-C
“I am a Family Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing in family medicine for 4 years with primary focus on prevention of chronic disease and maximizing outcomes in those with chronic disease. My background consists of primary care, acute care, long-term care, and health care management. I am currently studying to obtain a psychiatric nurse practitioner certification in order to effectively manage psychiatric healthcare needs and help fill the gaps in care that exist. I made the decision to go into healthcare at a young age as my passion has always been to help/serve others. My philosophy of care is to partner with patients to identify and establish an individualized health care plan.”
“What I enjoy most about being a medical provider is building relationships with my patients and having the opportunity to be part of the success of their outcomes. My goal is to be accessible and provide the safest and efficient healthcare possible, while building trusting partnerships as we take this journey together as it relates to your care.”
“I am currently a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, especially having mommy-daughter dates. Other enjoyment includes painting and traveling. I love giving back to the community by participating in health fairs and service events.”
Kiotta Barnhill ANP
I was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. From a younger age, I was interested in health, healthy habits, and helping people around me. As I got older and my grandmother went through her illness and disability process, I took a special interest in making sure patients could get connected to the care and services he or she needs to treat their medical condition.
I started my career in nursing, graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BSN (Nursing) in 1994. I have worked as a clinical diabetes nurse specialist for many years at the start of my career. Seeing how much more I could help patients and families as a Nurse Practitioner, I decided to further my education at ECU to become an Adult Nurse Practitioner.
I have been practicing as a Nurse practitioner since 2010. I have backgrounds in primary care, nephrology, and endocrinology/diabetes management. I joined Viva Med, as I also have an interest in “non-traditional” healthcare delivery as our current insurance model does not address the needs of all people seeking care. I also hope to decrease the stress that patients face in going through the disability process. My professional philosophy is to treat patients as I would want to be treated.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, couponing, and travel.
Stacey Brausch RN, BSN
License Number # 245622
I feel the nursing field chose me as I began a journey to enhance my own personal wellness and find the right “physical balance”. I wanted to improve my energy and balance mood.
So, I attended and obtained my Associate of Science in Nursing at Sampson Community College in 2011 and worked for one year then went on to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013 from Grand Canyon University.
I soon found I enjoyed performing procedures like injections, implants, and starting IV’s and other healthy infusions like Myer’s Cocktails. This led me to learn more about the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, IV vitamin infusions, and aesthetics procedures. When I found that balance, I was energized to help others achieve the healthy balance they are looking for in there own personal journey.
Overall, I enjoy getting to know you on a personal level, assisting you with becoming the best version of yourself by defining and restoring your personal health goals. I have found a niche in doing this through Hormone Optimization, weight loss strategies, Vitamin IV infusions and various other aesthetic procedures. I am pleased the Viva Med allows me to do this and much more in servicing our patients
Laurie Woodley, Aesthetician and Massage Specialist
Aesthetician License: # E 17627, Massage License: # 18044
I have always been a people person. “I love people.” I have worked in the medical field as a Radiology Technologist for twenty-two years. Then in 2015, I took an opportunity to expand my career. I attended Rocky Mountain Laser College in Denver, Co. where I was trained and certified in Laser, IPL, and Radiofrequency skin treatments. I also trained in Aesthetics at Alexander Paul in Greenville, NC, and began working at Poseidon Spa located at The Grand Bohemian Hotel in the Bahamas. Later I decided to refine my skills in Asheville, NC at The Spa at Biltmore Estate, where I became one of the top Aestheticians at the Biltmore. I now specialized in anti-aging, acne, and men’s skincare.
To complete my body rejuvenating therapy, while working at the Biltmore Spa, I became certified in Massage therapy at the Center for Massage and Natural Health. Being able to incorporate massage and aesthetics has been an incredibly positive experience for me and my clients! Specializing in therapeutic massage and relaxation dovetails to all the age-defying skin treatments I am trained to do!
Life has a way of bringing you where you need to be. Here at Viva Med, I will be able to use all my talents.
Ar’Recozell (Rikita) James, LMBT# 10960
I am a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (LMBT). I Have an associate degree in Applied Science and have been practicing massage since 2010. I spent 7 years as a massage instructor at Miller-Motte College as well as worked at national massage chains locally. I truly love my massage clients and love helping them understand a more natural way to heal physically, emotionally, and mentally. This is what brightens my every day.
Being certified in many different disciplines gives me a wide range of offerings to my clients. I am certified in prenatal, stretch therapy, deep tissue, pain relief and relaxation. I love being able to take different medical techniques I have learned over the years, add them together and create the perfect session, unique to each client. One of my specialties is listening to my client’s needs and desires so I can use that information to pinpoint direct areas of focus and relaxation to relieve stress, tension, spasms, and muscle pain.
I value the bond I build with my clients and enjoy being able to give my clients a sense of privacy, security, trust, guidance and much more. Spending time with my family is very important to me and I also love church and love to mediate.
Ar’Mallorie James, LMBT# 16500
Therapeutic massage is my specialty. I have been a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, since 2016. As a massage therapist, I am certified in pain relief, stretch therapy, deep tissue, prenatal, reflexology, and relaxation. I always get asked the question, why massage? I feel massage chose me, as it seems to have landed in my lap as I quickly fell in love with helping my clients have an amazing experience.
As I guide my clients through deep breathing and assisted stretches, it is important to me to pinpoint trigger points and give you a maximal relief. Getting to relieve a headache, decreasing muscle tension from a car accident, or helping a college student focus before a test or an athlete after big event is what gets me up each morning.
I am also a certified nursing assistant and have valued what I have learned from both fields of nursing and massage, as it helps me improve my client’s experiences and achieve their massage goals. My relaxation style comes in the form of meditation and music. I enjoy listening to music from the time I wake up in the morning, until the time I close my eyes a night. I enjoy hanging out with friends and spending time with my 2 dogs. I admire being part of the Viva Med team as their commitment to excellence parallels mine.