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Apr 20, 2017

Clinic Opens Monticello Family Medicine, Welcomes Stephens

Hattiesburg Clinic is pleased to announce its affiliation with Monticello Family Medicine, with the addition of James W. Stephens, MD. At Monticello Family Medicine, formerly known as James W. Stephens, MD, Family Medicine, Dr. Stephens provides comprehensive family medicine care and management of both acute and chronic medical conditions, including wound care and management. He received his medical degree from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine in Belgrade, Serbia. He went on to complete a family medicine residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. Dr. Stephens is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and by the American Board of Wound Management. He is a member of the Southern Medical Association, Mississippi State Medical Association, American Professional Wound Care Association and the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Stephens also provides wound care and management at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, Miss.
Apr 10, 2017

Free Memory Screenings set for May 18

Hattiesburg Clinic Memory Center will offer memory screenings Thursday, May 18, free to the public. The screenings will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hattiesburg Clinic Memory Center, located on the sixth floor of the main clinic. Participants will check in at the front desk. Space is limited and registration is required. While the 15-minute screenings are not intended to diagnose any illness or replace consultation with a qualified health care provider, they may help uncover early signs of memory impairment or dementia. Screening participants will also receive relevant educational materials and resources. To register for a screening, call 601-268-5606.
Apr 7, 2017

Botox Treatment Proves Life-changing for Migraine Patients

[caption id="attachment_10042" align="alignleft" width="225"] Katie Walley and her son[/caption] Katie Walley is a Hattiesburg, Miss., resident whose life changed a year ago. After battling years of migraines since childhood, the condition had become too much. Walley would sometimes get three to four chronic migraines a week, which she described as “debilitating and paralyzing.” “As I got older, I remember in high school and college – especially during stressful finals – sometimes they would last two days,” Walley recalled. In 2015, after a particularly difficult month of suffering with nearly 20 headaches, her neurologist, C. Scott Lynn, MD, at Hattiesburg Clinic Neurology, recommended Botox. Walley was aware that the drug had long been used as a cosmetic injection to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles but had also been hearing about it as a way to treat migraines. She said considering how relentless her condition had become, she was eager to try. “After the first [treatment], I only had one headache following Botox. It has since decreased to none,” said Walley. Botox, an injection of the neurotoxin onabotulinumtoxinA, is the first and currently the only FDA-approved preventative treatment for adults with chronic migraines. After it was studied in large clinical trials of people with chronic migraine, the drug met the necessary requirements for safety and effectiveness and was given the green light by the FDA in 2010. Since then, approximately 100,000 people with chronic migraine have been treated with Botox. “Chronic migraine is a severe subtype of migraine. It’s typically diagnosed when a patient has a history of migraine and experiences a headache 15 or more days in a month that might last four or more hours each day,” said Wendell R. Helveston, MD, another neurologist at Hattiesburg Clinic who uses Botox to treat migraines. Dr. Helveston said the use of Botox for migraines is growing due to patients finding success with it as a way to prevent headaches. “It’s easier to get ahead of the headache and catch it before it starts, rather than trying to treat it during a chronic migraine episode,” he said. To treat chronic migraine, Botox is injected into the muscles of the forehead, side and back of the head and neck. Botox works by blocking the pain signals and allowing the muscles to relax. The treatments are usually given once every 90 days. Sherry Broome, of Lumberton, Miss., lived with migraines for at least 20 years. “I would get them several times weekly. They’d put me in bed, unable to function, vomiting,” she said. Broome first heard about Botox as an option for migraines from her sister-in-law. After beginning treatment, she noticed significant results. “I can get out of the house, go to church, spend time with my grandchildren. It gave me my life back,” she said. Jose P. Fernandez, Jr., MD, who treats Broome for her migraines, said although results vary per patient, many patients have found the treatment to be surprisingly effective. “Most patients are very pleased with the outcome. We usually find that it works better each time and, with each round of treatment, continues to reduce the number of headache days each month,” said Dr. Fernandez. That is a fact to which Katie Walley attests. She said her quality of life has drastically changed. She has not had a single migraine in more than a year. The mother of two is now able to use some of that extra headache-free time to become more active in her kids’ lives. And they’ve noticed it, too. “My boys are so happy that I don’t ‘always have a bad headache’,” she said. “I used to have to lay down before we’d do anything, and now I don’t have to do that. It is freeing.” To learn more about Botox for migraines, visit or call 601-268-5620.
Apr 7, 2017

Bellevue Family Medicine Welcomes Williamson

Adrianna G. Williamson, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Bellevue Family Medicine. Mrs. Williamson has a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She joins Jack G. Hudson, MD; Lane J. Pitts, MD; Brett D. Robbins, MD; Lisa M. Bailey, CNP; Breanne N. Leathers, CNP; and Jennifer F. Pattie, CNP, at Bellevue Family Medicine.
Apr 6, 2017

Endocrine Care Welcomes Sharp

Veronica D. Sharp, PA-C, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Endocrine Care. Sharp received her Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies from University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants. She joins Todd W. Frieze, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU, CCD, at Endocrine Care.