Catawba Valley Cardiology

Call: 828.732.5700

Catawba Valley Cardiology
3521 Graystone Place Southeast Suite 202 | Conover, NC 28613
We are Conveniently located in the Graystone Professional Building across Fairgrove Church Road from Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Phone: (828) 732.5700
Fax: (828) 732.5701

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 8am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm

After-Hours Care: Click-Here

Your First Line of Defense Against Heart Disease

The cardiologists of Catawba Valley Cardiology come to you with a combined 110+ years of experience. The top priority of our providers is to give each patient the highest quality of care available. We provide general cardiology, peripheral interventions, pacemaker implantation and interventional cardiology. Our cardiology team acts as the first line of defense against America’s number one killer, heart disease. We aim to keep you and your family healthy for years to come. Click here to learn more about our cardiology team.


  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)
  • Holter Monitors (24 & 48 hour)
  • Event Monitors
  • Pacemaker and PT/INR Monitoring
  • Regular Stress Tests (walking treadmill)
  • Heart Failure Follow Up
  • Administration of IV Lasix


  • Pacemaker implantation, including the Medtronic Micra - "world's smallest pacemaker"
  • CardioMEMS and RevealLINQ cardiac monitoring device insertion using non-surgical outpatient procedures
  • Stress tests, also called exercise stress tests, gather information about how your heart works during physical activity
  • MUGA Scans (Multi Gated Acquisition Scan) evaluate the function of the heart ventricles
  • Echocardiograms – provide images of your heart to allow providers the ability to identify various adverse heart conditions
  • Trans-esophageal echo (TEE), produce a detailed graphic outline of your heart’s function
  • Cardiac catheterizations are used to diagnose and treat heart disease
  • Stents – small expandable tubes placed within narrowed or weakened arteries keep blood supply flowing to the heart
  • Cardioversion procedures convert an abnormally fast heart rates (tachycardia) to normal rhythms

For after-hours emergencies please call 911 or go to Catawba Valley Medical Center Emergency Department

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Our Providers

Atul Trivedi, MD, FACC

portraitAtul Trivedi, MD, FACC, came to Catawba Valley Cardiology from the Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Cumming, GA, and the Piedmont Heart Institute of Atlanta, GA, where he served as director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory. He completed his medical degree and internship at The Armed Forces Medical College of Pune, India. He then completed his residency at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences at The Chicago Medical School before also serving as the Chief Resident in the same facility. His is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology and has held the position of clinical instructor in Internal Medicine at both The Chicago Medical School and at Tufts University of Health Sciences in Boston, MA. He has completed fellowship training at The Chicago Medical School, at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, and at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston.

Vincent Pompili, MD

portraitDr. Vincent Pompili is an interventional cardiologist and currently serves as the Medical Director of Catawba Valley Cardiology. Dr. Pompili completed his medical training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland Ohio. Subsequently he went on to complete his training in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Pompili completed his fellowship in the Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Michigan and his fellowship in Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. Dr. Pompili has had a long career in academic interventional and general cardiovascular medicine practice. He has served over his career as the Director of the Interventional Cardiology and Catheterization Laboratory at the Ohio State University, the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Nebraska, the Senior Vice President of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Novant Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and also most recently as the Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in the Greater Philadelphia area. Dr. Pompili is passionate about delivering state of the art interventional cardiovascular and structural heart disease care. He lives in Cornelius, North Carolina, with his wife and his two adult children are close by in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Brian Steg, MD, FACC

portraitDr. Brian Steg was a co-founder of Hickory Cardiology Associates, where he worked from 1983 to July 2011. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and his Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster. He completed his fellowship, residency, and internship at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is boarded by the American board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Steg is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, and is a fellow of the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention. Dr. Steg performs cardiac catheterizations, coronary angioplasty, stenting, pacemakers, peripheral vascular angioplasty and structure for peripheral vascular disease.

Patrick Whalen, MD

portraitHaving joined Catawba Valley Cardiology in November of 2016, Dr. Whalen also serves as the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and is Adjunct Faculty in Global Health at Wake Forest Medical Center. He earned his Medical Degree from Wake Forest University and went on to complete his postdoctoral training at Emory University and Vanderbilt University Hospitals. Among many other achievements, Dr. Whalen was instrumental in developing the hybrid procedure for AFib, which combines the tools for surgical and catheter ablation for patients with resistant atrial fibrillation. He’s also a national leader in lead extraction (the removal of a cardiac devices and leads) and helped to develop a center for training in transvenous lead removal. For the past 5 years, Dr. Whalen has held a position as team leader for a non-profit organization called Friends of Rudy (FOR) Nicaraguan Health which provides medical aid to the great numbers of impoverished people in Nicaragua who have limited access to health care.

Justin Hicks, DO

portraitDr. Hicks was born and raised in Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. After high school he attended West Virginia University where he studied Exercise Physiology and Applied and Environmental Microbiology. He then attended the West Virginia University School of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2015. After medical school he completed his Internal Medicine residency at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio, located in the western suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. After residency he went to Arnot Ogden Medical Center located in the finger lake region of upstate NY where he completed his Cardiovascular Disease fellowship.

Lisa Michel, PA-C

portraitLisa Michel worked at Hickory Cardiology from 2000 to July 2011. She completed her Physician Assistant Master of Science from Aracadia University in Glenside, PA, and her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Bioethics from Nazareth College in Pitsford, NY. Professionally, Michel is NCCPA Certified, ACLS Certified, and has been a member of the AAPA from 2000 to the present.

Paris Sellers, PA-C

portraitParis Sellers is a Nationally Certified Physician Assistant. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, and a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. After becoming a Physician Assistant she completed a Cardiology Fellowship at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC, with the Center for Advance Practice. Paris has been practicing within the Cardiology specialty for years in North and South Carolina. She is a provider with the Heart Function Clinic at Catawba Valley Cardiology. Paris is passionate about delivering excellent patient care to improve patients’ quality of life and functional status. She also enjoys reading, scuba diving and traveling.

Ashleigh B. Hayes, FNP

portraitAshleigh Hayes started her career in nursing in 2012 when she obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing from Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. Upon graduation, she began work at Catawba Valley Medical Center. While working on the Intermediate Care Unit, she attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in 2013. Ashleigh continued her work at Catawba Valley Medical Center, where she worked in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, later moving to the Critical Care Unit. During this time, she attended Gardner-Webb University and earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner studies. In May 2020, she completed her studies and obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Sara Paul, DNP, FNP-C

portraitSara Paul received a nursing degree from Florida State University in 1981 and a master’s degree in cardiovascular nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1986. She completed her nurse practitioner studies at Medical University of South Carolina in 1995, and in 2010 she received her doctoral degree in nursing from Duke University. She has been an advanced practice nurse for 27 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing. Since 1995, she has been a nurse practitioner managing heart failure patients. From 2002-2013, she was the Director of the Heart Function Clinic at Hickory Cardiology. Sara is a founding member of the American Association of Heart Failure nurses, and is active in the leadership of the Heart Failure Society of America and the American Heart Association. Sara has numerous publications in books and journals, and is the editor of two nursing textbooks. She regularly speaks at conferences, and currently sits on the editorial board of three professional journals.

Whitney Patterson, DNP, FNP-C

Whitney is originally from San Diego, California where she received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego before moving to North Carolina. She then received her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After receiving her BSN Magna Cum Laude from UNCC, she then graduated with an MSN and earned her FNP-C certification from the AANP. She is currently working towards a DNP, also at UNCC.

Cory Wiles, PA-C

portraitA Nationally Certified Physician Assistant, Cory Wiles earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Prior to joining Catawba Valley Cardiology, Cory was a Hospitalist Physician Assistant at Caldwell UNC Health Care and a Nephrology Physician Assistant at Blue Ridge Nephrology and Hypertension Center - both in Lenoir, NC. He is currently a Physician Assistant Educator at Lenoir-Rhyne University and is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). He has been a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) from 2012 to the present.

Subir Bhatia, MD

portraitDr. Subir Bhatia was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After high school he attended UCLA where he studied Biology. He then completed medical school at UC Irvine followed by internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After residency, he completed cardiology fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA.