The Brain and Spine Institute is made up of experts in the field of neuroscience in order to bring patients the best healthcare in East Tennessee for a full range of neurological diseases and disorders.
A native of Kentucky, Dr. van Nes completed her B.S. in Biology and M.D. from the University of Kentucky (go Wildcats!) She then moved to Knoxville and completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville, graduating with CREOG exam awards as well as the Chairman's award. After residency, she joined Women's Specialty Care in 2008 where she has been in practice since. In 2016, she obtained her M.B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee and is the Medical Director of Women's Specialty Care.
Dr. van Nes enjoys the challenge of being a specialist in general obstetrics and gynecology. Her primary interest is preventative care throughout a woman's life, including pregnancy and menopause. She also enjoys teaching future physicians and is an Assistant Professor with the Department of OB/GYN and is the Director of the OB/GYN Simulation program. She has presented in numerous national conferences about resident education.
In her spare time, Dr. van Nes enjoys spending time with her husband and three children as well as running half marathons and reading fiction.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Catherine Kingery, WHNP-BC, a southwest Virginia native, received a BSN from the University of Tennessee with a minor in psychology. Upon graduation, she worked in Labor and Delivery at UT Medical Center and completed a MSN from UT with a master's minor in nursing education. She has worked as a nurse practitioner at Women's Specialty Care for 10 years in December 2016. She is married and has two boys, Will and Grant (8yo and 4yo). She has a love for UT football while spending her time on the baseball field with her boys. Catherine is a barre enthusiast and loves to read.
Dr. Welch-Charles, originally from Nashville,TN, has been at UT Medical Center since 2015. She graduated from Tennessee State University in 2011 magna cum laude prior to matriculation into medical school. She attended Meharry Medical College and graduated in 2011 with academic honors and was also the recipient of the Leonard B. Tow Humanism award. She remained at Meharry Medical College to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and served as chief resident during her last year.
Following residency, she moved to northern Virginia where she worked private practice. Her ultimate love and dedication to her roots, brought her back to Tennessee to be near her family. Dr. Welch-Charles is married and has one daughter. She enjoys crafting, dancing, and fitness. She is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Pryor Baird is a board certified Women's Health nurse practitioner with experience in mental health. She has a Bachelor's degree from Clemson University and a Master's degree from Vanderbilt University. Her nursing experience includes three years as a nurse on a liver and kidney transplant unit in San Francisco and two years as an obstetrical nurse at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. She is a Knoxville native and has been at Women's Specialty Care since 2014. She lives with her husband (Gregg), two kids (Graham and Abby), and border collie (Max). In her spare time, Pryor enjoys running, reading, and traveling.