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                                                                                                                                 Dr.  Mark Stephen Thompson, D.D.S.

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                                                                                                                                 114 Campus Avenue * Raeford, NC 28376

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              4146 S. Main Street * Hope Mills, NC 28348

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               You may have heard the quote, “She believed she could, so she did.”   opportunity to try other fields of medicine but felt most at home
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               Few women embody this sentiment more that Roxie Wells, M.D.  when spending time one-on-one with people.
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               As a young girl growing up in Fayette, Ala., Dr. Wells wanted to   “I really enjoy giving of my time,” she said. “In family medicine,
               be a doctor. It was a dream less-spirited individuals may have   you deal with people from birth to death. You really get to know
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               found too daunting, as she had no role models to follow.  them. So that’s the specialty I chose.”

               “There were no physicians of color in my town,” she said. “All the   Now, Dr. Wells is a hospital administrator. She currently
               physicians were male and none of color. There was no one in the   serves as President of Hoke Health in Raeford, N.C. Even as
               career who looked like me.”                           an administrator, she still makes time for those one-on-one
                                                                     interactions that she loved so much about Family Medicine.
               But Dr. Wells has never been one to be discouraged easily. She
               had the two most important traits needed to achieve success –   “Patients are why I got into healthcare,” she said, “so when I need
               brains and a strong will.                             a boost in spirit, I will check in on patients. For me, it boosts my

               “I do not believe in limits,” she said. “There may be obstacles that
               one needs to overcome. But If you put your mind to it, work   She also makes time for those who are interested in her career
               hard, align yourself, connect yourself with people who are doing   field. Dr. Wells remembers well that little girl who wanted to be a
               what you want to do, you can accomplish anything. You are only   doctor but didn’t know it was a dream she could attain.
               limited by your own thoughts.”
                                                                     “I’m reminded of the saying, ‘I am my ancestors’ wildest
               After high school, Dr. Wells attended Brewer State Junior   dreams,’” she said. “It’s important to me to set an example. I   REAL.
               College, graduating with her associate degree in just one year.   am cognizant of the sacrifices of those who came before me
               Her hard work and good grades earned her the presidential   but didn’t have the same opportunities, and I am aware of the
               scholarship that she needed to attend the University of Alabama,   needs of those who come behind me – so they can see a possible
               in Tuscaloosa, Ala.                                   entrance into this field.”

               While working on her bachelor’s, Dr. Wells married her high   Perhaps it’s that memory of seeing no physicians of color
               school sweetheart, Reginald. He joined the military and the   growing up that makes minority health issues of special   SAVINGS.
               young couple found themselves stationed at Ft. Bragg. While   importance to Dr. Wells. In serving on Cape Fear Valley’s
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               in Fayetteville, Dr. Wells finished her degree in Biology at   Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council – as well as on the board
               Fayetteville University.                              of trustees for both the American Hospital Association and the
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                                                                     North Carolina Healthcare Association – Dr. Wells is a strong
               She then began working, first in a DNA paternity testing lab and
                                                                     advocate for improving access to healthcare for all regardless of
               then as a teacher. Dr. Wells taught Science at James Kenan High
                                                                     race, ethnicity, and geography.
               School in Warsaw for two years, but she still had career ambitions
               to be a physician. She applied to medical school at East Carolina   “I believe the health of the nation includes the health of every
               University and was accepted into the program.         demographic,” she said. “we aren’t all well until we are ALL
               Earning her medical degree cost Dr. Wells more sacrifices than
               the average med student. In addition to the long hours and   Some might find the decades-long health disparity in America to   910-487-0037

               heavy workload, it would require her to be separated from her   be too big a problem to handle. But not Dr. Roxie Wells.     910-487-0037
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               husband. Reginald, who had been ministering since the age of 16,                                                           6415 Brookstone Lane, Fayetteville
                                                                     She believed she could become a physician; so, she did. And she           Fayetteville, NC 28304
               was working on his own advanced degrees, eventually becoming
                                                                     believes we can make a better tomorrow. So, with her help, we will.
               a Doctor of Ministry. He had a growing congregation in Duplin
               County. So, Dr. Wells would stay in Greenville at school during
               the week and spend the weekends in Duplin with her husband.                                                                Saving people money on more than
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               When her residency was finished, Dr. Wells returned to Duplin
               County to begin practicing family medicine. She’d had the  
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