Meet our team!
Whitaker Michael Smith, MD
Dr. Whitaker Michael Smith is a board-certified family physician with 27 years of practice experience. He attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and attained his M.D. degree in 1988. He completed the University of Kentucky Family Medicine Residency in 1991 where he served as chief resident. He practiced in Flemingsburg, Kentucky from 1991 until 1999, at which time he relocated to Kingsport, Tennessee where he practiced until 2016. He now resides in Seymour, Tennessee and is a full-time urgent care physician. He and his wife Lauren enjoy motorcycling and boating.
Nurse Debi's Health and Wellness is honored to have Dr. Smith as our medical director.
Debi Stafford MSN, FNP-C
Debi Stafford's desire to work in healthcare began when she was a child. She is the third generation in her family to work in healthcare. She attained her Bachelor of Science from South College in Knoxville, TN and her Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO.
Debi loves primary care, and especially helping families affected by autism. Her values are expressed through her patient care in treating each patient with respect and dignity. Debi adheres to full patient autonomy in decision-making.
Debi has received continuing education in mitochondrial work ups, as well as MedMaps. Debi can be contacted at Debi@NurseDebi.com
Jesi Wright-Fox MSN, FNP-C
Jesi is a 2018 MSN -FNP graduate of Tusculum University. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she found her passion for women's health, family planning, and breastfeeding counseling and support. She is currently pursuing her post-masters certification in psychiatry in order to provide a higher level of mental health care that this area so desperately needs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and fiancé, fishing and dirt track racing. Jesi will be seeing patients of all ages, though her focus will continue to be Women's and Mental Health Care.
Jesi will be joining our Powell location on a part-time basis, but eventually, we plan on her heading up a Sevierville location!!! If you are from the Sevierville area or have a need you think she can help with, we encourage you to try to schedule your appointments with Jesi so that you can get to know her.
Jesi can be reached at Jesi@nursedebi.com
Glen Stafford, Operations Manager
Glen Stafford is Nurse Debi's Operations Manager. Glen's experience in project management has involved several projects involving IT modernization within the insurance industry. Glen has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Associates of Science in Computer Technology.
Originally from Vermont, Glen spent 18 years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the hospitality industry before eventually settling in Tennessee. Glen is a trained black belt in taekwondo and a krav maga practitioner. He is also Nurse Debi's business partner and husband.
Glen can be reached at Glen@NurseDebi.com
Jennifer Garcia, A.A.S, M.A.
Jennifer is our primary receptionist and medical assistant. She has many years of experience in the healthcare industry. We are honored to have her as a trusted, professional partner in delivering you quality healthcare.
Jennifer can be reached at Jennifer@nursedebi.com