MNPS has partnered with Vanderbilt Health to provide comprehensive health care services to MNPS and Metro Government employees through five Health Care Center locations in the Nashville area.
Our Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) are board-certified and hold master’s degrees in nursing. They conduct exams, diagnose and manage acute and chronic illnesses, and prescribe medications when needed. Our medical director is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt and is board-certified in Family Medicine.
All of our practitioners are highly trained and experienced, and work as a team to provide care that respects your needs, culture, values and preferences. Learn more about our team approach here. And meet our team below.
Director of Clinical Operations | MSN, FNP-BC
Kristin Lee serves as director of MNPS Health Care Centers. She earned her BSN in 1997 and worked on a cardiac critical care unit. She then earned her MSN, working as a family nurse practitioner, in 2003. She has worked as a provider and served in leadership roles in family practice, community health, urgent care and telemedicine settings.
Kristin has lived in Nashville since 2008. She and her husband have two children. She loves watching her kids’ activities and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking, reading, travel and church activities.
Dr. Martha Shepherd
Medical Director | DO, MPH, FAAFP
Dr. Shepherd is the medical director for the MNPS Health Care Centers. She is an assistant professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine and holds a Master of Public Health from Dartmouth College. She joined the faculty of Vanderbilt in 2008, after serving as a medical officer in the United States Navy for 12 years.
Dr. Shepherd obtained her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2001. Following medical school, she completed an internship at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, residency in Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee, and a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She holds a 200-hour RYT yoga teaching certificate and is qualified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Mindfulness Center at Brown School of Public Health.
Dr. Shepherd’s interests include population health, employer health, and leveraging technology to enhance the patient and provider experience. Her work stresses the importance of effective health communication and including patients in their care plan through the use of shared decision-making tools and evidence-based clinical care paths. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading and traveling.
Manager of Clinical Operations
Jennifer Hall has of 35 years’ experience in health care, specializing in managerial operations. She has been with the MNPS Health Care Centers since 2010.
Jennifer enjoys living in the country with her husband Mike. She’s the proud mother of Kayla, Paige and Courtney and a very proud Grammy to Ares, Kinsley and Luxlee. She’s an avid dog lover and Alabama football supporter. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and enjoys camping, fishing and family time at the beach.
Jennifer Scruggs is the administrative manager for the MNPS Health Care Centers. She is passionate about helping others and believes that we have the privilege in health care of doing work that matters. A Nashville native, Jennifer studied speech pathology at the University of Tennessee. Her love of serving others initiated a career in administrative management in 2003. She greets each new challenge with a smile and a notebook, and thrives with large, long-term tasks that include an abundance of detail. Jennifer joined the MNPS Health Care Centers team in 2013.
Jennifer is a mom of two littles. She enjoys off-road cycling, meditation and sports, especially the Tennessee Volunteers and Chicago Cubs.
Nurse Manager, Patient Care Services | BS, MS, BSN
Laura Vanderpool serves as Nurse Manager for the MNPS Health Care Centers. She joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1998 and has served across multiple departments. Her job assignments have been multi-faceted and included time with the cardiovascular surgical step-down unit, postpartum women’s health, and the Kim Dayani Center. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in fitness management from Mississippi State University, a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from Middle Tennessee State University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Belmont University.
Laura is certified in basic life support and advanced life support. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Johnny. In her free time, she enjoys attending Tennessee Titans football games and other sporting events. She is an avid fan of Mississippi State athletics and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Director of Employee Wellness | MS, CWP
Johnsie Holt is the Director of Employee Wellness for Metro Nashville Public Schools. She has worked in MNPS since 2010. Prior to her current role, Johnsie worked with the MNPS Coordinated School Health program focusing on student wellness initiatives for more than six years. She attended Austin Peay State University, earning her bachelor of science in health with a specialization in wellness promotion and her master of science in health with a specialization in health care administration. She is a Certified Wellness Practitioner with the National Wellness Institute. She is also a certified CPR Instructor with the American Heart Association.
Johnsie enjoys gardening, working out, DIY projects and going on adventures with her husband and young son. And on Sundays you can guarantee she is cheering on the Tennessee Titans!
Karen White has worked for the MNPS Health Care Centers since 2014. Before coming to MNPS, she worked for the Salvus Center, a nonprofit faith-based family practice clinic that focuses on treating patients who have no health insurance. After that, she went to work for Kroger’s Little Clinic. She also spent 25 years working in the hospitality industry in Florida and Nashville.
Karen has one daughter, Makayla Ann, and two grandsons. She loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys concerts, amusement parks and anything that involves being outdoors. She also likes to travel, especially to the beach.
Tiffany Thompson started working for Vanderbilt Health in 2020 at the Vanderbilt Breast Center, and then transferred to the MNPS Health Care Centers in 2021. She worked at the front desk before transitioning to the referrals department. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she spent several years working as a customer service training coordinator and as an accounts receivable analyst.
Tiffany loves to travel, spend quality time with family and her best friend, cocker spaniel Nylah Jade, and work with youth at her church.
Triage Nurse | RN
Monica Christian serves as triage nurse at the MNPS Health Care Centers. Her nursing career began in 1982. She previously worked at Nashville Memorial Hospital, Centennial Medical Center and Skyline Medical Center. She has worked in labor and delivery, orthopedic surgery, and vascular and neurology specialties. She received her associate’s degree in nursing from Belmont University.
Monica has three children who are all nurses at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She is involved in many church activities and enjoys traveling with her best friends.
Population Health Care Coordinator | RN, MPH
Kim Gill has extensive experience in public health and critical care medicine across the country. Her jobs have included stints in adult critical care and at a cardiac cath lab, as well as positions as a lung transplant coordinator and a public health nurse consultant. She worked as a travel nurse and was deployed as a public health nurse for hurricane relief work. She also has worked extensively in public health among prison populations.
After seeing the impacts of chronic health issues firsthand, Kim now embraces the opportunity to help prevent them. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tennessee State University and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
A well-traveled Nashville native, Kim’s hobbies reflect her passion for health: she enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, taking her dog on outdoor adventures and, of course, more travel.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Gia Tanksley serves as administrative assistant supporting the Director of Clinical Operations and Medical Director at the MNPS Healthcare Centers. She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education (biology/chemistry) from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s degree in education from Murray State University.
Gia previously served as a training instructor, spent 10 years as a classroom educator and, most recently, worked 12 years in procurement and inventory management. In her free time, she enjoys home improvement projects, cooking and quality time on any golf course.
R. Duke Chenault
Family Nurse Practitioner | DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FNP-C
Duke Chenault is a board-certified acute care and family nurse practitioner. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, his master’s in nursing, a post master’s certificate and his doctorate in nursing practice from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. He has more than two decades of clinical experience with community and employer-sponsored clinics, primary care and occupational health.
Before bringing his clinical practice to the MNPS Health Care Centers, Duke worked for University Community Health Services and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Occupational Health Clinic. Since 2004, he has served as full-time clinical faculty and taught part-time at VUMC’s School of Nursing. He has a special interest in metabolic syndrome management and its associated co-morbidities.
Duke is a Middle Tennessee native who lives near Bellevue with his wife, three children and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, working on cars and watching college football.
Nurse Practitioner | MSN, FNP-BC
Before coming to the MNPS Health Care Centers, Lacey Cross worked on an inpatient school-age medicine and epilepsy monitoring unit at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for six years. She has also been a clinical instructor for nursing programs at both Belmont and Tennessee Technological universities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Lipscomb University and her master’s in nursing from Vanderbilt. She has a special interest in primary care for patients with both intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their transition of care from pediatric to adult care settings.
Lacey is a Nashville native. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, going for walks in her neighborhood and seeing Celine Dion in concert as often as possible. Items currently at the top of her bucket list include seeing humpback whales in Hawaii or Alaska and completing a triathlon.
Family Nurse Practitioner | DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Catherine Evans is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cellular biology from the University of Tennessee, her master’s in nursing from Vanderbilt School of Nursing, and her doctorate in nursing practice from Belmont University. Before coming to the MNPS Health Care Centers in 2013, she worked in the primary care setting in Chattanooga, TN. She has special interests in nutrition and alternative therapies. She emphasizes a healthy lifestyle to achieve individual health goals in her patients.
In her free time, she enjoys being active, vacationing at the beach, and spending time with her husband and three children. She also enjoys being creative in her kitchen preparing healthy meals and a variety baked goods.
Family Nurse Practitioner | MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Dana Manning is a family nurse practitioner with a background in biological sciences, and she attended Vanderbilt University for both her bachelor's and master's degrees. Before coming to the MNPS Health Care Centers, she worked at a private practice outside of Nashville and the Vanderbilt Primary Care clinics.
Dana enjoys forming relationships with her patients and getting to know them personally in order to best meet their health needs. She is originally from the Cincinnati area but has lived in Nashville for most of her adult life. She and her husband enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and seeing shows and concerts around town.
Martha (Marty) Sutherland
Family Nurse Practitioner | BSN, MSN, FNP-BC
Marty Sutherland is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from George Mason University in 1977 and her master’s in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 1989. Marty served in the Air Force and Navy Reserve as both a nurse and family nurse practitioner for 15 years. She has worked at the MNPS Health Care Centers since they opened in 2009; prior to that, she worked at the Vine Hill Community Clinic.
She lives in Brentwood with her husband, Josh, and has two daughters, Leah and Meg. In her spare time, she helps her husband with their small businesses, works out at the YMCA and cheers on the Tennessee Titans and Vanderbilt Commodores.
Family Nurse Practitioner | MSN, FNP-BC
Barbara Wolff is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with experience in community health and home care. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois, and her master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt. Before coming to the MNPS Health Care Centers, she worked for a private practice, then spent five years at Vine Hill Community Clinic.
Barbara has a daughter and two grandchildren who live in Nashville, and a son who resides in Wyoming. In her spare time, she participates in many activities, including yoga, Pilates, walking and hiking, gardening, cooking and traveling. She enjoys visual art and music events and independent films, and she’s a member of a local book club.
Physical Therapist | PT, DPT
Tyler Burhart earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from The University of Tennessee Knoxville and received his doctorate of physical therapy from Belmont University. Before joining MNPS, he worked at BenchMark Physical Therapy in Columbia, Tennessee.
He has experience in orthopedic physical therapy and vestibular rehabilitation, and is currently completing an orthopedic residency with Upstream Rehab Institute. Tyler is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association.
He enjoys hiking, rollerblading, spending time with friends, trying new restaurants and watching UT football.
Physical Therapist | DPT
Josh Greensweig majored in health sciences with minors in sports medicine and psychology at the University of Miami. He earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Minnesota and completed residencies at Evidence in Motion and Park Nicollet Health Services in Minnesota. He is a certified specialist in physical activity in public health (American College of Sports Medicine) and also is certified in blood flow restriction training. Josh's clinical approach involves collaborating with patients to develop a plan of care addressing their goals. He is also passionate about population health and health equity, particularly in the area of physical activity participation. Josh is active in his field and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American College of Sports Medicine, the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association and the National Physical Activity Society. He has served on a variety of state and national committees related to global health and government policy.
Josh tries to get outdoors as much as possible. He enjoys traveling, hiking, sprinting, lifting weights, playing tennis and cooking. He's also a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan.
Physical Therapist | DPT
Bobby Russell is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedics and is extensively trained in a broad array of conditions that can present in a physical therapy clinic. Bobby earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science, physical education and wellness from Tennessee Tech University. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where he earned a doctor of physical therapy. He completed a two-year residency with Benchmark Rehab Institute and began fellowship training in manual physical therapy through Bellin College. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (TPTA).
Physical fitness and health are paramount for Bobby. He’s always been fascinated by the resiliency of the human body and its ability to heal under the right circumstances. He believes a holistic approach to health care truly is the most effective and efficient way to lead a healthy and meaningful life. Outside of work, Bobby enjoys barbequing/grilling and following sports, most notably UT, the NFL and the NBA.
Physical Therapist | PT
Melinda Sandy earned her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Her work has focused on outpatient physical therapy, and she has extensive experience in caring for spine impairments and knee and hip joint replacements. She has been the requested guest speaker at many wellness/safety conferences, including for athletic trainers, workers’ compensation organizations, Nashville airport staff and more.
Before joining Vanderbilt Health, Melinda owned Physical Therapy and Wellness Services, LLC, a business that treated injured workers at their workplaces. There, she gained valuable experience as the primary physical therapist, billing and office manager, and marketing and business relationship ambassador.
Most recently, Melinda transferred from Vanderbilt’s orthopedic clinic in Nashville to provide physical therapy services at MNPS’s Employee & Family Health Centers. That move helps fulfill her professional goal of working in an environment that fosters a multifaceted approach to health care.
Outside work, she enjoys all types of gardening and classical yoga.
Dr. Keith B. Graves
Chiropractor | DC, CCSP
Dr. Keith Graves received his bachelor of science in human biology in 1986 and his doctor of chiropractic degree in 1988 from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis. He is a certified chiropractic sports physician by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, and is certified in kinesio taping and acupuncture.
Dr. Graves was in private practice for over 30 years before coming to the MNPS Health Center in 2018 and has worked in Nashville since 1989.
His interests include hiking, exercise and playing the drums.
Dr. Shannon Scott Hall
Chiropractor | DC
Dr. Shannon Hall began his chiropractic career with an eye to returning injured athletes to play and improving their overall performance. But he soon realized that treating a broader scope of clients was just as satisfying: helping a worker get back on the job or a parent get back to a full role in family life, and returning anyone — gym rat or retiree — to the active life they desire,
Dr. Hall earned a bachelor's degree in pre-med and biology at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and earned his doctorate in chiropractic at Sherman College in Spartanburg, S.C. Studying the human body and how chiropractic treatment can improve health has been his focus for 16 years.
After work, he enjoys coaching in his daughter’s soccer league, where he has volunteered for the past six years. Other interests include traveling, road trips, amusement parks, golf, fishing, birding, woodworking and cooking.
Dr. Louis Obersteadt
Chiropractor | DC, DIBAK
Dr. Louis Obersteadt has practiced natural health care in Nashville since 1977. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan Chiropractic College in Missouri in 1976. He earned the title Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK) in 1984.
Dr. Obersteadt became interested in chiropractic after suffering neck, shoulder and arm pain so intense he had to sleep sitting up in a chair. At that time, he was in a US Army Reserve Hospital and had access to excellent medical care, but that care was not helping his condition. After moving to Omaha, his condition became worse. His wife, Mary, suggested he try chiropractic. The outcome, in his words, was “unbelievable.” He was able to sleep all night after two weeks and was playing golf and softball again after six weeks.
Chiropractic Therapeutic Assistant | CTA, CNA
Michon Broadnax majored in liberal arts at the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to MNPS, she worked at Fisk University, WVOL-AM radio, and at long-term care and hospice facilities in Nashville.
Michon is a Cincinnati Bengals fan, and she enjoys traveling, bowling and spending time with family and friends.
Anna K. Gordon
Chiropractic Therapeutic Assistant | RMA, CTA
Anna Gordon is a licensed Chiropractic Therapeutic Assistant and certified Registered Medical Assistant and has worked in the medical field for more than three decades. She spent eight years as an instructor teaching in the Medical Assistant and Medical Billing and Coding programs at Nashville’s Remington College and Kaplan College. She also spent five years as a student externship coordinator.
Before coming to the MNPS Centers, Anna worked at Women to Women Healthcare in Columbia, Maryland; Green River Heart Institute in Owensboro, Kentucky; Nashville Foot & Ankle; and for Dr. Maria Frexes in Nashville.
Anna devotes time to working with charities, including raising awareness and support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She and her husband Jeff have five children and nine grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family, planning weddings and parties, watching movies and running.
Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner | MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Alexandra Kuchler is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in treating anxiety disorders, depression and attention difficulties. After completing her undergraduate degree in behavioral neuroscience, she received a bachelor of science in nursing from Columbia University’s accelerated Entry to Practice (ETP) program. She then went on to get her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Rutgers University.
Alexandra has experience treating both adults and children, and has worked in private offices and non-profit organizations. She is a compassionate provider who believes in treating the person as a whole, not as a disorder or diagnosis. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, spending time outside, and trying out new recipes on her friends and family.
Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner | MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Sara Mills is a board-certified behavioral health nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at The University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Sara started her nursing career at The University of Tennessee Medical Center and worked there for six years. She then moved to a private practice behavioral health clinic and worked as a nurse practitioner, followed by a stint at East Tennessee State University’s psychiatric clinic before coming to MNPS.
She has treated a range of mental health disorders, with a specialty in medication management for major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and/or related mood disorders. Her goal is to help patients feel safe, comfortable, heard and understood by delivering attentive, compassionate and individualized care.
Sara is mom to a mastiff mix dog and an adoring aunt to two nephews. She enjoys trying out new restaurants with friends, running and hiking when the weather permits, traveling, gardening and church activities. She especially loves watching Tennessee football and rooting for the Vols and Titans.
Dr. Rob Moore
Psychologist (HSP) | PhD, EdD, MA
Dr. Rob Moore provides psychological evaluations for MNPS teachers, administrators, staff and dependents to aid in the overall diagnostic and treatment process. He received his first PhD from Vanderbilt University, then went on to earn a second doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in health psychology and behavioral medicine.Dr. Moore has conducted psychological evaluations in area school systems, in private practice, and for the departments of correction and youth development. His subspecialties are diagnosing and treating ADHD, affective disorders and anxiety disorders. He maintains an active research agenda and is currently conducting two studies exploring the connections between health and spirituality.
His past experiences in the school system, along with his practice, studies and health research, have provided the foundation for an integrative healthcare model for those who work in educational settings. Dr. Moore is grateful to be a part of the Vanderbilt Health-MNPS wellness program, as well being able to contribute by providing psychological evaluations to the community.Dr. Moore lives in Franklin with his wife, and they enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters and granddaughter, as well as walking, traveling and attending college football games, concerts and plays.
Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP-BCR, RN, BSBA
Thomas E. Young is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. As an undergraduate at Ohio State University, he studied marketing and behavioral economics and volunteered at the suicide crisis line. He completed his training at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and received his master's degree in nursing specializing in psychiatric care across the lifespan. Thomas has also completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing where he performed research on integrating behavioral health resources into primary care sites. He believes personalized care is the key to successful health outcomes. Thomas enjoys reading, playing board games, hiking and watching films with friends.
Health Coach | RN, MSN, Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Cancer Support Educator
Bobbi Nickel is a seasoned registered nurse. She has worked as a missionary nurse, clinical nurse and holistic health coach. She received her associate’s degree in nursing from Northwestern Michigan College and her bachelor’s in nursing and master's in nursing education from Western Governors University.
Bobbi is certified as a holistic health consultant by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and as a health and wellness coach by Wellcoaches, which is affiliated with Harvard. She is also certified as a cancer support educator by the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education. She is a Care Coordinator at the MNPS Employee Wellness Center, serving as a holistic health coach. Bobbi lives in Spring Hill with her husband, and she loves spending time with her five children and 12 grandchildren.
Health Coach | BSN, RN
B.J. Reeves is a registered nurse with a diverse background in patient care and health coaching. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marian University.
She spent three years as an inpatient nurse before becoming a wellness nurse. She provides onsite, one-on-one health coaching to promote lifestyle changes and counseling for chronic disease management and medication compliance.
B.J. has leveraged her clinical experience and upbeat teaching style to educate new nurses, tutoring students from nursing programs across the country. In her free time, she volunteers at a memory care facility and free clinic for vulnerable patients.
Leanne J. Rein serves as pharmacist for Kroger Pharmacy at the MNPS Employee Wellness Center. She earned her Pharm.D. from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy, then completed a one-year post-graduate residency with Kroger and University of Tennessee, earning her teaching certificate from UT during this time. Since completing her residency, Leanne has worked at various Kroger pharmacies. She also serves as affiliate clinical faculty at UT and is a residency preceptor for Kroger.
Leanne lives in Nolensville with her husband Andrew. She enjoys spending time with family, watching college football, and cheering on the Preds!
Lead Fitness Associate | BS, MS
Before joining the MNPS Fitness Center, Kreg Kinnaman earned a bachelor’s degree in science with an emphasis in athletic training from Cumberland University. He earned a master’s degree in exercise science from Arkansas State University. He is married to Victoria, a neonatal intensive care unit nurse at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. They have an Australian shepherd named Ember. Kreg enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports and traveling.
Fitness Associate | BA, MA, CPT
Kurtis J. Lewis is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer. A Georgia native, Kurtis received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama in telecommunications/film with an emphasis in broadcast news, and a master’s degree in human performance with an emphasis in sports management. He has CPR/AED certification as a professional rescuer and health care provider.
Kurtis previously worked as a fitness/wellness coach and certified personal trainer at the YMCA. He is an advocate of improving health through proper nutrition, healthier lifestyles, and exercise. He enjoys playing sports, bowling, cooking, reading, photography, traveling and exercising. He values his religion and spending quality time with family and friends.
Fitness Associate | BS, MS, CPT
Jillian Walker is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer. The Tennessee native earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master’s degree in exercise science from Middle Tennessee State University.
Jillian’s hobbies include traveling, exercising, reading, and spending quality time with her family and close friends. She understands the significance of physical activity and exercise as a means to have a better quality of life.
Family Nurse Practitioner | MSN, FNP-BC
Amy Fortner is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the MNPS Health Care Centers in 2016, she worked in a retail health clinic for nearly 10 years.
Amy was born and raised in Nashville. She is happily married and has three children. Her free time is spent shuttling her children to their activities, watching movies, and making trips to the beach and amusement parks.
Family Nurse Practitioner | MSN, FNP-BC
Andi Honeycutt is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She has worked as an NP for Vanderbilt since 1999, and with the MNPS Health Care Centers since 2013. Before that, she worked for 12 years for an internal medicine physician in private practice. Andi earned a bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1990 and a master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University in 1994. She has a special interest in family practice and primary care, with a focus on preventive medicine and chronic disease management. Andi lives in Donelson with her two children, Abbie and Alex, who attend Goodpasture Christian School. She enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, the beach and spending time with her children.
Family Nurse Practitioner | FNP-BC, BSN
Amy Armstrong is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Purdue University and received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to MNPS, Amy worked at Duke Primary Care in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She decided to work in primary care because she enjoys getting to know her patients while helping them achieve their health and wellness goals. She has also completed a 200-hour yoga certification and teaches yoga and mindfulness.
Amy and her husband live in Nashville with their two Goldendoodles, Tigger and Kensie. In her down time, Amy enjoys going to exercise classes, trying out new restaurants and traveling. She’s also an avid sports fan and enjoys attending Nashville Predators games a and cheering on the Indianapolis Colts.
Family Nurse Practitioner | MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Brianne Connor is a family nurse practitioner with a nine-year background working in an emergency room setting. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Murray State University in 2002, and her master’s in nursing from the University of South Alabama in 2011. Before coming to the MNPS Health Care Centers in 2015, she practiced family medicine for a county health department and spent a year working at a pain center treating chronic conditions. She has a special interest in preventive care and chronic disease management.
Brianne lives in Nashville with her husband, Steven, and her son, Finn. She enjoys practicing Iyengar yoga, traveling, hiking and going to music events.
Nurse Practitioner | MSN, FNP-BC
Allison Sullivan is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who joined the MNPS Health Care Centers in September 2017. Before that, she worked in rural health in Western Kentucky for several years. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
Prior to working as a nurse practitioner, Allison worked in research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center studying type 1 diabetes. In her free time, she likes to read, travel, cook, play trivia, play with Buddy, her labradoodle, and root on Notre Dame's Fighting Irish football team.
Family Nurse Practitioner | RN, FNP-BC, MSN-Ed
Jeannie Wood is a family nurse practitioner with more than two decades of nursing experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cumberland University, and earned master’s degrees from Tennessee State University in both nursing and education. She has worked as an oral surgery nurse practitioner with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt Walk-in clinics. Before becoming an FNP, she worked for Vanderbilt’s critical care and perioperative services.
Jeannie is married to a secondary education teacher and has two adult children. Jeannie is an avid equestrian, miniaturist, and is working toward her consulting rosarian status. She and her husband live on their farm north of Nashville.
Family Nurse Practitioner| MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Ariel Campbell is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She previously worked at Mercy Community Health Care, Matter Health and Vanderbilt Health walk-in clinics.
Ariel earned her nursing degrees from Tennessee State University. She is a member of Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (MTAPRN) and enjoys networking with other area nurse practitioners.
Originally from Colorado Springs, she is the youngest of four children. In her spare time, enjoys traveling, food, spending time with friends and family, and shopping.
Family Nurse Practitioner | APRN, FNP-BC
Rhonda Hollins-Dortch is a family nurse practitioner with more than 10 years’ experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and her master’s in nursing from the University of Tennessee Memphis. Before coming to the MNPS Centers, she worked at Memphis Health Center, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. She has also worked at Wellness Solutions, Well Child and Minute Clinic. She’s a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association.
Rhonda is married to Marcus Dortch and has two children, Collin and Reese. She enjoys traveling, reading, going to the movies, shopping and trying new Pinterest recipes.
Katherine (Katie) Dowdall
Family Nurse Practitioner| MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Katie Dowdall is a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-C) with nearly five years working at the MNPS Health Care Centers. She has been primarily at the Bellevue (West) MNPS location since 2020. She believes in delivering individualized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to people of all ages and backgrounds. Prior to joining the MNPS Health Centers, she spent the previous six years working on the inpatient side of health care as a registered nurse in the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Level 1 Trauma Center and Vanderbilt’s Adult Emergency Department/ Level 1 Trauma Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her master’s degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University.
Katie is a Nashville-native. She grew up in Franklin, and returned to the Nashville area with her husband, Jamie, while completing her master’s degree. Katie has two little girls, Avery and Olivia, though their beloved chocolate lab, Hawk, joined the family first. She is a loyal UT Vols fan, loves country music, is a terrible cook, and looks forward to spending a few weeks on a beach every year with the people she loves most.
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Registered Nurse | RN, MSN, DNP
Tiffanie Marksbury earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Belmont University and worked as a registered nurse on a cardiac step-down unit for several years. She completed her master’s in nursing at Emory University in 2007 and has worked as a nurse practitioner in endocrinology, with a focus on diabetes, since then. She worked at a private practice diabetes center before earning her doctor of nursing practice from Georgia State University in 2017.
Tifffanie is currently on faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she works with inpatient and outpatient glucose and diabetes management. She is site coordinator for the Vanderbilt site of the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications trial. She serves as co-chair of the inpatient Diabetes and Glucose Oversight Committee and co-director of the Diabetes Integrated Science Course for medical students at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Her interest in diabetes started when her sister was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the late 1980s.
Tiffanie is a Tennessee native and loves dogs, running half marathons and cheering on the Tennessee Vols.