Meet Our Staff
Karen Beasley, BSN
Karen’s clinical responsibilities will include caring for neuromuscular and pediatric neurology patients. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and has also served as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy. Karen’s diverse experience includes time as a nurse on an inpatient obstetrical floor at Forrest General Hospital, at the St. Dominic’s rheumatology clinic and as a charge nurse at a skilled nursing facility. In her spare time, Karen enjoys cooking with her husband and spending time with her daughter and nephews.
Courtney Bryant, AA
Courtney Bryant is a Patient Services Representative for the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Courtney works to provide a family-centered approach to the orientation and education of patient families upon arrival, patient check-in, check-out, scheduling and patient reminders. She also assists with special projects and other assignments. She has an Associates of Art degree in Business Administration from Holmes Community College. Courtney has approximately fifteen years of experience in customer service oriented roles including property management and as a retail associate. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family including her nieces and nephew. Courtney also likes shopping, fashion and decorating and is passionate about caring for animals especially her dogs.
Laura Bullock, RTR, RDMS
Laura is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Sonographer at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine and works to provide ultrasounds and care coordination for high-risk obstetrical patients provided in conjunction with Dr. Bean, nursing and front office staff. Laura received her Associates of Arts in Radiologic Technology and certification in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Hinds Community College, and is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer as well as a Radiologic Technologist. Ms. Bullock has over seven years of experience as a maternal fetal medicine sonographer at an academic medical center and at the Prenatal Diagnostic Center working with Dr. Ken Perry. She is dedicated to providing the best care and patient experience for both mom and baby. Laura is married to Ricky and they have one son, Lawson. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and friends and also helping manage their family owned business, Crawfish Shack.
Kristinna Burditt serves as a Patient Services Representative at MCAM where she works primarily with Cardiology, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Neuromuscular Medicine patients. Kristinna’s role includes checking patients in and out, scheduling new and return visits and greeting patient families with a smile and a willingness to help. Ms. Burditt also utilizes her creative skills on marketing projects for MCAM and assistance with the website. Prior to MCAM, she served as the Wish Coordinator for Make-A-Wish Mississippi where she organized the entire wish process for each child’s wish including all of the travel, accommodations, and itinerary logistics. She has also worked as an Administrative Marketing Coordinator for Trustmark National Bank and a Volunteer Coordinator for Mississippi Food Network. Ms. Burditt is married to Wade and they have one daughter, Annison. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Sally Kate Collins, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE
Sally Kate Collins serves as a Clinical Dietitian out of the Tupelo office at Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Sally Kate received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition along with her coordinated dietetic internship from Colorado State University. As a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE), Sally Kate will focus on serving children within the context of MCAM’s weight management and diabetes programs, as well as counsel patients with food allergies. Mrs. Collins has prior clinical dietitian experience in a large endocrinology practice in north Mississippi along with inpatient experience at Corinth Regional Hospital and Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado. Sally Kate is married to Tatum Collins and they have two rescue dogs, Piper and Trax. Some of her passions include cheering on Ole Miss athletics, using her husband as a guinea pig for new recipes, and volunteering for various organizations. Currently, Sally Kate is serving as President of Northeast Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NEMSAND).
Latoya Ferrell, BS
Latoya Ferrell serves as the Director of Neurophysiology at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine and works to provide EEGs, EMGs, autonomic testing and nerve conduction studies provided in conjunction with Dr. Veda. Latoya received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Jackson State University and is certified in Nerve Conduction Studies, Electroencephalography, Longterm Monitoring and Neurological Intraoperative Monitoring. Ms. Ferrell has over fourteen years of experience as a electrodiagnostic technologist. Latoya is married to Kendrick, and they have three sons, Joshua, Caleb, and Aaron. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in church activities, supporting her sons at their football games and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Andy Forbes, RN, BA, MEd
Andy serves as the primary nursing and clinical support leader for infusion patients at MCAM. Andy’s clinical experience includes over twelve years of experience caring for children in an inpatient pediatric hematology, oncology and neurology setting. He has extensive expertise in central line and peripheral IV access and management, and has received numerous commendations from patients for providing extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care to chronically ill children. Before becoming a nurse Andy worked in the non-profit sector designing and implementing education and job training programs for underserved communities in New York City and Chicago. Mr. Forbes holds an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and English Literature from Coleg y Brifysgol Abertawe in Wales, United Kingdom and a Master’s Degree in Social Science Education from the University of Georgia. Andy is married to Amy Wiese Forbes, Chair of the History Department at Millsaps College. He and Amy have two children, Alex and Claire. In his spare time, Andy enjoys birding, watching movies, tinkering and figuring out how stuff works.
Megan Ford, LCSW
Megan Ford serves as a Social Worker and Care Coordinator for Pediatric Cardiology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Neuromuscular Medicine and Autonomic Disorders. In this role, Megan plays an active and critical role in helping establish a medical home for each patient. She works with the patients and their families to provide resources for insurance, college and career planning, educational services, prescription drug assistance, and many other services critical to comprehensive patient care. Megan routinely goes above and beyond to ensure that each patient's medical and socioeconomic needs are being met. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Mississippi College and a Master of Science in Social Work from Jackson State University. Ms. Ford’s experience includes service to pediatric inpatient hematology/oncology patients and outpatient pediatric cardiology and pediatric heart transplant patients. For the last four years, Megan has served in a leadership role at Make-A-Wish Mississippi. In her spare time, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband Jonathan and two children, volunteering with Junior League of Jackson and Make-A-Wish MS, and is active in the foster care community in Mississippi. She is currently serving as the volunteer coordinator for Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth.
Kristi Griffin, BSN
Kristi Griffin serves as a Pediatric Allergy and Immunology nurse at MCAM in Madison. Kristi works in connection with Dr. Rodriguez and the Allergy team to provide patient support, allergy testing and immunotherapy, pulmonary function tests with complete lung volumes, clinical expertise, and asthma education for patients and their families. Ms. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McNeese State University and has several years of experience as a charge nurse in a pediatric setting. Kristi has also spent time on a hospital inpatient unit at St. Dominic’s Hospital. She is passionate about providing the highest quality care and service to children and their families. Kristi is married to, Adam, and they have two children, Addelyn, and Lawson. She enjoys being outdoors with her children and pets and having family movie nights.
Kelly Herring is a Patient Services Representative for the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Kelly also serves as MCAM’s referral coordinator. She works to provide a family-centered approach to the orientation and education of patient families upon arrival, patient check-in, check-out, scheduling and patient reminders. Ms. Herring has previously served as the referral coordinator at the Prenatal Diagnostic Center working with Dr. Ken Perry for eight years. Kelly is married and has two daughters, Destiny and Kirstie who both graduated from Mississippi State University In her spare time, she enjoys cooking/baking and attending MSU sporting events.
Deana Hill serves as the Office Manager for the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. In this role, Deana works to provide a patient family-centered approach to the orientation and education of patient families upon arrival, patient check-in, check-out, scheduling and patient reminders. She also provides feedback to the care team regarding quality and patient satisfaction. Deana’s approach to pediatric healthcare helps ensure that children and their families feel safe and well cared for from the moment they arrive. Deana has 8 years of front-office experience in a pediatric subspecialty practice and over 19 years of healthcare experience. Deana enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, and three children, Jordan, Baylee, and Travis and is active in her church community.
LeAnne Howard, LCSW
LeAnne is Director of Care Coordination at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine and works to provide resources for patients regarding insurance, college and career planning, coordinating educational services, providing drug assistance, and most importantly supporting patients with rheumatologic and hematologic disorders. LeAnne received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Mississippi State University and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern Mississippi. Ms. Howard has over 25 years of experience as a social worker and 15 years of experience in a pediatric clinic setting assisting children and their families who have chronic conditions. LeAnne is an avid Mississippi State football fan, is active in her church, and enjoys spending time with her son, Bailey who attends Mississippi State.
Kerri Irby, BSN
Kerri serves as a primary nursing and clinical support leader for infusion patients at MCAM. Kerri’s twenty-year clinical experience includes emergency room and surgical unit staff nurse responsibilities at Baylor Medical Center in Garland, Texas, interventional radiology at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, student health center experience at Mississippi State University, emergency department experience at St. Dominic’s and Baptist Golden Triangle, and charge nurse experience in interventional radiology at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. Ms. Irby graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Kerri takes great pride in putting patients and families first and has expertise in providing comfort and counsel to patient families in difficult situations. In her spare time, Kerri enjoys the outdoors, going to the movies, and spending family time with her husband, Bo, and daughter, Reagan.
Emily Mann, BSN
Emily Mann serves as a Maternal Fetal Medicine nurse at MCAM in Madison. In this role, Emily works to provides patient education, support and clinical expertise for high-risk obstetrical patients. Ms. Mann holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Mississippi College and has over eight years of experience in well-women’s care, maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and postpartum/gynecology surgery. She has previously served as a maternal fetal medicine nurse for Dr. Ken Perry, and as an obstetrics and gynecology nurse at The Woman’s Clinic and at St. Dominic’s Hospital. Ms. Mann is passionate about providing the best care and patient experience for both mom and baby. In her spare time, Emily enjoys assisting her husband, Brandon, with photography on the weekends and spending time with their sons, Caleb and Carson.
Terrie Marbury, AA, MLT
Terrie Marbury serves as a Medical Laboratory Technician and Medical Office Assistant at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Her responsibilities include providing laboratory and clinical support to the Neuromuscular Program at MCAM. Terrie also assists with helping obtain vital signs, rooming patients and phlebotomy support. She oversees send-out laboratory testing and contracts and works with other personnel to grow laboratory services. Ms. Marbury holds an Associate in Applied Science as a Medical Laboratory Technologist from Hinds Community College and has over 35 years of experience in clinical laboratory settings including hospitals, pediatric laboratory environments and at a children’s hospital laboratory. In her spare time, Terrie enjoys the outdoors, gardening, spending time with her husband, Curtis, and is excited to help welcome her first grandchild in the coming months.
Erin Martin, BSN
Erin’s clinical responsibilities will include caring for pediatric rheumatology patients and pediatric infusion patients. She will also oversee clinical research projects at the Center. Her considerable pediatric nursing experience includes general pediatrics, private practice pediatrics, and caring for children with cancer. Erin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON). She is an avid CrossFit enthusiast and enjoys spending time with her husband, Lee, daughter, McKinlee, and son, Ryals. Erin is also an identical twin and a zealous reader.
Frieda McKenzie, BS, MT (ASCP)
Frieda McKenzie serves as the Research Coordinator at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Her responsibilities include providing the primary research and administrative recordkeeping support in connection with Dr. Sullivan’s gene therapy research program. Frieda is also leading the development of laboratory services at MCAM. Friedahas over 35 years of experience in a variety of lab settings including physician offices, hospitals and reference labs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Mississippi State University and her Medical Technology degree and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. Frieda enjoys traveling with her husband, including cruises and beach trips. She also likes spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.
Linnea McMillan, BSN
Linnea McMillan leads the prior authorization department at MCAM with the mission critical objective of ensuring that approvals for patient care activities are smooth and seamless. Linnea also provides nursing support for a variety of clinical departments at MCAM including Neuromuscular and Maternal Fetal Medicine. Linnea has over thirty years of nursing experience and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Ms. McMillan has previously served in both inpatient and outpatient clinical oncology settings and also has broad home health and managed care experience. Linnea enjoys going to the beach with her three children in her spare time.
Braxton Meeks, RN
Braxton Meeks serves as a Clinical Nurse for MCAM in Tupelo and provides patient education, support and clinical expertise for patients with diabetes and endocrine disorders. He will also lead the IV therapy, infusion program and the TrialNet research program. Braxton has experience on inpatient medical and surgical units at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis and at North Mississippi Medical Center including experience as a charge nurse on a pediatric floor. Braxton holds as Associate of Science in Nursing and an Emergency Medical Technician diploma from Northeast Mississippi Community College. In his spare time, Braxton likes to spend time with his wife Kristen and watch SEC football, especially the Ole Miss Rebels.
Swayze Reeves, BSN
Swayze Reeves serves as the primary nursing and care management support for hematology patients including pediatric hematology and lifespan programs for Hemophilia and Sickle Cell Disease. In this role, she works closely with Dr. Pennington and Dr. Sullivan to provide the best possible care for hematology patients. Swayze received her Associate of Arts from Jones County Junior College, a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Swayze has nursing experience in a general pediatric practice and in the well-baby nursery/NICU at Baptist Medical Center both in Montgomery, Alabama and most recently on the Hematology-Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Children’s of Alabama. Swayze, is married to Alex and they have one daughter, Maebri. In her spare time, Swayze enjoys spending time with family, traveling to the beach, deep sea fishing and cheering on the Mississippi State Bulldogs!
Sue Stevens, BS, RN
Sue Stevens works in the Patient Financial Services and Medical Staff Services departments at MCAM and provides organizational support for accounts payable, patient account management, payment processing and medical staff credentialing. Sue has over twenty-one years of nursing experience and graduated with honors from Mississippi College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Cum Laude from Meridian Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Ms. Stevens’ extensive accomplishments include owning and operating a fitness and weight loss facility, serving as a staff nurse for a vascular surgery practice and as charge nurse on an antepartum high risk pregnancy floor. Sue enjoys spending time with her husband, John, her children and their spouses, Rob (Tiffany), Laura (Ron) and grandchildren, Moxon and Nix. She also likes to utilize her artistic abilities to create handmade quilts and greeting cards.
Amanda Thibodeaux, RTR, RDMS
Amanda is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Sonographer at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine and works to provide ultrasounds and care coordination for high-risk obstetrical patients provided in conjunction with Dr. Bean, nursing and front office staff. Amanda received her Associates of Arts in Applied Science from Hinds Allied Health Center, her Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer as well as a Radiologic Technologist. Ms. Thibodeaux has over seven years of experience as a maternal fetal medicine sonographer at an academic medical center and at Mississippi Maternal Fetal Medicine. She is dedicated to providing the best care and patient experience for both mom and baby. Amanda is married to Adam and they have one daughter, Tatum. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending church and sharing the love of Jesus.
Pamela Thomas, AA
Pamela Thomas is a Patient Services Representative for the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Pam strives to provide a family-centered approach to the orientation and education of patient families upon arrival, patient check-in, check-out, scheduling and patient reminders. She also assists with special projects and other assignments. She has an Associates of Art degree in Business Administration from Hinds Community College in Utica, Mississippi. Pam has approximately fifteen years of experience in a pediatric hematology/oncology setting where she assisted with patient intake, registration and orientation, and training new employees. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her two children, Shabrecka and LaDarrius, and cooking.
Valerie West, RN, BSN, CDE
Valerie West serves as a Clinical Nurse for MCAM in Tupelo and provides patient education, support and clinical expertise for patients with diabetes and endocrine disorders. She also leads the administrative process for registering patients upon their arrival and the TrialNet research program. Valerie has previous inpatient nursing experience at North Mississippi Medical Center where she was engaged daily monitoring, physical assessments, IV sticks and evaluating patients on her unit. Ms. West holds an Associate of Science in Nursing from Itawamba Community College and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 2017 and her Certified Diabetes Educator credential in 2018. Valerie will also be a certified insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring trainer. She has been married to her husband Steven for 14 years and they have three daughters, Brooklyn, Emily, and Addalyn. Emily is a Type 1 Diabetic and serves as the inspiration for Valerie’s career path. In their spare time, Valerie enjoys afternoon fishing trips, popcorn and movie nights at home and going on weekend trips with her husband.