About Our Practice

Western Wake Wellness was founded in 2013 by Dr. Cynthia Young. Dr. Young has practiced in Cary, NC since 2005, and believes that family medicine is the best job in the world.

We are pleased to be recognized as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home, the highest level possible, by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Our providers are also part of the WakeMed Key Community Care network.

As a member of the Key Physicians network, you can be confident that you are getting the highest quality of care throughout our organization. We are a community-based group of primary care physicians centered on your health.

About our Providers

Cynthia Young, MD

Cynthia Young, MD has practiced in Cary since 2005, and believes that Family Medicine is the Best Job In The World. She has a BS in Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and a Medical Degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She loves the Hawkeyes but loathes the snow, which is why she returned to the South for her Residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro. Following a series of complex geographic negotiations with her New-England-born spouse, she then settled permanently in North Carolina. Dr. Young is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, and the North Carolina Medical Society. She has a special interest in women’s health, pediatrics, and preventive care. She lives with her husband, 2 children and a slightly neurotic dog in Cary, and enjoys gardening and running.

Ivy Todd, PA

Ivy is a native to North Carolina – a rarity these days! After spending her formative years in Charlotte, she earned degrees in Biology and Clinical Laboratory Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. After graduating, Ivy worked as a Medical Technologist at UNC Hospitals for 3+ years. Spending time behind the microscope made Ivy realize that she wanted to be on the other side of patient care, and she returned to school at East Carolina University, earning her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. During her time in PA school, she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, as well as spent time in Belize for an international Family Medicine rotation. Her path also crossed with Dr. Young and Ken Lake while she interned with them as a student. After graduation in 2013, Ivy joined the Western Wake Wellness family and has been a part ever since.

Ivy loves the relationships that are formed while working in Family Medicine. She is passionate about all areas of practice, from pediatrics to women’s health to management of chronic diseases. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants.

When she is not caring for patients, Ivy and her husband love to travel and experience new cultures as often as they can. She also enjoys spoiling her Miniature Schnauzer (Leonidas), practicing yoga, hiking, reading and watching her beloved Tar Heels.

Jessica Pulling, NP

Jessica Pulling, our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, has been a treasured member of the Western Wake Wellness family since 2017. Jessica specializes in pediatrics and will be available to see all pediatric patients aged 21 and under.  We are so excited to have her as our pediatric base is growing daily, and she will bring a plethora of knowledge and experience to help us meet your needs and server you better.

Jessica grew up in Michigan and received her Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.  She worked as a RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan until moving to NC in 2006 and continued to work in the NICU at the University of North Carolina.  After working for six years as an RN, she received her Master’s in Nursing from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Jessica has worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 2011 and previously practiced in Michigan and Raleigh, NC.  Jessica is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society for nursing and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners.  Jessica is married with 3 daughters and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, running, football and reading.

Arbaz Ahmad, FNP

Arbaz is a family nurse practitioner trained at UNC Chapel Hill. As an NC native, he loves living in Downtown Durham where good food is always just a short walk away. He has enjoyed the last six years of his nursing career in the emergency room where he has developed a passion for providing care to patients of all ages. Arbaz believes that his main role is to provide you with high quality medical care rooted in evidence while also respecting and considering your individual health goals. His medical interests include acute and chronic disease management, sexual health, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. When he is not in the clinic, Arbaz enjoys cooking, searching for the best cake in Durham, going to the gym, and hiking with friends.

Zachary Wiercinski, FNP

Zachary is a Family Nurse Practitioner joining the Western Wake Wellness family.  He is committed to providing excellent primary care for you and your family.  He believes in treating all patients with a holistic approach and includes them in every decision in their care, believing patient education is key to good health outcomes for his patients.  Zachary has earned is Master’s in Nursing from Drexel University, and is Bachelor’s in Nursing from Binghamton University.  His nursing career has included pediatric critical care and adult and pediatric post-surgical care.  He is passionate about meeting all of your family’s health needs and is especially interested in pediatrics, preventative medicine, and optimizing long-term health outcomes.

Originally from the northeast, Zachary has called the triangle home for the past several years with him and his family.  In his time spent outside of caring for patients, he enjoys time outdoors and can often be found running with his two golden doodles Leo and Apollo, who also love to go on local hikes (always taking  new recommendations)!  Zachary also likes playing tennis and is hoping to invest more time into improving his playing to become more competitive with friends and perhaps join a league in the future.  He also loves entertaining and cooking meals for friends and family to enjoy together.