Gallatin, Lafayette, Station Camp, &
Dr. Collins was born and raised in the Nashville area. She is a graduate of Birmingham- Southern College and Vanderbilt University Medical School. She completed Pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Collins is married and has one child.
Chris Crabtree FNP, PNP
Chris is from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. After she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology from the University of Slippery Rock in 1991, she works at a well known area hospital as a child life specialist. She received her masters in nursing from Vanderbilt in 1995. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner as well as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is a member of the American Association of Nurses, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau an international honor society for nurses.
Dr. Egolum was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington DC and its respective medical school receiving her MD degree in 2010. She then completed her residency at Vanderbilt Children?s Hospital where she currently holds a clinical faculty position as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Egolum is married and has a son.
Jasmine is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Vanderbilt University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 2003 and her Masters of Nursing Degree in 2007. She is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society. Jasmine is married with two sons.
Dr. Scott Huitink earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas College of Medical Sciences (UAMS) and completed his pediatric residency training with the San Antonio Military Medical Center affiliated hospitals. During his time of military service as an Army physician, Dr. Huitink practiced general pediatrics and adolescent medicine in Heidelberg, Germany, served as a Battalion Surgeon with our troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was awarded the Army’s Bronze Star Medal for his service and leadership while deployed. Dr. Huitink has a wide array of experience in the care of children from newborns to adolescence and has been instrumental in the education and implementation of clinical standards. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Scott, and his wife Rachelle, have been a part of Sumner County since 2013 and are actively involved in the community through their church and non-profit organizations they serve with. They have 3 children. Dr. Huitink enjoys the outdoors, reading, and watching college football.
Dr. Kastner was raised in Manhattan, Kansas. He attended college at Kansas State University and medical school at the University of Kansas, graduating in 1998. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital and served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics from 2001 – 2002. He served as clinical faculty at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is married with two daughters.
Brenden Kootsey M.D.
Dr. Kootsey grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from Duke University with a degree in Zoology in 1990. He worked in public broadcasting in Boston, MA, for the PBS science series “NOVA,” until he returned to school in 2008. Prior to returning to school he additionally worked with adolescents in an acute residential psychiatric treatment program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. He received his MD degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA in 2012 and completed his pediatric residency at The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, also in Norfolk, in 2015. Dr. Kootsey is married with one son.
Tiffany is a native of Macon County. She attended Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1998. She received her Masters of Nursing Degree from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2002. She is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, a member of the American Nurses Association, and a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Miller is from the Memphis area. He is a graduate of Ole Miss, and its medical school where he received his MD degree in 1976. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital. After a few years in the U.S.Navy he and his family returned to middle Tennessee and joined Dr Spencer in 1983. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, a fellow of the American College of Pediatrics, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. He has been married 40 years to a very understanding, loving wife. They have 3 wonderful children and 8 exceptional grandchildren.
Dr. Murray is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland. He received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and then graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1996. From there he went on to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital where he completed a 3 year pediatric residency. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also a Clinical Faculty at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. He came to us from Roanoke, VA where he served as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he was heavily involved in medical student instruction.
Diana Pieri FNP
Diana is from the Philippines and lived in Spain for a couple of years before moving to the United States to pursue college. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in 2008 and worked as a pediatric critical care nurse. She attended the University of South Florida where she received her Master of Nursing Degree in 2015. Diana is certified as a family nurse practitioner. She is a member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. Diana is married with one daughter.
Rebecca is originally from central Mississippi. She attended Mississippi College in Clinton, MS where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1999. She worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN before moving to Nashville in 2001. Since then, she has worked at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as a critical care nurse. She has also worked as an adjunct instructor for Belmont University and Lipscomb University. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from MTSU in 2013. She is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Rebecca is married and has twin girls.
Dr. Rundus was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and raised in Lumberton, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center – San Antonio Medical School. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University and served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics from 2002 – 2003. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Spencer was born and reared in East Tennessee. He attended Vanderbilt University and received his MD degree from Vanderbilt University Medical School in 1976. He served his residency in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital and from 1979 – 1980 was Chief Resident in Pediatrics. He is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children’s. Dr. Spencer is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
From Knoxville, Dr. Megan Tackett has always had a love for Tennessee. She went to the University of Tennessee for both college and medical school. Providing care to children and their families was always her priority so she continued her pediatric training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. After residency, she worked at a small private practice in Atlanta, but always knew she wanted to come back to her home state. She is thrilled to have joined the VIP family in April 2014.
Dr. Wills was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and grew up in the United States where she lived in more than ten states. She graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2005 she graduated from Wright State School of Medicine located in Dayton, Ohio. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania in 2008. She practiced in a small town in Ohio before she moved to Tennessee in 2012. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the faculty of Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Dr Wills is married and has two children, one of which has significant special needs.
Hendersonville & Portland
Laura is a recent graduate from the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Prior to graduate school, Laura attended Vanderbilt University and earned bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Medicine, Health, and Society. Laura has done volunteer work at a children’s clinic in Guatemala and is excited to work with the Spanish-speaking (and English-speaking) families of Hendersonville and Portland. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. Laura is board certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
Dr. Karlekar completed his pediatric residency in 2000 at NY Medical College/Westchester Medical Center after completing medical school at St. Georges University School of Medicine in 1997. Prior to coming to Hendersonville, TN in 2007, Dr Karlekar remained in New York City working at Beth Israel’s Insititute for Neurology and Neurosurgery as a pediatric hospitalist. After gaining valuable experience there, he joined a pediatric practice in the Bronx, NY where he developed an interest in managing asthma/allergies, along with developmental issues such as ADD/ADHD, autism, down’s syndrome as well as other conditions in children and adolescents. Dr Karlekar is a board certified pediatrician as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Before beginning his medical career, Dr Karlekar had always been involved with children in varying capacities. This included running programs for disabled children while earning his BS at the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as volunteering as a teacher in the Peace Corps after graduating from college. Dr Karlekar lives in the Nashville area with his wife, also a physician, and his twin boys.
Heather Lehmann M.D.
Dr. Lehmann began her medical training at the Unviersity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following this, she completed a year of clinical research at Duke University. Dr. Lehmann went on to receive her medical degree and residency training from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, in affiliation with University health Systems of Eastern North Carolina. She received her Board Certification in 2008. Dr. Lehman’s training is unique in that she has had experiences in rural and international medicine,particularly with Hispanic families. She is excited to care for all families in the Hendersonville community, where she resides. Dr. Lehmann has an interest in adolescent medicine and is glad to offer comprehensive health care services. Dr. Lehmann is married to Brian Lehmann, a research scientist with the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.
Sarah Mian M.D.
Dr. Mian is a Michigan native that transplanted to North Carolina, where she completed most of her education. She received a bachelors degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her passion for rural medicine and primary care led her to East Carolina University, where she earned her medical degree. With an interest in population-based health, she returned back to UNC Chapel Hill to earn her Masters in Public Health with a focus on prevention and community health programming. She recently completed her pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. She has loved her experience in Tennessee and is excited to be staying in the community. Throughout her career she has been involved in numerous meaningful experiences working with the Hispanic population both in her community and abroad. She is a Spanish-speaking provider with an interest in health education, quality improvement, and immigrant health.
Dr. Marlon Shell, MD hails from the state of Michigan (University of Michigan alumnus) and has been in private practice since 2009. He and his wife relocated to Tennessee in 2010 and both enjoy practicing in Middle Tennessee (his wife is an internist). Dr. Shell loves working with children and their families as well as sharing a good laugh with them wherever possible. He and his wife have two daughters. Among his hobbies, Dr. Shell enjoys football, exercising (you may catch him at the YMCA), reading, movies, music, and trying new things. Above all, he is hard at work figuring out how to manage his household of girls.
Tena received her masters degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University in 1995, specializing as a family nurse practitioner. Prior to graduate school, Tena studied biology at MTSU. During her undergraduate and graduate education, Tena was the recipient of many awards and honors, incluing membership in the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, and in the Tri Beta Biological Honor Society. Tena Simmons joined Dr. Wyatt’s practice in January, 1996 as a registered nurse who is also a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP). She is a member of the American Nurses Association, The Tennessee Nurses Association and the Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses Association. A native of Tennessee, Tena has lived in Hendersonville since birth. She is the mother of one son, Jon Luke.
Dr. Stuart received her medical degree from Saint Louis University in 2001, and completed her Pediatric residency at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, Florida in 2004. She received board certification in 2004 from the American Board of Pediatrics.She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Stuart was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Following residency, she joined a private practice in North Carolina. In September of 2006 she moved back to Tennessee to join Dr. Wyatt’s practice. Dr. Stuart lives in Hendersonville with her husband Brian, who is a family practitioner. They have three children.
Dr. Wiggleton graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she also completed her Pediatrics residency. She came to Hendersonville Children’s Clinic after practicing for two years as a Pediatric Hospitalist at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Before completing her degree in medicine, she received a Masters degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Bachelors degree from Stanford University in Psychology. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Wiggleton is married and they have one daughter. Dr.Wiggleton is excited to care for the families of Hendersonville, where she resides.
Dr. Wyatt received his medical degree from Michigan State University in 1979, and completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, Michigan in 1982. Before attending medical school, he served as a licensed social worker and Juvenile Court Probation Officer in Oakland County, Michigan, and as a Peace Corp volunteer teaching in Sarawak, Malaysia. Dr. Wyatt is a Board Certified Pediatrician who established his practice in Hendersonville in July of 1984. He is a member of the American College of Pediatricians, the Tennessee Medial Association, the Summer County Medical Association, the Christian medical Dental Association and the Tennessee Pediatric Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Wyatt possesses much practical experience in child rearing since he is the active father of four sons and one daughter.
Springfield & Pleasant View
Dr. Jennifer Ashworth was born in Springfield at Jesse Holman Jones Hospital though she grew up in Alabama and Mississippi. She graduated from Vanderbilt University and later the University of Alabama Medical School. Dr. Ashworth completed her residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and joined The Springfield Children’s Clinic in 2001. Dr. Ashworth is married and has one daughter. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Butler was born and raised in L.A., otherwise known as Lower Alabama (Foley, AL). He attended Mississippi State University where he earned a degree in Biomedical Engineering and became an avid Bulldog fan. Upon completion of college, he moved to Atlanta where he attended Emory University School of Medicine. From there he moved to Nashville where he completed his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and met his wife Dr. Miranda Raines Butler, who now has also joined our practice. Dr. Butler moved to Springfield and joined our practice in 2011. His hobbies include playing and coaching soccer, hunting, and all things related to Mississippi State football. Follow Dr. Butler on Twitter @VIP_Springfield.
Dr. Miranda Butler joined our practice in September 2013. She grew up in East Tennessee and obtained her bachelor’s degree at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. Following college, she moved to Nashville where she graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. During medical school, she met her husband, Dr. Hunter Butler, who also works at Springfield Children’s Clinic. She enjoys spending time with her family, running with Addie (her dog, a Labrador retriever), reading, traveling, cooking, and going to Mississippi State football games with her husband. They welcomed their first child, a girl, in May 2015!
Dr. Erika Crawford was born and raised in San Diego, California. Following high school, she moved to Virginia to attend Hampton University, where she received a degree in biology. Dr. Crawford obtained her medical degree from Meharry Medical College and she attended the University of Virginia for her pediatrics residency training. Upon completion of her residency program, Dr. Crawford joined the Springfield practice in the summer of 2007. Dr. Crawford is married and recently welcomed her first child in March of 2015. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Annie Glover M.D.
Dr. Annie Glover is a graduate of Springfield High School and is excited to be living in Springfield again. Dr. Glover became interested in pursuing pediatrics while she attended Rhodes College in Memphis. She would go on to complete medical school and her pediatrics residency in Memphis at the University of Tennessee and Lebonheur Children’s Medical Center. She was drawn to pediatrics because children are resilient and have a good team of family support. Since graduation, Dr. Glover has worked at other pediatric practices around the state. Being back in a small town and close to her family were big draws for Dr. Glover joining VIP MidSouth. In her free time, Dr. Glover loves to be outside with her chocolate lab, Lucy. She also enjoys horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with her family who reside in Springfield.
Dr. Wilson grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from University of Illinois with a degree in Cell biology. She attended Southern Illinois University for Medical School and completed her Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Illinois. She practiced general pediatrics in Dearborn, MI for 10 years before relocating to join Springfield Children’s Clinic. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and four children.
Mollie Weinman is originally from Lexington, KY and came to the Middle Tennessee area 15 years ago to pursue studies at Vanderbilt University. She completed her undergraduate studies and graduate studies at Vanderbilt University and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2005. Mollie is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She is also a fellow of NAPNAP, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Mollie lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter.
Your community pediatricians in Gallatin, Hendersonville, Lafayette, Pleasant View, Portland, Springfield, Station Camp, and White House.