The Team


Denise Gallagher, DO

 Denise Gallagher, DO is a provider at Carolinas Urgent and Primary Care specializing in family medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and her medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa. She completed her Osteopathic Internship at St. John Westshore Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and went on to complete her Family Medicine residency at Akron General Hospital in Akron, Ohio where she was Chief Resident. 

After residency, she pursued her interest in Pediatrics working in pediatric practices in Michigan and Ohio. In 2010, she came to North Carolina and has been practicing in a Pediatric and Family Practice for 10 years. Dr. Gallagher is well versed in newborn thru geriatric care and thoroughly enjoys her interactions with patients and families and getting to know them personally. 

Dr. Gallagher enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 boys and 2 dogs. She also enjoys being outdoors and on the water. She is also active in the community coaching youth sports and volunteering with Scouts of BSA. 


David Taylor, PA-C

David Taylor is a North Carolina licensed and NCCPA national Board-Certified Physician Assistant and currently works in psychiatry, addiction medicine, primary and urgent care. 

Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, David spent seven years serving multiple nonprofit institutions and service-ministries to include: The Broad Street Clinic, Christian Surfers United States, Samaritans Purse, Team Rubicon and the Eastern Surfing Association. Later, during his time in graduate school, he also served as a Senior Clinician in multiple urban free clinics in Norfolk, Va., and was recognized as the Physician Assistant Liaison to the HOPES Clinic Counsel, and held a seat on the advisory board for Student Mental Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School. 

Between 2010-2013 David finished his master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and a graduate certificate in Ethnic Rural Health Disparities. His primary field of research was in rural health disparities, comorbidities, and health management in Eastern North Carolina. He also spent those three years as a public health intern working in Public Health Preparedness and Response, a focus in bioterrorism, epidemic prevention and control with further studies in virology. 

David’s medical pursuits have been a stark contrast to his undergraduate ambitions. With a degree in Applied Quantitative Economics from East Carolina University, David studied macro-economic theory and econometrics under the late Dr. Randall Parker; their concentration not only in theory but also in historical trends and their role in forecasting- topics that still remain on the top of his reading list. 

Outside of his academic and professional practice, David has been a competitive surfer for more than 20 years, winning more than 10 championship titles in multiple divisions. He is a leader in his local church, is a district director of Christian Surfers United States, and above all, is a father and husband – which is the “best job” of all. He enjoys traveling with his family, surfing cold-water in remote locations, and openly admits to loving shows like “Firefly” and reading comic books.


Karen Chaanine, FNP-C

 Karen Chaanine is a Family Nurse Practitioner who is board certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She works at Carolinas Urgent and Primary Care. She started her health care career as a Respiratory Therapist before going to nursing school at Craven Community College. She has since worked as a nurse in Endoscopy, Emergency Department, ICU, PACU, Outpatient surgery and Pain Management. Karen obtained her BSN from Winston-Salem State University and her Masters in Nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has a total of 26 years in healthcare; over half of those years have been in nursing. She loves teaching and educating patients to make sure they have an understanding of the care that they are receiving. 

Karen is a member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society). She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Karen has lived in Carteret County since middle school and is a proud graduate of West Carteret High School. She loves everything about living on the coast in Carteret County. When she is not working, you can find her boating and grilling at the Cape. She also enjoys sunset rides in the boat to the waterfront for dinner. She enjoys going to and watching Nascar races, playing recreational indoor volleyball and in the summer playing beach volleyball. She loves to travel to experience new places and foods. 

She is the Mother of two teenage children that keep her busy with sports such as track, golf and volleyball. Karen also has a quarter horse named Skeet and a 3-legged Plott Hound named Arp. 

Karen looks forward to treating the people of the county that she loves! 


Cindy Lamielle, PA-C

Cindy Lamielle is a Physician Assistant with Carolinas Urgent and Primary Care. She attended East Carolina University where she obtained her Physician Assistant Degree and she obtained a Master’s Degree in Health Science from Duke University. Cindy considers herself blessed to be able to provide health care to people across the life span-especially in Eastern North Carolina – her home. She has worked in urgent care for eight years and pediatrics for 11 years. She is currently working in family medicine full time and urgent care part-time. Cindy has an interest in cardiology and infectious disease. 


Rebecca Sink, FNP-C

Rebecca Sink is a Family Nurse Practitioner who is board certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She works at Carolinas Urgent and Primary Care office. She started out as a Medical Assistant 15 years ago and has over 9 years’ experience as a registered nurse working in gerontology and family care. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing where she held a 4.0 GPA then completed her Master’s at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts where she became a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. She is currently a member of the Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

Rebecca enjoys seeing a variety of patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has a passion for working collaboratively with her patients and families to provide holistic, patient centered care through health promotion and disease prevention. 

After honorably serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Rebecca is now settled in Carteret County with her husband, daughter and son. In her spare time, she enjoys spending her time off with her family at the beach and watching her kids play tennis and basketball. Rebecca attends Cape Carteret Baptist Church and enjoys volunteering there with the youth group on Wednesdays and Sun