Upson Regional Medical Center Physician Group

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Upson Regional Medical Center Announces New Names for Walk-In Primary Care Clinics

Upson Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce new names for their existing walk-in primary care clinic locations. Upson Family Medical Center will now be called Upson Family Medical Center Northside, while the Upson Clinic, a department of Upson Regional Medical Center, will now be referred to as Upson Family Medical Center Southside.

With a focus on high quality, no appointment necessary primary care services, both clinics provide walk-in access to healthcare providers. This name change is part of a rebranding strategy designed to align Upson’s two walk-in clinics with easily identifiable names.

Upson Regional CEO Jeff Tarrant commented, “We are so pleased to offer walk-in primary care services at these two locations for the convenience of our middle Georgia population. With our Southside Clinic open every weekday evening, and our Northside Clinic now open every Saturday morning, it has never been easier to reach a trusted Upson primary care provider. We believe this name change will better reflect the type of healthcare services available at each location.”

Upson Family Medical Center Southside is located at 206 Cherokee Road in Thomaston, and Upson Family Medical Center Northside at 1512 Highway 19 North in Thomaston. Southside is open Monday-Friday 11am-7:30pm, and Northside Monday-Friday 8am-4pm and Saturday 8am-12pm.

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Upson Regional Medical Center Welcomes ENT, Dr. David Thomson!

Upson Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome David Thomson, M.D. to Upson ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) beginning January 6.

Dr. Thomson has 30 years of practice experience in ENT/otolaryngology, specializing in ear, nose, and throat care, nasal and sinus conditions, sleep apnea, and hearing loss. Dr. Thomson earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Williamstown, MA. He earned his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society.  He did his residency in Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Virginia.

Following his residency, Thomson had a solo practice for 23 years. He was most recently employed by Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine as an otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon. He is board certified in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery by the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Thomson and his wife, Maggie, are excited to join the Upson community. “I chose to be part of the URMC family because of the wonderful, dedicated staff who are first and foremost dedicated to the welfare of the patient,” said Thomson.

Upson Regional CEO Jeff Tarrant commented, “We are delighted that Dr. Thomson is joining our growing medical community.  He is a well experienced physician within a unique specialty that is critically needed by our Middle Georgia population.  Dr. Thomson brings to us not only his ENT expertise, but also his sincere desire to truly be an effective resource to each patient and family that he touches.”

Dr. Thomson will work alongside audiologist, Dr. Kerry Evans, to provide comprehensive ear, nose, and throat diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment to patients of all ages. Upson ENT is located at 100 Hwy 18 W in Barnesville. For appointments, call 770-872-2321.

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Jack or Jill Gender Reveal

Upson OB/GYN is now offering gender reveal ultrasounds, known as “Jack or Jill Gender Reveal.” The ultrasounds are open to the public for $75 cash or card.

“There is nowhere in a 40 mile radius of Thomaston that offers gender reveal ultrasounds, and we are excited to have them here at Upson OB/GYN,” said Upson OB/GYN Clinical Supervisor Katie Heinrich.

The scans are 15 minutes long and the patient may schedule as early as 15 weeks gestation. Black and white pictures are provided and one 3-D picture is sent to the patient’s mobile device via Tricefy, which is a cloud-based medical imaging solution that enables users to archive images anytime. The baby’s heartbeat will also be heard, and a $25 plush stuffed animal is available as well.

The gender reveals are from  12 – 2 pm on Friday’s by appointment only. To schedule your Jack or Jill Gender Reveal, call Upson OB/GYN at 706-647-9627.

 

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Upson Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome Kevin Gingrich, M.D. to Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Surgery Thomaston and Barnesville locations beginning October 14.

Dr. Gingrich has over 25 years of practice experience in general orthopedics, total joint arthroplasty, trauma and sports medicine. Dr. Gingrich earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he received commendation in orthopedic surgery. He then did his internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopedic surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital.

Following his residency in orthopedic surgery, Gingrich started in a private practice opportunity for four years before returning to Hahnemann in 1996. He has been affiliated there ever since. He is board certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and an Assistant Professor at Drexel University School of Medicine. He also is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Gingrich is ready to relocate to a rural community where he can make a difference.

“I look forward to taking care of the orthopedic needs of this community alongside Dr. Brandon Boyce,” said Gingrich. I truly believe that Upson Regional Medical Center is the right place for me,” he added.

CEO Jeff Tarrant said “We are so pleased that Dr. Gingrich is moving to Thomaston and joining Upson Regional.  Through the leadership and expertise of Dr. Boyce, our orthopedics service line is already very busy and very successful.  Dr. Gingrich will be a great addition in helping further expand these very important services across our growing service area.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gingrich, call Orthopedics Sports Medicine and Surgery at 706-647-3030.

 

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Upson Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome James J. Zubernis to Upson OB/GYN Thomaston and Barnesville locations

Dr. Zubernis has over 25 years of practice experience in general obstetrics and gynecology, operative and cesarean deliveries, and open and laparoscopic gynecologic surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Zubernis earned his bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Zubernis is board certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. He most recently practiced at Marcus Day Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, Montana where he was named Chief of Surgery.

Dr. Zubernis is ready to move cross county and be a part of the Upson community with his wife Tina and children Colby and Elizabeth. They also have five other children; Christina, Emily, Jeffrey, Jamie and Christian who live on their own.

“I’ve always loved the south and feel as though I can make more of an impact in a rural community. The culture of Upson Regional Medical Center drew me here because the main priority there is the patient,” said Zubernis.

CEO Jeff Tarrant said “We are so pleased that Dr. James Zubernis has chosen to establish his practice with Upson Regional.  He is well experienced in obstetrics and women’s healthcare and is committed to providing exceptional patient experiences.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Zubernis, call Upson OB/GYN at 706-647-9627.

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Upson Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome Meagan Fussell, M.D. to Upson Family Physicians Thomaston location

 

Dr. Fussell practices family medicine and is committed to providing comprehensive health care to patients of all ages. Appointments are currently available to establish care. Her interests include pediatrics (family visits welcome), women’s health with experience in IUD insertions and removal, birth control implants, and annual screenings, weight loss expertise, and adult primary care, including diabetes management and hypertension. Dr. Fussell earned her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She did her residency at the University of Tennessee in Nashville.

Dr. Fussell is a member of the American Medical Association, which is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the United States. The AMA’s mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.  She is also a board certified member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Fussell is excited to be joining the Upson community alongside her husband, Dr. Corey Fussell, who joined Upson Family Physicians in August 2019.

“From the moment I first visited Thomaston, I knew it was the place for us. Everyone has been so welcoming and kind. I have not met a single stranger, just friends I did not know yet. As a family doctor, people trust you to care for the most precious part of their lives; their families. I can’t wait to start taking good care of all my new friends,” said Fussell.

CEO Jeff Tarrant said “We are excited to have Dr. Meagan Fussell joining our Thomaston medical community.  Dr. Fussell has shared with me how excited she is to become part of our community, develop relationships, and start caring for our population.  Dr. Fussell is a great example of a well-educated and dynamic family physician who is joining us in Thomaston for all the right reasons.”

Dr. Fussell is accepting new patients and walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call Upson Family Physicians at 706-647-7009.

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Welcome Dr. Fussell to Upson Family Physicians

Upson Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome Corey Fussell, M.D. to Upson Family Physicians Thomaston location beginning August 5th.

Dr. Fussell practices family medicine and is committed to providing comprehensive health care to patients of all ages. Appointments are currently available to establish care to include pediatric, women’s health, bariatric and adult primary care. Dr. Fussell earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of Tennessee in Nashville.

Dr. Fussell is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has additional training in advanced cardiovascular and pediatric life support.  He also was the recipient of the Physician Leadership and Advocacy Certificate and the Professional Promise Award, which honors undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in teaching, research or other contributions. He is a Captain and family physician in the US Army Reserve and he is also working on a private pilot’s license.

Dr. Fussell and his wife, Meagan, are excited to join the Upson community. Meagan, who is also a family practice physician, will join him at Upson Family Physicians in October 2019.

“When my oldest friend Dr. John Jenkins invited me to Thomaston 3 years ago, I fell for the community right away. I loved the rolling hills, beautiful scenery, and warm people. I knew then that Thomaston would become my home. I am excited for this opportunity and feel blessed to help take care of the people in Upson County and surrounding areas,” said Fussell.

CEO Jeff Tarrant said “We are delighted to have Dr. Corey Fussell join our Upson Regional family, and look forward to supporting him in providing needed primary care services to our Middle Georgia population.  Dr. Fussell has just graduated from the University of Tennessee Nashville’s outstanding family medicine residency program and I am confident he and his wife are going to be an outstanding fit for this area, both professionally and personally.”

Dr. Fussell is accepting new patients and walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call Upson Family Physicians at 706-647-7009.

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Dr. Donna M. Haney joins Upson Family Physicians

Upson Family Physicians welcomes back Dr. Donna M. Haney to their practice.

Haney was previously employed by Upson Regional Medical Center in 2000 before starting her own practice, Pike Family Medicine, where she has been in practice for 15 years.

“I am excited to be affiliated with Upson Regional Medical Center again because Upson provides quality medical care and I feel that I will be better able to provide quality care and additional services to my patients through this relationship,” said Haney.

Haney earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Berry College in Rome, GA and her medical degree from Mercer University in 1997. She completed her family medicine internship and residency at Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood, South Carolina. Haney is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

“Dr. Haney was born and raised in Pike County and her family is local. She has a vested interest in this community and its citizens and we are glad to have her back on board,” said Upson Physician Practice Administrator Jennifer Thompson.

Dr. Haney will be located at the Upson Family Physicians Pike Medical Office Building with Kelli Bryant. For appointments, call 770-872-5030.

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Upson Cardiology welcomes Dr. Alexander V. Smolensky

Upson Cardiology is pleased to welcome cardiologist Dr. Alexander V. Smolensky to their practice.

Dr. Smolensky will serve alongside cardiologist Mark Dorogy, MD and his specialties are general cardiology, preventive and sports cardiology, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, critical care, cardiac imaging, vascular medicine, internal medicine, and congenital heart disease. Dr. Smolensky is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.

Dr.  Smolensky is originally from Ukraine and earned his medical degree with honors from Dnepropetrovsk State Medical Academy in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine in 2002. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in 2014.

Dr. Smolensky has been in practice for almost 20 years. He previously practiced at Middle Georgia Heart and Vascular Center, LLC in Macon, GA and Madalyn N Davidoff, MD in Warner Robins, GA and was affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Coliseum Medical Centers, Navicent Health, Perry Hospital, Houston Medical Center, and Taylor Regional Hospital. He also currently serves as faculty in two residency programs through Emory University School of Medicine.

“We are very excited about the addition of Dr. Smolensky to our practice,” said cardiologist Mark Dorogy, MD. “Not only is his expertise valued but his addition will increase cardiology service availability in our community,” he added.

Dr. Smolensky currently resides in Byron, GA with his wife Olena and has two children, Andrew and Daniel.  “I am excited to serve patients in the Upson area for their cardiology needs,” he said.

For appointments, call 706-646-5712.

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Upson Cardiology welcomes Candice Young

Thomaston’s own Candice Young, nurse practitioner, has joined Upson Cardiology.

With almost 10 years of experience as a nurse, Young is dedicated, hard-working, and has proven ability to assess, treat, and educate patients and their families.

As a nurse practitioner, she will work alongside cardiologist Mark Dorogy, MD, to provide nursing care to patients with chronic and acute diseases. “I’ve always worked and lived in Upson County, and I love taking care of the community in which I was born and raised,” said Young.

Young graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing at South University. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Gordon State College. Previously, she was a charge nurse in the Special Care Unit at Upson Regional Medical Center and a nurse practitioner at McIntosh Trail CSB.  Candice has two children, Stephanie and Cheyenne, and they reside in Thomaston.

“We are excited to have Candice on our team. Her years of experience in nursing and strong communication skills make her a great asset,” said Mark Dorogy, MD.

 For appointments, call 706-646-5712.

 

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