Dr. Harland Simpson, M.D.Anesthesiology, Pain Practitioner
Dr. Leigh Anne Young, M.D.Internist and Advanced Pain Practitioner
Dr. Barb Overbay, M.D.Internal Medicine Provider
Shannon Gardner FNPNurse Practitioner
Laura Templeton, FNPNurse Practitioner
Tina Graham, FNPNurse Practitioner
Dr. Harland Simpson, M.D.
“The reason I got into pain management is that, as a resident, I saw people who were dying and in pain,” Dr. Simpson said. “People were afraid to give them pain medication because they were dying. That was disturbing for me. But that was the practice of medicine 20 years ago.”
The doctor began his residency in anesthesia but spent the last six months in pain management. Back then, no fellowships were offered in pain management, according to Dr. Simpson, who was raised in Brunswick, Tenn., on the outskirts of Memphis.
After completing his education, including medical school at ETSU, Dr. Simpson joined the Army and served at the Lyster Army Health Clinic as chief of Anesthesia and Operative Services. He also started a pain clinic.
“The clinic became so popular that there were even generals who would fly in,” Dr. Simpson recalled. “It was a small base, Fort Rucker (in Alabama), and they were sending people to see me from all over the place.”
After three years, he left the Army ranked as a major and started working at Holston Anesthesia Associates where he was again asked to start a pain practice. Within three years, Dr. Simpson was seeing approximately 30 patients a day. The pain practice was eventually closed and Dr. Simpson stayed on with the anesthesia group for a few years. Then he moved to Indian Path Hospital, where he wanted to open another pain clinic. Once the clinic was opened, Dr. Simpson quit working in the hospital’s operating room as an anesthesiologist and concentrated solely on the pain clinic, which opened in September.
Dr. Leigh Anne Young, M.D.
Dr. Leigh Anne Young earned her Doctorate of Medicine from Quillen College of Medicine, ETSU. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the university of West Virginia and was board certified in internal medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine Following residency she moved to Ozark Alabama setting up her first private practice, working both in the hospital and outpatient clinic for the next 3 years. In 1996 she moved back to her home town , Kingsport TN ,accepting a teaching position with East Tn State University
Following the birth of her first son Dr Young moved to outpatient work at Mountain Home veterans administration. In 2000 she became the first chief of the new primary care program at Mountain home , expanding the clinic from 5,000 to 27,000 veterans over the next 3 years. The next 7 years Dr Young taught and worked at the Friends in Need clinic in Kingsport. She rejoined Mountain home VA and developed a rural outpatient clinic for veterans in Marion VA until she left to start her private practice with Simpson Clinic in 2014.
She has maintained a strong interest in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, credentialing in the area of chronic pain shortly after joining Simpson Clinic. She firmly believes in treating the whole patient both chronic disease states and the pain which is often generated from these diseases.
Dr Young resides in Kingsport and enjoys music – playing cello in her church orchestra and her mandolin on the porch.
Dr. Barb Overbay, M.D.
Dr. Overbay earned her BA in Microbiology at the University of Tennessee in 1985 and her MD degree at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine in 1990. She completed 3 years of Internal Medicine residency at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia then returned to Quillen 2 additional years for subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases. During this time she served as rotating ward attending and instructor for the medical resident inpatient service. She successfully passed and was awarded board certification in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. After completion, she was hired by the Mountain Home VA in 1995 for their new developing program in primary care where she went on to care for our local veteran population for the next 25 years. Her interests are in the care of common chronic medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and copd. She places major emphasis on prevention and lifestyle management such as appropriate diet, exercise, weight management, smoking cessation, vaccinations, and cancer screening.
General interests include family time when possible, reading, gardening, cooking, hiking, and traveling.
Shannon Gardner FNP
Shannon obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from ETSU in December 2013. During her studies, she spent her clinical hours providing care at the Johnson City Community Health Center and The Day Center that provides care and assistance to the homeless in our community. These opportunities allowed her to understand the medical needs in our community and find ways of helping the less fortunate.
Prior to obtaining her NP degree, Shannon worked as a Registered Nurse for Holston Valley Medical Center in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit. She assisted in teaching basic Neurological assessments to new nurses on the unit as well as seasoned nurses that were new to the Neuro-Trauma ICU.
Shannon was born and raised in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She and her family moved to Kingsport in 2005. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and baking.
Laura Templeton, FNP
Laura obtained her Post-Master’s of Science in Nursing from ETSU in August 2017. During her academic program, she spent some of her clinical hours providing care at the Simpson Clinic. This opportunity allowed her to understand the complexity of patients’ primary care and pain management needs in our community.
Prior to obtaining her nurse practitioner degree, Laura obtained her Master of Science in Nursing Education from King University in 2011. She served as an assistant nursing professor at Northeast State Community College for 6 years. Some of the courses that she taught include pharmacology, nursing fundamentals, and medical/surgical nursing.
She also served as an adjunct nursing professor for Mountain Empire Community College and Virginia Highlands Community College. Laura spent much of her nursing career working in the cardiac catheterization labs at Indian Path Medical Center and Johnson City Medical Center. She also worked on various medical/surgical and intensive care nursing units at Indian Path Medical Center.
Laura and her husband, Mark, were both born and raised in Scott County, Virginia. They moved to Kingsport in 2008. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.
Tina Graham, FNP
Tina obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from ETSU in May 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from King College in 2006 and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Tusculum University in 2000. She worked as a Certified Respiratory Therapist at JCMC for several years while in nursing school, transferring to their Neuro/Trauma Intensive Care Unit after becoming a registered nurse. She later worked at Holston Valley Medical Center in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit until transferring to East Tennessee Brain and Spine after obtaining her nurse practitioner license. She worked at ETSU Community Health Center where she was able to gain experience in treating the underprivileged and homeless population in our area. She is dedicated to providing patients the compassionate, individualized care that they deserve, while striving to improve their quality of life.
Tina currently resides in Kingsport, TN and enjoys spending time with her family when she is not at work. She is an avid basketball fan and spends most of her weekends watching her children’s games and participating in travel basketball and softball. She also loves to watch the Lady Vols and UT football.