(Quinn Healthcare, PLLC, 768 N. Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601.487.6482, quinntotalhealth.com)
Dr. Timothy Quinn has a passion to help people, and he wants that help to go beyond his business, Quinn Healthcare.
"I provide services to the community that are past the walls of the clinic," Quinn says.
Quinn's clinic specializes in family medicine and can treat conditions such as sinus infections, colds and flues, minor injuries, and can do school vaccines, flu shots, vaccines and more.
The McComb native attended Jackson State University and Belhaven University, and graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. He then completed his residency at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. —Christina Spann
Finalists Bard Johnston (Baptist Main Street Family Medicine, 2173 Main St., 601.605.3858) / Christin Hurt (Magnolia Dermatology, 815 Highway 80 E., 601.910.3004) / Laura Barron (The Children's Clinic, 2946 Layfair Drive, Flowood, 601.420.8233) / Zilin Wang (Heart Care Plus, 1020 River Oaks Drive, Suite 480, Flowood, 601.932.8060)
(The Face & Body Center, 2550 Flowood Drive, Flowood, 601.939.9999, faceandbodycenter.com)
After more than two decades in cosmetic surgery, Shelby Brantley says he still finds gratification in his work. "From my standpoint, it's just very gratifying and personally self-fulfilling to get up every day and know that I'm going to have a positive effect on ... people's lives that day," he says.
Brantley received his doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1983 before his internship and his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
After joining Plastic and Hand Surgery Associates, he left to form a new surgery group. That group then expanded and moved from St. Dominic Hospital to Flowood in 2001, eventually becoming the Face & Body Center. —Micah Smith
Finalists Adair Blackledge (Blackledge Face Center, 1659 Lelia Drive, 601-981-3033) / David Steckler (Mississippi Center for Plastic Surgery, 200 W. Jackson St., Suite 100, Ridgeland, 769.300.4055) / Scott Runnels (The Runnels Center, 1055 River Oaks Drive, 601.939.3223) / Stephen Davidson (The Face & Body Center, 2550 Flowood Drive, 601.939.9999)
(St. Dominicis Martin Surgical Associates, 971 Lakeland Drive, Suite 211, 601.200.4350)
Best Surgeon: Phillip Ley
(Merit Health Surgical Oncology, 1020 N. Flowood Drive, Suite C, Flowood, 601.933.6132)
This year, Jacksonians nominated two people in the metro area as Best Surgeon: Phillip Ley at The Surgical Clinic Associates and Reginald Martin at St. Dominic's Martin Surgical Associates.
Martin specializes in general, oncologic, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Tennessee in 1988 and did his residency at the University of Louisville. He has worked at St. Dominic for around 21 years.
"I've never seen anyone spend the time that he does just trying to detail exactly what's going to happen and how this is supposed to happen and everything that by the time the patient leaves ... they feel so much more comfortable with what's going on," office manager Michael Gregory says.
"I think (Ley is) an excellent surgeon," says Briana Moore, who is Ley's clinical and lab practice manager. "He strives for quality patient care, and I think that Dr. Ley takes pride in his patients and the care of his patients." —Amber Helsel
Finalists Gustavo Luzardo (University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N. State St., 601.984.1000) / James Hurt III (UMMC, 2500 N. State St., 601.984.1000) / Steven Patterson (Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, 971 Lakeland Drive, Suite 1460, 601.208.0234)
CORRECTION: This story has been edited to reflect factcheck changes. Phillip Ley works at Merit Health Surgical Oncology, and the address is 1020 (not 1030) N. Flowood Drive.
(Smiles By Design, 5800 Ridgewood Road, Suite 103, 601.957.1711)
Right before his freshman year of college, Dr. Eugene Brown got braces. When he started at Mississippi College, he thought pharmacy would be his career path.
It was a conversation with his own orthodontist that ultimately made Brown to discard pharmacy and set himself on the path to orthodontistry.
He completed his doctorate at University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, receiving his Master's of Science in orthodontics in 1980.
"Seeing the transformation in a child, who is self-conscious about their smile and appearance, become confident in them is what gives me joy from what I do" he says about what he enjoys most about his job. —Veer Singh
Finalists Kenneth Walley (Kenneth Walley DDS, 2174 Henry Hill Drive, 601.922.3888; 208 Key Drive, Madison, 601.898.1788) / Priscilla Jolly (Jolly Orthodontics, 1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland, 601.605.2400) / Richard Simpson (Simpson Orthodontics, 100 Luckney Station Road, Suite A, Flowood, 601.919.031) / Susan Fortenberry (Pediatric Dentistry, 5315 Highway 18 W., 601.922.0066, smileinspector.com)
(969 Lakeland Drive, 601.200.2000)
St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson has become increasingly well known for its services in the Jackson area. The hospital provides comprehensive medical, surgical and emergency treatment.
In 1946, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill. purchased the Jackson Infirmary, which eventually became the foundation of the hospital. Today, the hospital is a 535-bed acute-care facility The hospital has facilities such as a cancer center, a heart and vascular institute and a neuroscience center. St. Dominic has services such as women's care, orthopedic services, diabetes care, radiology, surgery, programs such as Healthy Weight Advantage. Besides placing in Best of Jackson for two years in a row, St. Dominic also won two Excellence through Insight awards from Healthstream, Inc., in Overall Patient Experience and Overall Outpatient Experience. —Christina Spann
Finalists Baptist Health Systems (multiple locations, mbhs.org) /Merit Health River Oaks (1030 River Oaks Drive, Flowood, merithealthriveroaks.com, 601.932.1030) / University of Mississippi Medical Center (2500 N. State St., 601.984.1000)
(1000 Highland Colony Pwky., Suite 7205, Ridgeland, 601.366.0855, mississippimigrainecenter.com)
Migraines can be debilitating and have a profound effect on people's quality of life, and they affect more people than some may think. Data from the Migraine Research Foundation show that the headache disorder is the third most widespread illness in the world.
The Headache Center is dedicated to providing resources for patients in the Jackson metro area in order to find solutions and educate themselves on their illnesses. Family Nurse Practitioner Christina Treppendahl founded the center in Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland in 2013.
Since then, she and her staff, which includes nurse practitioners Rebecca Smith Adams and Jenna Gaddy, have treated more than 2,000 patients for a wide range of headache disorders such as chronic migraines, intracranial hypertension and allergy-associated headaches. —Micah Smith
Finalists Garvey Back and Neck (766 Lakeland Drive, Suite B, 601.982.2916) / Magnolia Dermatology (815 Highway 80 E., 601.910.3004) / Mississippi Sports Medicine (1325 E. Fortification St., 601.354.4488) / Truth Wellness Center (252 Katherine Drive, Suite A, Flowood, 601.882.5801)
(Specialized Physical Therapy, 533 Keyway Drive, Flowood; 113 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland; specializedptms.com, 601.420.0717)
This year's winner for Best Physical Therapy, Paul Jerome Foster, whom many know as Jerome Foster, has been a physical therapist assistant since 1999.
Foster owns and operates Specialized Physical Therapy, which specializes in myofascial release, visceral manipulation, and treating pain relief caused by facial restrictions such as temporomandibular disorder, also known as TMJ, which causes the jaw to lock up.
SPT offers hands-on treatment without machine assistance, which Foster says is uncommon.
Foster says managing two locations can be challenging, but he would never give that up. He opened his Flowood location in 2001. He opened the Ridgeland location in October 2016. "It's a lot of hours per day dealing with all of it but I don't want to quit treating. I love treating, it's fun," Foster says. "I have a large patient load, and it's just a lot of fun." —William H. Kelly III
Finalists Brian Hendley (Madison Performance Therapy Clinic, Madison Healthplex Performance Center, 501 Baptist Drive, Madison, 601.898.5777) / Charles Benford (Capitol Physical Therapy, P.A., 5888 Ridgewood Road, Suite B, 601.978.1798) / Kathy McColumn (McColumn Physical Therapy, 5225 Highway 18 W., Suite C, 601.487.8456) / Mark Ware (The Strength Center Physical Therapy, 4435 Mangum Drive, Suite A, Flowood, 601.932.0305)
(Norville Chiropractic Clinic, 1000 Lakeland Square, Suite 400, Flowood, 601.398.9412, flowoodchiropracticcare.com)
Dr. Clayton Pitts' path to chiropractic medicine began before he was born, when an 18-wheeler hit his mother, Kathy Vanliere. Pitts says he saw how much chiropractors helped her over the years.
He has been with Norville Chiropractic Clinic full-time since January 2013. He says one of the most rewarding things about his job is making lasting improvements on patients' lives. "I'm able to kind of get down to some people's reasons behind things, as far as the reasons why and not just treating the symptoms," he says.
Pitts received a bachelor's degree in exercise science at the University of Mississippi in 2009. He soon enrolled at the Palmer College of Chiropractic and earned his doctorate in chiropractic in 2012. —Micah Smith
Finalists Dan Garvey (Garvey Back & Neck Clinic, 766 Lakeland Drive, Suite B, 601.982.2916) / Jeremy Wilson (Tullos Chiropractic, 3710 Interstate 55, 601.981.2273) / Laura Stubbs (Body in Balance Healthcare, LLC, 5472 Watkins Drive, Suite C, 601.376.5636) / Leo Huddleston (Natural Wellness Center, 6500 Old Canton Road, 601.956.0010)
(multiple locations, meamedicalclinics.com)
When something happens, you may need medical help fast, and that's where urgent-care clinics such as MEA come in.
A group of physicians affiliated with St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson established the original MEA Medical Clinic in Pearl in 1979 with the goal of serving the needs of patients outside the normal 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours of standard clinics.
The business currently has 14 clinics in Pearl, Madison, Canton, south Jackson, Brandon, Byram, Clinton, Flowood, Richland, north Jackson, Vicksburg and Laurel.
It also has five primary-care clinics in Pearl, north and south Jackson, Madison and Laurel. MEA's services include family and occupation medicine, drug testing services, x-rays, school and insurance physicals.
For more information, visit meamedicalclinics.com. —Dustin Cardon
Finalists Baptist Medical Clinic (multiple locations, baptistmedicalclinics.org) / Corner Clinic Urgent Care (132 Lakeland Heights Blvd., Suite A, Flowood, 601.992.0004, cornerclinicurgentcare.com) / Merit Health Walk-in Clinics (multiple locations, 601.326.1000, merithealthcentral.com) / Trustcare (multiple locations, feelbetterfaster.com)
(Quinn Healthcare, PLLC 768 N. Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601.487.6482, quinntotalhealth.com)
Nurse Practitioner Alisha McArthur Wilkes says she originally wanted to be a pediatrician. While studying pre-medicine at Alcorn State University in 2003, she attended a medical program in Chicago, where she shadowed a pediatric nurse practitioner. After she saw how hands-on the job was, she decided to take that route.
She graduated from Alcorn with her pre-medical degree in 2005 and then with a bachelor's in nursing in 2007, her master's degree in nursing education in 2012 and her post-master's degree in family nurse practitioner in 2015. She has worked as a nurse practitioner at Quinn Healthcare since 2015. "I listen to the patients. ... I listen to what's going on with them and try to make as accurate of a diagnosis as I possibly can," she says. —Amber Helsel
Finalists Christina Treppendahl (The Headache Center, 1000 Highland Colony Pwky., Suite 7205, Ridgeland, 601.366.0855) / Josie Bidwell (University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N. State St., 601.984.1000) / Kimberly Strong (Truth Wellness Center, 252 Katherine Drive, Suite A, Flowood, 601.882.5801) / Rebecca Smith Adams (The Headache Center, 1000 Highland Colony Pwky., Suite 7205, Ridgeland, 601.366.0855)
(Mississippi Smiles Dentistry, 1189 E. County Line Road, Suite 1010, 601.308.2022, mississippismilesdentistry.com)
Dr. Matthew Harris is a family dentist at Mississippi Smiles. Ridgeland native Harris attended Mississippi State University and received his dental degree from University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2010.
Harris currently works at Mississippi Smiles, which has offices on County Line Road and Woodrow Wilson Drive. Besides regular dental services such as cleanings, Mississippi Smiles also has services such as conscious sedation.
"(Harris is) very personable and easy to talk to. He does spend a great deal of time (getting) to know his patients and families. I think that makes the difference," says front office Manager Jennifer Delaughter. —Christina Spann
Finalists Brigetta Turner (Dr. Brigetta K. Turner, DDS, 4510 Hanging Moss Road, 601.982.2124) / Lamonica Davis Taylor (Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, 5442 Watkins Drive, 601.665.4996) / Martha Lewis (Dental Solutions of Clinton, 315 Morrison Drive, Clinton, 601.925.5163) / Shenika Kelly-Moore (Kelly Family Dentistry, 514 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave., Suite G, 769.572.4425) / Terrance Ware (Terrance Ware Family Dental, 5800 Ridgewood Road, Suite 104, 769.251.5909)