WVUMedicine/Jackson General Hospital welcomes two new doctors to the team: Doctor Richard Jones DC, APRN and Doctor Lance P. Shinn DO.

Richard Jones, a primary and chiropractic care provider along with Shinn, also a primary care provider, make up Jackson Premier Health located at 146 Pinnell Street in Ripley.

Jones is a Chiropractor and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. He entered the health care profession to serve others in 1996 as a Registered Nurse after graduating from West Virginia University/Glenville State College nursing program. Jones has since broadened his scope of practice by furthering his education to better care for his patients by obtaining a Doctorate degree in Chiropractic and a Master’s Degree in Nursing.

He will be providing chiropractic care and primary care in a new office located at the Jackson General Hospital Campus to serve the Jackson County and surrounding area patient population.

Jones and his wife Monica, who is a Jackson County native, have made Ripley their home for the past 14 years and are raising their two children here now. He enjoys his roles as a husband and father, and spending time with his family participating in outdoor activities, such as tennis, golf, hiking, and kayaking.

Jones enjoys his work as a healthcare provider and developing relationships with his patients to better their health and lives.

Lance P. Shinn was born and raised in Jackson County. In fact, he was born at Jackson General Hospital when they still had the Labor and Delivery wing. He grew up in the small town of Mount Alto and attended Cottageville Elementary until he later graduated with honors from Ravenswood High School. After high school he decided to stay close to home and attend West Virginia University at Parkersburg, the Jackson County Center at Ripley, for his basic college classes. He received an Associate’s Degree in Pre-Professional Science with a full scholarship awarded to him.

Later Shinn transferred to West Virginia University in Morgantown where he was involved in helping at the WVU College of Medicine research lab in performing Ovarian Cancer Research. The research helped him earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Shinn then decided to continue his education and attend medical school. He thought about staying at WVU; however, he loved the concept of the osteopathic approach to medicine. So, he attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. There he became involved in many clubs and organizations. In his second year of medical school he became the Class President and was then involved in the Student Government Association for the college.

Shinn always wanted to pursue Family Medicine and be the “home town doc” for the people in his community. He went on to further his training in Family Medicine at Access Health Teaching Health Center in Beckley. There he received the Resident of the Year Award during his Intern year for outstanding performance.

During his residency program he did multiple electives in Wound Care, which he has a special interest. Shinn later did a presentation entitled “Wound Care in Primary Care” for the program and WVSOM. He also led a quality improvement project during his residency program, which focused on improving the companies screening for Colorectal Cancer. During his final year in the residency program he became the Chief Resident.

Shinn thought about staying with a company in Beckley that he had been with for three years and had a large patient base; however, he knew it was time to come back home to Jackson County. Again, he wanted to become the “home town doc” in his community that helped shape him to who he is today.

Shinn has performed many home visits, which he thinks might be an asset to the area. He takes his time to get to know his patients and listens to them to help better their health. He focuses on Primary Care and seeing patients of all ages.

Shinn is excited to be back home in Jackson County once again!

Jackson Premier Health is currently accepting new patients. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact 304-373-1521.