Our Practitioners

James W. Short, M.D.

Dr. Short graduated from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1989 and completed a four-year Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Duke University School of Medicine in 1993. He then completed a two-year sports medicine fellowship at Duke in 1995, working with a variety of men's and women's athletic teams. Dr. Short is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. In addition to caring for his adult and pediatric patients, Dr. Short volunteers with the Person High School Rockets football team and volleyball team. He is married to Joan Hodges, and they have four children.


La Monica L. Hunter, CPNP

Ms. Hunter has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years, graduating from Winston-Salem State University with a B.S. in nursing in 1996.  She then obtained her Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Educator degree in 2013 from Chamberlain College of Nursing and then completed a post-graduate certificate in Duke University's Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care program in December 2016.  Currently, Ms. Hunter is working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Duke. Ms. Hunter's nursing experience includes caring for neonates, children, and young adults.  For over nine years, Ms. Hunter has worked as a clinical nurse in the special care nursery at Duke Regional Hospital.  In addition, she also works as a clinical instructor for maternity and pediatrics in Duke's nursing program.  Ms. Hunter believes that nursing is an opportunity to serve others, and through lifelong learning and ongoing professional growth, she can positively affect the patients, families and communities she serves.