Our Team

The professionals who desire to serve you.

J. Ashley Parker M.D.

Physician, Owner

Dr. J. Ashley Parker was born in Murfreesboro, NC and then moved to Roanoke Rapids, NC where he was a 1990 graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School.  He went on to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he received a BS in Chemistry in 1994.  Based on his experiences with small town doctors while growing up in rural Eastern NC and his exposure to sciences and health care in college, Dr. Parker realized his desire to return to Eastern NC to practice Family Medicine.  He attended East Carolina University School of Medicine where he was a NC Rural Health Scholar and an Alpha Omega Alpha Honors graduate in 2000.  After completing his Family Medicine residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA in 2003, Dr. Parker joined Rocky Mount Family Medical Center in Rocky Mount, NC.  He practiced medicine there for 12 1/2 years before going out on his own to open Freedom Family Medicine.  Dr. Ashley Parker met his wife, Dr. Holly Parker, who is a native of Kinston, NC, while they were in medical school together at ECU.  They were married in 2000, and they have 5 children who keep things interesting at home!  Dr. Parker served in the North Carolina Army National Guard for almost 13 years including 2 deployments to Iraq.  He is an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoys hunting deer and duck.  He also enjoys playing or watching almost any sport, and he loves to sing in his church choir.  Most importantly however, Dr. Parker seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ with his entire life.

Holly H. Parker M.D.

Physician, Owner

Dr. Holly H. Parker was born and reared in Kinston, NC and was a 1991 graduate of Kinston High School.  She attended North Carolina State University on a prestigious Caldwell Scholarship, and received a double major in Chemistry (BA) and Biochemistry (BS) with a minor in French in 1995.  Dr. Parker received her medical training at East Carolina University School of Medicine where she was an Honorary Marshall for the 1998 graduation ceremony and was a 1999 graduate.  Wanting to take care of all ages and all types of medical conditions, she chose to go into Family Medicine and went through residency training at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA.  Upon completion of residency in 2002, Dr. Parker worked for 1 year at the Newport News Health Department while her husband, Dr. Ashley Parker, finished his last year of residency.  She joined Rocky Mount Family Medical Center in Rocky Mount, NC in 2003, and practiced medicine there until joining Dr. Ashley Parker at Freedom Family Medicine in 2016.  Dr. Parker wears many hats as she not only takes care of patients, but she also manages many of the business details for Freedom Family Medicine in addition to managing their home and the schedules for their 5 children!  In her free time, she enjoys working in the garden, taking care of farm animals, exercising, coaching cheerleading, and being involved in church.

Beth A. Edgerton, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Beth A. Edgerton, PA-C, was born near Boston but grew up in in Massillon, Ohio, where she was a 1995 graduate of Jackson High School. She attended Taylor University in Indiana, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Drawn to biomedical sciences during undergraduate studies, she prayerfully returned to school at the Medical College of Ohio in the Physician Assistant Studies program. She received her Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and Physician Assistant Studies in 2002 and was also the Dean’s Award recipient. Following graduation, Beth moved to Rocky Mount, NC, and worked as a Family Medicine Physician Assistant at Rocky Mount Family Medical Center until the Spring of 2006. She then worked at Boice Willis Clinic in Rocky Mount, as an Internal Medicine Physician Assistant, for more than 13 years, before joining Freedom Family Medicine. In medical practice, Beth especially enjoys treating women and geriatric patients. She is excited to bring her experience to a practice that also shares her Christian faith. Beth has been married to David (a Rocky Mount native) for 15 years, and they have 3 children. She and her husband have both worked in different capacities with children and youth at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, having been Sunday school teachers for 3rd graders since 2009.

Emily Knight, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Emily Knight, PA-C, was born in rural Michigan and raised on a horse farm. She was valedictorian at her local high school and attended a Christian college, Cornerstone University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry in 2015. She married her high school sweetheart later that year. After working as an Emergency Room EMT she went on to Eastern Michigan University with the NHSC scholarship to obtain her Masters of Science and become a certified Physician Assistant in 2019. She chose family medicine given her love for providing long term care and forming lasting connections in her community. She moved to Rocky Mount, NC where she joined OIC Family Medical Center with a heart for serving disadvantaged patients. After a few years she was drawn to Freedom Family Medicine’s Christian community and patient-centered structure where truly holistic care takes place. She joined the team in 2022. Outside of work Emily and her husband enjoy volunteering through Redeemer Church as well as experiencing God’s creation through activities such as camping, hiking, and kayaking. She is still an avid equestrian but mostly sticks to trail riding these days.

Misty K. Holt, Phlebotomist

Office Manager

Misty K. Holt was born in Fayetteville, NC, lived in Rocky Mount for 10 years, and then moved back to Fayetteville where she graduated from Cape Fear High School in 1997. She moved to Rocky Mount again in 1999 and worked in accounting at Inco, Inc., for 4 years. Starting in 2002, Misty worked at Rocky Mount Family Medical Center for 15 years, and quickly discovered her passion for helping people while there. After receiving certification as a Phlebotomist in 2003 and as an EKG technician in 2005, both from Wilson Community College, she served in multiple positions at Family Medical Center including performing phlebotomy in the lab, running the Coumadin Clinic, setting up all the heart monitors, performing all the spirometry (breathing tests), and performing EKGs. She came to Freedom Family Medicine in September 2017, and she currently serves as the Office Manager. Misty is married to Brandon Holt, and they have one son. Her hobbies include watching Major League Baseball, spending time with family, and going to the beach for “salt air therapy” and fishing. She is a member of New Life Church in Rocky Mount where she serves as the Children’s Pastor.

Megan Dunn, BSN


Megan Dunn, BSN, grew up in Rocky Mount, NC, where she was a 2003 graduate of Northern Nash High School. She attended East Carolina University and Pitt Community College and received her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2007. She began her nursing career at Vidant Hospital in Greenville working in the Neonatal ICU. She also worked at ECU Pediatrics before moving back to Rocky Mount in 2009 where she began working as a nurse at Rocky Mount Family Medical Center. Megan completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011 at East Carolina University. She also has experience as a school nurse for Edgecombe County Schools. Megan is married to Joel Dunn and they have 3 children – 2 sons and 1 daughter. She is active in her church, Redeemer Church, and enjoys volunteering in the children’s ministry. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, embroidering, monogramming, and other craft projects

Elizabeth Coley, ADN


Elizabeth Coley was born and raised in Rocky Mount, NC. After graduating from high school in 2011, she attended Nash Community College and received her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2015. Elizabeth began working as a CNA at Breckenridge Assisted Living in 2014. She later became a med tech and worked at Breckenridge as a supervisor for several years before coming to Freedom Family Medicine in 2021. She is married to Jason Coley, and they currently have two boys, Landon and Dawson, and are expecting a third one in August 2022! In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Kelly Gates, RN


Kelly Gates, RN, grew up in Black Creek, NC where she was a graduate of Beddingfield High School. She attended Wilson Community College and received her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2002. Kelly has worked in various places as an RN, including Wilson County Home Health for 12 years, Case Management, and the cardiac unit at Nash-UNC Healthcare. Kelly has a servant’s heart, which is one of the reasons she became a nurse. She is married to Greg Gates, and they have 2 daughters and 1 grandson. She attends Wilson Praise and Worship and enjoys leading worship every Sunday. Kelly’s hobbies include spending time with her family, playing with her grandson, bird watching, gardening, and visiting the Tennessee mountains (“God’s country”), every chance she gets.

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