Raeleen is a Certified Physician Assistant who joined Hope in 2004. She received a Bachelors of Science at Lenoir-Rhyne College and a Masters of Science at Wake Forest University. She completed her physician assistant training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. As a part of the Hope team, Raeleen helps care for patients in both the clinic and operating room. She participates in patient education, pre-chemotherapy assessments, surveillance visits, as well as office and hospital procedures. All of these points of care are closely coordinated with the Hope physicians. She appreciates the privilege of forming relationships with patients. She is regularly involved with the Remote Area Medical Women's Health Team, a nonprofit group whose mission is to screen and treat the native women of Guyana, South America for cervical cancer and dysplasia. Raeleen also enjoys time with her husband, Chris, as well as her family and friends. Her hobbies include caring for her pet chickens and woodworking.
Julia Hicks joined Hope in March 2007 after relocating from Boston, Massachusetts where she was co-instructing a course on stereotactic breast biopsies at the Massachusetts General Hospital Avon Breast Cancer Center. She has specialized training and experience in breast radiology as well as invasive diagnostic and treatment procedures. She was employed on a Breast Imaging research team allowing opportunity to perform tomosynthesis and electrical impedance scanning. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Imaging from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut and a Masters Degree of Physician Assistant Studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Manchester, New Hampshire. She was previously professor of Breast Imaging for Radiologic Technologists at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. At Hope she sees patients for clinical and discussion visits, performs radiographic guided diagnostic breast procedures, and other minor invasive office procedures. She assists the physicians in the operating room at Mission and Park Ridge Hospital. She also participates in the research of women's cancers here at Hope. She shares the responsibility of "on call". Julia has always had a passion for women's health care and an interest in women's advocacy. She has participated in activities such as Women's Builds through Habitat for Humanity and more recently, women's cancer screening in the outback of Honduras. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, sprint triathlons, hiking, canoeing and yoga.
Linda Hopp is a nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has worked in adult oncology in Asheville for 26 years. She received a BA in literature and a BS in physical education at Michigan State University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Carolina University in 1984 and began working on the oncology unit at Mission Memorial Hospital. She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing and a Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1999. Wanting to focus more closely on women's health, she began working at Hope Women's Cancer Centers in 2007. At Hope, Linda sees patients for chemotherapy education, treatment and follow-up. Patients also see her for presurgical teaching and post operative care. Linda lives with her husband, Dan, a retired horticulture teacher and enjoys gardening, reading and observing seasonal changes on their family farm.