James Stevens, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, ABAARM

Dr. James Stevens earned a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Doctor of Medicine from East Carolina University School of Medicine. He completed a Family Practice Residency at the Fairfax Family Practice Program at the Medical College of Virginia and the first Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1991. He is board certified in both Family Practice and in Sports Medicine. He founded and currently serves as President of Carolina Family Practice & Sports Medicine with locations in Cary, Raleigh, and Holly Springs, NC. He serves as Head Medical Team Physician for the National Hockey League’s 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes, a position he has held since 1997. In addition, he is Head Company Physician for the Carolina Ballet, and he provides sports medicine services to many local high schools.

His commitment to helping his patients create healthy lifestyles for long-term wellness, along with his desire to provide the highest quality health care services, has motivated Dr. Stevens to establish Essential Health & Wellness (EHW). EHW offers its patients a comprehensive health care service tailored around their busy schedules with the goal of optimizing their performance and longevity.

Dr. Stevens is also a member of, and certified by, the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, the American Academy of Family Practice, and the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Stevens lives in Cary with his wife, Dr. Patience Stevens, and their three sons Eric, James, and Timothy. He is an avid surfer and triathlete.




Jennie Welner, RN, FNP, ABAAHP

Jennie Welner, RN, FNP, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University in 2008. After graduation, she moved to North Carolina and worked in the Neurosurgical/Neurological Unit at Duke University Hospital as a registered nurse, caring for high-complexity patients from 2008 until 2012. While working full time at Duke, Jennie started her graduate program at UNC Chapel Hill and graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing in 2012. She then became board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2012. Over the past year, she treated patients in a family practice specializing in integrative/holistic medicine in Chapel Hill, NC.

In February 2012, she attended the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine’s Conference. At this conference, she was introduced to and began her passion for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). She developed and implemented BHRT practice protocols for both men and women. She also has developed experience with nutritional supplementation, vitamin intravenous therapy, and managing adrenal fatigue.

She believes that medicine should not be about treating the individual symptom, but collaborating with the patient to reach their optimum health. She is thrilled to be joining the wonderful team at Essential Health & Wellness and focus on her passion for BHRT and regenerative medicine. Jennie is a member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine, and is certified as a Diplomat by the American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners.

She lives in Cary with her husband, Mike, their son Gabriel, and goldendoodle,  Cali. She enjoys spending time with her family and dog, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.