Meet Our Family Physicians

Dr Stephen Sasser, Wilmington, NC

Dr. Stephen Sasser

Owner and Family Physician


Hi yall!  I am proud to open this practice for the residents of New Hanover County and the surrounding areas. I am a local, born and raised in Wilmington, NC.  My  family still lives in Wilmington with many extended family and lots of  friends in the area.  My goal is to provide excellent healthcare to our patients and to do this using a model that minimizes the cost to our patients while enhancing their care.


My Journey:  I attended Laney High School and then traveled across the state to Appalachian State University where I received a degree in healthcare  management.  I attended medical school at the University of North  Carolina - Chapel Hill, School of Medicine.  Then I received my residency training at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Coastal  Family Medicine.  I then spent 3 years practicing full spectrum family  medicine in rural Pennsylvania.  Through this journey I have had a wide variety of experiences which I believe make me a truly well rounded family physician.  


In residency I met my beautiful, intelligent, and caring wife, Jona.  We have a son, Caden.  We also have 3 dogs: Tucker, Gracie, and Nala.  Tucker and Nala are  Golden Retrievers and Gracie is a Golden mix. We enjoying spending time with family and friends and in the outdoors.  My hobbies are surfing, kayaking, fishing, biking, and rock climbing.  I am also a Christian and happy to speak and pray with my patients regarding their faith, if they  wish. 

Dr Jona Lamphier, Wilmington, NC

Dr. Jona Lamphier

Owner and Family Physician


Welcome to Tidal Wellness!  I grew up in rural, small town Pennsylvania where Dr. Sasser and I practiced full spectrum family medicine including obstetrics prior to returning to Wilmington to open Tidal Wellness.  Dr. Sasser and I met while in residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC.  I received an undergraduate degree from Penn State University.  We Are! I completed my medical education at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine which is affiliated with Virginia Tech. Go Hokies! 


Spending time with family is at the core of my beliefs:  traveling, athletic events, mission trips and enjoying the outdoors are typical ways we achieve that family time.  Our mission at Tidal Wellness is to create a comprehensive wellness center;  our family caring for your family through the ebbs and flows of life.  To enhance our comprehensive services, I am currently completing a fellowship program through MMI/A4M affiliated with George Washington University in  Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine.  I then plan to complete a master's degree in Functional Medicine with the eventual goal to become board certified in Integrative Medicine.  I am currently board certified both by the American Board of Family Medicine and by the American Osteopathic Association. 


I loved being the small town family doctor in rural Pennsylvania.  In the the same day we may deliver a baby, go to clinic, visit a nursing home, and help out at local high school sporting event.  I believe a close relationship between physician and patient should be at the core of our healthcare system.  Yet it seems to be lacking or trivialized in so many healthcare environments. We strive to reclaim these relationships and put patients back at the center of the health care system while providing full spectrum, individualized care for you at Tidal Wellness.  

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