Our Pediatricians


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 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 as Vice Chief of the Maternal Child Department at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital. He has been caring for the infants and children of middle Tennessee since 2006.

Dr. Hughes is a native Tennessean. He is married to his beautiful and amazing wife, Shannon. They have a wonderful blended family of seven children. He enjoys traveling, cooking, snowboarding, and spending time with his family and friends.


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 in general pediatrics in the middle TN area. She is board certified in pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She loves developing ongoing relationships with her patients and their families.

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 a spunky daughter. She enjoys watching her boys play golf so much she has taken it up herself in her free time as a hobby. When not seeing patients in clinic she also enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.


Dr. Sarah-Jo Stimpson MD, FAAP

Dr. Sarah-Jo Stimpson is a board-certified pediatrician who received her Doctor of Medicine degree 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 also has additional training in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She has been at Grace Pediatrics since 2017.

Originally from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Stimpson has lived in the greater Nashville area since 2014 with her husband, Troy, and their 2 dogs, Donald and Lacie. She loves the Tennessee weather (especially, when compared to the northern winters) and in her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, reading and spending time outdoors with her sweet dogs and husband.


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.


Meredith Martin - PNP

Meredith earned her Master’s in both Acute and Primary Pediatric Care from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2020. After graduation, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt Pediatric Emergency Department before transitioning to primary care with Grace Pediatrics in 2022. She had six years of pediatric nursing experience prior to earning her Master’s degree.

Meredith is a native Tennessean and has lived in the state her entire life. She lives with her husband, Josh, their three children, and two dogs in Thompson’s Station. She enjoys reading and camping with friends and family. She also loves to cheer on the Vols!


Nardeen Fayik – CPNP

Nardeen was born in Egypt and moved to the US with her family at the age of two where she was raised her whole life in the Nashville area. Nardeen received her Biology and Psychology degree from Belmont University in 2019 and she continued her education at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing earning both her BSN and MSN in Pediatrics in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Nardeen has a passion for childhood obesity and in educating families about health living and lifestyles. In her free time, Nardeen enjoys weight lifting, nature, and quality time with friends and family.


Dr. Tanzila Bashar - MD, FAAP

Dr. Bashar grew up in Nashville and went to University of TN, Knoxville for undergraduate studies and then received her MD degree from UTHSC College of Medicine in Memphis in 2016. She moved to Southern California afterwards where she completed her medical residency in pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital from 2016-2019. Although she and her husband loved exploring the West coast, they returned to their hometown in 2019 where they wanted to start a family due to both of their families living there.

Dr. Bashar has been practicing pediatrics in TN since 2019 and loves serving the community here. Dr. Bashar is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and daughter, painting, reading, and traveling especially to national parks and beaches.


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.


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.


Chandler Washburn - PNP

Chandler graduated from Wofford College where she was a 4 year member of women's track and cross-country team. She obtained her Master's of Science of Nursing with honors from Vanderbilt University where she was the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award for pediatric specialty at graduation. Chandler is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with advanced education, skills, and training in caring for infants, children, and adolescents. She is also a member of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She began practicing as a pediatric nurse practitioner in Knoxville before joining Grace Pediatrics this year.

Chandler is a native Middle Tennessean. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.


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.


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 and they have three sons. She enjoys watching her children play sports, gardening, cooking, local dining and traveling, especially to the beach.


Bridget Saroya – PNP

Bridget attended Xavier University where she obtained her BSN then went on to attend the University of Cincinnati earning her MSN, PNP. She has gained clinical experience in several settings including clinical, hospital, and rehabilitation as well as treating children with chronic and complex health issues in the school setting. She has a special focus on children with developmental delays and complex medical needs.

Bridget joined Grace Pediatrics in 2022 as a part time provider in our Thompson’s Station location. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son.


Ashley Marass - DNP, CPNP

Ashley obtained her undergrad degree from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and then went on to obtain her BSN and MSN from Georgia State University and furthered her studies at Samford University earning her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2013. She is licensed in multiple states and has practiced in a variety of settings as well as teaching at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing.

Ashley joined Grace Pediatrics in 2022 as a part time provider in our Thompson’s Station location. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Ashley is also passionate about helping others through medical missions.

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