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.

Gary R. Phillips, MDGary R. Phillips, MD is an internist who has practiced medicine in East Tennessee since 1986. He began his practice with Mountain People’s Health Councils, Inc. twenty-eight years ago, and has been one of its most caring and reliable physicians since that time. He resides in Oneida, Tennessee with his wife Daphne, his son Christian, and his daughter Robyn. Dr. Phillips attended Berea University in Kentucky and Tufts Medical School in Massachusetts. He then continued to serve in the medical field as a resident in training for internal medicine at the University of North Carolina. As part of Mountain People’s, Dr. Phillips has been fully dedicated to providing quality care to the residents of Scott County and its surrounding areas.

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. Now he is excited to settle in primary care in his local community treating his neighbors and community. Mountain People’s and their fine reputation for comprehensive care is a perfect for for him. He is excited to be at Mountain People’s.