We realize the importance of choosing a doctor for your family. That’s why we take the time to get to know you. Here's a little bit about us.
Dr. Robert Skinner
A native of Olive Branch, MS, Dr. Skinner has practiced in DeSoto County since 2001. He received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi College and completed medical school at Kansas City University School of Medicine in 1998. He completed his residency in 2001 through the University of Mississippi Family Medicine Residency Program where he also served as Chief Resident. Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Skinner co-founded Family Medical Clinic of North Mississippi in 2003. With a long-time passion for preventing and treating cardiovascular disease he founded the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center in 2011. Dr. Skinner has completed a Masters course in Clinical Lipidology, as well as completing a preceptorship program in the Bale/Doneen Method for prevention of heart attacks, ischemic strokes and diabetes.
Dr. Deanna Nabors
Dr. Nabors is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine and pediatrics. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Memphis in 1987 and attended medical school at the University of Tennessee, Health Sciences Center. She went on to complete a Med-Peds residency at UT in Memphis in 1991. Dr. Nabors is married to Forest Nabors since 1989 and has 3 children, Jackson, Kelley and Jessie. Her hobbies include reading, renovating houses and decorating but her biggest joy is her faith, family and serving her patients. She is excited to be back in the northwest Mississippi and Memphis area.
Dr. Julie Carpenter
Dr. Carpenter, a board-certified Family Practice physician, has been practicing medicine in North Mississippi and the Memphis area since 2001. A native of West Tennessee, she received a B.S. in Biology from Christian Brothers University and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1998 with High Honors. While in medical school she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her residency in Family Practice through the University of Tennessee at St. Francis Hospital in 2001. Dr. Carpenter and her husband, Rick, have 2 children, Caroline and Graham. She is an active member of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis where she enjoys playing French Horn in their orchestra.
Jerry C. McLarty, FNP
A native of the Olive Branch area, Jerry has practiced in DeSoto County since 1998. He graduated from Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1991, received his BSN from Union University in 1994, and a Master of Science in Nursing, FNP, from Delta State University in 1998. He is Board Certified by the ANCC. Jerry has extensive nursing management experience in Emergency Medicine and has practiced as a Nurse Practitioner since 1998. Jerry and his wife Julie attend Central Church in Memphis. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys hunting and spending time with his family.
Nicole Payne, FNP
A native of the Mississippi Delta, Nicole Payne has practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Desoto County since 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Delta State University in 2004 and completed her Master of Science in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 2007. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurse Credentaling Center. Nicole's passion is preventative medicine as well as chronic disease management. She has completed the preceptorship in the Bale/Doneen Method for prevention of heart attacks, ischemic strokes, and diabetes and attends yearly symposiums on family practice issues. Nicole is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Desoto County Area Nurse Practitioner Association. She is also an active member of Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch, MS and is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Desoto. During her spare time, Nicole enjoys traveling.
Shone Cook, FNP
Shone is a native Mississippian, born in Yazoo City and raised in Jackson, MS. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, Cum Laude, in 1996. Shone also served in the United States Navy for 4 years and received an honorable discharge. He attended Delta State University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program finishing first in his class and is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Shone is fluent in both English and Spanish. He is also certified through Cambridge University to Teach English as a foreign language. He is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau international honor society. His experience includes family practice, oncology and pediatrics.Shone is married to Susana and they have two children, Sean, 8 and Luke, 2. They reside in Olive Branch.
Paula Miller, FNP
A native of Mississippi, Paula has been a nurse in the medical field for 40 years. She received her Associate Degree, Baccalaureate Degree and Masters Degree from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist as well as board certified as a Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1983. Her practice experience includes family practice and public health in Mississippi as well as high risk ob/gyn, burn and wound clinics and hospitalist work in Omaha, Nebraska for 12 years. Paula has recently returned to her home state to be nearer family, especially her 3 grandchildren! She and her husband enjoy attending Life Fellowship church in Southhaven as well as an occasional round of golf together. She also enjoys going home to some of her best friends, those being, 2 dogs, 2 cows, 3 ducks, 4 guineas, and several dozen chickens.
Samantha Vickrey, FNP
A native of Germantown, TN, Samantha has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2015. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. She then moved home to the Memphis area and worked as a med-surg nurse at St. Francis Hospital. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2015 and has been practicing family medicine since. She is board certified though the AANP. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling. She also enjoys watching SEC football and is a huge Memphis Grizzlies fan.
Lauren Vanderburg, FNP
A native of Olive Branch, MS, Lauren has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2017. She graduated from Baptist College of Health Sciences in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and worked as an ER nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Memphis. She received her Masters of Science in Nurse from the University of Memphis in 2017. Lauren is board certified through the AANP. She is married to Justin and they have a one year old son, Grayson. In their spare time, they love cheering for the Ole Miss Rebels.