The doctors, nurses and staff at the Tullahoma Children’s Center have been serving the community with all health care needs for more than 25 years.
dr. Richard Vaughn first joined the Tullahoma Pediatric Center in 2000 and has been meeting the care needs of the children ever since by putting the child’s needs first.
“We see everything from newborns to middle-aged people,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn received his bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry from David Lipscomb University in 1992. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis in 1997 and completed his residency at East Tennessee State University before returning and started at the Tullahoma Children’s Center.
Recently, Vaughn was named Tullahoma’s top pediatrician for 2020. He said that while the recognition was nice, it doesn’t change much, as the practice’s philosophy is about quality over quantity when it comes to patient care.
“We’re trying to take more time with our patients and be more interactive and social and develop those relationships instead of seeing you and getting you out the door,” Vaughn said.
He added that he always tells his patients that, behind their parents and grandparents, he has the next biggest investment in them and wants them to do well and be productive members of society.
“We care about our patients and I think most of our patients know and understand that,” he said.
In 2016, Vaughn took over the practice from Dr. Shirley Bard when she decided to retire. He said it was nice if he came up, because he could ask Bard questions and jog her brains about everything.
“It was a nice security blanket to have,” Vaughn said. “Now that I am older, I play the same role with the practice nurses here.”
Vaughn works with two certified nurse practitioners Yvette Parsley and Melissa Perry.
Parsley has been working at the children’s center since November 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 2002 and her master’s degree from the same university. Before entering the practice, she worked as a bedside nurse in the intensive care unit and as a practice assistant in a general practice.
Parsley said she joined the practice because she always loved seeing children and the timing was right when she started her family.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here because it’s a good place to work and good people to work with,” Parsley said. “It’s been a good experience.”
Perry joined the practice in August 2019 and has been working as a practice nurse for over two years. Prior to joining Perry, he spent 26 years as a nurse ranging from an emergency room nurse to a flight nurse and as an ICU director.
She first became an LPN before attending Motlow State Community College to earn her associate’s degree. She then attended the University of Alabama at Huntsville for her undergraduate degree and received her master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
Perry was already familiar with the Tullahoma Children’s Center because her children were patients and she had her clinical rotations in practice. So when the opening came, she said it was an easy decision and it worked out well.
“If I’d known working with kids would be so much fun, I would have done it sooner,” Perry said.
The Tullahoma Children’s Center is located at 710 Kings Lane and is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and closed Saturdays and Sundays. Anyone who wants to make an appointment can call 455-7044. For more information, visit kindercentrumoftullahoma.com or visit the practice’s Facebook page.