William M. (Skip) Johnstone Jr, MD, JD, MBA, FACOG, FACS
New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Physician Group OB GYN Specialists

As a faculty member of NHRMC’s Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) residency program and Gynecology Division Chief for the NHRMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Skip Johnstone, MD is a member of the Physician Quality Partners Accountable Care Organization Operating Committee, the NHRMC Patient Experience Committee and the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Baby Task Force. He is also a Professor of OB/GYN through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Prior to focusing on academics, he had a 20-year private practice and still practices as a female pelvic floor surgeon. Dr. Johnstone completed medical school at East Carolina University School of Medicine and residency at the University Medical Center of Eastern North Carolina. In addition, he completed a Master of Business Administration through the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a law degree from Concord Law School in Los Angeles. Dr. Johnstone’s commitment to contributing to the opioid epidemic is demonstrated by his recent completion of the Buprenorphone Waiver course through the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is starting a non-profit to establish a treatment plan for opioid-addicted women utilizing existing agencies and providers.

Debbie Kinsey
Executive Director

After graduating from UNC-Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Entrepreneurship, Debbie Kinsey spent 16 years in the technology industry.  She worked as a Corporate Trainer and Implementation Specialist for software conversions and was a Director & Vice President at a large training company in Research Triangle Park.

In 2006, she opened her own restaurant/coffee shop in Wilmington. During that time, she began volunteering with a local church’s addiction ministry called Refuge and hosting women’s small groups at the restaurant.  Her role as a women’s small group leader, allowed her to work with women in active addiction and come alongside them in their struggles with addiction. She also trained as a mentor and counseled hundreds of women.

In 2010, she accepted the role of Care Coordinator, at the same church, to manage the counseling and care for their congregation of 8,000. She also continued her work in addiction and recovery. When Wilmington became known as the number one city in America for opioid use disorder, she became involved in developing strategies to respond and combat this devastating epidemic. In the fall of 2017, she was the event coordinator for a first-of-its-kind event that included over 50 addiction and recovery organizations who showcased their services.

Debbie has a heart for women and addiction and we are so glad to have her as a part of our team.

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