Jake is a medical assistant here at the office and NC licensed EMT-b. He grew up in Boone, went to Watauga High School, and graduated from Appalachian State University with a Pre-professional Health and Exercise Science degree with a minor in chemistry. During his college tenure, Jake played on the ASU Men's soccer team and earned Academic All-American 2nd team his senior year. 

Cathy is our receptionist and life long resident of the High Country. If you haven't met her yet you probably should. She knows a lot of information about this area and can steer you in the right direction. Call her and make an appointment today!

Steve and Vicki Kenyon are the business managers for Compassionate Care. You will find Steve behind the scenes working on those sticky insurance claims. He is also in charge of personnel, billing, contracts and the overall operations of the practice. Sometimes you will even find him filling in as receptionist. 


Vicki is our payroll manager and pays the bills to keep a roof over our heads and the lights on. She and Steve have been married for more than 20 years and enjoy spending time with the grand kids. You will also find them at the Moose Lodge or at the VFW playing table shuffle board.

Dr. Leslie Smith is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties. She attended Duke University on a full scholarship for her undergraduate studies   then received the UNC Board of Governor's Scholarship to attend East Carolina University, where she received her medical degree. She is active with the UNC Jaycee Burn Center Advisory Board and with the Boone Sunrise Rotary Club.


In addition to her professional career, Dr. Smith is a dog lover and has four unruly rescue dogs - Bubba, Annie, Danny Boy and Chloe. She also loves the mountains and has lived in the Boone high country for over 12 years. 

Susan is a LPN and is our office Care Coordinator. She studied nursing in New York and has a background in orthopedics and oral surgery. Susan heads up the chronic care management program and performs annual wellness visits for medicare beneficiaries.  

Lena is a native of Ashe County and has been Dr. Smith's medical assistant for a very long time. She is trained as a respiratory therapist and is a very talented phlebotomist - hitting the tiniest of veins with ease! She is very good at keeping Dr. Smith on schedule, keeping medical supplies stocked and handling all the referrals, x-rays, CT scans and MRI's that Dr. Smith orders for you.