Georgia Heart Institute expands clinical staff, prepares to relocate clinics in communities along GA 400

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2024

GAINESVILLE, Georgia – Georgia Heart Institute is expanding access to unparalleled heart health care for people living in communities along GA 400. Georgia Heart Institute, the comprehensive heart and vascular service line of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), recently welcomed Ashley Gibbs, AGACNP, and David Willard, PA, to its growing outpatient care team. These experienced clinicians are accepting new patients as Georgia Heart Institute prepares to relocate clinics in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to allow for enhanced service offerings and an improved patient experience.

In Dawsonville, Georgia Heart Institute is set to move into NGHS’ new Dawsonville Medical Plaza 2 building at 22 Prestige Lane. A grand-opening community celebration is set for Saturday, March 23, from 9-11 a.m. In Dahlonega, Georgia Heart Institute plans to move into a new location in spring 2024.

Gibbs is board-certified as both Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree in the Dual Advanced Practice Nursing Program at the University of South Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Associates Degree in Nursing from Middle Georgia State College. She has practiced extensively in both acute care and chronic care settings. She most recently served as a hospitalist nurse practitioner at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo.

Willard earned his Master of Medical Science degree from Mercer University in Atlanta and his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University. His clinical experience includes family medicine, acute respiratory medicine and COVID care, and urgent care. He previously served at Emory Duluth Family Practice, where he was a multiple Provider Excellence Award winner and was named Oustanding APP Family Practice Provider.

Willard currently sees patients at Georgia Heart Institute clinics in Cumming (900 Sanders Road, Suite A) and Dawsonville (108 Prominence Court #210). Gibbs currently sees patients in Dawsonville and Dahlonega (70 Mountain Drive, Suite C). Those interested in scheduling an appointment at these locations may call 770-886-5184.

About Georgia Heart Institute

Georgia Heart Institute is the most forward-thinking heart and vascular program in the state and includes one of the largest cardiology practices in the region, including more than 80 practitioners seeing patients at more than a dozen locations. With a multi-disciplinary team of experts treating nearly every type of heart and vascular disease and participating in leading national research, we’re providing advanced care that ensures lasting heart health for generations. Request an appointment and learn more at

The experts of Georgia Heart Institute also form the core of the cardiac care team at Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s five hospitals in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder, Dahlonega and Demorest. It’s all part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit which serves more than 1 million people across the region. Learn more at