Family Medicine Faculty and Staff

As teaching physicians, we take our role as Faculty members very seriously. As medicine continues to change, we must keep current with quality measures, patient satisfaction trends and best practice recommendations. In doing so, we are able to provide our Residents with the skills they need to treat and care for their patients and the community.

Faculty

Kirby O. Smith, DO
Program Director

Woodwin Weeks, DO
Associate Program Director

Melissa E. Cardwell, DO
Faculty

Dr. Melissa Cardwell is a part of our faculty at Georgia South and loves to teach our residents about Wellness. She has been an advocate for whole person wellness for as long as she could remember. It is her privilege and a blessing to bring physician wellness components to our program. Her favorite part of teaching, besides learning from the residents, is helping them avoid mistakes that she has already made as a physician. She loves being apart of each resident’s journey and helping make an impact on their life. She counts it as a blessing to be faculty at Georgia South. Outside of teaching our residents, Dr. Cardwell loves spending time with her husband and children. Her husband also enjoys teaching and learning medicine. In the wee hours of the morning, you can usually find Dr. Cardwell reading or writing for pleasure where usually they all contain some sort of wellness.

EDUCATION

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri
RESIDENCY
Via Christi Family Medicine Residency, Wichita, KS
BACHELORS
William Penn University, Oskaloosa, IA

CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certified – American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

Jared Cardwell, MD
Faculty

Dr. Jared Cardwell enjoys teaching our residents about inpatient and hospital medicine. Our hospital is called Family Medicine Residency Service. His desire each and every day is to make the Family Medicine Residency Service the best that it can be for our residents so that they have all of the resources that they need to adequately take care of our patients. Dr. Cardwell takes his role as a faculty member at Georgia South very seriously. He takes pleasure in having the opportunity to invest in the resident’s lives and to help them become the best physician that they possibly can be, but also as individuals. One of Dr. Cardwell’s favorite teaching moments was when our residents awarded him with Preceptor of the Year.

EDUCATION

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Medical College of Georgia
RESIDENCY
Via Chrisiti Family Medicine Residency, Wichita, KS
BACHELORS
Valdosta State University

CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certified – American Board of Family Medicine

ADDRESS / LOCATION:

Colquitt Regional Medical Center
3131 South Main Street
Moultrie, 31768
O: (229) 985-3420

Jessica Brumfield Mitchum, DO
Faculty

Dr. Brumfield Mitchum is a former resident of the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program and joined the residency’s core faculty after she graduated. She was a part of the inaugural residency class here at Georgia South, and is proud to continue practicing in the community where she was trained. Dr. Brumfield Mitchum is passionate about health equity and the elimination of health disparities. Her medical interests also include women’s health and rural medicine, which is rooted in her upbringing in a small Louisiana town with limited access to medical resources.

EDUCATION

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus, Suwanee, GA
RESIDENCY
Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program, Moultrie, GA
GRADUATE
Drexel University College of Medicine – Master of Science
UNDERGRADUATE
Xavier University of Louisiana – Bachelor of Science

CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certification – American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

Lisa Young, DO, MSN
Faculty

Dr. Young has over 25 years of experience in the medial field. She received her medical degree from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. She then carried out a residency in family medicine at North Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program where she served as chief resident. Following her residency, she received additional training through a family medicine obstetrics fellowship.

EDUCATION

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, AZ
RESIDENCY
North Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program, Greely, CO
GRADUATE
San Francisco State University, School of Nursing – Master of Science in Nursing
UNDERGRADUATE
University of Puget Sound – Bachelor of Science

CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certification – American Board of Family Medicine

Kayla Batchelor, DO
Faculty

Dr. Batchelor is a former resident of the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program and joined the residency‘s core faculty after she graduated. She received her medical degree from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. With a particular interest in women’s health and in-office procedures, Dr. Batchelor enjoys the ever-changing nature of Family Medicine, which allows her to be apart of the unique events of her patients’ lives.

EDUCATION

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Alabama School of Osteopathic Medicine
RESIDENCY
Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program, Moultrie, GA
UNDERGRADUATE
 Bellhaven University

CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certification – American Board of Family Medicine

Nick Carden, PhD
Behavioral Medicine Faculty

Dr. Carden is a Georgia licensed psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience. He has been involved in teaching and coordinating Behavioral Medicine Services for Family Medicine Residency programs for over 25 years. He is married and has one son, who is a commercial airline pilot. Dr. Carden enjoys coaching and teaching baseball during his free time and is also involved in breeding and showing Arabian show horses.

EDUCATION

DOCTORAL PROGRAM
Ph.D. in Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
POST DOCTORAL TRAINING
Silber Psychological Services, Raleigh, North Carolina
Child and Adolescent Psychology
BACHELORS
B.S. in Psychology, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia
M.S. in Psychology, Radford University, Radford, Virginia

CERTIFICATIONS

PhD Counseling Psychology Florida State University
Masters Clinical Psychology Radford University

Administrative Staff

Victoria Gallagher
Residency Program Coordinator

Jordan Key
Medical Education Coordinator