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!
Valerie was born in Maryland and raised in Northern Virginia. She moved to the Shenandoah Valley where she studied Health Sciences at James Madison University. She has recently moved to Cedar Point where she lives with her husband and 2 year old dog, Butters. Valerie loves to bake, go hiking and watch hockey games (GO CAPS!). She hopes to get into kayaking with her dog. So far Valerie’s favorite local places to eat are Bogue House and Sweet Spot.
We are so excited to have Valerie! Her enthusiasm and baking skills are sure to make her a valuable member of the team!
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 and this is her tenth 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 Clinical Research Coordinator. She loves the pace and the unusual challenges not presented by a typical nursing career. Crystal is a foodie and a big music buff. She and her husband John stay busy with their son, Carter. They also have a Westie dog named Jagger and a have a new baby girl arriving this Fall! In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and taking Carter to the golf course.
Crystal has been such an amazing addition to our team since day 1! Her experience in the medical field made her a natural for her new position…she is even teaching us a few new things. 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!
Brian was raised here in Morehead City. He attended Appalachian State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. After graduating, Brian moved to Raleigh to work in Clinical Research as a Monitor. After about two years there, Brian realized how much he missed the Crystal Coast and made the move back home. Brian is an outdoor enthusiast, and you can often find him going hiking, fishing, or camping in his free time. He also is an avid music lover with a particular appreciation for folk and bluegrass.
Brian’s quick wit and sense of humor has made him a very welcome addition to Lucas Research! We’re glad he came back home, and found a home here with us!
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, with a minor in Biology. During college, Ashley explored the drug discovery world of clinical research where she completed an undergraduate thesis in Antimicrobial Drug Discovery from Marine Algae. Unable to resist the ocean and a beach sunset, 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.
Ashley has been an asset to our team from her very first day! Her experience in clinical research allowed her to roll up her sleeves & dive in head first!
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 fiancé Luke, Julia joined Lucas Research in May 2017. Her weekends are spent with her family and their two gargantuan Labradors either at the beach or on Luke’s boat!
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.