Our Providers

Connie L. Brooks - Fernandez MD

Connie Brooks-Fernandez, MD MPH is a native or Lumberton, NC. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western Carolina University. She later received her Master of Public Health (MPH) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Medical Degree at East Carolina School of Medicine. Her Internship and Residency was done at Florida Hospital South in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Brooks-Fernandez has been Board Certified for greater than 15 years. She has worked with various organizations but has been in private practice since 2007 when she founded New Hope Family Practice. She is married to Gabriel Fernandez, MD who is also her business partner and she has 2 daughters. Her interest are Women’s Health, Diabetes, Prevention and minor surgical procedures.

Dr. Brooks-Fernandez is active in her local church and serves on the Board for The Carolina College and Biblical Studies.

Gabriel I. Fernandez MD

Dr. Fernandez received his medical degree from the Universidad Central del Caribe Medical School in Puerto Rico in 1990. He completed his Family Practice Residency at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, Florida in 1994. He has been Board Certified for over 20 years. He has practiced in North Carolina since 1999 and joined New Hope Family Practice in 2011. He enjoys all facets of family medicine and his areas of interest include sports medicine, adolescent and Hispanic health.

Dr. Fernandez is married to Dr. Connie Brooks-Fernandez. He has 2 daughters. He is an active member at Crossview Alliance Church and volunteers regularly with Village Christian Academy and their senior student mission trips.

Bruce Veeder PA - C

Mr. Bruce Veeder is originally from Bladen County. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2005 at Fort Bragg, N.C. He graduated from the Methodist University Physician Assistant Program in December 2007. He has worked in Family Medicine and Urgent Care since then. His interest includes nutrition and exercise counseling, preventative health for men, women and adolescents.

Cara Michaelsen PA - C

Mrs. Cara Michaelsen, PA-C earned a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. After graduation, she worked in Maryland performing back, knee, and shoulder injections. Since moving to North Carolina in 2014, Cara has worked in Family Medicine. She enjoys developing relationships with patients as well as performing minor surgical procedures. Her interests include reading and traveling with her husband.