Elaine was born and raised in Monroe, NC. She graduated from Forest Hills High School and moved on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After earning her Masters in Teaching, with an emphasis on Sports Medicine, she spent several years teaching as did her husband, Steve. Elaine returned to school to pursue a medical degree and graduated from the UNC-CH School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric Residency at East Carolina University.
Her career brought Elaine, Steve, and their two young children, Jordi and Austin, back family to Stanly County in 1996. She opened Stanly Pediatrics in 1997, and she continues to practice medicine there today. When Elaine is not in the office, you can find her volunteering with community theater organizations or at North Stanly football games as the team doctor. Elaine has a special place in her heart for the youth of our community.
“When I began my professional life, I was a teacher. I chose a career of service. Though my passion for sports medicine, and ultimately pediatric medicine, led me back to medical school, my call to serve my community never wavered. Since 1996, I have proudly served Stanly County. I have served children and families in my office for 20+ years. I have served children and families who found themselves unexpectedly in the hospital. I have served our community and hospital taking on the role of Chief of Pediatrics. Each of these opportunities has been challenging and rewarding. In each position, I have been called to listen to problems and make careful decisions that impacted the children, their families, and our community at large. The importance of listening has extended past my role as a physician and into other service roles I've held in the community. My work with Smart Start, The Talent Company, the Uwharrie Players, and in leadership roles at my church have all required listening. Often in politics the focus falls more on talking than listening. Self promotion often overtakes the duty to serve the people. If elected, I promise to listen and to make decisions that do the most good for the most people.
Our County Commissioners are elected to listen, respond, and serve the people. You are calling for better infrastructure, and new businesses that offer strong employment opportunities. To attract businesses, we need to continue to partner with Stanly Community College to make sure our work force is trained and ready for incoming jobs. We must continue to partner with Stanly County Schools to ensure our schools are the best in the area. You are calling for our schools to prepare its students for the world. To prepare them, our youth need opportunities to intern and explore different careers as they consider their future. Our county, not just the schools, must help prepare these students for the world. Youth need creative outlets like sports fields and theatre stages to become well-rounded citizens. Many local not-for-profit groups are making these opportunities available; we must support them.
Stanly County is full of good, hard-working people who deserve to be represented. They need someone who will listen to them and address their needs. I've listened to my patients and their families for over two decades. I have the the skills and experience necessary to listen and care for our community. Let me serve you with a new voice as County Commissioner."
- Dr. Elaine Coats