Our Team of Primary Care Doctors & Nurses
Serving the Mallard Creek, Cotswold, University, and Myers Park, NC Area

At Metrolina Internal Medicine, we commit ourselves to your health by delivering compassionate, expert health care services to every patient we encounter. By effectively communicating and using our vast selection of health care expertise, all our primary care doctors are dedicated to using their unique set of talents for the continuous, coordinated improvement of our medical practice as we honor the dignity of our patients.

Metrolina Internal Medicine is one of the only practices in North Carolina to be owned by persons of color. Proudly serving University, Myers Park, Mallard Creek, Cotswold, Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas, we strive to understand the needs of our patients and each other so we can excel as a medical practice and a corporate family and so our patients are satisfied.

Our Team Members

Clarence Ellis


Dr. Ellis is a Doctor of Medicine board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been practicing medicine in Charlotte since 1984 and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine. Dr. Ellis has received his residency training at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals.

Karlton Pettis


Dr. Pettis is a Doctor of Medicine board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Pettis is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and has been practicing medicine since 2000. His postgraduate medical training was completed at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Natasha Ryan


Dr. Natasha Ryan is a board-certified and licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Ryan received her doctorate from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, and has been seeing patients since 2003. Dr. Ryan enjoys helping patients achieve their wellness and aesthetic goals.

Sheldine Edwards

Nurse Partitioner

About the provider
Ms. Edwards is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and an advanced practice registered nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in applied science nursing and her Master of Science degree in nursing education from Western Governors University. She then went on to complete her Post­Master’s Certificate in family nurse practitioner from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY.

Lonnette Harris

Office Manager

Office Administrator for the Main Office

Gloria Long

Office Manager

Office Administrator for the Tryon Office

Tamara Avery


Olivia Rutherford


Partner with a Medical Practice That Truly Cares About You

Our patient-centered, personalized health care is unmatched. Our team collaborates with the patient, their family, and specialists to provide every patient with treatments based on the patient’s unique needs. We truly listen to and care for our patients, and we even encourage them to participate in their own care at a level they choose.