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Dr. Jessica Mendelsohn 

Dr. Mendelsohn grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She completed her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, where she earned her M.D. She moved to Charlotte, NC to complete her residency in Family Medicine. Upon residency completion, she became Board Certified in Family Medicine and practiced full-time in Charlotte until 2014.

While practicing in Charlotte, Dr. Mendelsohn was very involved in physician leadership, both as medical director of her practice and throughout the hospital system, serving on various committees. She graduated from the McColl School of Business Physician Leadership Institute in 2012 with 30 of her physician colleagues. Also in 2012, she was voted by her peers as one of Charlotte’s “Top Doctors” in the May edition of Charlotte Magazine. . .continue reading

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Kelsey Riggs, PA-C 


Kelsey Riggs, like Dr. Mendelsohn, grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She completed her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES!) and then moved to Raleigh for a postgraduate leadership development program. During that year, while working at Alliance Medical Ministry as the garden and wellness coordinator, Kelsey realized she had a passion for taking care of more than just plants and decided she would need to go back to school to enter the medical profession. Kelsey took night classes to become an EMT-B and was sold from there! 


Kelsey's eagerness for wellness was paired well with her Master's of Science in Public Health and she grew in knowledge of how to assess health from a community level. Kelsey then went straight into the Physician Assistant training and essentially lost touch with the world as she dove headfirst into medicine. She now has re-entered society as a PA-C and is beyond excited to begin practicing medicine at a clinic similar to where she gained experience for PA school as a medical assistant.


Kelsey's passions within medicine include preventative/upstream medicine, patient education, patient advocacy, and a whole-body (mind, body, spirit) approach to family medicine. Kelsey believes that being an individual's medical provider is a huge responsibility and privilege and hopes that as she begins providing care for this community that becomes evident.

Shannon Shipe, nurse practitioner

Shannon Shipe, FNP-BC 

Shannon is a Nurse Practitioner with over nine years of experience caring for patients in various areas that include urgent care, family practice, and wellness.


She earned her Bachelor of Science Nursing degree at the University of West Virginia and her Master's as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh. Her diverse background includes treating a range of concerns from aging skin to helping men and women balance their hormones with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. She has spent the past four years working directly with hormone patients, offering comprehensive counseling and prescribing BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy).


Shannon is also extremely passionate about aesthetics and believes both go hand and hand and loves helping patients regain their confidence and establish self-care practices through proper non-invasive aesthetic procedures like Botox and dermal fillers. 


Jessica Hale, LE 

Jessica has been working in the aesthetic industry for over two decades and attended the International School of Skincare in Atlanta, Georgia. Jessica relocated to the Fort Mill area in 2009 where she owned and operated Peaceful Esthetics until 2019.  


Jessica continues to take advanced training with post-graduate courses and seminars to ensure that her clients are receiving the latest in products and services. Her ongoing studies and certifications include; Laser technologies, advanced concepts in medical skincare, RF Microneedling, medical-grade peels, treating melasma, and many more skin-related categories. 


Jessica will always provide an optimal experience for her clientele by combining her gentle touch and clinical experience while working under the direct supervision of Dr. Mendelsohn. She has 21+ years of experience as an esthetician and 13+ years of certifications in laser technology. Schedule a Meet and Greet to discuss your next treatment plan!

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Joanne Pope 

Joanne Pope is our front desk coordinator and if you know her, you love her! With over 30 years of experience in the customer service industry, she really considers her role as a way of connecting with the Fort Mill community.


Originally from Canada, she moved to the area with her husband over 5 years ago. Joanne loves meeting new people and understands the importance of taking care of her health. When she’s not at work, Joanne enjoys yoga, spending time with her husband, and traveling. 

"Dr. Mendelsohn and Helen at New South Family Medicine are amazing. The level of patient care is unmatched and I am thrilled with the expertise, attention, diligence, and communication received. I finally feel like I found a doctor who takes the time to understand whole health and is genuinely concerned about addressing any and all concerns at a root level. You won’t find this level of care anywhere else."

"I have been lucky enough to have Kelsey as my doctor. She has helped me in so many ways from my physical health to my mental health. I love how it is affordable for a young adult like me to be able to have someone I can reach out throughout the week that responds quickly to any questions or concerns that I have. I am very thankful and so grateful for Kelsey! Highly recommend!"

“Shannon is very down-to-earth and relatable. She is also very knowledgeable and thorough and takes her time!! She actually listens and understands! Shannon also makes you feel very comfortable talking about uncomfortable issues. I felt like I’ve known her my whole life. She’s the best."

"I have gone to Jessica for many years and would never think about trusting anyone else with my skin. She gives the most relaxing facials and is very thorough with her work. I always feel like a million bucks when I leave her room. Jessica is also wonderful to be around; she has great, calming energy."