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Did you know? 

• 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. 

• One blistering sunburn significantly increases a person’s risk for developing melanoma. 

• Tanning bed use (even once!) increases melanoma risk by 20%. 

Protect the skin you’re in! 

• Mineral sunscreen (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) SPF30 or greater applied every 2 hours provides adequate protection for children and adults. 

• Long sleeves protect for a long time! Choose sun protective clothing and wide brimmed hats. 

• Keep children in shade to protect them from UV exposure. Play outdoors in the morning or evenings when the sunisn’t as bright. 

Free Skin Cancer Screenings 

May is nationally recognized as Skin Cancer Awareness month. For the past several years, MMC Dermatology has offered free skin cancer screenings for new patients in the month of May. And they are proud to provide that same offer again this year! New patients will be scheduled with Carolyn Goodman Henn, DNP/FNP-C, who recently joined the practice as Dr. Brad Bledsoe’s Nurse Practitioner in 2021. Any additional treatment or procedure recommended will be scheduled accordingly. For more than 25years MMC Dermatology has served our community by providing adults and children the very best in skin care. To schedule an appointment, call 615-867-8220 or

Your health is our mission. 

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter (MMC) announced that applications are now being accepted for the ‘Drs. David and Yolando Chatman Scholarship’. The scholarship will be awarded to a local college junior, senior or graduate student who is advancing to medical school and is also a member of an ethnic minority group that is often underrepresented in medicine.

MMC named the scholarship after two of its physicians, each known for their impact on the culture, diversity and overall success of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic in their 25+ years with the clinic.

Yolando McGriff-Chatman, M.D. joined Murfreesboro Medical Clinic in 1996 as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist and later practiced Gynecology only. David Chatman, M.D., a Vascular Surgeon, joined MMC a couple of years later as a member of its Surgery Department. Through the years, they have mentored many students on their paths to medical school. The couple plans to retire from the practice of medicine and MMC in May and move to Ohio to be closer to their daughter as she begins her medical career.

“Both David and Yolando have dedicated their careers to providing their patients and this community with the highest levels of care,” said Joey Peay, MMC’s Chief Executive Officer. “As we considered what to name our scholarship, it made sense to honor those two individuals who have served as important role models in our Clinic and in the overall medical community.  Their compassion and their commitment to helping develop the skills of other physicians, especially minority physicians, should be an example for all of us to follow.  We, as an organization, are thankful for their leadership, and they will be missed at MMC and in the Murfreesboro medical community.”

What inspired the scholarship?

In 2020, the physicians at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter established The MMC Foundation (a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation) to advance its mission to foster continuous improvement in the community’s health. The MMC Foundation partnered with MMC’s Diversity Committee, led by Dr. David Chatman for the past 3 years, to develop a scholarship for local students who are advancing to medical school and who are also members of ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the medical profession.

The scholarship was inspired by Rutherford County’s own Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund (created by the late Dr. George Smith and Mary Scales), which was created in 1984 to help address concerns regarding the African American achievement gap in the local community.

“Representation matters,” said Dr. Chatman. “There are physical, educational, social, and economic barriers which serve to dissuade diverse students from seeking leadership opportunities and membership within dissimilar communities. Diversity in representation helps to break these barriers down, and helps to normalize and realize the American dream for all Americans.” 

Criteria for the scholarship can be found online at Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2022 to be considered.

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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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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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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is proud to be a partner in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Care. Dana Carter, FNP-C of MMC Neurology is a Multiple Sclerosis Registered Nurse, which means she is specially trained to help patients with MS receive the care they need. Here, she gives some advice for MS patients and answers some questions regarding MS.

When a person is diagnosed with MS, what is very important for him or her to know?

“When it comes to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), education is key. Many MS patients do not realize that some of the mood changes, fatigue and cognitive issues can be directly related to MS changes in the brain. Some symptoms can also be related to medications we use to treat MS symptoms.

I also think that caregiver support is pertinent. Family and close friends need to understand that changes can occur from MS and learn how to better support their loved one through those changes. If a spouse or family members are not aware of potential changes that can result from MS, it can cause severe stress on marriage and close relationships. Many patients develop depression and anxiety. If they do not have a good support system, this makes coping with their disease even more difficult.

I recommend that patients bring a family member to their appointments to help family understand some of the changes that patient is experiencing. Also, please visit the National MS Society’s website for patient/family support resources.”

What does it mean to be “a partner in MS care?”

“It means exactly that! Patients need to feel that they are being heard and that they are not alone in their struggles. It is important to ask patients when they first noticed a specific symptom or when it seemed to get worse. This can help determine if what they are feeling is a direct result of brain changes or may be related to medication side effects. Also, it is important for patients to understand that most MS patients will have symptom fluctuations from day today. They need a reliable resource to ask questions and guide them through the distressing and frustrating symptoms they may be experiencing.”

What is a “pearl of knowledge” for your patients?

“Minor infections, such as urinary infections or viral infections can cause a temporary increase in their MS symptoms. Patients may have a temporary increase in their symptoms during times of increased stress and when they are more fatigued. Your brain and central nervous control all bodily functions and symptoms, so ultimately any new symptom you experience could be related to MS or changes in your CNS. This is why regular visits and discussion with your MS specialist is very important!”

MMC Neurology provides MS diagnosis and second opinions along with ongoing medical and symptom management. We offer physical therapy, self-care education, neuropsychological evaluation, complimentary therapies and more. MMC has all of your expert MS care in one location including state-of-the-art infusion services and radiology services. We work to provide you with the personalized care that you need to live life to the fullest. If you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment, call 615-867-8090 or visit our website.

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In 2011, Bald in the Boro was founded in partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help fund childhood cancer research through a fun day of head-shaving! Over the course of 10 years, local supporters and participants raised $500,000!

We are so thankful for the community's support over the years; unfortunately, this event has come to an end.

"It was a great 10 year run," said Jeremy Harrison, M.D., a Murfreesboro Medical Clinic pediatrician who helped bring Bald in the Boro to Murfreesboro. "We're proud to have raised funds in a way that honored childhood cancer survivors, angels and their families. I just want to thank all of the volunteers, shavees and honored kids that have been part of the experience. I hope we can all find creative ways to GIVE in the coming years as the work of fighting childhood cancer continues."

We encourage you to continue supporting the St. Baldrick's Foundation to help conquer childhood cancers. Visit to donate or to find other ways to get involved.

A Special Thank You To:

Our Sponsors: 

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic | The Beehive Salon | Lanes, Trains and Automobiles | Shea & Dugger Wealth Advisors

Our Committee Members:

Marshall Campbell | Carrie Fitzgerald | Denise Flanagan | Dawn Harrison | Dr. Jeremy Harrison | Lauren Knox | Jimmy Patrick | Tracy Tucker | Laura VanNorstran

Our Long-Time Supporters:

Long-time volunteers, shavees, honored kids, and supporters who made this event possible.

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The physicians of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter(MMC) are proud to announce a new scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a U.S. medical/osteopathic school student from our local region who is also a member of a minority group that is underrepresented in medicine.

In 2020, the physicians at MMC established a charitable foundation to advance its mission to foster continuous improvement in our community’s health. MMC’s Board of Directors developed a Diversity Committee, led by one of MMC’s Vascular Surgeons, David M. Chatman, M.D. Comprised of a diverse group of physicians, the committee set a goal to enhance the diversity of the Rutherford County medical community through the recruitment and development of physicians from minority groups that are typically underrepresented in medicine.  These groups include African-American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Native American/American Indian or Alaska natives, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or lower socioeconomic status.  One method to achieve this goal was to work through the newly formed foundation to establish a scholarship for minority students on the path to medical school.

The scholarship was inspired by Rutherford County’s own Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund (created by the late Dr. George Smith and Mary Scales), which was created in 1984 to help address concerns regarding the  African American achievement gap in the local area.

“Representation matters,” said Dr. Chatman. “There are physical, educational, social, and economic barriers which serve to dissuade diverse students from seeking leadership opportunities and membership within dissimilar communities. Diversity in representation helps to break these barriers down, and helps to normalize and realize the American dream for all Americans.”

MMC has recognized the need to keep up with the growth in our community. Rutherford County has been ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the state and the country. That growth has led to more diversity among our community and patients. MMC’s physicians and leadership have recognized the need to support and foster more diversity among healthcare professionals locally and across our region. Thus the MMC Foundation, Inc. and the scholarship came to fruition at the end of 2020.

“When my wife and I were choosing pediatricians for our children, we thought it would be important to choose a female pediatrician for our daughters so that they could see a woman in such an important role to inspire them to pursue dreams and careers that may not normally be filled by women,” notes Joey Peay, MMC’s Chief Executive Officer. He continued, “As a group, the Clinic’s leadership wanted to assist the members of our community’s minority groups so that their children can see members of the same ethnic group in such prominent positions of leadership in the community. If we can help inspire local minority students to achieve their goal of attending medical school and becoming a physician, the program will have been a success!”

Final details and criteria will be available soon. Students interested in applying for the 2021-2022 school year are encouraged to follow MMC’s Facebook page and website for more details and updates.

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic has temporarily opened an additional MMC Now location on the first floor of MMC’s Shelbyville Pike Location to continue to serve our community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We ask that you call us at 615-867-8002 for an estimated treatment time before you arrive. This will allow you to check-in from your smartphone and skip the waiting room. Online check-in WILL NOT be available for this location.

COVID-19 testing is available at this location, in addition to other acute medical services. Please visit for a full list of services, hours, phone numbers, and other MMC Now locations.

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Healthy New Year

December 18th, 2020

Navigating life in the midst of a pandemic is never where we saw our 2020 headed. As we wrap up this year and count down to a new year, it’s expected that the majority of us will plan resolutions and set goals for a healthier, happier 2021.

While COVID-19 is still a public health crisis, it is not the only health crisis that we face.  It is still vital that you do not neglect preventative visits, follow-up appointments, necessary tests and vaccines that are crucial in keeping yourself, your family, and your community safe and healthy.

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic continues to focus on the overall health of our patients by providing a safe environment for in-person care and by expanding our telemedicine capabilities for remote care.

Having a primary care doctor right now is more important than ever. I continue to find underlying conditions on a daily basis which, when detected early, are more manageable or even curable. Rather than waiting until a disease progresses to be difficult to control or even life altering, act preemptively.

It is an opportune time for healthy individuals to start seeing a primary care provider (PCP). Having a PCP comes with many benefits, including quick access to customized, high-quality medical care when you need it most and continued support for your ongoing medical issues. Furthermore, you can build a relationship of trust with your PCP, so you can be treated in the most effective way and are not left to make difficult health decisions on your own.

Being established with a PCP also connects you to various specialties when needed. From women’s care to routine preventive screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies, early detection is the key.

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic has a team of skilled physicians who would love to join you on your journey to better health. To schedule an appointment, please visit or call 615-893-4480.

by Brian Gray, D.O.

Internal and Family Medicine

Dr. Gray believes that healthcare is an ever-evolving field with new opportunities for growth. His goal is to help patients better manage their health while also caring for the patient’s overall wellbeing.  

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November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. In honor of this month, we asked MMC Neurologist Dr. J. Blake Kellum, Jr. a few common questions regarding Alzheimer's Disease.

What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?

Dementia is a catch-all term  given to any condition resulting in memory loss and cognitive decline, as result of organic  disease. Alzheimer's    disease is a subset of dementia, and is the most common cause.  Other causes include vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, B12 deficiency, etc.

What are the early signs of Alzheimer's disease?

The 1st part of the brain involved with Alzheimer's disease is a part of the temporal lobe, referred to as the hippocampus.  This structure is responsible for registering of new memories.  Therefore the 1st symptom would involve short-term memory, consisting primarily of repeating questions and not remembering what is told to the patient. As the disease progresses, and other parts of the brain become involved, and one might see language disturbance and visuospatial disorientation.  Changes in behavior and personality will also become manifest.

What are the causes of Alzheimer's disease?

The biochemical cause is the deposition of amyloid plaques in brain tissue, followed by the formation of  tangles within neurons.  The precise cause of this is unknown.  There is no specific “Alzheimer's gene”, although there may be an association with certain types of biomolecules, such as apolipoproteins.  The overall process is multifactorial.

How can family, friends and caregivers provide help for people with Alzheimer's disease?

Most importantly, friends and family can be of most help by being caring, understanding and patient.  Consultation with trained professionals is of paramount importance.

If you have any questions, please call MMC Neurology at 615-867-8090 or visit

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