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  • Melissa Fullerton
    Melissa Fullerton
    M.D.
  • Kirsten McKnight
    Kirsten McKnight
    F.A.A.O.
  • Steven Oxner
    Steven Oxner
    D.D.S.
  • Diane Flexsenhar
    Diane Flexsenhar
    D.D.S.
  • Kimberly Boone
    Kimberly Boone
    M.S., R.D.N., L.D.N.
  • Laurie Hodge
    Laurie Hodge
    D.M.D.
  • Sheila Thomas
    Sheila Thomas
    M.D.
  • Kevin Gibson
    Kevin Gibson
    P.T.
  • Susan Nelson
    Susan Nelson
    M.D.
  • Chip Wallace
    Chip Wallace
    F.N.P.
  • Sharon Thorpe
    Sharon Thorpe
    A.P.R.N.
  • Collins Rainey
    Collins Rainey
    M.D.
  • Michael Gaither
    Michael Gaither
    D.D.S.
  • Steve Fergus
    Steve Fergus
    D.D.S.
  • Kimberly A. Lambert
    Kimberly A. Lambert
    P.T.
  • Lisa Liebschwager
    Lisa Liebschwager
    P.T.
  • David K. Jennings
    David K. Jennings
    M.D.
  • Veronica M. Swannigan
    Veronica M. Swannigan
    M.D.
  • G. Scott Morris
    G. Scott Morris
    M.D., M.Div.

 

 

Melissa Fullerton
M.D.

Certification:
American Board of Family Medicine (06/2008-present)

Academic Training:
5/2004 B.S. | Belmont University, Nashville, TN; Summa Cum Laude, Biology
5/2008 M.D. | University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

Additional Training:
07/2008-06/2011 | Resident in Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
08/2011-07/2012 | Fellow in Family Medicine Obstetrics, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Academic Appointments:
09/2012-09/2016 | Assistant Professor, University of Virginia School of Medicine
01/2017-07/2018 | Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Hospital Appointments or Other Employment:
09/2013-06/2016 | Associate Residency Director, University of Virginia Family Medicine Residency
06/2016-09/2016 | Assistant Residency Director, University of Virginia Family Medicine Residency
01/2017-07/2018 | Attending, Department of Family Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Major Administrative Responsibilities:
Associate Residency Director, University of Virginia Family Medicine Residency (09/2013-06/2016)
Assistant Residency Director, University of Virginia Family Medicine Residency (06/2016-09/2016)

Professional Societies: Memberships, Offices, and Committee Assignments:
Member, American Academy of Family Physicians (2008-2016)
Member, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (2013-2016)

Honors:
Steven A. Meixel, M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching, UVA Family Med Residency (2015)
Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society (2007)
University of Virginia Raven Society (2007)
MAP International Fellowship Recipient 2007
University of Virginia Dean’s Center for Global Health Scholar Award in Medicine (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirsten McKnight
F.A.A.O.

Degrees:  
OD–Southern College of Optometry, 2016
BS–The University of Tennessee at Martin2012

Professional Memberships: 
West Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society, 2019
Arkansas Optometric Association, 2016-Present 
National Optometric Association, 2016-Present
American Optometric Association, 2012-Present

Special Interests:

Primary Care, Ocular Disease and Low Vision Rehabilitation 

Steven Oxner
D.D.S.

Steven Oxner, DDS

Undergrad: Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
Dental School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN

Family: Wife-Abbey, married in June 2017; daughter-Everly, born in 2018

Get to know Dr. Oxner:

I became a dentist because it is a technical and artistic field that enables me to interact with patients and care for them on a personal and clinical level. I try to make every patient as comfortable as possible. From young patients to adults coming to the dentist for the first time, I try to make our visits both fun and enjoyable.

I love the positive and encouraging environment at Church Health. Everyone is quick to lend a helping hand and slow to complain. I love my coworkers and the Biblical mission of service that our work fulfills.

Diane Flexsenhar
D.D.S.

Diane Flexsenhar, DDS

Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin
Dental School: University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio

Family: Husband, Michael; two boys, ages four and two

Get to know Dr. Flexsenhar:

I became a dentist because I enjoy helping patients through healthcare. I love the instant gratification of dental treatment and giving someone their smile back. I love to have fun with my patients and love when they laugh with me.

The leadership at Church Health truly cares about your wellbeing. The patients we serve are so grateful and it creates a lower stress environment compared to private practice. I also like serving those who truly need dental care and would otherwise not have access to it. Church Health is an awesome place to work!

Kimberly Boone
M.S., R.D.N., L.D.N.

EDUCATION

M.S. | Clinical Nutrition | December 2016
Thesis: Medulloblastoma: Identifying High Risk Time Points during Treatment for Development of Nutrition Deficits
University of Memphis, College of Health Studies, Memphis, TN

B.S. Ed. | Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Dietetics | August 2015
University of Memphis, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, Memphis, TN

B.S. | Biology; Minor: Chemistry | August 2015
Magna Cum Laude
University of Memphis, College of Arts and Sciences, Memphis, TN

LICENSURE

Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Tennessee Board of Dietitian/Nutritionist Examiners

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAININGS

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Commission on Dietetic Registration, March 2017
Heartsaver® CPR BLS, American Heart Association, June 2018
Collaborative Institute Training Initiative (CITI) Certification, Good Clinical Practice, March 2017
Collaborative Institute Training Initiative (CITI) Certification, Human Research, March 2017
ServSafe, National Restaurant Association, May 2015
Bloodborne Pathogens Training, University of Memphis, August 2015
Right-to-Know Training, University of Memphis, August 2015

INTERESTS

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Publications
Boone, K (2016). Eat Right to Fight Cancer: Butternut Squash
Oncology Nutrition Connection, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Volume 23

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications
Boone, K (2017).  5 tips for a healthy holiday season. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s Practical Parenting blog.
http://www.lebonheur.org/practical-parenting/5-tips-for-a-healthier-holiday-season

Boone, K (2016). Fruits and Vegetables. Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  https://eatrightmemphistn.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/fruits-and-vegetables/.

I am a registered dietitian with expertise in nutrition education development, dissemination and management. Specifically, my interests include prevention and intervention program development and implementation related to chronic diseases, health behaviors, and healthy lifestyle adoption.

Laurie Hodge
D.M.D.

Laurie Carlisle Hodge, DMD

Undergrad: Mississippi State University, Starkville MS
Dental School:  University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Louisville KY
Additional Residency:  University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson MS

Family:  Husband—Craig; son- Elliot born in 2018; dog-KaliWonka (rescue hound/retriever mix)

Get to know Dr. Hodge:

I became a dentist because I loved math and science in undergrad. I thought I wanted to go into prosthetics. After working for a dentist and orthodontist, I realized I could do a miniature version of prosthetics with teeth! I love art and working with my hands and dentistry is a perfect combination of my skill set. I love to laugh and consider my patients my family. Going to the dentist can and should be FUN! My patients trust me to give them the best care and I provide that at every appointment.

Giving someone a confident, healthy smile is why I enjoy my job.  I love Church Health’s mission to care for our neighbors and I truly believe a smile can transform someone’s life.

Sheila Thomas
M.D.
Degrees
Bachelor of Science in Biology | Christian Brothers University | 1985
Doctor of Medicine | University of Tennessee College of Medicine | 1990
Residency training University of Tennessee/Baptist – Healthplex Family Practice Program | 1990 – 1993
Professional Memberships
American Academy of Family Physicians
Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians
Board Certification
July 1993 | Certification
July 2006 | Recertification
April 2016 | Recertification
Additional Information
Instructor | University of Tennessee Department of Family Medicine |1993-1995
Assistant Professor | University of Tennessee Department of Family Medicine |1995-2010
Private practice | St. Francis Medical Partners | 2011-2017
Faculty | Church Health/Baptist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program | 2017- present
Site Director | Church Health/Baptist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
Kevin Gibson
P.T.
Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in Economics | University of Virginia, 1995
Masters of Science in Physical Therapy | Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002
Doctorate of Physical Therapy | Virginia Commonwealth University, 2009

Professional Memberships:

American Physical Therapy Association member
Health Policy and Administration Section member
Tennessee Physical Therapy Association member

Special Interest:

Vestibular rehabilitation for the treatment of dizziness and imbalance

Susan Nelson
M.D.

POSTGRADUATE
Medical Degree, University of Texas Health Science Center (1981-1985)

RESIDENCY
Montgomery County Medical Education Foundation (1985-1988)

BOARD CERTIFICATION 
American Board of Family Practice (1988-1995)
Recertified 1994-2001 
Recertified 2001-2008 
Recertified 2008-2018
Recertified 2018-2028

AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS
Family Physician of the Year, Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians (2017)
NCQA recognition of Harbor of Health as PCMH Level I
Health Care Heroes – Physician Finalist, Memphis Business Journal (2006, 2014)
TransforMed National Demonstration Project (2006-2008)
Community Family Physician Award for Teaching Medical Students, University of Tennessee (2002)
Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians  (1996)
Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Tennessee Student Government Association (1995)
Outstanding Community Faculty Teacher of Students, Duke University Medical Center (1993)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS 
American Academy of Family Practice 
Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians 
Memphis Medical Society

2000-2002 Board of Directors, Memphis Medical Society
2012-2015  Medical Director, Common Table Health Alliance (formerly Healthy Memphis Common Table)
Practice Transformation assistance to small practices and Quality Improvement activities  

 

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
1998-2015 Volunteer physician, Church Health 
2008-present Medical Director, West Tennessee Haiti Partnership
Leading medical teams twice/yearly to St Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children, Port-au-Prince Haiti 

 

Chip Wallace
F.N.P.

Chip Wallace, 
ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner 

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Memphis (1999)
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, University of Memphis (1999)
Family Nurse Practitioner, Arkansas State University (2002)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Association of Nurse Practitioners

 

Sharon Thorpe
A.P.R.N.

Sharon Thorpe
ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Other certifications include Yoga Alliance 200 hour yoga instructor

EDUCATION
2001 | Master of Science in Nursing | University of Tennessee Health Science Center
1996 | Bachelor Science in Nursing | University of Tennessee Health Science Center
1992 | Bachelor of Arts | Memphis State University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of HIV in Medicine

My background includes providing healthcare to those in underserved areas of east Arkansas and Memphis. The opportunity to be a part of the Church Health team was a good fit for me. Working with Church Health has provided me with the ability to give back to the community in which I live.

My interests include integrating mindful meditation and yoga postures in clinical care to help maintain a balanced life. This is parallel to Church Health’s Model for Living.

Collins Rainey
M.D.

Dr. Collins Rainey was born and raised in Memphis. He left his native city to attend Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. After college, he earned a Masters of Theological Studies from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he studied the intersection of faith and healing.

Upon completion of seminary, Dr. Rainey attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and completed his residency at the University of Tennessee Family Medicine Program where he served as Chief Resident. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Michael Gaither
D.D.S.

CH-Dentists2Michael Gaither, DDS

Undergrad: George Mason University
Dental School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN

Family: Wife-Kristen; Dog- Pongo (rescue mixed breed); Cats- Lilly (tabby/white) and Stella (tortie)

Get to know Dr. Gaither:

I became a dentist because I was influenced by my own experiences and by a good friend that is a dentist. Dr. Pulido gave me my start in dentistry working as a dental assistant.  I worked and learned on the job and went on to dental assisting school. I worked two years as a dental assistant and then went on to dental school because I loved the profession. I am easy going and conservative in my treatment plans. I want patients to feel comfortable and enjoy their experience.

I enjoy the mission and the diverse patient population here at Church Health. We do not judge people by their socioeconomic status. We give hope and healing to people who truly need help and understanding.

Steve Fergus
D.D.S.

CH-Dentists1H. Steven Fergus, DDS

Undergrad: UT Knoxville
Dental School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN
Additional Residency: General Practice Residency at the VA Hospital, Memphis TN

Family: Wife-Rosemary (Fun fact: We will be married 39 years in 2019!); 3 girls, all married; 8 grandkids; 2 dogs: maltese and snorkey (schnauzer-yorkey)

Get to know Dr. Fergus:

I became a dentist because I enjoy working with my hands and always wanted to provide healthcare to others.  I enjoy interacting one-on-one with my patients and it is very rewarding to get patients out of pain, so they leave happy and healthy.  I especially enjoy doing cosmetic and oral surgery procedures.  I try to treat all my patients like they were family.  I show gentleness, give advice on treatment, and provide options for care, so my patients have the best experience possible.

I like working hard and the positive environment here at Church Health.  The staff works well together towards our mission of providing quality care to our appreciative patients.

Kimberly A. Lambert
P.T.
Degrees: 
BS Boston University 1993
MSPT Boston University 1994
Professional Memberships: 
American Physical Therapy Association member (APTA)
Orthopaedic Section APTA
Tennessee Physical Therapy Association member (TPTA)
Lisa Liebschwager
P.T.
Certifications:
COMT (Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist)
Degrees: 
BS in Physical Therapy from University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 1983
MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from University of Memphis, 1994
DPT from The College of St. Scholastica, 2018
Professional Memberships: 
American Physical Therapy Association
Tennessee Physical Therapy Association
Neurology Section of American Physical Therapy Association
David K. Jennings
M.D.

CH-Medical-Providers4Certification(s): 
American Board of Internal Medicine 1982

Degrees: 
University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN 1979

Residency: 
Internal Medicine, University Of Tennessee, Memphis, TN 1979-1982

Special Interests:
Primary Care

Professional Memberships:
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Member, Tennessee Medical Association
Member, Memphis Medical Society
Fellow, Memphis Academy of Internal Medicine

Additional Information: 
Church Health volunteer physician, 1987-2001
Church Health staff physician, 2002- present
Clinical Assistant Professor, UT Health Science Center

Veronica M. Swannigan
M.D.

CH-Medical-Providers8Certification(s): 
Board Certified Internal Medicine -American Board of Internal Medicine

Degrees:
MD, 1998, Meharry Medical College BS, Biochemistry, North Carolina State University, 1993

Residency:
Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Memberships:
American College of Physicians
Memphis Academy of Internal Medicine

G. Scott Morris
M.D., M.Div.

CH-Medical-Providers6Certification(s): 
American Board of Family Practice, 1986,1993, 2000, 2007

Degrees:
Yale University New Haven, Connecticut, M.Div., 1979
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, M.D., 1983

Residency:
The Medical College of Virginia, Chesterfield Family Practice Center 1983-1986

Professional Memberships:

Society of Entrepreneurs – Master Entrepreneur
American Academy of Family Physicians
Memphis/Shelby County Medical Society
Tennessee Medical Association

Additional Information:
Founder and Director of Crossover Health Clinic for the Homeless, Richmond,Virginia, 1983-86
Founder and Executive Director, Church Health Center, 1987- present

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