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Dennis Smith, D.O.
Dr. Smith was named director of the Family Medicine Residency Center in June 2013. He received his osteopathic medicine degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. Dr. Smith completed his residency at the NMMC Family Medicine Residency Program in Tupelo, where he also served as Chief Resident. He is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Smith practiced in Southaven, Miss., before returning to the Family Medicine Residency Center as a part of the faculty. He has completed a Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Karen A. Hughes, M.D.
Dr. Hughes serves as associate director of the NMMC Family Medicine Residency Center. She received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed her family medicine internship and residency at Bayfront Medical Center Family Practice Residency in St. Petersburg, Fla. She has completed a primary care faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University. Dr. Hughes is board certified in family medicine and is a fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Sarah Barowka, M.D.
Dr. Barowka received her bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Rhodes College in Memphis and her medical training from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed her residency at NMMC's Family Medicine Residency Center.

 

David Brooks, M.D.
Dr. Brooks earned his medical degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, and completed a Family Medicine residency in affiliation with the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He practiced in the Emergency Department in Columbus, MS and then at Barnes Crossing Urgent Care Clinic in Tupelo before joining the Faculty at the Family Medicine Residency Center in 2003. He is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
J. Edward Hill, M.D.
Dr. Hill earned his medical degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and is the first Mississippian to serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. Having served as president of the American Medical Association from 2005 to 2006, his experience in health related activities ranges from the shaping of health policies at state and federal levels to more than 40 years of experience as a board-certified family physician in rural Mississippi. He previously served as chairman of the board for the World Medical Association.
T. Ray Perrine, M.D.

Dr. Perrine received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed his Family Medicine residency at the Charleston division of the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Before joining the Family Medicine Residency Center faculty in 2003, Dr. Perrine practiced family medicine with the Charleston Family Practice Group and was an assistant professor of Family Medicine at the Charleston division of the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed a Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship in Waco, TX. 

Christie Theriot, M.D. graduated summa cum laude from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. She received her medical training at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She recently completed her residency at the NMMC Family Medicine Residency Center, where she served as chief resident. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, and volunteers at the local free clinic.


Heather Redwood, Administrator of Operations
Redwood graduated cum laude from Mississippi State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and accounting. She joined NMMC in 1996 and in 2001 transferred to the Family Medicine Residency Center. She is a certified member of the Association of Family Medicine Administrators and is currently pursuing  certification with the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
James L. Taylor, Pharm.D.
Dr. Taylor holds a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi and is the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Manager for NMMC. He serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Mississippi and Union University Pharmacy Schools.
Anita White
White serves as Residency Coordinator for the NMMC Family Medicine Residency Program. She joined the NMMC staff in 1993 and is a certified member of the Association of Family Medicine Administrators.  White earned a degree in health sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and is secretary for the Itawamba County Master Gardeners.

Gina W. Smith, LCSW
Gina joined NMMC in 1988 as a rehabilitation social worker. In 1990 she was named assistant director of social work and transferred to NMMC Home Health in 1993 where she served for 19 years. Smith's experience also includes inpatient discharge planning, hospice and oncology services. She joined the FMRC staff in October 2017. Smith is a graduate of Samford University with a bachelor's degree in sociology and the University of Alabama with a master's degree in social work.