James River Family Practice, LLC.

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Meet Our Health Care Providers

Dr. Halverson, D.O., FAAFP

James M. Halverson, D.O., FAAFP

Dr. Halverson graduated with honors from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992 (Kirksville was the first osteopathic medical school in the country). He completed his residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center. In addition to general medicine, he has extensive training and experience in hospital and emergency medicine.

Before attending medical school, he coached basketball and taught high school chemistry and physics for four years. He also has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in education; both are from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Halverson is dedicated to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the prevention of disease. He believes that educating patients about their conditions and helping them learn how to manage their medical problems are important aspects of care. Dr. Halverson is a diplomat of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Leah Childress, FNP-C

Leah M. Childress, FNP-C

Leah Childress received her bachelor's degree in nursing from George Mason University before earning her master's degree in nursing from Old Dominion University. She is a family nurse practitioner board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Nurse Practitioner Childress provides health care services to men and women of all ages. She enjoys collaborating with patients to construct a realistic plan of care that meets the needs of both patient and provider. She believes that when patients and providers work closely together to treat disease, practical goals can be set and achieved. Nurse Practitioner Childress feel that health promotion and disease prevention are of the utmost importance.