Our providers Dr. Michael Burton, Dr. Robert Glenn, Dr. Baxter Leonard, Dr. Scott Polster and Dr. Trina Tridico, welcome you to their family medicine practice. All of our doctors are board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine. The top priority of the physicians and staff is helping you and your loved ones prevent illness and maintain physical and emotional well being by providing medical care and recommending healthy lifestyle choices. Our practice manages acute and chronic illnesses, treats acute injuries, performs minor office surgeries and, when necessary, refers you to an appropriate specialist. Just think of your family medicine physician as your first line of defense in guarding your most valuable possession of all: your health.


  • Pediatric and Adult care including Women’s Health
  • Management of chronic illnesses (diabetes, hypertension, asthma and others)
In-house labs, x-rays, EKG, immunizations and pulmonary function testing
  • Minor surgeries (removal of moles, skin tags, etc)
  • Joint Injections

CVFM – Medical Arts utilizes an Advanced Care Team model. Our Advanced Care Team members include:
Social Worker
Case Manager/Care Coordination

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24 2nd Avenue NE • Hickory, NC 28601
Phone: 828.328.2231
Fax: 828.323.1562

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 5pm

After-hours Physician: 828.324.0258


Dr. Michael Burton
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Prior to completing his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Ft. Lewis, WA, Dr. Burton received his medical degree from Medical College of Virginia in 1990. In addition to being board certified in family medicine, Dr. Burton is also certified with the National Board of Medical Examiners. Before moving to Hickory to join the staff at the Medical Arts Clinic in 1997, Dr. Burton practiced medicine at Winn Army Community Hospital in Ft. Steward, GA where he served patients both as a family medicine doctor and a battalion surgeon for the 3/15 Infantry.

Dr. Robert Glenn

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Dr. Glenn, a native of Greer, SC, obtained his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and obtained his Family Medicine residency training in Fort Worth, TX at John Peter Smith Hospital. He served in the US Air Force in Reserves and active duty for 3 years at Dyess Air Force Base during Desert Storm. He practiced an additional 2 years in rural Tennessee before relocating to Hickory in 1993 where he has served his patients for 23 years and participated many years in clinical studies.

Dr. Baxter Leonard

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A North Carolina native, Dr. Leonard earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill before serving in the military 23 years. He was an active duty General Medical Officer prior to practicing medicine in the National Guard and Reserves at military bases in Okinawa, Japan, California and Germany. Dr. Leonard is an avid researcher and has participated in over 16 pharmaceutical studies related to treatments for a range of conditions including, but not limited to strep, ear infection, diabetes, high blood pressure and migraines. He completed his family practice residency at Duke/FAHEC in Fayetteville, NC in 1988.

Dr. Scott Polster

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After obtaining his medical degree from Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Polster completed a residency in general surgery and urology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. He has conducted more than 91 research trials as a principal investigator since 2005 in areas including, but not limited to, researching gout, oral contraception, alcohol dependency, vaccine trials, erectile dysfunction, COPD, obesity, arthritis, diabetes and bowel disorders.

Dr. Trina Tridico

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Dr. Tridico is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC where she also completed an internship in general surgery and residency in family medicine. She has been published in numerous medical journals and participated in research, which has been presented to the American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. She enjoys spending time with family, hiking, running, backpacking and reading.