Metro Nashville Public Schools has partnered with Vanderbilt Health to provide comprehensive health care services to MNPS and Metro Government employees through four Health Care Center locations in the Nashville area.
Our Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) are board-certified and hold master’s degrees in nursing. They conduct exams, diagnose and manage acute and chronic illnesses, and prescribe medications when needed. Our medical director is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt and is board-certified in Family Medicine.
All of our practitioners are highly trained and experienced, and work as a team to provide care that respects your needs, culture, values and preferences.
Meet our team
Lori Crews, Director, Vanderbilt Advance Practice Clinics | MSN, FNP-BC
Lori Crews received her master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1994. She began her career as a family nurse practitioner in primary care and continued into urgent care clinics. In 2007, Lori implemented and managed retail health clinics in Nashville. She transitioned into employer health while with the same company and became director of operations for primary care, wellness centers and pharmacies in the Midwest.
Lori and her husband of 35 years, Keith, have three handsome sons, Justin, Jordan and Joshua, a beautiful daughter-in-law, Lauren, and two adorable grandsons, Jaxson and Wyatt. Lori’s favorite hobby is leisure travel and she is especially fond of cruises.
Lori Netti, Director of Operations | RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Lori Netti is director of employee health for the MNPS Health Care Centers. She has 10 years’ experience in health care and has worked at the MNPS Health Care Centers since 2009.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
Lori is married and has one daughter, and she enjoys traveling and cooking.
Dr. Martha Shepherd, Medical Director | DO, FAAFP
Dr. Shepherd is the medical director for the MNPS Health Care Centers. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt, and is board-certified in Family Medicine. She joined the faculty of Vanderbilt in 2008, after serving as a medical officer in the United States Navy for 12 years. Dr. Shepherd obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee Martin in 1997 and her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2001. Following medical school, she completed an intern year at Naval Hospital Jacksonville and residency at University of Tennessee/Jackson Madison County General Hospital.
Dr. Shepherd has a special interest in integrative medicine and in working as part of a collaborative team to provide holistic care to patients. She is certified to teach vinyasa yoga and is a qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. She lives in Brentwood with her husband, Matt, and her daughter, Emma Kate. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading and traveling.
Jennifer Hall, Office Manager, MNPS Employee Health
Jennifer Hall serves as manager for the MNPS Health Care Centers. She has 30 years’ experience in health care, specializing in managerial operations. For the past eight years, she worked as the Center’s referral coordinator.
Jennifer lives in Williamson County with her husband, Mike. She’s the proud mother of Kayla, Paige and Courtney, and mother-in-law to Trey. She’s an avid dog lover and Alabama football supporter. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and enjoys camping, fishing and family time at the beach.
Jennifer Scruggs, Office Supervisor
Jennifer Scruggs is the office supervisor for the MNPS Health Care Centers. She is passionate about helping others and believes that we have the privilege in health care of doing work that matters.
A Nashville native, Jennifer studied speech pathology at the University of Tennessee, and has over 15 years’ experience in administrative management.
She and her husband, Michael, celebrated the birth of their first child in the summer of 2017, a baby girl they named Sadie. Jennifer joined the MNPS Health Care Centers team in 2013.
Laura Vanderpool, Assistant Manager, Patient Care Services | BS, MS, BSN
Laura Vanderpool serves as assistant manager of Patient Care Services for the MNPS Health Care Centers. She has worked with Vanderbilt University Medical Center for more than 19 years, serving multiple departments. Her job assignments have been multi-faceted and included time with the cardiovascular surgical step-down unit, postpartum women’s health, and the Kim Dayani Center. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in fitness management from Mississippi State University, a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from Middle Tennessee State University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Belmont University.
Laura is certified in basic life support and advanced life support. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Johnny. In her free time, she enjoys attending Tennessee Titans football games and other sporting events. She is an avid fan of Mississippi State athletics and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Bobbi Nickel, Health Coach | RN, Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Cancer Support Educator
Bobbi Nickel is a seasoned registered nurse with more than 30 years of health care experience. She has worked as a missionary nurse, clinical nurse and holistic health coach. She received her associate’s degree in nursing from Northwestern Michigan College and her bachelor’s in nursing from Western Governors University.
Bobbi is certified as a holistic health consultant by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and as a health and wellness coach by Wellcoaches, which is affiliated with Harvard. She is also certified as a cancer support educator by the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education. She is a Care Coordinator at the MNPS Employee Wellness Center, serving as a holistic health coach. Bobbi lives in Spring Hill with her husband, and she loves spending time with her five children and 12 grandchildren.
Shannon Arnold, Care Coordinator | LPN, ASN, RN, BSN
Shannon Arnold is a Care Coordinator at MNPS’s Two Rivers and Mt. View clinic locations. She has worked in the health care field since 1992, starting as a certified nursing assistant, then earning her LPN, ASN, BSN and RN credentials from Motlow Community State College and Middle Tennessee State University. Shannon has worked in a variety of health care setting, including medical /surgical units, progressive care units, home health, nursing homes and dialysis.
Shannon has one daughter.
Karen White, Referral Coordinator
Karen White has worked for the MNPS Health Care Centers since 2014. She graduated from Remington College’s medical assisting program in 2006 and has 12 years’ experience in the medical field. Before coming to MNPS, she worked for the Salvus Center, a nonprofit faith-based family practice clinic that focuses on treating patients who have no health insurance. After that, she went to work for Kroger’s Little Clinic, which treats walk-ins. She also spent 25 years working in the hospitality/management industry in Florida and Nashville.
Karen has one daughter, Makayla Ann, and a grandson, Tristan Alexander, who she calls her pride and joy. She loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys concerts, amusement parks and anything that involves being outdoors. She also likes to travel, especially to the beach.
Monica Christian, Triage Nurse | RN
Monica Christian serves as triage nurse at the MNPS Health Care Centers. She has more than 36 years of nursing experience and previously worked at Nashville Memorial Hospital, Centennial Medical Center and Skyline Medical Center. She has worked in labor and delivery, orthopedic surgery, and vascular and neurology specialties. She received her associate’s degree in nursing from Belmont University.
Monica has three children who are all currently students at Tennessee Tech University majoring in nursing. She enjoys sewing, crafts and crocheting, and is involved in her church’s recreational youth ministry and summer camp.
Johnsie Holt, Staff Wellness Coordinator
Johnsie Holt is the Staff Wellness Coordinator for Metro Nashville Public Schools, where she develops wellness promotion programs and events for MNPS teachers and staff. She earned a master’s degree in health from Austin Peay State University.
Johnsie manages Fitness Center operations at the MNPS Employee Wellness Center at Berry Hill. She schedules classes and implemented a fitness orientation program conducted by Vanderbilt Fitness Associates to help teachers and staff gain confidence in their journey to more active lifestyles. Prior to her current role, Johnsie worked with the MNPS Coordinated School Health program for more than six years.
Daniel Atchley, Pharmacist | BS, Pharm.D.
Daniel Atchley is a Doctor of Pharmacy with four years’ work experience. He earned both his bachelor’s degree and Pharm.D. from the University of Tennessee (UT). He went on to complete one year of post-graduate residency training at UT and Kroger pharmacy. He also holds a teaching certificate from UT and is designated as affiliate clinical faculty and as a residency preceptor. After completing his residency, Daniel worked as a pharmacy co-manager in Kroger pharmacies located in Goodlettsville and Green Hills. He then moved into his current role as manager of a Kroger pharmacy in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and has served in that role since April 2016.
Daniel lives in Brentwood with his wife, Leslie, and his son, Lucas. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, grilling and cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers.
Leanne Rein, Pharmacist
Don Bursch, Physical Therapist
Don Bursch received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and completed his physical therapy training at the University of Kentucky, graduating with honors in 1983. He has more than 33 years of experience treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions, specializing in spine, shoulder and foot/ankle. Don successfully established the first outpatient physical therapy clinic at Donelson Hospital in 1986 and was named Director of Sports Medicine in 1987. In 1988 he was the first outpatient physical therapy manager at Vanderbilt Medical Center Rehabilitation Services and was subsequently made Team Manager for all outpatient orthopedic PT and OT services. In 1996 he became the chief physical therapist for onsite rehabilitation services at the Nissan Automotive Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, serving for six years with a focused effort to reduce their injury rate via exercise and ergonomic training.
In 1999, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties granted Don the title of Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. In 2002 he began a 10-year experience working with the custom foot orthotic industry, helping define better orthotic design by identifying key biomechanical goals of correction. He has given talks domestically and internationally to teach providers and the insurance industry what qualifies as ideal custom foot orthotic practice. In 2012, he returned to regular outpatient orthopedic patient care at the Vanderbilt Orthopedic Institute. And in 2017, he brought his physical therapy skills to the MNPS Employee Wellness Center.
Brittany Myczkowski, Physical Therapist | PT, DPT
Brittany Myczkowski worked in various outpatient orthopedic and neurologic settings in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Tennessee before joining the MNPS Employee Wellness Center as physical therapist. She graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2013.
Brittany enjoys practicing yoga and has a special interest in the mind-body connection. While the physical therapy process may not be easy, she hopes each patient experiences some laughter and kindness along the way.
Alexandra Kuchler, Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner | BS, MS, MSN, FNP-BC
Alexandra Kuchler is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in treating anxiety disorders, depression and attention difficulties. After completing her undergraduate degree in behavioral neuroscience, she received a bachelor of science in nursing from Columbia University’s accelerated Entry to Practice (ETP) program. She then went on to get her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Rutgers University.
Alexandra has experience treating both adults and children, and has worked in private offices and non-profit organizations. She is a compassionate provider who believes in treating the person as a whole, not as a disorder or diagnosis. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, spending time outside, and trying out new recipes on her friends and family.
Dr. Louis Obersteadt, Chiropractor | DC, DIBAK
Dr. Louis Obersteadt has practiced natural health care in Nashville since 1977. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan Chiropractic College in Missouri in 1976. He earned the title Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK) in 1984.
Dr. Obersteadt became interested in chiropractic after suffering neck, shoulder and arm pain so intense he had to sleep sitting up in a chair. At that time, he was in a US Army Reserve Hospital and had access to excellent medical care, but that care was not helping his condition. After moving to Omaha, his condition became worse. His wife, Mary, suggested he try chiropractic. The outcome, in his words, was “unbelievable.” He was able to sleep all night after two weeks and was play golf and softball again after six weeks.
Charlotte Covington, Family Nurse Practitioner | MSN, FNP-BC
Charlotte Covington worked as a family nurse practitioner at the MNPS Health Care Centers for three years before retiring in 2012, but still works part-time as needed. Before becoming a family nurse practitioner, Charlotte working as an emergency department nurse for 18 years. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN).
She lives in Nashville and has two adult children, one of whom is an MNPS teacher, and three grandchildren. She is active in Vanderbilt University and VUSN alumni activities, and she volunteers at the Parthenon.
Catherine Evans, Family Nurse Practitioner | MSN, DNP, FNP-BC
Catherine Evans is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with six years’ nursing experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cellular biology from the University of Tennessee, her master’s in nursing from Vanderbilt School of Nursing, and her doctorate in nursing practice from Belmont University. She’s a faculty nurse practitioner and serves as a student preceptor for Vanderbilt School of Nursing.
Before coming to MNPS, Catherine worked at a family practice in Chattanooga. She has a special interest in diabetes care and complementary health therapies. She and her husband Gabe have one daughter, Harper.
Ashlee Lecorps, Family Nurse Practitioner | BSN, MSN, FNP-BC
Ashlee Lecorps is a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) with more than 11 years of nursing experience. She holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Belmont University and a master’s degree in nursing from Union University. Prior to becoming an FNP, Ashlee practiced as a registered nurse for five years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. She has worked at the MNPS Health Care Centers for the last four years.
Ashlee lives in Nashville with her husband Jacques. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, trying new restaurants and hiking.
Raymond Romano, Family Nurse Practitioner | MPH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Ray Romano is a family nurse practitioner with experience in research and quality improvement. His focus is on health services research, and his specific interests are in the detection, diagnosis and care of dementia in the primary care setting. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Marymount Manhattan College, his master’s degree in public health from Boston University and his master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
Ray’s interest in dementia began as an undergraduate studying the role a certain protein plays in insulin-related neurodegenerative diseases and how it contributes to Alzheimer’s disease. While at Boston University, he worked in clinical research at the school’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, then moved to Nashville to join the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center. He also completed a yearlong fellowship at the Department of Veterans Affairs, focusing on quality improvement.
Martha (Marty) Sutherland, Family Nurse Practitioner | BSN, MSN, FNP-BC
Marty Sutherland is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with 40 years’ nursing experience, including 28 years as an FNP. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from George Mason University and her master’s in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Marty served in the Air Force and Navy Reserve as both a nurse and family nurse practitioner for 15 years. She has worked at the MNPS Health Care Centers since they opened in 2009; prior to that, she worked at the Vine Hill Community Clinic.
She lives in Brentwood with her husband, Josh, and has two daughters, Leah and Meg. In her spare time, she helps her husband with their small businesses, works out at the YMCA and cheers on the Tennessee Titans and Vanderbilt Commodores.
Barbara Wolff, Family Nurse Practitioner | MSN, FNP-BC
Barbara Wolff is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with 25 years’ experience in community health and home care. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois, and her master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt. Before coming to the MNPS Health Care Centers eight years ago, she worked for a private practice, then spent five years at Vine Hill Community Clinic.
Barbara has a daughter and two grandchildren who live in Nashville, and a son who resides in Wyoming. In her spare time, she participates in many activities, including yoga, Pilates, walking and hiking, gardening, cooking and traveling. She enjoys visual art and music events and independent films, and she’s a member of a local book club.
Amy Fortner, Family Nurse Practitioner | MSN, FNP-BC
Amy Fortner is a family nurse practitioner with 17 years’ experience. Before coming to MNPS in 2016, she worked for more than nine years at a Minute Clinic. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
Amy has been married for 17 years and has three children. Her free time is spent shuttling her children to their activities.