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For the Love of Our Patients

October 19th, 2021

2021 Crystal Scholarship Recipients

Suzy Dotson | Haylee Ferguson | Hope Marrero | Blake Preston | Alan Rodriguez | Kristin Schuler | Anna Truitt | Tyler Vanderheyden | Aubrey Wilkinson

Every year, the physicians at the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC) Comprehensive Breast Center care for the medical needs of hundreds of women diagnosed with breast cancer. From detection to restoration, patients are guided on a unique journey toward recovery. But in 2019, MMC decided to extend care beyond its facilities to honor the families of breast cancer patients.

The Crystal Scholarship was created to assist children of MMC’s breast cancer patients in continuing their education beyond high school.

“As a mom myself, I know that the people I would worry about most, should I ever develop a life-threatening condition, are my children,” said Dr. Lisa White, a provider at MMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center. “This scholarship is our way of showing our patients that we care about not only them, but those individuals who are dearest to them.”

The name of the ‘Crystal’ Scholarship was inspired by MMC patient, Crystal Brown. Crystal cared deeply about her 3 boys, Michael, Matthew and Mason and her husband, Jeff. Her oldest son Michael received the inaugural scholarship in May 2019. Since the scholarship’s inception in 2019, almost $20,000 of funding has been provided to high school seniors graduating from schools all over the state. These students have then gone on to pursue careers ranging from nursing to marine biology to international law. In May 2021, the Crystal Scholarship was awarded to 9 high school seniors.

To learn more about the Crystal Scholarship or how to make a contribution, call the MMC Comprehensive Breast Center at 615-867-8040.

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On Friday, October 22, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter (MMC) and TrustPoint Hospital will be partnering with the Prevention Coalition for Success, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the Murfreesboro Police Department to provide a safe place for you to dispose of your unused medications.

In an effort to reduce the amount of potentially dangerous medications in Rutherford County while also increasing awareness about substance abuse, the groups will operate a drive-thru drop-off booth in the South parking lot of MMC’s Garrison Drive location to collect unwanted, unused or expired medications.

The groups hope to match the success that they had at a similar takeback event in late April, where they collected a record 350 pounds of medications from hundreds of community members over the course of just a few hours. 

“The success of this program is evident in the significant quantities of medications that were collected,” stated Joey Peay, CEO of MMC. “If just one life can be saved or improved by keeping these potentially dangerous medications out of the hands of a child or off the streets, then the time and effort put into these types of programs are worth it!”

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers, representatives and law enforcement officers will be collecting tablets, capsules and other solid forms of medications. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), illegal drugs, syringes and other sharps will not be accepted.

“It is our goal to link with our community partners to escalate knowledge, resources and safe practices for the families in our community,” said Beth Goodner, CEO of TrustPoint Hospital.

With improper storage at home, many medications can easily be purposefully or accidentally misused. In an effort to reduce misuse and make safe storage more possible for the community, the Prevention Coalition for Success will be offering free home lock boxes at this event as well.

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter is proud to announce the addition of Justin Miller, D.O. to its Radiology Department.

Justin Miller, D.O. is a skilled board-certified radiologist who is now practicing at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC). He is originally from Maryland, but he has spent time practicing in Tennessee for many years now.

Following his father's footsteps, Dr. Miller attended Salisbury University and graduated in 2003 with highest honors. In 2007, he received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing a transitional internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2008. He then completed his radiology residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at the top of his class in 2012 before being assigned to Ft. Campbell for active duty. Dr. Miller attributes much of his success as a civilian radiologist to his experience at Ft. Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, where he provided a full surge of diagnostic imaging for military service men and women.

Dr. Miller is very involved in the Catholic community, and in his free time he enjoys many athletic activities including soccer, rock climbing, jujitsu and natural movement.

Dr. Miller and his wife, Heather,  have 3 children. They are extremely excited to be back in Middle Tennessee.

For more information about Dr. Miller or to make an appointment with MMC Radiology, visit or call 615-867-8150.

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter is proud to announce the addition of J. Brett Farmer, M.D. to its Ophthalmology Department.

J. Brett Farmer, M.D. is a board-eligible ophthalmologist who is now practicing at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. Dr. Farmer, a Murfreesboro native, says he is excited to have the opportunity to care for patients of his hometown.

Dr. Farmer received his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University before attending East Tennessee State University for his medical degree. He then went on to attend the University of Kentucky for his residency in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Farmer is skilled in comprehensive ophthalmology services, but he takes a special interest in the treatment of glaucoma.

He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Murfreesboro with their two children. 

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering at his church. He enjoys many different outdoor activities including golf, archery, hiking, and fishing.

For more information about Dr. Farmer or to make an appointment, visit his physician page or call 615-867-8050.

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter is proud to announce the addition of Nicholas Stoffel, M.D. to its Pediatrics Department.

Nicholas Stoffel, M.D. is a board-certified pediatrician who is now practicing at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC). Dr. Stoffel is originally from Wabash, Indiana, a small town in Northern Indiana. He received his medical degree from Indiana University and went on to Vanderbilt University for his Pediatric Residency.

Dr. Stoffel says his favorite thing about being a Pediatrician is the relationships he gets to build with his patients and their families, and the opportunity to make a positive impact where he can. He has interests in newborn health, preventative medicine, childhood development, nutrition and exercise, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, depression and anxiety, and adolescent care.

Outside of work, his interests and hobbies include hiking, fishing, and traveling. 

For more information about Dr. Nicholas Stoffel or to make an appointment, visit his physician page or call 615-867-8020.

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The health and safety of our patients is our top priority. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, MMC has followed the CDC’s recommendations for healthcare facilities regarding masks. Additionally, OSHA has recently released regulations that instruct healthcare facilities to continue requiring masks. Therefore, MMC will continue to require masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all facilities for all patients and visitors ages 2 and above.  Although this may be inconvenient, face masks provide protection for our most vulnerable patients and staff. We appreciate your patience and understanding when visiting our facilities. Your health is our mission.

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Growing to Meet the Healthcare Needs of Our Community

In July,  two leading groups of local physicians joined forces to serve our growing community. Warren Langworthy, M.D., Scott Eller, M.D., their associates, and the staff of Middle Tennessee Family Medicine joined Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter.

 “Over the years, MMC has considered opportunities to reach out to other physicians in the community to join MMC, and Dr. Langworthy’s name always came up,” noted Joey Peay, MMC’s Chief Executive Officer.  “He and Dr. Eller have such similar practice styles and a commitment to clinical excellence for their patients just like our Internal and Family Medicine Physicians. It just made too much sense!”  Peay continued, “When the pandemic began last spring, we began working with Drs. Langworthy and Eller to help get COVID-19testing for their patients.  Things took off from there and ultimately resulted in their decision to join MMC.”

 Dr. Warren Langworthy has maintained an independently-managed family medicine practice in Murfreesboro, TN since 1989. Over the years, his practice saw great growth, and in 2006, Dr. Scott Eller joined his practice.  Growth has not slowed down in recent years as they have added several nurse practitioners and physician assistants to help care for their growing patient base.

 "Over the past 32 years, our practice has seen amazing growth, which we have managed independently; however, now is the time for us to make a change to help us accommodate this growth and the responsibilities that come with it," noted Warren Langworthy, M.D.  "I am grateful and humbled by the opportunity to become part of MMC and ask our faithful patients to accompany us with patience and love as we move into our new stage of medicine," he said.

 Drs. Langworthy and Eller, as well as their nurse practitioners and physician assistants, will continue to practice at the same location, 237 W Northfield Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN.  It will become the MMC Northfield office, with a new phone number, 615-867-8010.

 Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is Murfreesboro’s premier multi-specialty, physician-owned medical practice committed to offering patients the best of both primary and specialty care in Middle Tennessee since 1949. To learn more

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter is proud to announce the addition of Reece Rickertsen, D.P.M. to its Podiatry Department.

Reece Rickertsen, D.P.M. is a board-certified podiatrist who has extensive training in elective foot and ankle surgery, reconstructive operations, diabetic wounds, and has a special interest in foot and ankle trauma. Dr. Rickertsen grew up in rural Iowa on a multigenerational farm. Prior to attending college, he was trained as an Emergency Medical Technician. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Luther College where he was also a collegiate football player. He then attended Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine, where he received his medical degree in Podiatric Medicine and completed his Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan.

“Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is excited to have Dr. Rickertsen join our organization,” says Joey Peay, CEO of MMC. “He brings a great overall attitude care coupled with a commitment to patient care that fits well with our organization. We look forward to him joining Dr. Andrew Lamay in our Podiatry Department.”

Dr. Rickertsen is an avid sports fan who enjoys cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Bears. He enjoys cooking, woodworking and spending time with his wife, Jillian, and son, Harrison, and their two dogs.

For more information about Dr. Reece Rickertsen or to make an appointment, visit his provider page or call 615-867-8170.

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June 21st, 2021

What is a migraine?

Migraine involves much more than just a headache. It’s a very common neurological condition – about 70% of patients have a first degree relative that also has migraines. Migraines are not typically related to any brain abnormalities and no markers are present on brain imaging. The mechanism of migraines is not completely understood; however, when migraines are triggered, CGRP and other neuropeptides are released. These neuropeptides cause vasodilation and neuro-inflammation in the brain. Possible Migraine triggers include: weather changes, certain foods, sleep changes, dehydration, stress and alcohol.

When should I see a specialist?

If migraines or headaches are affecting your quality of life – you’re missing school, you’re missing work, you’re missing family activities – or if you’re having more than two headaches a week and are having trouble getting rid of them, it’s probably time to come see a specialist.

Treatment Options:

When you come in, we’ll do a neurological exam and we’ll decide whether imaging is needed based on your symptoms and your exam. Acute treatment for patients with migraines could include prescription pills, nasal sprays, or injectables. Medications we use to treat migraines target neuropeptides, neuro-inflammation and some cause vasoconstriction of blood vessels. We also offer Botox injections for chronic migraines (15+ headaches/month with at least 8 of these days including migraine symptoms), where Botox is injected in 31 FDA approved sites every 12 weeks. Also, the newest option for migraine prevention for people with refractory headaches is an every-three-month infusion.

If you’re suffering with headaches or migraines, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. Call MMC Neurology at 615-867-8090 or click here.

Dana Carter, APRN, FNP-C, MSCN, AQH

MMC Neurology

Hi, my name is Dana Carter. I’m a Nurse Practitioner at MMC Neurology. I am a headache specialist, which means I have special training and have earned an added certification in headache medicine from the National Headache Foundation. I love helping people feel better and improving their quality of life through treatment.

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Looking for date ideas, but trying to stay healthy? I would love to share some of my favorite date night and day date ideas that are tons of fun and will allow you to stay on track!

Keeping it local, let's first talk about some restaurants that offer healthier options and a great "date" atmosphere right here in town. If you haven't been to Primrose Table, it's a must! I love their seasonal, local menu. You can often find healthy choices on their menu such as fresh fish and unique veggie sides - hint hint, the coconut creamed kale is awesome. Try their marcona almond hummus, and instead of pita ask for cucumbers. You won't regret it. Another local date night spot is Steakhouse Five. Consider getting a lean piece of steak or a cut of wild salmon from their menu on your date night. While the tab may be a little pricier, there are some healthy options to choose from that are full of flavor. My personal favorite is their Brussels sprouts!

Often dates revolve around food, but there are great date alternatives in Murfreesboro that don't have to include a meal. Climb Murfreesboro is a great activity to try on a day date or evening date! As a couple you can learn a new skill and get active! Also, consider checking out local parks such as Barfield Crescent Park or the Stones River Battlefield, where you can hike and explore local history. If you are feeling up for it, you can pack a lunch and have a picnic - include finger foods such as string cheese, grapes, whole grain crackers and lean deli meats to make it easier. Be sure to stay hydrated - pack a big jug of water for your day full of activity. Dates that keep you active not only allow quality time, but help you reach your weight loss goals too!

If you are looking to venture out of Murfreesboro for a date, consider escaping to Nashville for the day. You can get your steps in by exploring the Frist Art Museum. They currently have a great Picasso exhibit all the way from France. It will be there until May, and I promise you do not want to miss it. Another favorite in Nashville is a little local restaurant called Epice. It is in the 12 South neighborhood and boasts fresh Lebanese dishes including lamb and fresh fish. The atmosphere is intimate, and the food is fresh and healthy; what better way is there to spend a date night? My personal favorite dish is the Sayadeya, a white flakey fish served with grilled vegetables and lentils. The street that Epice is located on allows for walking and exploring, so after your meal head next door to the park for a walk, or walk down 12th Avenue South and take a peek in all the shops. Another way to get those steps in!

Caring for your health should not be a chore. Here at MMC Weight Loss and Wellness, we’re all about creative, healthy fun! We’re here to help you reach your goals and establish a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions for us or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please call 615-867-8100 today!

Your health is our mission.

By Lauren Holland, FNP-C

MMC Weight Loss and Wellness

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