|Dr. Grace Tang
REX Family Practice of Wakefield
REX Culinary & Nutritional Services
REX Wellness Center
|Dr. Yale Podnos
REX Surgical Specialists
REX Bariatric Surgery Patient
Perinatal Services Manager
Dr. Grace Tang
Rex Family Practice of Wakefield
Dr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. She received her medical training at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed her residency at Franklin Square Family Practice in Baltimore, MD. She is board-certified in family medicine. Dr. Tang is also certified in medical acupuncture and offers the alternative treatment at her office. Dr. Tang’s “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.
Rex Culinary & Nutritional Services
Chef Ryan Conklin is a Chef Manager for Culinary & Nutritional Services at UNC REX. He is a native New Yorker, and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. An executive chef at age 24, his culinary travels included a stop at prestigious Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan, where he prepared cuisine for celebrities on a daily basis. Ryan spent time sharpening his skills as a chef in Limerick Ireland, Sarasota, Florida and New York’s Hudson Valley Region. In 2010, he won an American Culinary Federation gold medal while representing Rex at the “Cut to the Core Culinary Challenge” at Johnson & Whales University in Charlotte with Food Network celebrity Alton Brown as a judge. He has also won a silver medal from the Association of Healthcare Foodservice Management in a nationwide culinary challenge in Phoenix, AZ in 2011.
Since joining the healthcare side of the food industry, he has had one solid vision, to completely remove the label simply known as “Hospital Food”.
Rex Wellness Center
Ashley Honeycutt, RD, LDN is the Diagnostic Services Manager for REX Heart & Vascular Outreach. She oversees the Heart & Vascular Mobile Screening program, the Early Detection Center and other corporate and community outreach efforts. She also oversees the UNC REX Diabetes Education program and Rex Nutrition Services outpatient nutrition programs.
During her career at Rex, Ashley has received two national awards from the Medical Fitness Association, including Health Education Director of the Year and the Robert Boone award of merit for Rex’s Healthy Way program, which recognizes those who make significant contributions in defining benchmarks in the medical fitness industry. She was also named the North Carolina Dietetic Association’s Young Dietitian of the Year in 2008. She currently serves the community through her work on the Eat Smart Move More North Carolina Leadership Team, and the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force.
Dr. Yale Podnos
Rex Surgical Specialists
Dr. Yale D. Podnos is a Surgical Oncologist at Rex Surgical Specialists. He specializes in surgical oncology focused on liver, colon and solid organ tumors. He is also the director of Surgical Oncology at Rex Cancer Center. Dr. Podnos received his undergraduate degree from New York University. After receiving his masters of public health from Harvard University, he completed medical school and his general surgery training at the University of California, Irvine. He went on to complete a surgical oncology fellowship at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, making him the only fellowship trained surgical oncologist in Wake County specializing in cutaneous, gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatic oncology.
Rex Bariatric Surgery Patient
Vicky Coerper is a Rex Bariatric Surgery patient and a co-worker in Learning & Organizational Effectiveness. Vicky received her bariatric surgery as a Christmas present on December 24th of 2008. She continues to work toward good health and strives to help others on their own paths to a healthy lifestyle.
Vicky received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in Special Education and Elementary Education, and also received her Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix – Online in 2004.
Vicky joined Rex in April of 2008 and loves what she does focusing on Service Excellence and coordinating the Leadership Development programs here at Rex. Outside of work, Vicky enjoys spending time with family, shopping, redecorating their home, and reading. She met her husband of 38 years in college and they have 3 wonderful children and 5 beautiful granddaughters.
Perinatal Services Manager
Robin Deal, BSN, RN, CCE is the Perinatal Services Manager for Lactation Services at Rex and has over 34 years of nursing experience in women’s health.
About UNC REX Healthcare
UNC REX Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care system with more than 5,300 co-workers. UNC REX Healthcare has 660 beds (433 general acute beds and 227 skilled nursing) and treats nearly 34,000 inpatients each year. Rex offers dedicated centers for cancer, surgery, heart and vascular, post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, wellness and women’s care plus dedicated services for bariatric, heartburn, pain management, sleep disorders, diabetes education, wound and emergency care. UNC REX’s medical staff includes more than 1,100 physicians and 1,700 nurses.
UNC REX provides various health care services throughout Wake County with facilities in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. REX was the first hospital in the Triangle to receive Magnet Recognition, placing UNC REX nurses among the top 6 percent in the nation. Rex was named one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and was highlighted as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2011. Visit rexhealth.com for more information.