Our Pediatricians

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Mark Hughes - MD, FAAP

Dr. Hughes received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Florida in Jacksonville. Dr. Hughes is board-certified in pediatrics and is a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He currently serves Vice Chief of the Maternal Child Department at Stonecrest Medical Center.

Dr. Hughes is a native Tennessean. He is married to his wife Sara and they have 3 children – Emma, Grady, and Stella. He enjoys activities such golf, snowboarding, and cooking.

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Megan Woodward - MD

Dr. Woodward received her MD from University of Washington in Seattle Washington. She moved to the Nashville area in 2013 to complete her Pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University. She has always loved taking care of patients in the hospital and joined Grace Pediatrics in 2016 as a pediatric hospitalist.

In her free time, Dr. Woodward enjoys traveling, attending concerts and eating out. She is originally from Wyoming and loves camping and hiking.

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Abigail Schachter - MD

Dr. Schachter received her medical degree from Saint Louis University. She then completed her residency training at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri in 2014. She practiced general pediatrics in St. Louis for two years before relocating to Nashville. She is board-certified in pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Schachter loves living in the south and is looking forward to settling with her husband in middle Tennessee. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and finding new hiking trails in the area.

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Julie McElroy - MD, FAAP

Dr. Julie McElroy received her Doctor of Medicine from Mercer University in Macon, GA. She was happy to relocate to Nashville for pediatric residency training at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, which she completed in 2009. Since that time she has been practicing general pediatrics in the middle TN area. She is board certified in pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Although not a native Tennessean, Dr. McElroy has set down roots in middle TN and loves living here. Since moving to the area she and her husband Matt have been blessed with two sweet sons, Ryan and Owen. In her free time she enjoys watching her boys play baseball, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Lisa Wood - FNP

Lisa received her Masters of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Lisa is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has practiced Pediatrics in the hospital setting at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and also in the primary primary care setting in the middle Tennessee area since 1995.

Lisa is a native Tennessean. She has two amazing children, Alyssa and Samuel. She enjoys spending her free time traveling with her children, working on her farm, watersports, reading, gardening, and tennis.

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Sonya Barbour - MSN, CFNP

Sonya received her Masters of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 1994, and is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Since her graduation Sonya has been dedicated to caring for children of the Middle Tennessee area in the primary care setting.

Sonya is happily married and enjoys spending her free time cooking, singing, and knitting for her family, friends, and dog Layla.

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Sarah-Jo Stimpson - MD

Dr. Sarah-Jo Stimpson received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. She then completed her pediatric residency training at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, affiliated with the University of Connecticut in Hartford, CT. She has experience in primary care pediatrics, inpatient pediatrics and urgent care. She also has additional training in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She has a special interest in sickle cell disease and benign hematology. She is a member of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Society of Hematology.

Originally from western Massachusetts, Dr. Stimpson moved to Tennessee three years ago and loves living in the greater Nashville area. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and local hiking in her free time.

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Emily Maher Harvison - CPNP

Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Science of Nursing from the University of Southern Miss. and received her Master of Science of Nursing from Vanderbilt University. In 2005 Emily began her work in the private clinical setting as a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana Mrs. Harvison has lived in Pleasant View since 2003 with her husband Jason and their two children Jackson and Olivia. Emily enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time outdoors with her family.

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Rebecca Knight - CPNP

Rebecca received her undergraduate degree in nursing at Austin Peay State University in 2002. She worked as a nurse for a year at the university of California, San Francisco children's hospital and moved back to the Nashville area in 2004 to work at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. In 2009, Rebecca received her master's degree in nursing at Vanderbilt university and began practicing as a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner in Nashville before joining Grace pediatrics, Pleasant View this year.

Originally from Wisconsin, Rebecca has lived in the Cheatham county area with her husband for 10 years. Rebecca and her husband have 4 children, Annaliese, Brody, Caleb, and Charlotte Anne. They enjoy working in their garden, trips to the lake, and family movie night.

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Jennifer Ketchum - MD, FAAP

Dr. Ketchum graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where she majored in biology and was a 4 year member of the women’s tennis team. She attended medical school at E. TN State University Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City & graduated in 2008. She then completed her pediatric residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2011. Dr. Ketchum is board-certified in pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Ketchum is a native Middle Tennessean; she was born in Columbia and grew up in Franklin. She is very excited to be back home in Middle Tennessee. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, running, spending time with her family and her yellow lab Daisy, watching Alabama football, and traveling especially to the beach.

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Alicia Webb - PNP

Alicia moved to Middle TN in 2002 after graduating from the University of Memphis where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Upon moving to Nashville, she worked as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital for 5 years. While working in the PICU, she attended Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and graduated in 2006 with a Masters in Nursing with a focus in Pediatrics and was licensed and board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Alicia has been working as a PNP for the past 10 years. She looks forward to growing her pediatric practice in Thompson’s Station located south of Franklin. Alicia enjoys seeing patients of all aspects and age ranges. Alicia specializes in asthma management and feeding issues in newborns.

Alicia is married to Brian Webb, her high school sweetheart from Martin, TN. They now have 2 children. She enjoys watching her children play sports, gardening, cooking, local dining & traveling, especially to the beach.

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Mary Schofield - MD

Dr. Mary Schofield received her doctor of Medicine from LSU Medical School in New Orleans, LA. She then completed her pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. She has practiced pediatrics over the past 27 years and was excited to join Grace Pediatrics this November. Dr. Schofield is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana but has resided in Franklin, Tennessee since 2007.

She has 3 grown children and is married to Cal Schofield, who practices radiology. In her spare time she enjoys singing, playing piano, cooking, and traveling with family and friends. Dr. Schofield is a current member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is Board Certified.

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Rai-Lynne Alexander - CPNP-PC

Rai-Lynne received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She first joined the Grace Pediatrics family while completing her clinical training under Dr. Hughes. Rai-Lynne is board certified in pediatrics, is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and is an inductee of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing.

Rai-Lynne is a native Middle Tennessean; she grew up just south of Franklin in Leiper’s Fork. She is very excited to be finally putting down roots in Middle Tennessee after working in a pediatric community health center in Chattanooga. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband and two children


Our board-certified pediatricians are on staff at the following hospitals: Vanderbilt, Saint Thomas Midtown, Centennial Medical Center, Williamson Medical Center, Northcrest & Stonecrest.

Careers & Commitment

If you are a highly trained professional and would like to be considered for future employment with Grace Pediatrics, please submit your resume along with a cover letter indicating desired position, location and salary to: hr@gracepeds.com