Pallas Integrative Medicine, PC exists to provide patients a health sanctuary from the current illness-based “healthcare” system. After spending the past several decades taking care of patients, McKay Crowley, MD, Holly Jamison, FNP-BC and Deana Smart, PA-C realized the current broken system couldn’t be changed. We have engaged the current system actively, attempting to influence improvements that would benefit patients only to be frustrated by insurance companies, pharma, and big box medicine being motivated exclusively by financial gains at the expense of excellent patient care. We came to the decision that there had to be a better way to do what we love…take care of patients.
We are creating a living practice that nurtures our patients and our love for medicine. We acknowledge that practicing medicine incorporates art and science. Listening to patients tell their story gives us valuable information we need get to the root of their health problems, cultivate and maintain a healthy lifestyle and, subsequently, optimal health.
At Pallas, we realize everyone is going to become ill now and then. There are some who may, despite all prevention efforts, have chronic medical conditions for which they need access to a great team of providers. Experience the Pallas Integrative Medicine difference in diagnosing and treating both acute and chronic conditions. The most critical component is listening to our patients and what they tell us about how they feel, what is occurring in their lives, their diet and lifestyle and how those things could be affecting their health. Only then will we make recommendations about what, if any diagnostic testing, is necessary.
Treatment recommendations come after thorough discussions with patients about diagnoses and diagnostic tests. We want our patients to be fully involved and informed every step of the way and for patients to own their health, not be bystanders in a machine. Each patient is unique and we honor that by not applying a one size fits most approach.
We also want you to know that we walk our talk. We use the products and services Pallas Integrative Medicine offers, as do our families and friends. Healthy lifestyle, diet, exercise, self-care and mindfulness is something each of us practice daily and understand that perfection is a great goal, but is rarely attainable, especially with busy lives. We know that improvement is a lifelong process and will work with you every step of the way (including the missteps) toward a better you.
Bachelor of Arts 1990 University of Georgia
Medical Doctor 2007 Medical University of South Carolina
Residency Internal Medicine, 2010 Wake Forest University Baptist Medical
Neurofunctional/Medical Acupuncture 2011 McMasters University
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Despite growing up in a medical family, McKay Crowley, MD had a 15 year career in healthcare administration before entering medical school at age 35. Frustrations with business side of medicine, coupled with her daughter’s serious health condition, laid the groundwork for her moving to patient care as a second career. Taking care of patients during illness and helping them protect and preserve their wellness is Dr. Crowley’s passion.
A questioning mind, medical school at Medical University of South Carolina and Internal Medicine Residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center prepared her for Board Certification in Internal Medicine, Integrative and Holistic Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has completed advanced training in Neurofunctional Acupuncture at McMasters University in Hamilton, ON and uses a multimodality approach to better support her patients and their quest for better health.
She loves sharing her knowledge with patients to help them achieve and maintain optimal health. The more Dr. Crowley studied non-traditional ways of delivering care, intrigued she became with the possibility of using more than just medications to keep motivated individuals healthy rather than waiting to care for them once they became sick. Patients started asking for assistance helping them stay well. Her current practice uses integrative treatments including acupuncture, nutritional and probiotic care, and other modalities to supplement conventional medical interventions to maximize health.
She has witnessed first hand the difference a health-oriented relationship between doctor and patients, improves their quality of life. TIME is also a key component of Dr. Crowley’s practice style. Time spent with the patient is the most important part of caring for someone.
Dr. Crowley is committed to lifelong learning and devotes several hundred hours a year to continuing education.
She fills her non-clinical time with her husband, two daughters, an active (and addictive) passion for horses and competes in the discipline of Dressage regularly.
Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest University), Physician Assistant Program
Guilford College, BS Sports Medicine
Deana has been practicing medicine in Winston Salem for nearly twenty years.
She completed her B.S. in Sports Medicine at Guilford College in 1992 and went on to complete her Physician Assistant Degree at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. She served as Sports Medicine PA at Orthopaedic Specialists of the Carolinas for over 15 years with experience in all aspects of orthopaedic and sports medicine care including evaluation, joint injections/aspirations and injury rehab development and oversight.
Deana’s medical interests have branched out into chronic pain management as a PA with Carolinas Pain Institute as well as chronic disease management with Atlas Hospitalist Services providing care to medically and surgically complex patients in the outpatient setting.
As a lifelong athlete, Deana brings excellent understanding of the care required by patients who have been active all of their lives. Evaluating and treating aches and pains that limit function and performance in daily life, or competition, as well as addressing how the rigors of an active life affect our joints, muscles and skin. She is a certified Performance Movement Therapist and is skilled in radiofrequency skin rejuvenation as well as percutaneous collagen induction therapy.
In her free time, Deana enjoys running, reading, coaching youth sports and spending time with her sons.