Our Providers


Martin A. DeFrancesco, MD, FACOG

Martin DeFrancesco, MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. DeFrancesco earned his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey. He finished his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. Upon completing his residency he worked at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland as Chief of Obstetrics. He has taken care of patients in Alamance County since 1993. He is a former assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.



Anika Cherry, MD

Dr. Anika S. Cherry earned her medical degree from and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BA in Psychology from Emory University. Dr. Cherry provides comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages.



David Evans, MD

David Evans, MD is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.  He is a 1988 graduate of the George Washington University School Of Medicine And Health Sciences.  He completed his residency at York Hospital.  He joined Encompass Women’s Care in 2018.




Melody N. Shambley, RN, CNM

Melody Shambley, Certified Nurse Midwife, is a graduate of the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing and the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Ms. Shambley is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. She has cared for patients in the Burlington area as both a nurse and nurse midwife since 1991. Ms. Shambley has participated in numerous medical mission trips, including trips to Nicaragua, Moldova, Zambia and Nepal. 



Michelle Lawhorn, CNM

Michelle Lawhorn, Certified Nurse Midwife, is a graduate of Clemson University and the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing.  She is passionate about helping and educating teens and women in Burlington, Elon, and the surrounding areas through the transitions of life including wellness, illness, and pregnancy.



Annie Thompson, CNM

Annie Thompson, CNM, is a board-certified nurse midwife, who specializes in women’s health care. Her professional interests include contraceptive and preconception counseling, prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care and menopause symptom management. Professional, considerate and passionate, she enjoys educating and caring for patients with respect and compassion.  She is a graduate of the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing.


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