Born and raised in Monticello, Georgia, I was the youngest of five children. My early interests were Boy Scouts, sports and singing under the guidance of my mother, who was a school music teacher and church choir director. I enjoyed football, basketball, baseball, tennis and golf in my high school years and continued my interest in sports as I left Georgia to attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. I graduated Magna Cum Laude, and then came back south to Duke University for medical school and for residency training in Family Medicine. I have served as Jonesville town commissioner, chief of medical staff and chairman of the department of family medicine at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.

The JFMC has been my professional home since I established it in 1979. I always enjoy walking into the office every day to work with our wonderful staff and help the families with whom I have built a trusting relationship through the years.



My family and I moved back to Elkin in 2008 and I joined Jonesville Family Medical Center. My wife, Lyndsey and I then welcomed a new member to our family in 2010 with the birth of our third son, Grant. Since 2010 I have also served as Medical Director of the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center.

I feel privileged to be able to return home and be surrounded by a community of friends and family, working alongside my father Dr. Evan Ballard, at a job we both love. Practicing family medicine at JFMC affords me the opportunity to care for not only my high school friends, but also their children, parents, and grandparents. In addition, I make new acquaintances each day in our office and at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. The variety of personalities, accomplishments, aspirations, and personal histories to be found among the people of the Yadkin Valley continue to impress me, and I'm proud to be a part of it!



I graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1978 and stayed at Duke through 1981 to complete the Family Medicine Residency program. I am Board Certified in Family Medicine, with added certification in Geriatrics. I've been at JFMC since 1981. I've also served as the Medical Director of Hugh Chatham Nursing Center since 2000.

Recently a young woman brought her four beautiful daughters to see me, and I realized that I delivered her (back in the years when we delivered babies), and I've cared for both her parents and her grandmother. Four generations. I am honored to serve as the family doctor for so many people in our Yadkin Valley region, and I'm glad to be able to combine up to date medical knowledge with personal caring. I believe everyone needs a primary physician who really understands them, not only their medical conditions but also their background, values, and needs. Taking care of families is what makes my profession meaningful to me.



I was born in Raleigh, NC, youngest of three boys and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where I played on the tennis team and majored in Chemistry. From there I attended and graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. I stayed at Duke for my Family Medicine Residency and served as Chief Resident. After a four year tour in the Air Force, we moved to the Yadkin Valley area and joined practice with my friends from Duke.

I love the diversity of Family Medicine from caring for newborns in the hospital, to evaluating sports injuries, to keeping my nursing home patients comfortable. I enjoy being a partner with my patients to navigate the health maze together to achieve their optimal health.



After graduating from North Surry High School in 1983, I attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. There I earned a BS in biology graduating Cum Laude. I completed my Physician's Assistant Degree at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1988. I have been at JFMC since 2001.

I am happily married to Kirk Killon who is the director of the EMS program at Surry Community College. We have two lovely daughters who keep us very busy. I place high value on faith and family. We are active members at Bannertown Baptist Church. My hobbies include scrap-booking, camping and boating.


After graduating from East Carolina University with a BS in Nursing, I worked in labor and delivery and then moved to Raleigh and worked at Wake in the Intensive Care Unit. Returning to school at UNC Chapel Hill, I completed my nurse practitioner education in 1973. Prior to moving to this area, I worked for 33 years in a rural health clinic in eastern North Carolina. I have been nationally accredited (board certified) since finishing school.

My goal for my work is to provide personal and complete care to our patients. I have a particular interest in diabetes education but also in providing education in the best way to care for ourselves in all aspects. Wellness and preventive medicine as well as illness care are an important part of my practice.