Dr. Hancock joined Nash Ob-Gyn in 2015 and quickly learned she had a joined a fantastic office with the nicest patients. She’s a North Carolina native, from near Charlotte, but graduated from Clemson and Tulane before coming back to UNC for medical school. She completed her Ob-Gyn training at Wake Forest. She loves being outside, whether that’s doing yard work, reading in a hammock, or walking on the beach. Eating delicious food, playing with her tuxedo kitties, and exploring eastern NC are some of her favorite activities. Thank you, Dr. Hancock, for all you do for our office and our patients!
December Physician Spotlight
Nancy L. Hancock, MD, MPH
Ericka Arias has been with Nash Ob-Gyn for over 6 years! She is one of our patient services representatives and you will mostly see her at our check out desk. Ericka takes great pride in decorating the check out area and it is always fun to see what she has planned each holiday! She is also our resident event coordinator and holiday helper. In her free time, Ericka enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two nephews. Thank you, Ericka, for everything you do to make our days more cheerful!
November Staff Spotlight
Melinda Pressley, RN has been with our office for over seven years. Although she has a number of duties, her primary role is as Dr. Van Zant's nurse. Her calm demeanor and kind ways make her an asset to our office team and she is a pleasure to work with. Melinda is married with two children and one granddaughter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the pool, reading and also baking desserts. Summer is her very favorite season and she loves the beach anytime of the year.
Thank you, Melinda, for everything you do for our office and our patients!
October Staff Spotlight
Danielle Williams has been with Nash Ob-Gyn since May 2011. You will see Danielle's smiling, laughing face at our front desk where she serves as one of our Patient Services Representatives. She has several duties in our front office and handles each one with her unique sense of humor and unfailing honesty. Prior to coming to work with us, Danielle gained valuable OB-Gyn experience by working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Nash Women's Center beginning in 1996. She is also a retired DONA-trained birth doula.
Danielle is married with three beautiful children and one "heart" grandbaby whom she spoils and adores. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and co-workers and cheering on the Northern Nash Knights.
Thank you, Danielle, for all you do for our office and our patients!
September Staff Spotlight
Maria Ortiz, RN is our Director of Clinical Operations and has been at Nash Ob-Gyn for almost 15 years! Maria began with our office in November 2004 and worked for over 10 years as part of our clinical staff before transitioning to her current role in August 2015. Maria is an extremely important part of our team. She supervises and supports our clinical staff and implements quality improvement measures to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care. In her free time, Maria enjoys reading, spending time with her family and pets, and cheering on her alma mater, the UNC Tarheels. Thank you, Maria, for everything you do for our office and our patients.
August Staff Spotlight
Alison Mills, RDMS is one of two ultrasonographers here at Nash Ob-Gyn. She began working with us as a part-time ultrasonographer in September 2005 before changing to full time in 2017. Alison has over 20 years of ultrasound experience and is an extremely valuable asset to our clinical team. Both of our ultrasonographers stay extremely busy and play vital roles in our continued efforts to provide the best possible care for our patients.
Alison has been married to her husband, Randall, for 25 years and has 2 sons who will be playing baseball together at NC Wesleyan College. When she is not on the ballfield, she enjoys spending her time at Gaston Lake with her family and friends. Now that she has an empty nest, she said she will be looking for new things to do!
Thank you, Alison, for everything you do for Nash Ob-Gyn and our patients!
July Staff Spotlight
Valerie Daniels has been one of our Patient Service Representatives for nearly 14 years! She is a valuable member of our front desk team and her outgoing personality keeps everyone laughing. In her free time, Valerie enjoys going to the beach, cooking, and spending time with her family. Thank you, Valerie, for all you do for Nash Ob-Gyn and our patients!
May Staff Spotlight
Teresa Davenport has been working with Nash Ob-Gyn for nearly 15 years! She joined our office in 2004 as one of our Insurance/Billing Representatives. She has continued in that role through the years and is an extremely valuable member of our team. Teresa is always available to talk to patients who need help understanding the complicated world of insurance plans and benefits. In her free time, Teresa enjoys volunteering with the Tri-Community Baseball League and spending time with her family. Thank you, Teresa, for all you do for us and our patients!
April Staff Spotlight
Beth Bulluck has been with Nash Ob-Gyn for over 15 years! She works at our front desk as one our Patient Service Representatives and always greets patients with a smile. In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time fishing and going to the beach with her husband, son, and two dogs. Thank you, Beth, for everything you do for our office and our patients!
March Staff Spotlight
Dr. Matthew Collins has been with Nash Ob-Gyn for nearly 17 years! After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 1998, he went to Charleston, SC for his OB-Gyn residency and then joined Nash Ob-Gyn in 2002. In his free time, Dr. Collins enjoys golfing, raising honey bees, going to Avett Brothers concerts, and spending time with his wife, Sarah, their 5 children, and their pets, Honey and Tessa.
Thank you, Dr. Collins, for everything you have done and continue to do for Nash Ob-Gyn and our patients!
February Physician Spotlight
Dr. Matthew Collins
Dorie Coppedge is our appointment coordinator and is currently in her 20th year of employment with Nash Ob-Gyn. She is the primary contact person for our appointment call line and is in charge of setting up our office and physician on call schedules. Dorie is extremely meticulous which serves her well in the often time-consuming and detailed work that goes into creating and managing the schedules. When she is not working, Dorie enjoys camping and spending time with her family and beloved pets.
Thank you, Dorie, for all you do to keep our days running smoothly!
January Staff Spotlight
Dr. Dennis Van Zant has been with Nash OB-Gyn for over 20 years! After graduation from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1990, he began his medical career in the Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was honorably discharged from the Army after 8 years of service and joined Nash Ob-Gyn in July 1998. Dr. Van Zant and his wife Melinda have 4 children and 1 grandchild. They enjoy spending time together as a family on camping trips and doing anything out of doors.
Thank you, Dr. Van Zant, for all you do for Nash Ob-Gyn and our patients!
December Physician Spotlight
Dr. Dennis Van Zant
Paula Barnes, RT is one of two ultrasonographers employed by Nash OB-Gyn. Paula has 32 years of ultrasound experience and is currently in her 18th year of employment with our office. During this time, she has provided our physicians with valuable diagnostic information through her sonographic images. Paula also finds great joy in providing that first glimpse of a patient's baby. When asked what she likes about her job, she stated "Over the years, I have enjoyed providing parents with their first image of their baby and enjoying their excitement." When not at work, Paula enjoys traveling with her husband of 34 years and spending time with her three grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law.
Thank you, Paula, for all you do to provide excellent care of our patients!
November Staff Spotlight
Paula Barnes, RT
A Special Message from Dr. Fryar:
It is with truly mixed emotions that I inform you of my decision to retire from the practice of medicine and the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology as of the end of this year. The City of Rocky Mount/Nash County and the surrounding counties and communities have been extremely kind to me and my family over the past 26 plus years, originally with Rocky Mount Obstetrics and Gynecology and for the past 13 years with Nash Obstetrics and Gynecology.
To the patients I have had the privilege to care for, I am honored for the trust you placed in me over the years. It has been a rewarding career. Please rest assured that the physicians at Nash Ob/Gyn will provide you with superb medical care. All of them possess excellent medical and surgical skills. As important, all are of the highest character. I encourage you to continue your obstetric and gynecological care with them.
I wish for everyone good fortune, good health and a good life!
Mel Fryar, M.D.
Dr. Mel Fryar recently completed his 13th year as a physician with Nash Ob-Gyn. After medical school and residency in the mid-1980s, Dr. Fryar first worked as an Obstetrician-Gynecologist in Virginia and Clinton, N.C. before making his way to Rocky Mount in 1992. He joined our office in July 2005 and quickly became an integral part of our physician team.
In 2016, Dr. Fryar made the difficult decision to stop delivering babies and instead now focuses entirely on gynecologic care. When Dr. Fryar is not working, he can often be found cheering on the UNC Tarheels or playing golf with his son. Thank you, Dr. Fryar, for all that you do for Nash Ob-Gyn and our patients!
October Physician Spotlight
Dr. Mel Fryar
Lori Perry, RN recently celebrated her 23rd anniversary as an employee of Nash OB-GYN. For many years, Lori worked with the physicians as one of our clinic nurses, but she now serves as our Perinatal Nurse Educator, a role she took on in December 2015. When she is not working, Lori enjoys cheering on the NC State Wolfpack with her husband and daughter. She is an invaluable part of our Nash OB-GYN team and we are extremely lucky to have her!