Providers / Staff


Jenette Swisher, MD

Jenette SwisherDr. Swisher was born in Vietnam. She immigrated with her family to the United States in 1975 and was raised in Ohio. She graduated valedictorian of her high school class, and was subsequently accepted into an accelerated pre-med program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University where she graduated cum laude. Dr. Swisher attended Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, obtaining her medical degree in 1994. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Summa Health Systems in Akron, Ohio. She is board-certified and a member of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Swisher has been practicing Internal Medicine in this area since 1997. She specializes in the treatment of adults. Her practice encompasses a broad range of health care needs, including treatment of chronic problems (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease, lung disease, high cholesterol, etc.), acute illnesses (e.g. sinusitis, abdominal pain, lacerations, bladder infections), health maintenance issues (e.g. physicals, weight loss, preventive screening), and more. Dr. Swisher also performs non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including Thermage, permanent hair reduction, and skin peels. She has advanced training in in the injection of Botox and fillers (Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane). Dr. Swisher is excited to be practicing in Hickory, where she lives with her husband and three kids, and looks forward to helping you with your medical concerns.

Melissa Fowler, PA

Melissa Fowler, PAMelissa Fowler is originally from Springfield, Missouri. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Missouri State University. After graduating in 2002, she worked in primary care in the Atlanta area for two years before moving to North Carolina, where she continued to work in a primary care setting for 10 years in the near Asheville area. Swisher Internal Medicine is thrilled to have her join our family in 2015.

Melissa believes patients should play an active role in their health care and enjoys treating both acute and chronic illnesses. She currently resides in the Hickory area and enjoys spending time outdoors when not working. She is excited to help care for the patients at Swisher Internal Medicine.

Dale Wicker, FNP

Dale Wicker, FNPSwisher Internal Medicine added Dale Wicker, FNP to our team in 2018. Mr. Wicker earned his Masters degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner training from East Tennessee State University in 1999. He advanced his training by earning a Doctorate Degree in Nursing (DNP) from Gardner-Webb University in 2016.

Wicker has extensive experience in Family Medicine, as well as Urgent Care experience. He will be expanding the services at Swisher Internal Medicine to include DOT exams. He enjoys helping patients achieve their personal health goals, with the main goals being patient wellness and disease prevention. His personal interests include diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesteremia and weight management. He utilizes health coaching strategies along with patient education to assist patients in their decision-making about their own personal health.

When he is not treating patients, Dale enjoys trout fishing and watching his children’s sporting events. He has been happily married to his wonderful wife for over 20 years and has three beautiful children.

Elena Willging, RN, LE

Elena Willging, RN, LEElena comes to Swisher Internal Medicine with well over 10 years of experience. She has worked in dermatology and medical spas. Elena understands the importance of and can provide the best experience for her patients, whether it is cosmetic injections or anti-aging skin peels. She is truly passionate about esthetics and loves helping everyone look and feel their very best.

Services Offered Include:

  • Botox
  • Juvederm/Voluma Fillers
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Micro Skin Peel
  • PRP Micro Needling
  • Vein Injections