Our Services include:
Physicals (including GYN, Sports and DOT)
Acute Illness Care
Chronic Disease Management
Minor skin surgeries (including biopsies and laceration repair)
Acne management, including Accutane therapy
Wesley Dean, M.D., FAAFP, FAWM
A Knoxville native, Dr. Dean graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis and completed his residency at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He formed Emory Family Practice in 1989 with Dr. Ronald Barton and is a founding member of Summit Medical Group where he continues to be active in its leadership. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP). He is a past president of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and remains active in both the state and national academies. Dr. Dean has completed a fellowship in wilderness medicine (FAWM) through the Wilderness Medical Society. He enjoys numerous outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, landscaping and is an avid golfer. Dr. Dean resides in the Powell community where he attends church and is active in its Music ministry as a drummer.
Brad Flaming, M.D., FAAFP
Dr. Flaming is originally from Ashland, Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degree from Transylvania University (in Lexington, KY) and his medical degree from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He completed his residency at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Medical Center in Family Practice. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP). He joined Emory Family Practice in 1993 and was a founding member of Summit Medical Group. Dr. Flaming lives in Powell and enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, music, church and family activities.
Kathy Chism, M.D. (Photo not posted)
Dr. Chism is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelors and masters degree in Biology and received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. She completed her residency at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Medical Center in Family Practice, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Chism is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She joined Emory Family Practice in 1999. She lives in the Powell area and enjoys music, theater and dogs.
Nick Thornton, M.D.
A native of Brownsville, Tennessee, Dr. Thornton graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering. He received his medical degree from ETSU Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee. He completed his residency at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Medical Center in Family Practice. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He joined Emory Family Practice in 2004. Dr. Thornton resides in the Halls area with his wife and 3 children. They attend Fellowship Church and he enjoys traveling and playing golf.
Carlie Mullen, FNP-C
Carlie grew up in Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She worked as a cardiology Registered Nurse while completing her Masters degree at Clemson University. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She and her husband welcomed their new son in February of 2018. They enjoy Tennessee sports, playing with their nieces and nephew, traveling, and spending time in the Smoky Mountains.
Sara Hughes, MPA, PA-C
Sara is a Knoxville native who returned to the area in 2017 after several years away. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from East Tennessee State University in 2008. She then earned her Master of Physician Assistant (PA) degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, VA, in 2011. She is certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and has worked professionally as a PA in emergency medicine as well as dermatology. She enjoys primary care but continues to have a particular interest in dermatology, and enjoys integrating that knowledge into Emory Family Practice. She enjoys being involved in the PA community and helping mentor upcoming PA's. Sara is married to her college sweetheart and they have two children. She enjoys music, both playing and listening, and loves being outside biking, hiking, boating, and traveling.
April Bryant, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
April Bryant, MSN, APRN, FNP-C began her career in nursing more than 20 years ago as a
certified nursing assistant. She enrolled in school at the Tennessee College of Applied science
immediately following her high school graduation where she obtained a degree in practical
nursing. She knew that nursing was her future and wanted to continue advancing her career.
She was accepted to Lincoln Memorial University in her home town of Claiborne County
where she graduated with honors earning an ASN. After working in acute care for several years
she observed people being admitted to hospitals for issues that resulted from the lack of access
to primary care, it was then that she decided to pursue an advanced degree. She attended
Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN where she was granted a MSN with the Family Nurse
Practitioner program. She was awarded the Laura Catherine Rankin full academic scholarship
during her second year at Vanderbilt and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor
Society. Since starting her career as a Family Nurse Practitioner she has also earned a post
master’s certificate in oncology from The Oncology Nursing Society, obtained advanced training
in emergency care, and advanced training in women’s health. Currently she is enrolled at the
University of Tennessee Chattanooga in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
April lives on a farm with her husband and several farm animals. She has three daughters,
a grandson, and granddaughter. Her hobbies include: fly fishing, gardening, dog rescue,
bee keeping, and caring for her dairy goats.
Ronald Barton, M.D. ( Retired )
Dr. Barton is a founding member of Emory Family Practice and Summit Medical Group.
Dr. Barton retired in July, 2018, after 29 years with the practice.