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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 Duke University at Chapel Hill, NC. In 2010, he received three-year recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)/American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Physician Recognition Program.
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. In 2010, she received three-year recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)/American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Physician Recognition Program.
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. In 2010, Dr. Hill received three-year recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)/American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Physician Recognition Program.
John Mitchell, M.D.

Dr. Mitchell is a board certified family physician. He completed his medical studies at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and his family medicine residency at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Mitchell previously practiced at Pontotoc Medical Clinic and the NMMC Work Link Clinic in Tupelo. He completed a primary care faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University. Dr. Mitchell is certified in Occupational Health Practice Management by the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals. He is also certified by the FAA to do class II and class III flight physicals. Dr. Mitchell is is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is a certified Medical Review Officer.

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. In 2010, Dr. Perrine received three-year recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)/American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Physician Recognition Program.

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.
A pharmacy specialist at NMMC, Dr. Taylor holds a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi. He has clinical hospital experience managing cardiology, geriatric, neonatal and nephrology patients. He is a certified disease manager in hyperlipidemia, diabetes and anticoagulation.
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.
Bob Corban, LCSW
Corban, director of the NMMC Behavioral Health Center, completed his bachelor's degree in psychology at Millsaps College, his master's degree in social work at the University of Tennessee and his master's degree in business administration at the University of Mississippi. He is a diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives.