About Carolina Convenient Care
Carolina Convenient Care was founded in January of 2017 to provide comprehensive urgent care services to the residents of the Briar Chapel community and surrounding areas of Chapel Hill, NC. We are open seven days a week and there is no appointment necessary to visit our office.
Dr. Craig A. Stevens, Medical Director
Dr. Stevens, owner of Triangle Family Care and Carolina Convenient Care, earned his undergraduate B.A. degree in Natural Systems from the Defiance College (Defiance, Ohio) in 1985 and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 1989. After completing his residency in Family Medicine at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, he worked for several local traditional family practices and urgent care centers.
In mid-1997, Dr. Stevens relocated to North Carolina, where he continued to practice medicine with various offices, including Rex Urgent Care of Cary. Traveling and photography are two of Dr. Stevens’ hobbies. He enjoys taking images of landscapes, architecture, and nature. In fact, many of the framed photographs decorating the office are photos taken by Dr. Stevens. He is a frequent visitor to local art shows, art galleries, and estate auctions so that he can add to his own personal collection of art that he has amassed over the years.
During his limited free time, Dr. Stevens likes to garden, dabble in turning wood, create stained glass pieces and sometimes even take up brush to canvas from time to time. He also enjoys playing poker. As a lover of antiques, good food and wine, whenever Dr. Stevens travels, he generally tries to find local restaurants for great food and drink, as well as antique or vintage shops to look for those one-of-a-kind pieces or a real bargain.
Nisha Kotecha, FNP
Nisha is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner FNP-BC. She earned her nursing degree from the University of Wisconson and her master’s degree from Duke University.
Nisha started her nursing career at Duke University in the neurosurgery/neurology ICU/stepdown unit for 6 years prior to completing her MSN. She also assisted with nursing student preceptorship and clinical rotations.
Nisha has experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner in family practice, urgent care, spine, pain, and geriatric care.
Nisha spends time volunteering at free access clinics for underserved populations. Nisha has a strong desire to improve the lives and health of all the patients she sees.
Nisha enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is an avid runner and enjoys being outdoors.
Kristy Su, FNP
Kristy Su is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her nursing degree from the University of South Carolina and her master’s degree in nursing from Clemson University. In addition to this, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from Clemson.
Kristy started her nursing career in the coronary care unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC. She then helped start the first STEMI program at Greenville Health System where she worked closely with the chest pain center, cardiac cath lab, and coronary care unit to coordinate vital care to patients having a heart attack. Kristy was also part of the Greenville Technical College faculty instructing nursing students during their clinical rotations and educating them on the care of the critically ill patient with heart disease. Kristy is personable, passionate, and a great listener.
Kristy enjoys spending time with her pharmacist husband and three children. She enjoys traveling and running and has completed eight half-marathons with intentions of running a full marathon one day!
Kate Spillane is from Holly Springs. She graduated from ECU School of Nursing in 2007. Kate is currently getting her Masters at Duke University. In her spare time you can find her chasing her sweet son, Roman or at Cameron indoor stadium. Go, Duke!
Laura Forcella, Clinical Manager
Laura is originally from Norman, OK. After graduating from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Laura moved to Japan with her husband and then to Washington, DC, before finally settling in Chapel Hill, NC. Prior to joining Carolina Convenient Care, Laura has primarily worked in an emergency department setting, as well as working in a pediatric intensive care unit.
Laura is the proud mom of a young son and two very large dogs who keep her busy while she is completing her master’s degree in nursing.
Andrea Lesondak, X-Ray Technician
Andrea is from Baltimore, MD, and she and her husband moved to NC in 2009. She graduated from Wake Technical Community College in 2014 with her A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology and worked in an orthopedic clinic for approximately 3 years. She also has her B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and she is a National Board Certified and NC Licensed Massage Therapist.
In her spare time, Andrea enjoys mountain bike riding and road bicycling with her husband and friends.
Travis graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and International Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2014 and spent the rest of his time working abroad in Valparaíso, Chile. Upon return to the United States, he began training in Medical Assisting with the hopes of one day attending a Physician Assistant program. Travis likes to read, write, and translate research projects from Spanish to English. When asked about joining the Carolina Convenient Care team, Travis says: “I look forward to working with the beautiful people of Chapel Hill and Pittsboro.”
After being a Medical Assistant for 10 years Jennifer became an LPN. During her medical career, she has worked and specialized in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Surgical Breast Oncology, OB GYN and Cardiology. She recently relocated to North Carolina to enjoy a better quality of life with her family.
Stacy Keast, Assistant Office Manager
Stacy has been a Paramedic and Firefighter for fifteen years. She has helped care for a diverse population of patients from newborn to geriatric and everything in between. She has collaborated closely with the medical community to provide the best patient care possible. Her passion is to provide medical care with a focus on a person’s life as a whole. She currently lives in Cary, NC with her beautiful three-year-old son. Stacy’s interests include spending time with family, pursuing her education further, camping, hiking and anything else that peaks her curiosity.
Gabrielle Meeks, Certified Medical Assistant & Certified Office Assistant
Gabrielle is originally from Chicago, Illinois, but has traveled a lot and eventually settled down in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. Her favorite job aspects are getting to know patients and their families and providing them with quality care. Gabrielle’s duties include room patients, taking vital signs, updating patient current medications and allergy records, obtaining prior authorizations, scheduling patients for specialist appointments and radiology appointments. She is also responsible for providing patients with test results and lab reports and relaying information from the providers to the patients and vice versa.
Emily has been a Medical Assistant for six years. She has helped care for all age ranges and is fluent in Spanish. She currently lives in Mebane, NC with her husband and daughter. Emily’s interests include spending time with her family, friends, and church.
I am so excited to be a part of the Carolina Convenient Care family. I am a sophomore at Panther Creek High School and enjoy history and English. I am passionate about volunteering in my spare time which is why I enjoy being a part of The YMCA’s Leaders Club, Key Club, and Student Council as Sophmore Class President. I also enjoy shopping, eating at Chick-fil-A, and hanging out with my friends. I love my dog Kujo and enjoy cuddling with him when I get home.