Dr. Kimberly Ballard attended Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree in molecular genetics and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and her internship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Ballard is affiliated with the Blount Memorial Hospital and UT Medical Center, and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Ballard has been with Women’s Care Group for more than 10 years. She enjoys being able to care for women from their early years to their elderly ones, providing them professional and personal direction and insight along the way. Dr. Ballard is also trained in using the da Vinci Surgical System for non-invasive surgeries.
Dr. Ballard has two children. She likes to read medical mysteries and enjoys snow skiing and playing trumpet in her church orchestra.
Dr. Patrick L. Morgan received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. He then attended medical school at the University of Alabama College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Dr. Morgan is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association, the Blount County Medical Association, and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Dr. Morgan is affiliated with Blount Memorial Hospital, where he is the current Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
Dr. Morgan has been with Women’s Care Group for more than 22 years. He performs surgeries with the minimally invasive robotic da Vinci Surgical System. He has also seen how new technology has benefited the obstetrics side as well, improving the odds of finding high-risk babies and seeing ultrasounds change from looking “like snow on your TV” to crystal clear images.
Dr. Morgan is married and has six children. He enjoys photography and photo editing, examples of which are on display at the Women’s Care Group in Maryville. Dr. Morgan also likes to read science fiction and was the winner at a writing conference of the best opening chapter to a book.
Dr. Julie Turner completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She attended medical school and completed her residency in both obstetrics/gynecology and general surgery at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Turner has served as both the Vice Chief and Chief of the Department of Ob/Gyn at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee.
Dr. Turner has worked with Women’s Care Group since 2005, but joining the field of obstetrics and gynecology was not her first choice when she started medical school. “When I began actually doing the rotations, I found that I loved the variety of ob/gyn. I loved the birth, I loved getting to know your patients, and I loved really getting to focus on one specialty.” Dr. Turner extends that same passion for her specialty to the care and attention she gives each of her patients. She values the importance of sitting down and talking with each patient. “Caring for my patients means I know their individual needs and concerns, and that I address what can be fixed based on best practices, based on what research has shown is most helpful.” Dr. Turner believes her role as a physician is to act, in part, as a guide and a resource, enabling patients to find happier, healthier lives regardless of their age or stage in life.
Dr. Turner is married and has four children. “Work is pretty quiet in comparison to home,” she laughs. “But they’re really good kids. For the most part, I feel like I’m very similar to a lot of my patients. I have the same struggle with motherhood, career, life…. Family is one of the most important things we have. And that’s it — to not lose yourself in all that, to do something for yourself and not just for everyone else.”
Dr. Annie Tensen-Johnson joined Women’s Care Group in 2016. Dr. Johnson graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northwestern College of Iowa. She completed her doctorate of osteopathic medicine (DO) at Des Moines University and then went on to spend four years in Pittsburgh, PA, where she completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital. During her residency training she was awarded the American Association of Gynecologist Laparoscopists excellence in minimally invasive gynecology award.
She is a member of several medical organizations including the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Dr. Johnson chose obstetrics and gynecology because she wanted to care for women in all stages of their lives. She loves getting to know her patients and working with them to provide evidence based treatment. She has a passion for empowering and bringing women together.
Specific professional areas of interest include long-acting reversible contraception, abnormal pap smears and colposcopy, infertility, menopause and hormone replacement therapy, endometriosis, global health and prenatal care.
Dr. Johnson is married and has a dog named Maggie May. She loves spending time outdoors and traveling with her husband. She enjoys yoga and fitness, cooking new recipes and spending time with family and friends.
Kelly Alsup received both her Bachelor and Master degrees in nursing from East Tennessee State University and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. During her rotation in Women’s Health Kelly found her passion and entered into Women’s Health after graduation in 2006. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner Kelly worked in oncology as an RN for six years. Kelly is able to serve her patients with her education in family practice and her experience in women’s health. Kelly values the opportunity to care for women throughout all stages of their lives. Her professional interest are contraception and fertility, PCOS, obstetrics, adolescents gynecology, and menopause. As a mother of three boys she feels that she is able to connect with many of her patients. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.
Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys. In her free time she finds herself with her family in Townsend enjoying the outdoors.
Melissa Lewis-Beeler received both her B.S and M.S. degrees in nursing from the University of Tennessee and is a certified Registered Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Melissa is also a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
Melissa has been with Women’s Care Group for almost 10 years in Feb 2018. Her special interests include adolescent gynecology, contraception and family planning, high-risk obstetrics, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, nutrition, obesity, and weight loss.
She has three children and “loves, loves, loves” Disneyworld.
Lisa received her B.S. degree in nursing from Tennessee Technological University and M.S. in Nursing from University of Tennessee with a concentration in women’s health. She started her career in Labor and Delivery and shortly after became a certified Registered Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
Lisa is married and has two kids. She also has three dogs, but enjoys all animals knowing they are reliable, many full of love, true in their affection, grateful, and loyal. She enjoys spending time with family and baking, especially sweet treats.
Erin Talbott joined Women’s Care Group as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in 2019 and brings with her a wonderful range of experience. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2010 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She spent 7 years as an RN in the Family Birthing Center at Blount Memorial Hospital where she gained a great amount of knowledge caring for new and expectant mothers. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2016 with a pediatric concentration. She then practiced as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner where she gained experience treating infants, children and adolescents. In 2019 she obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate in Women’s Health from Vanderbilt University and also became certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Erin is board certified by the National Certification Corporation as a WHNP, the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board as a CPNP and the International Association of Forensic Nurses as a SANE.
Erin is a Maryville native and loves being able to provide care in her hometown. She enjoys getting to know her patients and tries to work with them in order to provide the best care. Some of her professional areas of interest include adolescent gynecology, long-acting reversible contraception, family planning, preventative care, health education and prenatal/postpartum care.
Erin enjoys fitness and spending time with family and friends. She loves sports and rarely misses a Tennessee Vols sporting event. She has a dog named Tyson.