K Jean Lucas M.D., FACP, FACE
Jeannie was born in Columbia, S.C., but moved to Raleigh, North Carolina as a child and considers the Tar Heel state home. She completed her undergraduate education at Duke University and attended medical school at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She did her internal medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. and her internship at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C. Her endocrinology fellowship with medical faculty appointment was completed at Duke University Medical Center.
She is board certified in internal medicine and the subspecialty of endocrinology. She practiced endocrinology in Little Rock, Arkansas, for two years prior to moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1988. From 1988 through June 2000 she was in an internal medicine and endocrinology practice on the north side of Atlanta. She earned her medical radioactive license in 1993 and is experienced in radioactive iodine treatments for hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.
Jeannie moved to Carteret County in 2000. After group practice for 4 years, she ided to branch out on her own and co-founded Diabetes & Endocrinology Consultants, now Lucas Research with her husband, Seth. She loves involving her patients in clinical research. She lives in Morehead City with Seth and 3 gray cats, Kona, Puna and KoKo. She enjoys travelling to beautiful places all over the world.
As doctors go, Jeannie is one of the very best. We are so lucky to have such a talented, fun, and humble one to work with on a daily basis. We wouldn’t trade her for the world!!
Casey Carter, FNP
Casey grew up in Greensboro, NC. She attended UNC-Charlotte where she earned her Bachelors in Nursing in 2008. She then attended Duke University where she graduated with a Masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner. After graduation she and her husband were looking to relocate and choose the Crystal Coast. For the past few years Casey has worked as a FNP in Primary Care. Casey and her husband, Matt, have two sons named Everett and Shepard, and a 9-year-old rescue dog named Dallas. Casey loves helping others and strives to help her patients feel comfortable. She takes pride in helping patients manage their health.
Casey is so bright and sunny, we just love it! She’s always ready to be there for her patients and her team members. We are always amazed at how she’s already charging and bringing us with her!
Brooke Narron, FNP
Brooke grew up in Morehead City, NC and attended North Carolina State University for her Bachelors in Science Education. She joined Lucas Research for the first time in August 2010 as a part time and temporary research assistant while she completed pre-requisites for East Carolinas Alternate Entry Masters of Nursing program. After a one-year work hiatus and one year of accelerated nursing school, Brooke earned her RN in August 2012. Brooke has also recently earned her master’s degree and now is a Family Nurse Practitioner. Brooke lives in Morehead City with her husband, Chris, their son, Westin, and dog, Cooper. She loves animals and anything to do with the sun and water.
You will not find a more dedicated or harder worker than Brooke. With everything she has going on between work and school, she never seems to drop the ball. We are starting to think she has magical powers!!
Justin Smith, PA
Justin moved to Morehead City in 2009 from Wilmington. Before going into the medical field, he worked in the construction industry and then decided to go back to school to pursue medicine. He graduated in 2014 from Wingate University with a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. He earned his undergraduate degree from Pfeiffer University where he also played baseball. Justin came to Lucas Research after working in the Onslow Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. Wanting to be closer to home, Justin applied for a clinical research position at Lucas Research and here he is! He’s married to Paige Strickland and they have a son named Chatham and a chocolate lab named Allie. Justin enjoys getting to know patients and building strong relationships to better understand their needs. Oh, and he also loves to fish and play sports, including golf!
Justin is up for any challenge and has quickly proved to be a rock steady member of our team. Nothing phases him and we love that about him!
Rebecca Harris, AGNP
Rebecca grew up in Greenville, NC and attended college at East Carolina University. It was her first career choice of interior design that brought her to the coast. She was an interior designer for 3 years before deciding that this was not the career path that she had imagined. Rebecca returned to East Carolina University and completed an accelerated nursing program in 1 year. Then she started working as a Registered Nurse at East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center. Rebecca completed her Masters of Science degree in Nursing in 2015 and became an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.
Rebecca and her husband both had attended East Carolina University at the same and even had mutual friends; however they did not meet until they both moved down here to the beach. Rebecca and Tom, “T” have been married for over 5 years and have a beautiful daughter together, with another baby on the way! T is in the boat business; therefore they do a lot on the water. They also love spending time with their family and traveling south to Islamorada as much as they can.
Rebecca’s AGNP experience during school includes urgent care, internal medicine, and cardiology. She works closely with Dr. Lucas and the other providers in our office, but a lot of her time is also spent in clinical research. Rebecca looks forward to focusing on the management of our patients’ diabetes and endocrinology needs and also promoting the continued efforts of clinical research studies to better improve health outcomes.
Rebecca is a wonderful addition to our Lucas Research family! She is thoughtful and caring and wonderful with patients! We can’t wait for you to meet her!