Dr. DeGraaff – Owner/Medical Director
Advanced Life Clinic is owned by Dr. Hayley DeGraaff, an Arkansas native and graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. DeGraaff originally completed her residency in family medicine at UAB Huntsville, but later went on to work in geriatrics as an associate professor of medicine of the university. It was during this time that she became interested in anti-aging medicine and the growing effort to improve overall patient wellness.
After pursuing additional training in the field, Dr. DeGraaff opened Advanced Life Clinic in 2004, starting with simple anti-aging procedures but quickly adopting an overall, integrative practice that includes lifestyle coaching, weight loss, and wellness. Today, the Advanced Life Clinic is one of the region’s foremost destinations for patients interested in a whole-body approach to looking and feeling younger.
As for Dr. DeGraaff, she says the satisfaction that comes with helping patients achieve their goals cannot be underestimated. “A lot of people might look as aesthetics as totally frivolous. Are we curing cancer?” she asks. “No. But patients are extremely appreciative when you make them feel better. It’s very rewarding.”
Dr. DeGraaff has been licensed to practice medicine in Alabama since 1996, and is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine as well as a past member of the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. DeGraaff is fully trained and certified in the use of the Lumenis Lightsheer laser, Lumenis Duet, Ultherapy, Matrix CO2 Laser, Sandstone Tattoo Removal Lasers, and the Quantum IPL Laser. She has completed numerous training courses in the use of Botox® and wrinkle fillers, and at one time was a member of the physician training staff for Sculptra.
Dr. Jennifer Sholes – MD
Dr. Jennifer Sholes MD is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician with over 10 years of clinical experience. She is a native of North Alabama, growing up in Madison and graduating from Bob Jones High School. She attended Auburn University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering.
She went on to work at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center until attending medical school at UAB, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine in 2009. During her time as a UAB Family Medicine Resident in Huntsville, she had the privilege of training with many talented local doctors, including Dr. Hayley DeGraaff.
As an attending physician in the Huntsville Hospital Physician Care Network, she enjoyed caring for patients of all ages in the Huntsville area. After some time spent working in the telemedicine field, she is eager to get back to caring for patients in person.
She is married to her husband, Eric, who is also a Huntsville native. She has two sons and one giant dog named Leo. Her hobbies include travel, exercise, and painting. Dr. Sholes has a special interest in dermatology and procedures and is looking forward to using her skills and talents to help others achieve their wellness goals.
Dr. Sholes feels joining the Advanced Life Clinic is the perfect opportunity to use her artistic eye and medical expertise to help patients look and feel their best
Kari DeGrandpre – Nurse Practitioner
Kari joins the Advanced Life Clinic family as the lead provider in our sister clinic, Advanced Life Care. Kari is a Family Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Kari began her nursing career in 2002 and received her Master Degree as a family nurse practitioner in 2016 from The University of Alabama Huntsville. She has clinical experience in Family Practice, Neurology and Women’s Heath. She is very active in our community having volunteered in the past with the ALS association and currently serving as a board member on the Eric S. Obermann Foundation. Kari is a great addition to our team as we know she will take care of all of your health care needs. She is very excited to bring a more modern approach to primary healthcare to the Huntsville Area.
Katie Colson, MS, RDN
Katie Colson joined the Advanced Life Clinic team in 2019. She had just graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS degree in Food Science, Nutrition, & Health Promotion and was excited to intern with Advanced Life Clinic for the summer. Fast forward 2 years, and now Katie is a full time member of our team and brings an abundant amount of Nutrition and Weight Loss management experience. She not only has her BS degree but also has received a MS degree in Nutrition Science from UAB. After completely her formal education, she also completed a 12 month Dietetic Internship at UAB. During Katie’s time at Mississippi State University she worked in Sports Nutrition with the MSU Football team and as a Research Assistant with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and Mississippi State Extension. She is passionate about healthy living and enjoys helping our patients experience amazing results. During her spare time, Katie enjoys playing with her dog, Hank, trying new recipes, being by the water. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to check out Katie’s weekly recipes.
Chris Hutton – Chief Financial Officer
As Advanced Life Clinic’s chief financial officer, Chris primarily works behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the clinic.
Teri-Beth Mordecai, Office Administrator
Teri-Beth graduated with her Master’s of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Healthcare Administration in December of 2016 from the University of North Alabama. She is ecstatic to be continuing her career her at Advanced Life Clinic as the Practice Administrator. She brings a vast array of knowledge having a background in aesthetics, dermatology, urgent care, primary care, and wellness. Teri-Beth stated, “I love working at Advanced Life Clinic and am excited to work behind the scenes to help the practice run smoothly and effectively. It is an honor to work for a doctor that stays up to date on aesthetic offerings and truly cares about helping her patient’s look and feel their best.”