Golden Isles Palliative Care is staffed by a team of expert, caring professionals. Under the direction of Dr. John Shaner (Chief Medical Officer), Vicki Peck, MSN (Nurse Navigator), Ashley Head, FNP-C (Nurse Practitioner), and Stephanie Taylor (Medical Office Assistant), closely coordinate efforts to provide patient-centered Palliative Care.
A passionate advocate of Palliative Care and its benefits, Dr. John Shaner is the Chief Medical Officer at Golden Isles Palliative Care, and has served as Hospice of the Golden Isles’ full-time Physician Chief Medical Officer since 2010. Double-board certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine, Dr. Shaner brings over 35 years of experience to our community.
Prior to moving to Brunswick in 2010, Dr. Shaner pioneered an inpatient Palliative Care consulting service in Zanesville, Ohio. He is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and a certified trainer in Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. He is committed to providing expert pain and symptom management for patients to promote comfort and quality of life.
A practicing Registered Nurse since 2010, Ashley received her ADN from the College of Coastal Georgia, her BSN from Georgia Southwestern State University (2013) and her MSN-FNP from Walden University. In 2016, she became certified as Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She was then promoted from a Hospice RN position to Nurse Practitioner with Golden Isles Palliative Care.
As Nurse Practitioner, Ashley has the overall responsibility for the palliative care direction of patients and works in collaboration with our Nurse Navigator. After carefully listening to and assessing each patient’s clinical needs and goals, Ashley develops a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.
Vicki earned her BSN degree from Skidmore College in 1980 and her MSN degree from the University of Virginia in 1984. Vicki brings more than 38 years nursing experience in hospice, home care, occupational health, sub acute rehab and health coaching.
As Nurse Navigator, Vicki serves as the primary Palliative Care Nurse for our patients as well as the central point of contact for questions, information and coordination of care. In conjunction with the Nurse Practitioner, Vicki helps develop, implement, review and maintain an interdisciplinary plan of care addressing each patient’s unique needs and goals.
Stephanie Taylor brings 14 years of experience as a Medical Assistant to the Golden Isles Palliative Care team providing administrative support. Prior to Golden Isles Palliative Care, Stephanie worked with the Southeast Georgia Health System (Brunswick) and in private practice.