(Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, 5442 Watkins Drive, 601.665.4996)
When Dr. LaMonica Davis Taylor was 12, she got into a bike accident and fractured her teeth.
"My dentist fixed my smile and restored my confidence," Taylor says. "I became passionate about teaching children about the importance of oral hygiene and want to be able to connect with them and take away their fear of coming to the dentist."
Taylor, 32, was born in Cleveland, Miss., and grew up in Mound Bayou, Miss. She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, with a bachelor's degree in biology and pre-dentistry in 2007. She received her doctorate in dental medicine from University of Mississippi Medical Center's School of Dentistry in 2011.
She opened her private practice, Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, in November 2014.
"I've always wanted to be a health-care provider because I love taking care of people and being involved in the community," Taylor says.
Best Dentist finalists: April Watson-Stringfellow (Watson Family Dental, 2181 Henry Hill Drive, 601.922.1171) / Matthew Harris (Mississippi Smiles Dentistry, 1189 E. County Line Road, Suite 1010, 601.308.2022) / Peter Boswell (Boswell Family Dental Care, 1513 Lakeland Drive, Suite 201, 601.366.1242) / Terrance Ware (Terrance Ware Family Dental, 5800 Ridgewood Road, Suite 104, 769.251.5909)
Best Pediatric Dentist finalists: Emily Dasinger Heitzman (Magnolia Family Dental Care, 112 S. Maple St., Ridgeland, 601.707.5585) / Jerrick Rose (The Pediatric Dental Studio, 201 Riverwind Drive, Pearl, 601.965.9549) / Henry Cook (Pediatric Dentistry of Brandon, 142 Gateway Drive, Brandon, 601.824.1950) / Tiffany Green (Southern Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, 101 Luckney Station, Flowood, 601.992.8000)
Best Doctor: Justin Turner
(TurnerCare LLC, 2135 Henry Hill Drive, 601.398.2335, turnercarems.com)
Dr. Justin Turner, who owns TurnerCare, says that after seeing his mom, Janice Armstrong, sacrifice for their family, he wanted to be able to help her. As he got older, he realized he wanted to be able to help others, as well.
"When you're walking in purpose, you don't have to go looking for opportunities," he says. "Opportunities come looking for you."
Turner received a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University in 2003 before getting his doctorate at Meharry Medical College in 2008.
At TurnerCare, which he opened in 2013, he says that he and his staff take a holistic approach to wellness, dealing with each patient's physical, mental and spiritual health to help that person stay healthy and feel better.
Finalists: D'Ellia McKinney-Evans (Odom's Eye Care-Optical, 1461 Canton Mart Road, Suite A, 601.977.0272, odoms
eyecare.com) / Carrie Nash (Baptist Medical Clinic, 1490 W. Government St., Suite 10, 601.825.1936, mbhs.org) /
Kimberly Smash (Prolific Health and Wellness, 2675 River Ridge Drive, 601.718.0308) / Patrick Boler (Magnolia Dermatology, 815 Highway 80 E.,Clinton, 601.910.3004, magnoliaderm.org) / Timothy Quinn (Quinn Healthcare, 768 N. Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601.487.6482,quinntotalhealth.com)
Best Women's Clinic: Jackson Healthcare for Women
(291 E. Layfair Drive, 601-936-9190, jhcfw.com)
At some point in their lives, all women have to see a gynecologist or OB/GYN, whether it's for an annual checkup, an ultrasound, a breast-cancer screening or something as simple as blood work to check for high cholesterol.
While a first trip to the doctor may be intimidating, the doctors and staff at this year's winner for Best Women's Clinic, Jackson Healthcare for Women, works to make it an overall good experience for every woman who walks through the door.
The clinic offers services such as obstetrics (infertility treatment, maternity care, sonograms and
ultrasounds), annual exams, contraception procedures, sexual health services and even weight management.
Finalists: East Lakeland OB/GYN Associates, PA (1020 River Oaks Drive, Suite 320, 601.936.1400, eastlakeland
obgyn.com) / Southern Women's Health (1020 River Oaks Drive, Suite 310, 601.932.5006, swhealth.net) / The Woman's Clinic (501 Marshall St., Suite 400; 401 Baptist Drive, Suite 402; 601.354.0869, twc-ms.com) / Women's Health Associates PLLC (1050 River Oaks Drive, Flowood, 601.420.0134)
Best Physical Therapy: Paul Jerome Foster
(Specialized Physical Therapy, Myofascial Clinic, 533B Keyway Drive, Flowood; 113 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A, Ridgeland; 601.420.0717, specializedptms.com)
For the second year in a row, Jacksonians named Paul Jerome Foster, who owns Specialized Physical Therapy, as the metro area's Best Physical Therapy.
At his practice, he and his therapists perform work such as myofascial release, which is visceral manipulation of the gastrointestinal system, and treating headaches and migraines. "It is the thrill of giving people back their quality of life," he says about his work. "When most people think of physical therapists they don't imagine us manipulating the GI system, but (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) is being diagnosed more and more often now, and we can help with
that," he says.
He does all his work without the aid of machines or drugs. "I love hands-on therapy," he says.
Specialized Physical Therapy has offices in Flowood and Ridgeland.
Finalists: Angela Cason (The Strength Center Physical Therapy, 4435 Mangum Drive, Suite A, Flowood, 601.932.0305) / Candias Davis (Medicomp Physical Therapy, 1129 Highway 35 S., Suite 2, Forest, 601.469.3320) / Kathy McColumn (McColumn Physical Therapy, 5225 Highway 18 W., Suite C, 601.487.8456) / Mark Ware (The Strength Center Physical Therapy, 4435 Mangum Drive, Flowood, 601.932.0360)
Best Chiropractor: Laura Stubbs
(Body in Balance Healthcare, 5472 Watkins Drive, Suite C, 601.376.5636)
As of June 1, Dr. Laura Stubbs has been a chiropractor for seven years. She owns Body in Balance Healthcare, a chiropractic, rehabilitation and massage clinic.
"I like being a chiropractor because it is a different approach to health care," she says. "We focus on the natural and holistic approach to maintain or increase a person's quality of life without the use of drugs or surgery."
Stubbs graduated from Murrah High School. She attended Alcorn University, where she received a bachelor's degree in biology in 2007.
After that, she attended Logan University in Missouri, where she received a bachelor's degree in life science in 2009, a master's degree in sports science and rehabilitation in 2011, and her Doctor of Chiropractic in 2011. She opened Body in Balance in June 2011.
She says that everyone from children to seniors can benefit from chiropractic services, and she has her own chiropractor that she visits regularly along with her children.
Finalists: Billie King (Armstrong-King Chiropractic, 2014 Raymond Road, Suite A, 601.373.1310, Armstrong-king.com) / Clayton Pitts (Norville Chiropractic Clinic, 1000 Lakeland Square, Suite 400, Flowood, 601.398.9412, flowoodchiropracticcare.com) / Daniel Garvey (Garvey Back & Neck Clinic, 766 Lakeland Drive, Suite B, 601.982.2916, betterdisc.com) / R.A. Foxworth (Foxworth Chiropractic, 2470 Flowood Drive, Suite 125, Flowood, 601.932.9201,
Best Nurse Practitioner: Alisha McArthur Wilkes
(Quinn Healthcare, PLLC, 768 Avery Blvd. N. , Ridgeland, 601.487.6482)
Alisha McArthur Wilkes, who is a nurse practitioner at Quinn Healthcare in Ridgeland, wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father, Dr. Willie L. McArthur, a family medicine doctor.
She received her bachelor's degree in biology in 2005, her bachelor's degree in nursing in 2007, her master's degree in nursing education in 2013, and her nurse practitioner degree in 2015, all from Alcorn State University. Wilkes has been at Quinn Healthcare since 2015.
"I've been able to use the brain of a doctor and the heart of a nurse to provide patients with a fulfilled medical experience while saving lives through awareness.," she says.
Finalists: Bethany Edwards (TrustCare Express Medical Clinics, 4880 Interstate 55 N., 601.487.9199) / Kelly Engelmann (Enhanced Wellness Living, 115 W. Jackson St., Suite 1E, Ridgeland, 601.202.5978; 1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite M10, 601.202.5978) / Rochelle Sandifer (Family Health Care Clinic, 1307 Airport Road, Building 2, Flowood, 601.936.3485) / Skye Gray (Mississippi Medical Aesthetics, 111 Fountains Blvd., Madison, 601.790.9427) / Tracy Rhinewalt (Trustcare Express Medical Clinics, 768 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601. 499.0022)
Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Scott Runnels
(Runnels Center, 1055 River Oaks Drive, Flowood, 601.398.9903, runnelscenter.com)
Dr. Scott Runnels had a love of art and science, and while in medical school, he began to see cosmetic surgery as a way to combine those two paths.
"Even as child, I remember having an appreciation for people's perspectives, and I think art gives a person an opportunity to express their perspective," he says on the Runnels Center website. "Plastic surgery seemed to me the best combination in medicine of the sciences and arts."
He graduated from Mississippi College with a bachelor's degree in biology in 1988 and then from medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1993. He finished his general surgery and plastic surgery training at the University of Tennessee. He began practicing in Jackson in 1998 and then opened The Runnels Center in 2005. His specialties include aesthetic and cosmetic surgeries for the body, breast and the face.
Finalists: Dev ManiSundaram (The Face & Body Center, 2550 Flowood Drive, Flowood, 601.202.4294) / Jep Cole (Cole Facial Clinic & Skin Care, 1030 N. Flowood Drive, Flowood, 601.933.2004) / Shelby Brantley (The Face & Body Center, 2550 Flowood Drive, Flowood, 601.202.4294) / Stephen Davidson (The Face & Body Center, 601.202.4294)
Best Hospital: St Dominic Hospital
(969 Lakeland Drive, 601.200.2000, stdom.com)
This year's winner for Best Hospital, St. Dominic Hospital, consistently strives to improve its quality of care. In fact, it has earned an "A" for patient safety in the Leapfrog Group's survey for the last four rating periods. It has also won multiple Best of Jackson awards and ones such as Outstanding Patient Experience from Healthgrades, an award that only 15 percent of hospitals in the U.S. get. It is also the only hospital in Mississippi that has received an Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
St. Dominic, which the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill., sponsor, considers its calling not only to care for the sick, but to provide education and wellness services to the community so that risk factors can be eliminated before they contribute to more serious health problems.
The hospital has services for everything from cancer to women's services to wellness clinics and more.
St. Dominic specializes in robotic surgery, women's health care, and diabetes and heart attack treatment.
—Andrea Wright Dilworth
Finalists: Baptist Health Systems (multiple locations, mbhs.org) / Batson Children's Hospital (2500 N. State St., 601.815.8010, ummchealth.com/batson) / Merit Health Central (1850 Chadwick Drive, 601.376.1000, merithealthcentral.com) / University of Mississippi Medical Center (2500 N. State St., 601.984.1000, umc.edu)
Best Optometrist/Ophthalmologist: Tonyatta Hairston
(EnVision Eye Care & Optical Boutique, 1316 N. State St., 601.987.3937, 987eyes.com)
Dr. Tonyatta Hairston did not question what she wanted to be when she grew up. At the age of 6, she was captivated by optometry and ophthalmology, and kept her eyes focused on her goal of improving others' ability to see the world.
"I was fascinated with the human eye and how it allows us to view and interpret the world," she says.
Hairston graduated from Tougaloo College with a bachelor's degree in biology. She graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. She did externships at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, and with Dr. Dewey Handy in Jackson and Dr. Watts Davis in Laurel. She opened EnVision in 2003.
When Hairston isn't at the clinic, she does public speaking on topics related to eye care and entrepreneurship. She is also an adjunct professor for extern students at Southern College of Optometry and at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
—Andrea Wright Dilworth
Finalists: Christopher Bullin (Mississippi EyeCare Associates, 404 Riverwind Drive, Suite B1, Pearl, 601.398.3000; 310 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave., Suite 300, 601.366.9020; 7118 Siwell Road, Suite B, Byram, 601.373.0354, mseyecare.org) / Curtis Whittington (Jackson Eye Associates, PLLC, 1200 N. State St., Suite 330, 601.353.2020) / D'Ellia McKinney-Evans (Odom's Eye Care-Optical, 1461 Canton Mart Road, Suite A, 601.977.0272, odomseyecare.com) / Leslie Bear (Leslie H. Bear MD, 1815 Hospital Drive, Suite 462, 601.373.0594, merithealthcentral.com) / Marjorie McLin Lenoir (Reflections Vision Center, 101-C Lexington Drive, Madison, 601.605.4423, reflectionsvisioncenter.com)
Best Orthodontist: Chandra Minor
(Smile Design Orthodontics, 201 Riverwind Drive E., 601.965.9561, smiledesignorthoms.com)
Growing up, Dr. Chandra Minor always wanted to be in the health field. Now as a medical professional, she says she feels honored to serve people. "I love orthodontics and am happy to be able to provide these services for my patients," she says.
Minor received her bachelor's degree in biology from Alcorn State University in 2008 before getting a doctorate in dental medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2012. She completed her orthodontic residency program at Howard University.
She opened her clinic, Smile Design Orthodontics, in 2014. It can perform orthodontic services for children and adults, including braces and Invisalign, an alternative to braces.
Finalists: Dodd Brister (Brister Orthodontics, 3007 Greenfield Road, Pearl, 601.824.5878) / Eugene Brown (Smiles By Design, 5800 Ridgewood Road, Suite 103, 601.957.1711; 125 Jones St., Madison) / Priscilla Jolly (Jolly Orthodontics, 1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland, 601.605.2400) / William P. Edgar (Dr. William Edgar, 101 Avalon Court, Brandon, 601.919.1990)
Best Urgent Care: Baptist Medical Clinic
(multiple locations, baptistmedicalclinic.org)
Sometimes accidents happen, and you need to get to a doctor fast. Luckily, this year's winner for Best Urgent Care, Baptist Medical Clinic, has 15 locations in the metro area.
Across its clinics in Jackson, Clinton, Flowood, Madison, Pearl and Richland, Baptist boasts more than 90 care providers.
The clinics offer primary care and can treat non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Patients are able to get a variety of services, from routine exams to diabetes and coronary issue treatments.
Many of Baptist's offices are open seven days a week, with some open in the evening. Baptist also has specialty clinics, such as ear, nose and throat, and internal medicine clinics for those with specific health needs.
Finalists: Corner Clinic Urgent Care (132 Lakeland Heights Blvd., Suite A, Flowood, 601.992.0004, cornerclinicurgentcare.com) / MEA Medical Clinics (multiple locations, meamedicalclinics .com) / TrustCare Express Medical
Clinics (multiple locations, feelbetterfaster.com)
Best Specialty Clinic: TrustCare Heart Clinic
(1067 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland, 601.707.3490, trustcareheart.)
Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the U.S. Therefore, it is important to see a doctor if you are having heart problems. That is where a specialty clinic such as TrustCare Heart Clinic can help.
The clinic, which is next to the Highland Colony TrustCare Express location, provides comprehensive cardiology care. It can perform services such as heart screenings, cardiac ultrasounds, electrocardiograms (measuring and recording electrical activity in the heart), carotid ultrasounds (using soundwaves to measure the blood flow in the carotid arteries), and stress tests.
TrustCare is also in a network of clinics, so if you need to go see a regular doctor, TrustCare Express has locations across the metro area.
Finalists: Armstrong-King Chiropractic (2014 Raymond Road, Suite A, 601.373.1310, armstrong-king.com) / The
Headache Center (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Suite 7205, Ridgeland, 601.366.0855, mississippimigrainecenter.com)/ Magnolia Dermatology (815 Highway 80 E., Clinton, 601.910.3004, magnoliaderm.org) / The Strength Center Physical
Therapy (4435 Mangum Drive, Flowood, 601.932.0305, thestrengthcenter.org) / Specialized Physical Therapy (533B Keyway Drive, Flowood; 113 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, Suite A; specializedptms.com, 601.420.0717)
Best Cosmetic Dentist: Deidra Jones-Snell
(Ridgewood Smiles Dentistry, 5800 Ridgewood Road, Suite 105, 601.398.2934, ridgewoodsmilesdentistry.com)
Deidra Jones-Snell keeps a busy schedule at Ridgewood Smiles Dentistry, but her work doesn't stop in the Jackson metro area.
She often takes mission trips to Central America and South America to do dental work, which she says make her a better caregiver.
"There's a lot we take for granted," she says. "It makes you humble. As a result, I try to be more giving in my practice."
She attended Alcorn State University for her undergraduate studies, and received her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry in 2004.
Jones-Snell then earned her doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in 2008.
In 2016, she began her own practice, which provides a range of dental care services, from cleanings to surgery and more.
—Andrea Wright Dilworth
Finalists: Brock Westover (Westover Dental Associates, 2550 Flowood Drive, Suite 401, Flowood, 601.936.2144,
westoverdentalassociates.com) / Clayton Grubbs (Clinton Dental Care, 736 Clinton Pkwy., Clinton, 601.488.4086, clinton
dentalcarems.com) / Gary Keeler (Gary Keeler DDS, 1000 Lakeland Square Ext., Suite 700, Flowood, 601.936.3555) /
Stewart Strange (Mississippi Dental Center, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 235, 601.987.8722, paulastewartdmd.com)