Dr. Beaver currently serves as the Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons – Commission on Cancer for Approved Cancer Programs. She has served in this capacity for over 11 years. In addition, she serves on the Breast Center of Excellence Committee, Cancer Committee, Oncology Service Line Committee, Surgical Services Committee, and the Executive Committee of Watauga Medical Center. She also proudly served her colleagues as the Chair of the Surgery Department at Watauga Medical Center 2013-2014.
As a general surgeon for Watauga Surgical Group, Dr. Beaver routinely encounters, diagnoses, and treats a broad scope of general surgery conditions. Dr. Beaver has achieved certification in Breast Ultrasound by the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She is proficient in minimally invasive, endoscopic, and laparoscopic techniques with a passion and special interest in breast surgery, thyroid surgery, parathyroid surgery, and surgical oncology. She is committed to working in unison with oncologists and radiation oncologists to ensure her cancer patients receive a personally designed treatment and follow-up plan.
Besides her passion for private surgical practice, Dr. Beaver previously operated at the Mountain Home VA Medical Center in her hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee. While there, she served as the Chief of General Surgery, acting Deputy to the Chief of Surgery, and Chair of the Cancer Committee. She also enjoyed mentoring surgical residents and medical students at East Tennessee State University.
Although Dr. Beaver provides advanced and innovative technologies here in the United States, she has always devoted time to travel abroad and volunteer in underprivileged medical facilities around the world. She has served in African, Central American, and South Asian hospitals. Anne-Corinne has strong aspirations to continue her mission work and volunteer overseas.
When not performing her medical duties, Anne-Corinne enjoys reading, running, scuba diving, skiing, and traveling. She also enjoys attending church, walking her dogs, and watching college football with her family.
Emily is a native of Boone. She has been practicing at Watauga Surgical Group since completing her PA studies in Roanoke VA in 2009. She lives with her husband and son. They enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing.
John is a native of Hickory, NC. He completed his medical education at Wake Forest University in 2004. He practiced as a physician assistant in Boone for 6 years before commissioning into the United States Air Force as a Medical Officer. While in the Air Force he was stationed at Edwards AFB in California and Kadena AB in Okinawa, Japan. John returned to Boone, NC in 2015 where he has settled with his wife and two children. John has training and experience in treating a spectrum of medical conditions, but a special interest in the treatment of general surgery patients. He enjoys spending time outside with his family and developing knowledge and skills in amateur radio communications. He looks forward to opportunities to participate in Christian world medical missions. Education • B.S. Criminal Justice, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, (1996) • Wake Forest University School of Medicine, (2004) Medical Affiliations • American Academy of Physician Assistants • North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Dr. van der Westhuizen graduated from Covenant College and entered the Medical College of Georgia, obtaining his medical degree in 2007. In 2012 he finished his General Surgery training at Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center in Greenville, SC. He subsequently completed a surgical fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery in Greenville, as well.
In addition to general surgical procedures, Dr. van der Westhuizen has interest and specialty training in both complex hernia repair and advanced laparoscopy. He offers laparoscopic and open repair options for a range of hernia defects including umbilical, incisional, flank, parastomal, inguinal, and recurrent hernias. Other advanced laparoscopic techniques include paraesophageal (hiatal) hernia repair and fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux, Heller myotomy for achalasia, colon surgery, adrenalectomy, splenectomy, and nephrectomy.
Dr. van der Westhuizen was born in South Africa, grew up as a missionary kid in Chile, South America, and speaks Spanish fluently. He served in medical missions during his surgical residence in Honduras, and he has a continuing interest in medical missions in the future.
Dr. van der Westhuizen is married to his wife Stephanie. They have four children Elie, John, Caleb, and Joel.
After surviving a skiing accident in 2000, Matt knew he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Before going into the medical field, Matt graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Biblical Studies. He served as a missionary in Thailand, a youth pastor, and an interim senior pastor with various churches in Pennsylvania and in Charlotte, NC. His desire to minister to people both spiritually and physically led him to train as an EMT and then gain entrance into the Physician Assistant Program at Wingate University from which he graduated in 2017. He is married with three children. In his free time, his greatest joy is spending moments with his family.