About Us

Northern Pines Health Center, PC has been participating in clinical research since 2006 and is led by Mitzie Hewitt, DO, CPI. Dr. Hewitt has been practicing in the greater Traverse City Area since 1999. She is a board certified Family Practice Physician, as well as a Certified Principal Investigator with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

The Research Division participates in multiple educational courses to ensure that patient safety and ethical practices are always the standard of care.

Meet our team

Mitzie Hewitt, DO, CPI

Certified Principal Investigator

Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Heidi Fite, PA-C

Sub Investigator

Karla Blackmer, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Lydia Baker, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Mariah Christy, CRC

Clinical Research Coordinator

Research Opportunities

We participate in many areas of pharmaceutical research. Some areas of special interest to us are:

  • Type II Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity

Patients who participate in clinical research are provided with healthcare for the identified concern at no expense. Laboratory and other diagnostic testing is sometimes provided at no cost to the patient. Often patients are given a stipend for their time and travel expenses. In addition to these great benefits, they have the knowledge that they are helping to improve and advance medicine as we know it today!









Northern Pines Health Center, PC

11293 N M-37
Suite A
Buckley, MI   49620

Phone: (231) 269-4185
Fax: (231) 269-4461

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday  Closed 

Acute Walk-ins

Monday - Friday
11:00 - 11:45 am
4:00 - 4:45 pm

24 Hour Care

For non-emergency care outside normal business hours, please call 231-269-4185 and leave a message. You may also have the NPHC physician-on-call paged by contacting our after-hours call service vendor at 231-252-0233.

In cases of emergency, please visit the nearest emergency room or call 911.