Provider Spotlight


Purvis Family Practice Clinic
102 Shelby Speights Drive
Purvis, MS 39475
Phone: 601-794-8065

Michael R. O’Neal, MD

  1. What is your position in the clinic? Family Medicine physician at Purvis Family Practice Clinic.
  2. What are your responsibilities in this position? Daily family practice for acute, chronic and preventive care, as well as health education.
  3. How long have you been with the clinic? Twenty-five years.
  4. Where is your hometown?
  5. When you’re not at Hattiesburg Clinic, what do you like to do? Hiking, gardening and swimming.
  6. What is your favorite thing about working at Hattiesburg Clinic? Forming long-term friendships with my patients and having a family like staff.
  7. What makes you proud to work for Hattiesburg Clinic? Hattiesburg Clinic has changed tremendously since I came to the clinic. I have always been proud of how the organization’s leadership adapted to and supported these changes, always trying to make change the best.
  8. Tell me something your co-workers don’t know about you. I worked on a cattle farm growing up. I spent four months in Bolivia in the Andes Mountains and Alliplano as a medical student. I once made a loaf of bread from flour of the white oak acorns I gathered on the mountains I lived on in Kentucky.

Fun Facts: 

  • What is your motto in life? The saying that you repeat to your children the most?  To my children: When you hear yourself pre-judging – stop, rethink and apply compassion.
  • What song is on in your car or what radio station is on in your car right now?  Rolling Stones’ “Blue” and “Lonesome.”
  • What are the top three things to do on your bucket list?  Go to Bhutan, Cuba, and the Grand Canyon.
  • Tell us about your family.  My father was a physician, and my mother was a nurse. I have five sisters and one brother. I have four children and two grandchildren. We are all Methodist.

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