Comprehensive Personalized Healthcare
We have recognized that the current American lifestyle is killing us all. Bad decisions with our supersized diet, smoking and excessive habits that lead to addiction are driving us to premature death. We focus on each individual and their risk of losing the battle with illness and becoming a sick care statistic. We emphasize healthy choices and modification of risk factors to keep you as healthy as possible and believe that another pill isn’t always the right choice with reversible conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Our practice is focused on you and your needs and the best recommendations we can provide in partnership with you to keep you active and healthy.
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- Annual Executive Panel
- Minor “In practice” Surgery (excluding pathology costs)
- In-office EKG
- Joint Injections (Sports Medicine)
- -50% Discount on Labs through Mako Labs
- Annual Wellness Visit
- Routine GYN Care (Excludes pathology for Pap smears)
Proudly serving the Crystal Coast community.
Along with our five convenient locations in Beaufort, Morehead City, Goldsboro, Jacksonville, and Newport, NC, we provide flexible hours to accommodate our patients’ schedules. For payment options, we accept Medicare and Medicaid for your convenience.
Services we provide.
Urgent Care Visits
Remote Patient Monitoring
Our job is to utilize resources like this that keep our patients healthy and away from the sick care system.
In-Office Lab Testing
Weight Loss Counseling
Smoking Cessation Counseling
COVID-19 Rapid Testing
Addiction Recovery Services
Specialized Diagnosis Services
Who we are.
Since then, Dr. Willis has built on that goal and expanded his team of care providers throughout the years. We opened the Morehead City location in 2015 and then Goldsboro in 2019. After that, we added two more locations: Jacksonville and Newport in 2022. Today, there are now five locations available to help residents throughout the Crystal Coast community.
Our team is proud to provide comprehensive care and individualized treatment to patients of all ages. With extensive training and years of experience, we can offer the thorough and careful treatment your family needs.
Jack Orton, RN
William “Jack” Orton became an East Tennessee State University registered nurse in 1978. He attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and became a physician assistant in 1990. Jack has 14 years of military service. He has also worked in family practice since 1995, being a chief physician assistant in Cardiothoracic surgery from 1990 to 1995.
Terri Turner, RN, FNP-BC
Terri is originally from Texas, where she was born and lived her whole life until moving to North Carolina 1.5 years ago. Her reasons for moving consist of “wanting to have an adventure” and “Dallas/Fort Worth was getting too big and noisy.”
Her current interests include taking a Reiki course (to assist with pain management for her patients), reading educational improvement books, and gardening. Currently, she has two German Shepherds and two cats, who think she babbles way too much and needs to give more treats. She also delights in spoiling her twin grandsons at every opportunity.
Michael Cartledge, PA-C
Michael Cartledge PA-C is an experienced Physician Assistant with over 27 years of experience in primary care and family medicine. He is retired from the U.S. Army Medical Specialty Corps and has worked in North Carolina for over 20 years.
Michael has a passion for primary care and especially diabetes. When a patient struggles with such a life-changing diagnosis as diabetes, Michael focuses on the patient by spending the necessary time with them and their family to control this disease and the many new interventions available to our patients.
Kerry Willis, MD
Dr. Willis is a practicing Physician at Open Water Medical PA. He founded the practice over 30 years ago in Beaufort, NC, and has overseen its growth to multi-site locations in NC. Dr. Willis is a graduate of NC State University for undergraduate studies, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and completed his Medical training at the Family Medicine Center at East Carolina University.
He is the husband of his awesome wife Kimberly and a father to two incredible young men, Samuel and Benjamin, and a grandfather to his three grandchildren, Baily, Brooke, and Rhett. He enjoys introducing innovative technologies to primary care practices, hunting with his bird dogs, and any kind of fishing that allows him to enjoy the great outdoors of North Carolina in his off time.
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If you’re looking for high-quality, comprehensive healthcare for you and your family, please contact us.
Morehead City Location
Open Water Medical
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM