Dama Vance is a native of West Virginia and was raised in Beckley, WV. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University in 1989. After working for 11 years, she desired to be able to do more for her patients and returned to graduate school to become a Nurse Practitioner and earn her Master of Science in Nursing from Shenandoah University in 2002. She was presented with the Dean’s Excellence Award at graduation, which is given to one student who exhibited not only outstanding academic work but who went above and beyond to help other students as well as volunteering whenever needed.
After graduation she worked in Family Practice/Dermatology full time for one year before taking the leap into academia. She taught nursing in at Southern WV Community and Technical College Associate Nursing Program in partnership with Eastern WV Community and Technical College as her full-time position while still working part-time in Family Practice/ Dermatology. After 3 years of teaching, she returned to full time clinical practice in Dermatology in Martinsburg and has been happily practicing Dermatology in the Martinsburg area for over 11 years with a total of 16+ years of Dermatology experience. She has also provided instruction and supervision to nurse practitioner students, medical students, and medical residents. Dama is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is licensed in West Virginia. She lives in Wardensville, West Virginia with her husband. She has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.