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Our Providers

Charles A. Withers, II, MD
Dr. Withers is a native of Washington, DC and has lived in North Carolina for over 10 years. He enjoys running and playing soccer in his spare time and is an active member of his church. One of his greatest joys is spending time with his wife and 3 young children.

Education and Training

Undergraduate: Swarthmore College (2002)

Medical School: Duke University (2008)

Internal Medicine Internship: Duke University (2009)

Internal Medicine Residency: Duke University (2011)

Rheumatology Fellowship: Duke University (2013)

Recent Publication

Withers, C.A., George, R.L., and Keenan, R.T. Diagnosis and management of gout: an update. JCOM. 2012. 19(11):519-527.

Awards & Honors

Aspen Health Forum, fellow (2007)

           Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine

Award (2008)

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Research Experience

​National Institutes of Health (2002)

Thomas Jefferson University (2003-2004)

Duke University Medical Center (2007, 2013)

   Tara Kennedy, FNP-BC
    Nurse Practitioner
Tara is a native of New York and recently moved to North Carolina after living in Colorado for 22 years. She brings with her over 6 years of rheumatology experience and has a passion for seeing patients incorporate healthy lifestyle choices to better manage their disease.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, mountain biking, hiking, skiing and walks with her dog Ajax.


Undergraduate: Binghamton University (1992)

Graduate: University of Northern Colorado (2007)


University of Colorado Rheumatology Clinic (2019-2021)

Denver Arthritis Clinic (2014-2018)

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Nicole Gonzalez, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner

Nikki moved to the Charlotte area last year with her family after living most of her life in California.  Before working as a nurse practitioner in family practice and pediatrics, Nikki spent the majority of her 15 year nursing career in emergency medicine. However, her long-time passion for rheumatology has led her here where she continues to serve patients with her compassion and dedication. In her personal time she loves traveling and spending time with her family and friends.


Undergraduate: Fresno Pacific University 2015

Graduate: Fresno Pacific University, 2018

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Kara Bazemore
Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist

Kara is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist specializing in Neuromuscular Therapy, Scarwork, and Myofascial Release Technique. Kara has been practicing since 2012 and has a passion for helping her clients find innovative solutions to pain. Her wholistic approach to wellness and condition management emphasizes practical, goal-oriented modalities with measurable results. Outside of her professional life Kara is an accomplished visual artist and avid outdoors woman who enjoys volunteering and visiting her hometown of Savannah, GA. 


If you have questions about our practice or wish to schedule an appointment with us,

please give our office a call. 
We look forward to connecting with you soon!

 Medical advice or consultations will not be provided via phone or email. 

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