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Meet The Providers


Jacqueline Sitton,

Jackie is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in pediatrics, functional medicine, and weight loss. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University with Magna cum laude honors. Jackie has attended numerous functional medicine programs.


Her passion in health care is to listen to her patients needs, use a team approach between patient and provider in decision making, and always provide current evidence based research.


In her spare time, Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and three children traveling, camping, hiking, and gardening. Her children are blessed to be home schooled. 

Derek Riseden, 

Derek is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a total of 22 years of experience who has specialized in emergency medicine, urgent care, and primary care.


As an Army veteran, Derek well versed with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Compensation and Pension Examinations.


Derek completed his studies at Carson Newman University. His goal is to provide open-minded, patient centered care while emphasizing a holistic approach.

Derek enjoys spending time with his wife, family, two dogs and of course tending to the family’s chickens.

Jennifer Riseden, 

Jennifer is a graduate of Carson Newman University where she graduated with summa cum laude honors. Her passion is to provide compassionate and empathetic patient centered care, ensuring a holistic approach. 

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. She enjoys being outdoors, gardening, and raising their chickens..  

Lydia Elliot, 

Lydia is a board certified family nurse practitioner since 2002. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

She has studied energy healing, healing touch, aromatherapy and herbal therapies. She attended the North Carolina School of Holistic Herbalism in Asheville.


Lydia has a daughter that is the light of her life. She loves to travel and is a self-proclaimed “national park fanatic”.  She also enjoys gardening, spending time outside, quilting, creative projects, ballroom dancing and hiking.  

Paige Yates, PA-C

Starting at the end of February, Paige Yates, PA-C will be joining our practice.  Paige grew up in the East Asheville area and is a graduate of AC Reynolds High School, UNC-Charlotte and Wingate University.  Paige is excited to be back home and working in the community she loves.  Paige will be taking New Patients as well as helping with Ashley’s patients.  We are happy she is joining our Lifeway Family!

Jennifer Riseden
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