Natalie’s roots are in both central Iowa (go Hawkeyes!) and Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies in 2012. After vacationing regularly in Eastern North Carolina, she jumped at the opportunity to move to the Crystal Coast full-time and now lives in Atlantic Beach with her sweet (and very spoiled!) 10-year-old chocolate lab, Chloe. Natalie has a passion for service-focused small business and leading others—prior to joining the Lucas Research team she spent five years building and running a local small business. In her free time, she loves to travel, cook, read, and play beach volleyball with friends.
Natalie’s laugh and sense of humor is contagious! She has been a welcome addition to the team and we are so glad she’s here!
Lisa was born in Chesapeake VA and moved to NC in 1993. She lives in Newport with her husband Joey. She has a son Ethan, a step son Kyle, a step daughter Katie and two beagles Chipper and Dixie! On most weekends you will find her at the ball park with Ethan or watching Kyle perform with the Marching Patriots! They also love to travel and have been on all of the Lucas Research adventures. Lisa has over 25 years of experience with medical insurance billing and has been with Dr. Lucas since opening the practice in 2004.
Even though most of her work is behind the scenes, Lisa is essential to our team. Her positive attitude and willingness to help others are two of the many reasons why we love her so much!
Kelly grew up in Mechanicsville, Virginia as the oldest of six children. She moved to Charlotte, NC to attend Wingate University and graduated with a degree in Human Services. She lived in Charlotte for a decade before deciding to return to her small-town roots and relocate to the Crystal Coast. Kelly’s absolute favorite part of life is her two little boys — they sure keep her on her toes! Kelly also loves her three dogs: Sophie, Bella, and Guinness (she has also spent most of her adult life fostering dogs). Kelly loves being outside (in the cooler months), running, reading, and eating. And most importantly – football. GO PANTHERS!
Kelly is amazing! Her calmness and smile puts everyone at ease and she’s a valuable asset to our team!
Rachel was born in Champaign County, Ohio, but soon after, her family decided to move to the Crystal Coast. She was raised in Carteret County and went on to attend Peace College, where she majored in Biology, minored in Psychology and played four years of basketball. After living the city life in Raleigh, Rachel decided to move back to the beach… and has never looked back. She enjoys a good run, the boat, kayaking, concerts, traveling, fashion, food and her very sweet hound dog Bristol.
Rachel is always happy to jump in and help out wherever she is needed and we love her for it!
Hillery was born and raised in Morehead City. She attended Meredith College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Public History. She married her high school sweetheart, Chris, who works for the Carteret County School System. Both being born on the water they love going out on the boat and fishing. Chris & Hillery have 2 adorable little girls- Olivia & Taylor. They also have two beagles, Maggie and Tucker. After joining Lucas Research in 2013 as a Medical Assistant, Hillery knew she found the work family she had always been searching for!
We are very proud of Hill!! Her enthusiasm and compassion shine through in everything she does here at Lucas Research!
Luke was raised here in Morehead City, but left after high school to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Hawaii Pacific University in 2014. Luke returned to the Crystal Coast after his four years in Hawaii to be closer to family and join a research team at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Beaufort. He also ran his own wholesale seafood distribution business before joining Lucas Research in October 2017. Luke loves fishing, surfing, diving, and boating with his fiancée (and our teammate) Julia.
Luke is always ready to jump in and help with anything that needs to be done, and we are lucky to have him!
Kady was born and raised in Germany and has been living in Morehead City for three years now. Kady met her husband Nick, who is a Carteret County native, while both were studying abroad in Israel. While finishing up her undergraduate degree, Kady went back and fourth between the US and Germany until Nick moved to Germany for two years. The two traveled extensively throughout Europe and still try to travel as much as they possibly can. After receiving her Master’s degree in Energy and Resources, it was Kady’s turn to move to the US. In her free time Kady enjoys reading, painting, and hiking. Kady and Nick also just had a beautiful baby boy named Sam and are beyond excited!
Kady started at Lucas Research just two weeks before her due date! Talk about drive! If that’s not impressive, Kady’s intelligence and eagerness to learn are tremendous.
Crystal grew up in Richmond, Virginia and attended the University of South Carolina – Go Gamecocks! She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing – this is her eleventh year as a nurse! She spent some time as a travel nurse in Emergency and Operating Room nursing, working at several facilities from DC all the way to San Diego. Crystal moved to Morehead City in 2013, and has found her home here at Lucas Research as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator. She loves the pace and the unusual challenges not presented by a typical nursing career. Since day one, Crystal has been such an amazing addition to our team. Her experience in the medical field made her a natural for this position. Her “charge on” attitude combined with her outgoing spirit make her such a valuable asset to the Lucas team. Crystal is a foodie and a big music buff. She and her husband John stay busy with their son, Carter, and new baby girl, Scottie! They also have a Westie dog named Jagger. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and taking Carter to the golf course. We are so excited she joined our Lucas Research family!
Jordan was born and raised right here in Morehead City. After graduating from West Carteret High School, he attended NC State earning a degree in Chemical Engineering. After stints in the petrochemical, aerospace, and veneer/plywood industry he decided a change of pace was needed and brought his skills and experience home by joining the Lucas Research Team. Jordan has a beautiful 6 year old Siberian husky named Nala that he loves to share pictures of. He loves spending time with his friends and family. His hobbies include virtually anything outdoors or hands on but surfing is by far his #1 passion.
Jordan has been a great addition to our team! His amazing work ethic and attention to detail is outstanding and we’re glad that he chose to join Lucas Research!
Jessica is native to Carteret County and joined Lucas Research in 2012. She attended Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina where she graduated in 2005, earning BA degrees in Political Science and History. While in college, Jessica played soccer for Meredith. After college, Jessica easily transitioned back to her Crystal Coast lifestyle. Upon moving home, Jessica married her childhood friend Donny Jones of Morehead City, NC and they now have a baby daughter Bella. Their family revels in the marvels Carteret County has to offer, spending most of their time on the water with friends and family. When Jessica is not working, she spends time with her family, friends, and her two manly Chihuahuas named Jackson and Rocky. She loves her fellow team members like they are family. Jessica believes her life journey led her to Lucas Research, encompassing her need to serve others, quest for knowledge, and pursuit to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
If there was anyone born to work with and serve others, it is Jessica. She is always so upbeat and positive to the point that it becomes contagious; it is difficult to be around her without smiling and laughing.
Rike was born and raised in Germany. She graduated with the equivalent of a Masters in urban planning from the University of Dortmund, Germany. Rike moved to the USA in 2010 to be with her husband whom she met during a student exchange in High-School. Now she and her husband live in Beaufort with their daughters Inga and Clara, two dogs and a cat.
We knew we liked Rike from the minute she came in to drop off her resume. She is extremely bright and has such a great attitude and work ethic that it is hard to imagine what our team was like before she joined us!
Stephanie was born and raised in Laurinburg, NC. She attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. After graduating she worked in Wilmington for several years. Stephanie fell in love with the Crystal coast after many visits to the area with her boyfriend, Jeremy (now husband) and knew this was the place for her! Stephanie enjoys spending time with Jeremy and dog, Rocky. In her free time you will find her on the water, reading or trying to entertain her sweet pup!
Stephanie always wants to make sure the job is done right the first time and we so love that about her! She brings great experience and a wonderful laugh that is just infectious!
Ashley was born and raised in Nashville, North Carolina, but grew up spending her summers on the Crystal Coast. Her love for the water drew her to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Clinical Research, and a minor in Biology. During college, Ashley worked as an oncology research intern where she found a deeper connection to research’s impact on patients. She also explored the drug discovery world of clinical research when she conducted her undergraduate research in Antimicrobial Drug Discovery from Marine Algae. Ashley’s vision of clinical research is “to develop new medications and treatments so that patients receive the safest and most effective treatments with greater qualities of life.” Ashley’s passion for having a meaningful impact on innovation and the sustainability of advanced healthcare, and her inability to resist a beach sunset, led her to pursue her research career here at Lucas Research. Ashley moved here to Morehead City after college, bringing her rescue pup, Maverick, here with her. Ashley enjoys just about anything involving the outdoors, her family, playing with Maverick, and having “concerts” with her boyfriend Spenser.
Lauren moved to Carteret County from Central Kentucky. She studied Communication & Psychology at Georgetown College and proceeded to work for a non-profit organization focusing on young women’s leadership development upon graduation. Lauren has a long employment history including customer service, marketing, events and sales. She is excited to take her unique skill set and get to work for Lucas Research. When Lauren is not working she is spending time with friends, family and her dog, Stevie. She is a lover of music, horses, books, fashion & is an avid traveler!
We are so excited to have Lauren on our team! Her energy is contagious!
Ellie was born and raised in England but moved to the US in 1994. After living in Goldsboro, NC, Oklahoma City, OK, Fort Walton Beach, FL and Whidbey Island, WA she moved back to NC and has lived in the Carteret/Craven area since 2004. Ellie lives with her 3 sons, Adam, Cristiano and Mateus (Tay), and a Bengal/Savannah Hybrid cat named Pitbull. Ellie also has 2 adult daughters (Savannah and Saskia) and 2 grandchildren, Amelia and Alexander. Ellie has degrees in English Language/Literature and History. Ellie is a lifelong soccer fan and follows Chelsea FC in the British Premier League. She loves Marvel movies, cooking, reading, running and spending time with her family. She recently completed her first tandem skydiving jump and can’t wait to go again!
Ellie’s British accent alone makes her awesome! Actually, her steady, calm demeanor and thoughtful approach is what makes her awesome… but we still love the accent, too!
Jule was born and raised in Carteret County. After receiving her B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she attended North Carolina State University where she received a Master of Accounting degree. She stayed in Raleigh working as a CPA for a Big Four accounting firm before coming back to the area to help manage her family’s business. Jule began as the Financial Controller at Lucas Research in late 2016 and loves the enthusiasm of her team members. She enjoys travelling the world with her fiancé, James, and boating with her yellow lab, Pearl.
Jule has been a rock star on our team since Day 1! She never backs down from a challenge and has brought immense value to the practice; some days we don’t know how we ever made it without her! Along with her intelligence, Jule’s friendly spirit and down-to-earth nature make her a joy to work with (despite the fact that she is a Tar Heel). We are extremely lucky to have her!
Julia was raised in Morehead City after her parents settled down from a long military career. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Hawaii Pacific University in 2017, and then promptly decided that the Crystal Coast is a different and more special type of paradise. After four exciting years in Honolulu, including many international excursions with her husband Luke, Julia joined Lucas Research in May 2017. “Her weekends are spent with Luke and their little white Labrador, June
Julia’s sweet, fun spirit has made her a quick hit with her teammates! We are very happy she missed her hometown while she was away in paradise; Lucas Research is lucky to have her!
Seth Medlin grew up in a small town just outside Charlotte. The family owned and operated several businesses so it was inevitable he would become an entrepreneur. Seth obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting from ECU, and then studied computer science at UNC-Greensboro. Seth worked as a computer software engineer in Little Rock, Arkansas and Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Carteret County in 2000. Atlanta was a sea of cars and Seth’s family longed for a real ocean.
Seth & Jeannie founded Diabetes & Endocrinology Consultants, now Lucas Research in 2004. If Seth is in town, you will most likely find him at the office. Lucas Research has allowed his family to be a positive force to more lives than they could have ever imagined. They do travel 5 or 6 weeks a year and have lost count of visits to Hawai’i. Morehead City is home now; home is where the o’hana is. If dreams come true there will be a second home on the west side of Kohala Mountain on the island of Hawai’i one day. Everyone needs a dream.
We would not be where we are today without all the hard work, dedication, and creativity of Seth. Lucas Research is the success it is because he was not afraid to think outside the box and create a medical practice that does things a little differently. If you ever wonder what makes Lucas Research so special, it is the culture and vision that Seth worked on creating from day one.
Delain has a strong passion for science, medicine, and helping others – this has led her to her home here at Lucas. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UNCW, Delain decided to move back to her hometown here in Carteret County. Her comedic energy and lively spirit can be felt at all times. She has mastered the art of enjoying life all while working hard and helping others along the way. As a future PA, Delain understands and lives out the values of servant mentality when assisting patients. Thanks to her background in customer service, Delain has an aptitude for effectively serving patients and handling stressful situations with poise. Her attitude and skill set makes her an extremely valuable asset to the Research Associate team.
Victoria has an impressive background, from a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, a Bachelor of Science in Health Service Management, to an internship in comprehensive healthcare. As an East Carolina Pirate Alumni, Vic has spent the past several years living in Eastern North Carolina, and is happy to call Carteret County her new home. Through previous internship experiences, she has confidently found her niche in endocrinology and clinical research. Victoria thrives in an environment where she can help others, especially her team members. Her hard working attitude and bright smile have allowed her to naturally fit in at Lucas. No task is too big or small for Vic, she has worked her way to becoming a Junior Clinical Research Coordinator.
Emily was born and raised in Tuckerton, New Jersey. Her dad’s career brought Emily and her family to North Carolina around 2008. Emily has fallen in love with North Carolina’s many landscapes, especially the mountains in Asheville. This is where Emily met her soul mate, Richard. Together, Emily and Richard share a daughter, Ellison, and two dogs. Emily has been a Certified Nursing Assistant since before graduating high school in 2014. Emily is very passionate about helping others and always wanted a career in the healthcare industry – she is a perfect fit at Lucas Research. As an Administrative Coordinator, Emily is an exceptional communicator and creative problem solver. Her intentional approach to her work allows her to get things done efficiently. In her free time, Emily enjoys boating, going to the beach, spending time with her family, and of course, shopping.
Kari grew up in a very small town, Gold Hill, North Carolina. She has always had a passion for helping people, so it was only fitting that she obtained her degree in Healthcare Management. Kari moved to Raleigh to put her knowledge to work for a few years, however after missing her small town roots, she moved to Morehead City. Her proficiency in Healthcare Management allows her to confidently and efficiently help our patients. Her aptitude for helping others makes her a perfect fit for the Research Team. When she is not working you can find her on the beach, boating, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Scooter.
Jessica is a native of Eastern North Carolina. After growing up in small town Maysville, Jess decided to pursue a degree in Healthcare Management at the University of Mount Olive. Shortly after, she relocated to Carteret County and found her O’Hana here at Lucas Research. As an Administrative Coordinator, she is organized and focused, and ensures that every patient feels welcomed when they walk through the door. Jess’s bright personality and sense of connection make her an incredible addition to the Admin Team. As someone who is naturally creative, she enjoys DIY projects and plans to buy a “fixer upper” home close to the water. That way she can continue to spend her free time hanging with friends, going out on the boat, and enjoying a cold beer in the sunshine.
Rebecca is the ultimate team cheerleader and, as a Research Associate, adds so much to the Lucas team. If you Google “selfless” or “diligent” you’re likely to find a picture of Rebecca. Aside from her formidable experience within the medical industry, Rebecca has a proven track record of being a humble, hard-working professional. She is the first to volunteer to help any team member, and last to leave the office after a busy day to ensure everything is organized and ready for the next day. When she is not hanging out in New Bern, with her son Sean, you can find Rebecca baking the most delicious cakes, cookies, and pastries – she loves to spoil her team with sweet treats. Expect to find Rebecca dressed on theme for all holidays and working each day with a genuine smile on her face. Rebecca embodies each of the Lucas Research team core values.
Claire is a Charlotte native who moved to the coast to attend East Carolina University. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising and shortly after, decided to go back to school where she received her Master of Management from North Carolina State University. Following school, Claire joined the Lucas Research Team as a Research Associate. She is always eager to offer a helping hand to our patients and go above and beyond for her team. Claire brings a unique and upbeat personality to our team. You can find Claire on any floor making someone laugh, she prides herself on the fact she has an exceptionally high “I” personality type. Her sociable attitude makes patients feel welcomed and comfortable.
Alyssa hails from Connecticut, but Carteret County is where she now calls home. She lives with her husband Ken, their two boys and their Japanese Akita, Gambit. She received her Associate degree from Cape Fear Community College and shortly after, moved back to Morehead City and obtained her CNA from Carteret Community College. Alyssa has a variety of traits up her sleeve, personal training being her top favorite. Alyssa is a Certified Personal trainer, but as a former gymnast, training was an easy decision for her first career. She has successfully translated her ambitious personality into a role as a Research Associate. Whether she is jumping in on any task or ensuring each patient visit is an overall success, Alyssa’s willingness to help makes her a value addition to the Research Associate team. Outside of the office, Alyssa is also a professional competitive gymnastics coach specializing in choreography. Her hobbies include lifting weights and helping others receive their weight loss goals. She is very involved with her boys sports – find her at every basketball, baseball and soccer game! Family is most important to her and she loves doing anything outdoors and being as active as possible.
Katie was born in Beaufort, South Carolina but soon moved to the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania where she spent her adolescent years. Her family settled in Carteret County in 2006 when she was twelve and she has been here ever since. She attended high school at West Carteret and graduated with honors for academic achievements and from the National Honor Society. Katie lives with her fiancé Ryan and two beautiful sons Rayden and River. Katie is an experienced customer service professional with a can do attitude. Expect to find Katie in the Lava Java making every type of delicious coffee or tea you can imagine. This service is one of many that allows Lucas Research to serve our patients in a unique way – and no one better for the job than Katie. When she is not brightening a patient’s day, you can find Katie taking her kids to the park, cooking, and curling up on the couch with a book.
Mari was raised in The Crystal Coast, and couldn’t be happier to have joined the Lucas Research Family. After obtaining her BS in Athletic Training from East Carolina University, Mari decided to further pursue her passion for helping others, and secured her Master of Public Health with a focus on Health Behavior. Her impressive background has allowed her confidently interact with Lucas Research patients from the get go. As someone who grew up playing sports, Mari has an innate ability to succeed in a team setting. Whether she is checking an A1c or simply holding the elevator door, Mari provides a patient experience that is both efficient and genuine. Mari thrives on helping others improve their quality of life – just ask her rescue dog, Duke! Her willingness to dive into any task has enhanced the overall quality of the Research Associate team.
Marley was born and raised in Goldsboro, NC before moving to Carteret County in 2015. She attended East Carolina University where she received a degree in Public Health Studies. Marley’s fun-loving energy and kind nature allow her to naturally connect with patients and team members. This, plus her administrative experience make her an asset to the Administrative Team. Marley has seamlessly transitioned into the Lucas O’Hana full-time as she continues to pursue a Masters in Healthcare Administration – talk about humble, hungry and smart! When Marley is not studying, she enjoys spending time on the beach and hanging out with her boyfriend, Cam, and dachshund, Saylor.
Lauren was born in Durham and grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. In 2009, she moved to central Kentucky, and stayed there to attend Centre College where she received a Bachelors in International Studies. After that, Lauren and her cat, Percy, moved here to the beautiful coast of NC, and they haven’t looked back since! After dabbling in the service industry and real estate, Lauren knew she needed a job working with people who care. When it comes to work, Lauren has a servant mentality and intentional frame of mind – Lucas Research couldn’t be a better fit for her. As the newest addition to the Lucas Research team, Lauren loves spending her free time with her family, reading, playing music, traveling, and anything outdoors!
Ashley was Texas Born and Carolina Raised. She spent her childhood years just South of Chapel Hill, in the small town of Pittsboro. After graduating HS Ashley went back to Texas to explore her roots. There she obtained her Medical Assistant Certification and met her now Husband of 17 years. Ashley came back to NC in 2001, started a family and continued on her professional journey, adding Phlebotomy, CPR First Aid Instructor training and OSHA Consulting to her repertoire. After 10 years of family vacations at Emerald Isle, the family dream of living by the Ocean finally became their reality when her Husband accepted a position with Duke Marine Labs, just short of two years ago. Ashley lives in Beaufort, keeps up with their three children, two dogs, Scarlett and Roscoe, and rescue kittens, Bonnie and Clyde. In her sparse free time, Ashley enjoys spending time on the water, working in the yard and taking time to enjoy the beauty of the setting sun.