Nancy Smith earned nursing degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Nancy Smith appreciates being a part of a team – as a part of the Wellmont Cancer Institute and as a part of the support team for the patients she treats with cancer. She believes that the most important goal for any nurse practitioner is to improve the quality of life for patients. She feels that as a nurse practitioner in oncology, one of the best gifts she can give her patients and their families is autonomy – she provides them with knowledge and gives them options and choices. She wants patients to try not to fear because the Wellmont oncology team is a group of highly educated, skilled professionals who will do anything they can to help their patients get through the difficult cancer journey. Wellmont Medical Associates offers some of the region's most skilled and compassionate medical experts, with access to the region's most advanced cancer treatment technologies and best cancer treatment centers through the Wellmont Cancer Institute.