Provider Bios

Edward Capparelli, MDEdward Capparelli, MD is a board certified family physician. He is originally from Oneida, New York and feels that he has come full-circle to now work in Oneida, Tennessee. He trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and his residency training at the University of Texas. After graduation, Dr. Capparelli served as a medical missionary in Honduras and Nicaragua for 10 years. Upon his return to the United States in 1993, Dr. Capparelli began working in underserved areas of Tennessee including Parrottsville, Wartburg, and now Oneida. Although he has not delivered infants since 2007, Dr. Capparelli especially enjoys working with children and continues to provide pediatric care as one of Mountain People’s top healthcare providers. He also speaks fluent Spanish.

Shelby Burchfield Potter, FNP is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a graduate from the University of Tennessee’s Master of Science in Nursing Program. Ms. Potter completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Tennessee Tech University. She is certified in CPR, first aid, and ACLS. Ms. Potter is board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center and also a member of the National Nurses Association and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Born and raised in Scott County, Shelby is excited to provide care in the local area to patients of all ages. With a focus on holistic care, not only is her focus on the physical health of the patient but also the emotional and social needs of the patient as well. Having worked as a registered nurse before becoming an FNP, Shelby has learned how rewarding it is to provide care and improve the health of those in need.


Chelsea Sexton, PA-CChelsea Sexton Shelton, PA-C is a graduate of the University of the Cumberland’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Maryville College. Ms. Sexton has completed an additional clinical elective in Dermatology. As part of her service to the local community, Ms. Sexton has also participated in the Community Health Educational Experience for Residents and Students. This program, sponsored by the Tennessee Primary Care Association, allowed Ms. Sexton the opportunity to work in Scott County while she worked to complete her degree as a Physician Assistant. Ms. Sexton has also had the opportunity to study abroad in Wales & Ireland. As a healthcare provider at Mountain People’s, Ms. Sexton strives to provide quality healthcare and compassion to patients of all ages. As a lifelong resident of Scott County, Ms. Sexton has a strong desire to help ensure the highest quality of medical services in the local area.

Jessica Sexton, FNPJessica Sexton, FNP is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Sexton began her career as a Registered Nurse in 2004 and later completed her training to become a Nurse Practitioner in 2012. Jessica lives in Scott County and is married to Brandon Sexton and has a stepdaughter, Madison.



Jackie (Dee-Dee) Wilson-Sharp, FNPJackie (Dee-Dee) Wilson-Sharp, FNP graduated from King University’s Master of Nursing program, with a Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis. King University was also where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree as a Nursing Major. She obtained her Licensed Practical Nursing certification from the State Area Vocational School. A local product, Jackie is a graduate of Scott High School. As a seasoned health care provider, she benefits from twenty years of nursing experience, most of which took place in the Emergency Room. She is looking forward to serving the community in Scott county.

Brittney Strunk, PA-CBrittney Strunk, PA-C is a physician assistant from Pine Knot, KY, originally from Scott County. She graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY, with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in May of 2014. She received her Bachelors in Health Sciences in 2013 from the same institution where she received many awards and recognitions including induction into the J.T. Valandingham Honor Society as well as being recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities. She is a 2009 graduate of Scott High School where she was named one of the valedictorians of her graduating class. Brittney has a passion for primary care, striving to provide preventative medicine to patients to avoid chronic illness. It is her goal and desire to make her patients’ overall health better, so that they are able to live their lives to their fullest potential.

Leslie Shoemaker, FNP-BC is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University’s Master of Nursing program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from King University, and her Associate of Science degree in Nursing from LMU. She began her career as a pediatric nurse at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in 2013. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a member of Tennessee Nurses Association and American Nurses Association. Her certifications also include BLS, ACLS, and PALS. As a healthcare provider at Mountain People’s, Mrs. Shoemaker will provide the highest quality of care to ensure patients of all ages have optimal health and better quality of life.

Gracie Murphy, MSN, FNP-C attended Tennessee Technological University and graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2011. She moved home, to Scott County, and worked at the local hospital with experience in Obstetrics and Labor/delivery and Emergency department. When the local hospital closed, she decided to attend graduate school to receive her Master’s of Science in nursing with a focus on Family Practice and fulfill the community need of healthcare services. Again, at TTU, she graduated with Sigma Theta Tau honors and became a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner in 2015. Gracie has a strong history of dedication to this community in nursing care as well as provider services. She has a passion for her patients and the overall quality of their lives. Her experience included newborn care, pediatric preventative care and acute illness management, ADHD care, chronic illness services, and a wide variety of adult primary care management. She is local to Scott county and wants to offer the same care she would want for her own children and family!

Kelly West, NP-C, FNP is a graduate of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale TN, where she attended a dual master’s degree in family care and critical care medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree nursing from King University in Bristol TN. As a seasoned healthcare provider, she benefits from thirteen years of nursing experience, most of which was served in critical care. She is a graduate of Scott High School and strives to serve this community with the highest quality of care and compassion.

Dr. Mark Swindell, MD is board certified and trained in internal medicine and has practiced for many years in emergency medicine in Scott County. Now he is excited to settle in primary care in his local community treating his neighbors and friends. Mountain People’s and their fine reputation for comprehensive care is a perfect for him. He is excited to be at Mountain People’s.

Alicia M. Alexander, CPNP, PMHS is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Alicia is excited and honored to serve the children of Scott county and the surrounding counties. She was raised in an Army family and has moved around often. Alicia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University in 1999. For many years she pursued recreational interests working in the outdoor education field and in rural education systems. In 2001, Alicia visited Knoxville and fell in love with East Tennessee’s mountains and its people. She moved to TN in 2002 and in 2003 enrolled at the University of Tennessee to pursue pediatric nursing. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’ of Science in Nursing specializing in Pediatrics. In 2010 Alicia was hired by the UT College of Nursing as Clinical Faculty. She worked at a clinical teaching site teaching undergraduate and graduate nursing students at the regions only school-based pediatric clinic. There she served all Knox county children, regardless of their insurance status. In 2018, while with UT, Alicia started working as a pediatric contractor for Mountain Peoples at the Huntsville clinic. In 2020 she started working full time for MPHC at the Oneida Pediatric clinic. Alicia feels that role as your pediatric nurse practitioner is for each child to feel good physically and mentally so that they can be the best they can be every day.

Jodi Cross, MSN, FNP-C is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  Jodi earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lincoln Memorial University in 2015.  Prior to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, she enjoyed four fulfilling years working as a bedside registered nurse in the ER and on a medical surgical unit. She then obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Tennessee Tech University in 2019. Jodi holds a national certification with the Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She is certified in CPR, ACLS, PALS and is able to do DOT physicals. Jodi resides in Scott County with her husband Tyler. She feels very blessed to be able to work in the county she grew up in and wants to build relationships with her patients and provide them the best care possible, just as she would her own family.



Dr. Ashley Fleck, DDS is a board certified Doctor of Dental Surgery. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO and after went on to Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE to complete her dental degree where she received awards in Endodontics and many recognitions. Dr. Fleck was born and raised in Bismarck, ND, but is excited to continue her career and provide quality care to her patients in Scott County. In her free time Dr. Fleck enjoys spending time outdoors and spending time with family and friends.