Years of Clinical Experience

Nurses, Laboratory Technicians, Respiratory Therapist, and Certified Medical Assistants.

Thomas Stern
M.D., M.S.
Dr. Stern founded Advanced Respiratory and Sleep Medicine in January of 2010. He completed undergraduate studies in computer science at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He completed medical school at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and graduated with honors in research. He completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center which is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He finished a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center and finally a fellowship in sleep medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center. During his sleep fellowship he spent part of his time at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital training specifically in pediatric sleep medicine. After fellowship he completed a masters degree in clinical research. He achieved 6 different board certifications from 3 different accrediting boards: A certification in general pediatrics from American Board of Pediatrics; certifications in general medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine; and certification in sleep medicine from the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He currently sees patients in our Hickory and Huntersville offices and at Novant Huntersville Hospital.
Asha Stern
M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Stern founded Advanced Respiratory and Sleep Medicine in January 2010. She completed undergraduate studies at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. She attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at MetroHealth Medical center which is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. She completed a residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from The University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She completed her Masters of Public Health from The University of South Carolina. She did a post doctoral fellowship at The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Stern completed board certification from The American Board of Preventive Medicine. She serves as a primary investigator and sub-investigator in our clinical research trials in Huntersville and Hickory.
Nicole Buice
R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.C.
Nicole is a registered nurse, receiving her BSN from University of South Carolina. During nursing school she started out her research career working nights for phase I overnight studies
Leigh Ann Hayes
R.N., C.R.C.
Leigh Ann is a Registered nurse, receiving her degree from Gardner-Webb University in 2013, she started out her nursing career in the Emergency department in Winston Salem, NC at Forsyth Medical Center, also worked at Caromont Medical Center in Gastonia, NC in the level II trauma center. Leigh Ann is a primary coordinator in Research Carolina of Hickory, she dedicated seven years to research specializing in COPD, Asthma, Hypertension, Diabetes, and Gout. Leigh Ann is also an active member of the American Nurses Association.
Katie Martin
Katie has been with Research Carolina since October 2014. While obtaining her CNA certification in High School she did clinical rotations in Labor and Delivery, Emergency Care, Family and Internal Medicine, Hospice, and Palliative Care. Katie has worked in pharmaceutical sales and as a pharmacy technician. Katie has also worked as a CNA for patients with Chronic Neurodegenerative diseases and Neurological diseases. Katie has worked with Dr. Stern since March 2014 in his private practice assisting with everyday patient needs. Katie is one of our primary coordinators at Research Carolina, her research experience includes trials for Influenza, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Asthma and COPD. Katie is actively in nursing school and anticipates graduation in the spring of 2018. When she is not studying, Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends and interacting with her Australian Shepherd, Opie. As the youngest member of the Research Carolina team, Katie's caring nature and love for patients will make your research visit a blessed one.
Heather Micun
Heather attended ECPI University where she graduated in 2010 majoring in Medical Assisting. She is a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), and an active member of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Heather worked her first two years as a CMA at an Urgent Care. She was an assistant for all four providers inside of the company. After leaving the Urgent Care, Heather worked for Gaston Family Health Services for the next four years prior to her starting here at Research Carolina in May of 2016. Heather thoroughly enjoys working one-on-one with her patients as a Clinical Research Coordinator, and has a passion for helping others.
Danielle Bodziony
Danielle Bodziony is a native of Cornelius, NC. She completed her undergraduate degree at East Carolina University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist. Danielle joined Research Carolina in April of 2016 as a Regulatory Coordinator and has since taken on a role of a Clinical Research Coordinator. Her clinical research experience includes COPD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy. When not in the office Danielle enjoys cheering on the Panthers, the East Carolina Pirates and spending time on Lake Norman with friends and family.
Julia Hollar
Julia attended Caldwell Community College and graduated with an Associate degree in Applied Science. Julia worked as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer at Gaston Memorial Hospital, CMC Lincoln and Davis Regional Medical Center. There she performed diagnostic ultrasounds on out patients, in patients and emergency room patients. She also assisted in surgery cases involving endarterectomies, biopsies, paracentesis, and thoracentesis. Julia started working with Hickory Research in March of 2016 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Julia is dedicated to helping others, taking care of patients and making sure each visit at Hickory Research is an excellent experience.
Gloria Church
Gloria Church is a certified Phlebotomist , receiving her certification form Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute , she started working at Valdese Hospital and would also go to the local Senior Care Homes to assist in daily blood draws, she has also worked for BSN Medical, which is a global leader in worldwide healthcare provider that specialize in Compression Therapy, Wound Care, and Orthopedics products her goal at BSN was Product Services which she would help monitor and evaluate customers’ needs and expectation. Currently at Research Carolina, she is maintaining exceptional patient care levels with comfort and scheduling. She greets our patients first and has a great loving personality and will greet you with a smile.
Isabella Zorilla
Isabella graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with honors where she received her Nursing BSN. She has been working in the pulmonary and sleep medicine therapeutic areas for over 6 years. In January 2015, Isabella started her profession as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Isabella is currently the primary coordinator for most COPD studies at the Huntersville location. She has great bilingual communication skills and enjoys working with the members of the healthcare team. She also enjoys helping others and making a change in people’s lives. In her free time, Isabella loves to travel and spend time with her family.