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     Richard R. Hightower, M.D.

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    HightowerGeriatrics Specialist

    Dr. Hightower earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia, and did his residency training at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. Dr. Hightower is board-certified in family medicine.

     

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     Steve Livingston, Ph.D., LMFT

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    LivingstonBehavioral Medicine Scientist

    Dr. Livingston earned his doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Florida State University. He served as director and associate professor of the family therapy graduate program at Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon/Atlanta, prior to joining the family medicine faculty at Memorial. Previously, he served as the coordinator of the Ph.D. program in marriage and family counseling at Barry University in Orlando, Florida, and as adjunct faculty for Florida State University’s School of Social Work. 

    Dr. Livingston was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists in 2011, and currently serves as chairman of the board. In 2016, he began serving as chair of the ethics committee for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 

    Dr. Livingston is the director of behavioral services for Mercer University School of Medicine -- Savannah campus. He holds Georgia licensure as a marriage and family therapist and has 30 years of clinical experience with individuals, couples, and families.

     

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     Allison Andrews, PA-C

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    AndrewsPhysician Assistant School: South University, Savannah, Georgia

    Allison Andrews grew up in the Savannah area and completed both her undergraduate and graduate training here. She previously worked at the Chatham County Detention Center providing medical care to inmates. She joined our practice in January 2014. Andrews' areas of interest include women’s health, preventive medicine, and serving as a clinical preceptor for South University P.A. students. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants.

     

     

    PallayMedical School: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago
    Residency: Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, New Jersey

    Dr. Pallay is the Family Medicine Residency Program director at Memorial University Medical Center. He is also professor and chair of the department of family medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine's Savannah campus. Prior to this, Dr. Pallay was the owner/manager of a private group practice and medical director in the department of family medicine at Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School in New Jersey. He served as vice-chairman of the family medicine department at RWJ Medical School from 2002 through 2005. 

    Since 1975, Dr. Pallay has served on and chaired numerous committees, and held officer positions in the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Medical Society of New Jersey. In 1999, he was appointed to the New Jersey Public Health Council by then-Governor Christine Todd Whitman. He served as its chairman for four years. In the AAFP, he served on the Finance Commission and chaired the Commission on Public Health. 

    In 2005, Dr. Pallay was elected to a three-year term on the AAFP board of directors. He was on the New Jersey bioterrorism task force and the advisory task force on bioterrorism for the AAFP. He has established a strong track record with all of these organizations as both consultant and advocate for integrating fitness, sports medicine, cultural diversity, and the clinical practice of medicine and public health, pharmaceutical issues, competitive intelligence, and startup ventures. Dr. Pallay has assisted Mercer Health Consultants on several medical projects. Throughout his career, he has been involved in many entrepreneurial ventures, including new medical practices, an urgent care facilities company, and other medical device and pharmaceutical-related companies.

    CowartMedical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
    Residency: University of Virginia 

    I grew up in Savannah, Georgia, before moving to the Great Smoky Mountains in Murphy, North Carolina, for my high school years. I completed my undergraduate degree in biology at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina (Go Catamounts!). After that, I moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to attend medical school at Wake Forest University. I then moved to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Charlottesville, Virginia to complete my residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia (UVA).

    While there, I developed and cultivated my interests in women’s health and global health. I successfully completed the Global Health Leadership track and participated in a month-long rotation at a maternity ward in Tanzania. In addition to my continuity clinic in the primary care center at UVA, I also served as an international family medicine clinic provider. This clinic provides medical care to hundreds refugees from all over the world who are resettled in Charlottesville each year through the International Rescue Committee. It was a unique opportunity and I learned critical lessons about the complexities of caring for families from a myriad of cultures and backgrounds.

    After residency, I moved back to my hometown of Savannah and worked in a busy traditional private practice for two years before joining the faculty in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Memorial University Medical Center. Here, I am thrilled to pursue my passion of training well-rounded family physicians in full-spectrum family medicine. Professionally, my interests are evidence-based medicine, women’s health, global health, providing care to disenfranchised populations, and resident and patient education.

    In my spare time, I love to spend time with my husband and our growing brood of four-legged companions (we are up to two dogs and one cat at last count). I am a huge advocate for animal rescue. I also enjoy cooking, trying new restaurants, working out, sports (especially football and NASCAR) and traveling with my family.

    KellyMedical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus
    Residency: Tacoma Family Medicine (TFM) in Tacoma, Washington
    Fellowship: Family Medicine OB Fellowship at TFM

    As the spouse of an Army family physician, Dr. Kelly has had the opportunity to learn from medical experiences in different parts of the country. For five years after residency, she practiced full-spectrum care with surgical obstetrics at Multicare Health System, and was adjunct faculty for TFM, where she trained. She and her husband then moved to to central Texas for five years where she worked as a Department of the Army civilian at Fort Hood, serving as faculty at the Darnall Family Medicine Residency and director of the family medicine OB fellowship. She is excited to be in Savannah as faculty and to continue to teach full-scope family medicine, including surgical obstetrics and women's health procedures.

    Dr. Kelly has been involved in organized medicine since she was a second-year medical student. She considers advocacy work to be an integral part of her job description as a family physician. Holding various positions within national and state organizations provided an avenue for her to learn how to be a changemaker, and she has a personal passion for mentorship, primary care pipeline development, workforce diversity, and health equity.

    She has been married to her husband, Kevin, for 14 years. Dr. Kelly enjoys traveling, wine tasting, gardening, and the arts.

    MierMedical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Residency: New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, North Carolina

    Dr. Mier enjoys spending time with her two black-lab-mix dogs, shopping, sampling craft beers, and watching Michigan State Spartan athletic events (go green!). Her career interests include preventive medicine, osteopathic manipulation, women’s health, caring for the whole family, and teaching. 

    MurbachMedical School: Michigan State University 
    Residency: Fort Wayne Medical Education Family Medicine Residency Program, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Dr. Murbach enjoys all aspects of family medicine and working with residents. Her particular interests include women’s health, family physicians in community medicine, and helping patients have a good experience in health care. Personally, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

    ReddickMedical School: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta
    Residency: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Fellowship: UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine Career Development Fellowship

    Dr. Reddick’s work interests include health disparities, broad-spectrum family medicine (including obstetrics and procedures), and helping family doctors pass their board exams. He is the associate dean of diversity at Mercer University School of Medicine, and the advisor for the Diversity in Medicine Interest Group. Outside of work, he enjoys anything related to sports, his family, or his church. Dr. Reddick is currently training for an Ironman triathlon.

    SineathMedical School: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
    Residency: Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
    Fellowship: Military National Capital Consortium Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship, Bethesda

    Dr. Sineath’s interests include sports medicine and teaching medical students and residents. He and his family enjoy exercising, playing sports, anything involving the water, their local church, and serving in the community. He served in the Air Force for 12 and a half years and is currently in the Air National Guard.

    Additional Faculty

    HightowerGeriatrics Specialist

    Dr. Hightower earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia, and did his residency training at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. Dr. Hightower is board-certified in family medicine.

    LivingstonBehavioral Medicine Scientist

    Dr. Livingston earned his doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Florida State University. He served as director and associate professor of the family therapy graduate program at Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon/Atlanta, prior to joining the family medicine faculty at Memorial. Previously, he served as the coordinator of the Ph.D. program in marriage and family counseling at Barry University in Orlando, Florida, and as adjunct faculty for Florida State University’s School of Social Work. 

    Dr. Livingston was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists in 2011, and currently serves as chairman of the board. In 2016, he began serving as chair of the ethics committee for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 

    Dr. Livingston is the director of behavioral services for Mercer University School of Medicine -- Savannah campus. He holds Georgia licensure as a marriage and family therapist and has 30 years of clinical experience with individuals, couples, and families.

    AndrewsPhysician Assistant School: South University, Savannah, Georgia

    Allison Andrews grew up in the Savannah area and completed both her undergraduate and graduate training here. She previously worked at the Chatham County Detention Center providing medical care to inmates. She joined our practice in January 2014. Andrews' areas of interest include women’s health, preventive medicine, and serving as a clinical preceptor for South University P.A. students. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants.