Mount Jefferson Family Medicine
Primary Care for Your Entire Family
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mount Jefferson Family Medicine provides accessible, remarkable and high-quality care for your entire family. Our providers include you in the decision making process to ensure that your family's medical needs are met. We take responsibility for your family's ongoing care needs from pregnancy to caring for your infant, child or adolescent, and caring for you as an adult and into your later years. We are truly your medical home for all ages. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (336) 846-7433. Click here for a map and directions to the hospital campus.
Edward J. Miller, M.D.
Dr. Edward Miller received his undergraduate and medical education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a rotating internship and an internal medicine residency at Mid-State Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been in general practice for more than 50 years in Jefferson, North Carolina. He is the senior member of Mount Jefferson Family Medicine.
Melinda Wonsick, M.D.
Dr. Melinda Wonsick joined Mt. Jefferson Family Medicine in August 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Wonsick then received her medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She completed her family practice residency and obstetrical fellowship at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. Dr. Wonsick is board certified in family medicine and provides primary care for the entire family, including women's health care, obstetrics and children's health care.
Tara Burgher, D.O, AuD.
Dr. Tara Burgher is a Board Certified Family Physician that has joined Mount Jefferson Family Medicine. Dr. Burgher completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. before earning her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University in Iowa. Dr. Burgher recently completed a Rural Obstetric Rural Expanded Surgical Skills Track (RESST) Fellow to further enhance her surgical and procedural skills including cesarean sections, tubal ligations, LEEPs, endometrial ablations and upper and lower endoscopy.
Sharon Dilley, M.D.
Dr. Sharon Dilley received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. She completed her residency at the Cambridge
Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. Her training included 12 months of Pediatrics divided between the
Cambridge Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Dilley specializes in internal medicine and
bariatrics. Dr. Dilley is currently accepting patients ages 16 and older.
Cathy G. Clark, DNP, FNP-BC
Cathy Clark is a family Nurse Practitioner Certified by ANCC. She obtained her Associate Degree from Surry Community College in 1994 and a Bachelor of Nursing from UNC Charlotte in 2004. She obtained a Master of Science in nursing from UNC Chapel Hill and graduated in 2006. She also has a Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University. She Joined Mount Jefferson Family Medicine in 2010 and went on to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in 2016 from the University of Alabama. She Currently sees patients both at Mount Jefferson Family Medicine and Ashe Oncology.
Jessica Null, FNP-BC
Jessica Null received her Bachelor's degree in nursing from Tennessee Technological University in 2013. She worked as an RN at the University of Tennessee on the Oncology/Urology floor before working for Watauga Medical Center in the ICU. After graduating in 2019 from East Tennessee State University with her master of science in nursing, she joined the team at Mount Jefferson Family Medicine as a Family Nurse Practitioner to see patients of all ages.
Jessica Rupard, CNM
Jessica Rupard earned her Bachelor's degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Ashe Memorial Hospital before enrolling at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky in 2018 to pursue her Master's degree in nursing midwifery. Rupard joined the Mount Jefferson Family Medicine team as a certified nurse midwife in June 2021.
What is a Medical Home?
A medical home is a model of care consisting of a team approach to provide evidence-based health care in a high quality yet cost-effective manner. This type of care focuses on a continuous relationship with a health care provider you select.
Your provider can coordinate care through all stages of your life. This unique partnership between you and your health care provider means you will always have an active involvement in your health care plans.
We offer primary care services to patients of all ages, as well as care for common and complex conditions:
Complete Physical Exams
Chronic Condition Management
Cold and Flu (Strep Throat)
Falls and Injuries
Minor Burns and Lacerations
Minor Eye Injuries
Medicare Annual Well Visits
Urinary Tract Infections
Pre-Employment Physical Exams
Walk-In Appointments (Established Patients Only)
Steps from the Emergency Department
Should you need a higher level of care than Mount Jefferson Family Medicine can provide, you are in the perfect place. Our facility is just steps from the Emergency Department at Ashe Memorial Hospital. Our providers will communicate with the hospital about the treatment you received in our office and the next steps to take.
Mount Jefferson Family Medicine has entered into co-management agreements with other specialty providers to promote clear communication, appropriate utilization of resources to reduce variations in care and to provide the highest quality of care.
Daymark Recovery Services, Inc.(Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services)
221 W. Main St.
Jefferson, NC 28640
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 866-275-9552
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
After-Hours, Weekend and Holiday Care
Mount Jefferson Family Medicine is open only during regular business hours. In the event you require care after hours or on a weekend or holiday, we have a co-management agreement with a non-emergent walk-in clinic, which may serve you before admittance to an emergency department.
Mountain Family Care Center (Non-Emergent Express Care)
310 Hospital Avenue
Jefferson, NC 28640
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Patient Portal and Secure Messaging To Your Provider and Staff
Mount Jefferson Family Medicine utilizes AthenaHealth, INC. as our EMR (Electronic Medical Records) software, on which all aspects of the clinic's operation are documented. The EMR offers you access to a secure, HIPAA-compliant, Patient Portal. You may sign up for the patient portal for free by creating a username and a password of your choosing. It is accessible from any device such as a home computer, laptop, tablet, iPad, or smartphone. A smartphone app can easily be installed on your phone. Once registered, you may log in to your own chart, look up patient care summaries, medication lists, lab results, conditions, billing and so on. The portal allows you to send Mount Jefferson Family Medicine providers and staff secure text messages regarding your health, scheduling or account billing. The portal will direct your message to the appropriate person within the clinic. We make it our goal to answer all messages as soon as possible, but if sent after hours or on weekend days; we will answer messages within no more than 24 to 48 hours.
Direct On-Call Provider Communication
To provide our patients access to high quality care and providers they know and trust, our patients will have access to a Provider on-call, 24 hours a day, or in emergency situations, referred to the nearest emergency room. For instructions on how to reach our on-call provider, please call our main phone number (336) 846-7433.
Notice: This direct access for the patient to speak with a provider is not a triage phone line. If you have an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Your discussion with the on-call provider may consist of, but is neither required nor limited to, the following examples:
Need to see a provider and timeframe for the visit.
Need for medication or adjustment to current medication. (This communication is not for prescription refills. Please utilize the main office number or the Patient Portal for the type of communication.
Immediate recommendation for patient's next steps.
Severity of the patient's condition.
Behavior modification, such as limitations on physical activity, etc.
Time interval for follow-up and next communication.
Patient Satisfaction Survey
If you have provided us with an email address, a patient satisfaction survey will be sent to your inbox after your visit, once every 90 days. Within the survey, you may give us feedback regarding your experience and quality of care provided at Mount Jefferson Family Medicine. The survey data is collected anonymously, is sorted by the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software, and is translated into a final score monthly. We encourage you to communicate your thoughts and feelings regarding our service to you via this tool.
Insurance and Billing
Mount Jefferson Family Medicine accepts most major insurance plans. If you are uninsured, ask us about payment options when you visit.
Patients may contact Practice Manager Rita Richardson at 336-846-7433 with questions, concerns, complaints or compliments regarding Mount Jefferson Family Medicine.