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Dr. Maggie Burkhead, Medical Director

Dr. Burkhead received her BA degree in English, with a minor in Faith, Peace and Justice from Boston College. After 2 years teaching in a private secondary school she decided that her passion for helping people would find greater expression as a physician. She graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1997. 

Following medical school she served five years in the United States Navy as a Pediatric Resident and then as General Medical Officer. She was promoted to Lt. Commander before leaving active duty in 2002 in order to complete a second residency at UNC Chapel Hill. Following completion she remained at UNC as faculty.  For the past several years Dr. Burkhead has been in private practice.  Dr. Burkhead lives in Raleigh with husband Scott, and two mostly manageable dogs, Buddy and Bear.  "I am grateful for the opportunity to join the wonderful staff, clinicians, patients, and community of supporters at Alliance!"

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Dr. Sheryl Joyner

Dr. Sheryl Joyner is a Florida native. She has been practicing at Alliance Medical Ministry since the doors opened in 2003. Prior to working at Alliance, Dr. Joyner worked in Johnston County at Benson Area Medical Center for nine years. Dr. Joyner earned her Bachelor of Arts from Randolph Macon Woman's College and her medical degree from The University of Miami. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill in 1992. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has a special interest in management of chronic diseases and diabetes prevention. She is married to Dr. Walton Joyner, an ophthalmologist in private practice and a volunteer at Alliance, seeing Alliance patients in his office and in the Alliance Diabetes Eye Clinic. Dr. Joyner has three children and enjoys spending time with her family.