Meet Our Team

Published On 07/11/2011

Since 1979, Methodist Hospice services have been provided by an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, home health aides and volunteers. Patients may continue to see their own physician while receiving hospice care. Our team will work with the physician on an individualized plan of care for the patient. 

Physicians

W. Clay Jackson, M.D., DipTh

Current Positions
President and Medical Director, Comprehensive Primary Care
Medical Director, Methodist Hospice & Palliative Care
Director, University of Tennessee-Methodist Alliance Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Faculty Appointment
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Education
Residency, University of Tennessee/Baptist Tipton Family Medicine
Medical School, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Graduate, Diploma of Theology, Oxford University

Board Certifications
American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine

Clay Jackson, MD

Joseph L. Weems, M.D.

Current Position
Co-Medical Director, Methodist Hospice & Palliative Care

Education
Residency in Otolaryngology, University of Tennessee (City of Memphis Hospitals)
Residency in General Surgery, V.A. Hospital, Memphis, TN
Internship, City of Memphis Hospitals
Medical School, University of Tennessee

Board Certifications
American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
American Board of Otolaryngology

Joseph Weems, MD

Joseph Blythe, M.D.

Current Positions
Lead Palliative Physician, Methodist South Hospital & Methodist Germantown Hospital
Medical Director, ICU, Methodist South Hospital

Education
Fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases, VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Board Certifications
American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Critical Care
American Board of Pulmonary Disease

Joseph Blythe, MD

James William Martin, M.D.

Current Position
Lead Palliative Physician, Methodist North Hospital

Education
Internship and Residency in Family Medicine, Trover Foundation, Madisonville, KY
Medical School, James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University

Board Certifications
American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine

James Martin, MD

R. Kelley Myers, M.D., FAAFP

Current Position
Lead Palliative Physician, Methodist University Hospital

Education
Fellowship in Faculty Development and Education, Harvard Medical School
Internship and Residency, Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood, SC
Medical School, Medical College of Georgia

Board Certifications
American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine

Kelley Myers, MD

Fereshteh Vida Zare, M.D.

Current Position
Staff Physician, Methodist Hospice & Palliative Care

Education
Fellowship, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Methodist Alliance Palliative Medicine
Residency and Internship in Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Residency and Internship in OB/GYN, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences Shiraz, Iran
Medical School, Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi, India

Board Certifications
Iranian Board of Obstetric & Gynecology
American Board of Internal Medicine

Fereshteh Zare, MD

Melody J. Cunningham, M.D.

Current Position
Director, Palliative Care Program, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Education
Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine, Harvard Combined Program, Boston, MA
Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Internship, Residency, Chief Residency in Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Medical School, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Board Certifications
American Board of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
American Board of Pathology
American Board of Pediatrics

  Melody Cunningham, MD      

Kristy Bryan, M.D.

Current Position
Staff Physician, Methodist Hospice & Palliative Care

Education
Fellowship, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Methodist Alliance Palliative Medicine
Residency and Internship in Internal Medicine, Universtiy of Tennessee Health Science Center
Medical School, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine

Kristy Bryan, MD

Advance Practice Nurses (APN)

Cynthia Griffiths, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN

Current Position
Palliative Care Service at Methodist North Hospital

Education
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Board Certification
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Cynthia Griffiths

Julie O'Day, APRN, FNP-BC

Current Position
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

Education
MSN, Union University

Board Certification
Family Nurse Practitioner 

Julie O'Day

Ann Stavropoulos, MSN, APRN, BC

Current Position
Advance Practice Nurse for Palliative Care Services at Methodist Germantown Hospital & Methodist South Hospital

Education
MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Memphis
Loewenberg School of Nursing

Board Certifications
American Nurses Credentialing Center, Family Nurse Practitioner

 Ann Stravropoulos

Pharmacist

Leonette O. Kemp, BS, PharmD, CPE

Current Position
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Palliative Care at Methodist University Hospital

Education
ASHP PGY1 accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency with emphasis in Palliative Care, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, MD
Doctorate of Pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, MD
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Georgia in Athens, GA

Board Certifications
Certified Pain Educator (CPE), American Society of Pain Educators



Leonette Kemp 

Clinical Director

Taleka Perry, EMSN, RN

Current Position
Director, Methodist Hospice Residence

Education
RN, State Fair Community College
BSN, University of Central Missouri
Executive MSN, University of Memphis

Taleka Perry

Administrative Team

Sally Aldrich, RN, MSN

Current Position
Administrator, CNO Methodist Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Services

Education
BSN, University of Michigan
MSN, University of Tennessee 

Sally Aldrich

Dee Flood

Current Position
Manager, Methodist Hospice Community Services

Dee Flood

Helen Schlessinger, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHPCA

Current Position
Administrative Director, Methodist Hospice & Palliative Care

Education
BSN, Union University

Board Certifications
Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse

Helen Schlessinger