“An important role as a physician is helping patients understand their chronic medical issues allowing them to be a more active participant in their care, which ensures that both their physical and emotional needs are better met and helps them lead as healthy and productive lives as possible.”

Board Certification

  • Internal Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Annual Exams and Preventative Care
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Complex Medical Conditions
  • Women’s Health

Education

Internship and Residency

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Internal Medicine
Portsmouth, VA
1996 and 1998

Medical School

Eastern Virginia Medical School
Doctor of Medicine
Norfolk, VA
1995

Undergraduate School

Old Dominion University
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Norfolk, VA
1992

Hospital Affiliated With

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

Professional Associations

American College of Physicians
2001 – Present

Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society
1995 – Present

Chesapeake Medical Society

Service Work

Dr. Higgins grew up in Chesapeake and enjoys giving back to her community as a physician volunteer at the Chesapeake Care Clinic which provides health care to adults with no available insurance.

Personal Interests

In her leisure time, Dr. Higgins enjoys spending time with her family, running, and working in her yard.

Biography

Dr. Higgins received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She then completed her medical education at Eastern VA Medical School in 1995. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, VA. Dr. Higgins then served as an attending Internist at both Guam Naval Hospital and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. In 2002, Dr. Higgins left the Navy for civilian practice and joined Chesapeake Internists where she continues to enjoy providing comprehensive and compassionate care to her patients. Dr. Higgins is board certified in internal medicine. Areas of clinical expertise include diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, women’s health, preventive medicine and annual physical exams, emotional health (depression/anxiety), and thyroid disease