August 24, 2011
Catawba Valley Psychiatric Services Welcomes New Clinicians
HICKORY, NC—Catawba Valley Psychiatric Services welcomes two psychiatrists,
Dr. David Branyon, M.D., and Dr. Marie Sprague, D.O. These doctors join
a team of licensed clinical social workers therapists and technicians,
as well as Jill Lowery and Linda Scott, nurse practitioners. Dr. Branyon
and Dr. Sprague have already begun practicing at Catawba Valley Psychiatric Services.
Dr. David Branyon, M.D., obtained his medical degree from the University
of Alabama and completed his general and child residencies at the Universities
of Kentucky and UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Branyon is board certified in Child/Adolescent
and General Adult psychiatry and is certified by the American Board of
Psychiatry and Neurology. He has lived in this area for 22 years with
his wife, and has two grown children. Dr. Branyon has practiced in the
North Carolina public mental health system for the past14 years. He will
be providing services in the outpatient clinic, and is now accepting new
adolescent and adult patients.
Dr. Marie Sprague, D.O. obtained her Doctor of Osteopathy from the Lake
Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residencies in
the combined UTHSC-San Antonio/Wilford Hall Medical Center program. Dr.
Sprague recently served in the army. She is board certified in General
Adult psychiatry, and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry
and Neurology. Dr. Sprague lives in the area with her husband and their
two daughters. She serves as a psychiatric hospitalist and does not practice
in the outpatient department.
Jill Lowery, PMHNP-PC, obtained a dual Master’s Degree in the Adult
Health/Clinical Nurse Specialty track at UNC-Charlotte, and a second Master’s
Degree in the Psychiatry/Mental Health track at the Medical University
of South Carolina at Charleston. She holds national certifications in
both fields. She has worked in mental health inpatient and outpatient
settings across both North and South Carolina for the past 14 years, the
last six years as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is currently living
in the Hickory area and serves in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
We are proud to have these clinicians as members of our staff. Catawba
Valley Psychiatric Services is located at 1120 Fairgrove Church Rd., Suite
12. To schedule an appointment, please call 828/326-2828.
Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., is the region’s largest
not-for-profit, public healthcare system and serves the community without
direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to serving
as a center for health education, wellness services, preventive medicine
and acute care. CVMC has received three Magnet designations from the American
Nurses Credentialing Center and has been recognized for providing “An
Outstanding Inpatient Experience” for a fourth consecutive year
by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, please visit