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Meet the Faces of OptiMed

We put all our dreams together to build something that is bigger than all of us. Something that we are happy to be part of.

Meet Dr. Ajjan, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has been a hospitalist for eight years now. Loves to come up with new ideas to implement. Always looking for opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

Mahdi Ajjan, MD

OptiMed Physician and CEO

Dr. Anukwuem has been working as a hospitalist with OptiMed since 2011, and he is board certified in Internal Medicine. His colleagues describe his positive energy as contagious and ``powerful``. His patients typically remember him as knowledgeable and caring. He is the OptiMed go to person when it comes to golf tournaments.

Obioma Anukwuem, MD

OptiMed Physician

Dr. deLeon loves Formula 1 and is always looking for innovative ways to speed up throughput from ER. Dr. deLeon is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been a hospitalist for two years. His patients describe him as compassionate and trustworthy. His friends describe him as elegant and courteous.

Ricardo deLeon, MD

OptiMed Physician and Director

Dr. Ayoubi is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He is highly experienced, compassionate, and caring physician. He is the Medical Director at Peak Resources Gastonia and Cheryville Nursing Homes. Dr. Ayoubi is very pleasant and easy to work with. He is an expert on running efficient medical practice.

Nasib Ayoubi, MD

OptiMed Physician

Dr. Seema Madan is an internist in Statesville, North Carolina. She received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and has been in practice for 18 years. She is a wonderful physician for her patients and an amazing colleague to be around.

Dr. Seema Madan

OptiMed Physician

Meet Dr. Pasula, before joining OptiMed in 2014 she was a primary care physician in the Mooresville area. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Pasula is known for her kindness and sweetness with everyone.

Smitha Pasula, MD

OptiMed Physician

Dr. Pence joins us from Piedmont Health Care, where she worked as a primary care physician. Dr. Pence completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine from NC Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. She is a wonderful addition to our team with great dedication and attention to every patient. Dr. Pence currently serves as the Chief Medical Staff at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

Carla Pence, MD

OptiMed Physician

Dr. Spongberg is a leader in the hospitalist field. He has long experience managing hospitalist programs, developing and training hospitalist team, defining strategic goals and initiatives, expanding services, evaluating cost containment, LOS, CPC. In addition to all that, he is a great physician making a remarkable difference in the lives of his patients at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

Christopher Spongberg , MD

OptiMed Physician

Dr. Talwar has been practicing medicine for 9 years. She is Internal Medicine Board Certified. Her patients love how she cares for them. She is warm, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Her colleagues enjoy working with her and love her positive ``contiguous`` energy. Dr. Talwar enjoys the outdoors.

Devina Talwar, MD

OptiMed Physician

Dr. Tammo is board certified in Internal Medicine, he joined OptiMed in 2014. Many colleagues say that his patients are lucky to have him as a very personable, compassionate, and knowledgeable physician. Dr. Tammo has a been a hospitalist physician since 2010.

Sami Tammo, MD

OptiMed Physician

Dr. Wall is one of the most appreciated physicians at OptiMed by the administration, physicians, and patients alike. Dr. Wall is a board certified internist. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina. He is affiliated with Duke University Medical Center. He is known for his quick response to patients needs and for his warmth.

Ralph Wall, MD

OptiMed Physician

Mrs. Campbell earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Computer Programming from Thailand. She earned an Associate Degree of Science in Nursing from Mitchell Community College. She also eared a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University, Winston Salem North Carolina. Mrs. Campbell is an AANP board certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Nunta Campbell, FNP

OptiMed Nurse Practitioner

Mrs. Deal is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. After sending her two sons to college, she led an OptiMed project in the Nursing Homes and built a high quality and efficiency medical delivery program in three nursing homes. Mrs. Deal has been involved in Medical Mission trips to the poverty stricken areas in the Philippines. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Melissa Deal, ANP

OptiMed Nurse Practitioner

Chris started his career in the healthcare field as an EMT. He polished his skills by becoming a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner. With doctorate degrees in both nursing and educational research management, Chris is a valuable asset to OptiMed. Chris joined us from Kindred Hospital in Greensboro where he was the CEO.

Christopher Haynes, DNP, FACHE, FAAPA

OptiMed Nurse Practitioner

Alicia ibanez, FNP

OptiMed Nurse Practitioner

Solace graduated with honors from Duke University School Of Medicine in 2013. She has more than three years experience, especially in an acute setting. Solace will be joining Dr. Ayoubi and Melissa in providing exceptional care to our patients at the skilled nursing facilities in Gastonia. We are delighted Solace is now a member of our OptiMed Family.

Solace Ninyeh-Assimeh, ACNP

OptiMed Nurse Practitioner

Alice is a Family Nurse Practitioner, with ANCC certification, Graduated from East Tennessee State University 2004. She has over 10 years experience as FNP with experience in Peds, Women's Health and Internal a Medicine. Has worked at Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center since June 2013, joined Optimed Hospitalists group full time in Oct 2014, continuing to work at The Wound Center. She loves working at the Wound Center and continues to look for ways to improve patient care and satisfactions.

Alice Roberts, FNP

OptiMed Nurse Practitioner

Mrs. Sharpe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Masters of Science degree in Nursing from Winston Salem State University, Winston Salem, North Carolina. Mrs. Sharpe is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her theoretical training at Winston Salem State University she completed her practicum in pulmonology, internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, North Carolina Nurses Association and Iredell Regional Nurse Practitioners.

Trivia Sharpe, FNP

OptiMed Nurse Practitioner

Melenie Shumate, LPN

OptiMed Licensed Practical Nurse

Mrs. Whiteside earned an Associate of Science degree in nursing from Wilkes Community College. In addition, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Masters of Science degree in Nursing from Winston Salem State University, Winston Salem North Carolina. Mrs. Whiteside is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Candy H. Whiteside, FNP

OptiMed Nurse Practitioner

Mrs. Alqalaf is the backbone of OptiMed, she started with the company in 2014 and hit the ground running on her first day. Her colleagues and friends describe her as energetic, positive, detailed-oriented, and organized. She gets things done quickly and proficiently. Mrs. Alqalaf graduated with a business degree with focus on health administration from Appalachian State University. Mrs. Alqalaf is the “go to” person if you have any questions about OptiMed's daily operations.

Shikha Alqalaf

OptiMed Practice Manager

Ms. Hayes is a well organized skilled professional. She has over 14 years experience in billing and accounts receivable. Her welcoming personality is a asset to our company. Ms. Hayes is our go-to person for all SNF issues.

Alica Hayes

OptiMed Biller

Mrs. Kaplan is a top performing professional offering experience in office administration, billing, paralegal, and customer service. Her colleagues describe her as well-organized, hard-working, problem solver, and wonderful to work with.

Susan Kaplan

OptiMed Biller

Mary Lou Reese

OptiMed Biller

Jessica is an experienced management professional with the proven ability to provide market and pricing analysis, bid and contract administration, project management, and develop strategic business relationships. She came to us from Gilbarco Veeder Root where she used to be the Strategic Pricing & Programs Analyst. Jessica has been a valuable addition to the OptiMed family.

Jessica Townsend, MBA

OptiMed Business Development Analyst

Cathy Cronin

OptiMed MOA

Drusilla Kiser

OptiMed MOA

Kathy Towle

OptiMed MOA

Shelia Wood

OptiMed MOA

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us to inquire about current openings and send your resume to:


We are always looking for talent!