About Neighborhood Health

How We Are Different


Neighborhood Health is dedicated to improving the health of our community by eliminating barriers to care and serving as a healthcare home without regard to ability to pay.

Community Board Of Directors:

The Board of Directors of Neighborhood Health includes consumers from our neighborhoods.

Putting Service First:

Neighborhood Health makes it easy to get care when you need it.

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Affordable Care:

Neighborhood Health knows that many people and families are uninsured. We have a discounted fee program that makes all our health services affordable.

The Neighborhood Focus:

Neighborhood Health knows that is important for people to get health care close to home. We have centers from Madison in north Davidson county all the way down to Southern Hills. Care is available at convenient locations throughout the county. We provide care to Wilson county and the surrounding area at our center in Lebanon.

Same Day Visits:

You cannot control when you or your family get sick.  We are here to serve you when you need us.  Please call ahead if possible at (615) 227-3000. But if you can’t, just drop in and a customer service representative will help you be seen that day.

24-hour Response:

Sometimes you just need professional medical advice on how to handle something that comes up on holidays, nights, and weekends. Or maybe you need your prescription filled.  Call us at (615) 227-3000.   Our answering service will take your number and a provider will call you back and provide advice or help.  If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 and go to the emergency room.

Language Interpreters:

Spanish interpreters are generally available at our health centers. Patients who require other languages can work with an interpreter on a phone or video call.

Comprehensive Care:

 You have unique needs. Your provider will work with you to meet and coordinate all of your healthcare needs. Neighborhood Health has medical, dental and behavioral health services. We also provide health education, assistance with insurance enrollment, food assistance and diapers.

Our Clinicians

Medical Clinicians

Neighborhood Health

Caitlin Allen, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Latrina Blakemore

Latrina Blakemore, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Jannah Branch-Smith

Jannah Branch-Smith, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Peter Cathcart

Peter Cathcart, MD

Family Medicine

Neighborhood Health

Salam Cavallo, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Osman Gabure

Osman Gabure, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Tatiana Giodano

Tatiana Giordano, WHNP

Nurse Practitioner

Neighborhood Health

Laura Hassen, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Lana Hirsch

Lana Hirsch, WHNP

Nurse Practitioner

Pamela Illesca, DNP, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Afshan Kirmani, APRN, MSN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Suzette Kelly, MD

Internal Medicine

Neighborhood Health

Michael Nelson, MD

Internal Medicine

Paul Ngo

Paul Ngo, DO

Family Medicine

Mary Prisco

Mary Prisco, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Sandra Rivera-Turpen

Sandra Rivera-Turpen, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Luz Salazar

Luz Salazar, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Danielle Stamps

Danielle Stamps, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Neighborhood Health

Ashley Suddeath, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Carolyn Thompson, MD OB/GYN

Carolyn Thompson, MD


Linda Trevathan

Linda Trevathan, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Linda Wade

Linda Wade, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Holly Williams, APN, MSN, CNM

Nurse Practitioner

Nelly Wolugboms

Nelly Wolugboms, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Behavioral Clinicians

Sarah Ballard

Sarah Ballard, LMSW

Behavioral Health Consultant

Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes, LPC-MHSP

Co-Occuring Program Therapist

Ken Benning

Ken Benning, PMHNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Mari Carter

Mari Carter, LPC-MHSP

Behavioral Health Consultant

M. Brian Glass

M. Brian Glass, APN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Hughes

Jessica Hughes, LPC-MHSP

Behavioral Health Consultant

Michelle Sullivan

Michelle Sullivan, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Behavioral Health Consultant

Angela Turner

Angela Turner, LPC-MHSP

Behavioral Health Consultant

Brandi Vann

Brandi Vann, LPC-MHSP

Behavioral Health Consultant

Lana Ventura

Lana Ventura, LPC-MHSP

Behavioral Health Consultant

Dental Clinicians

Neighborhood Health

Darryl Bivens, DDS


Michelle Blackledge

Michelle Blackledge, DDS

Director of Dental Services

Neighborhood Health

Kimberly Dantzler, DDS


Jareen Moore

Jareen Moore, DDS


Melissa Porter

Melissa Porter, DDS


Everyone is Welcome Here:

Neighborhood Health welcomes everyone at all our health center locations.

At Neighborhood Health, “everyone” really means EVERYONE.

We welcome people of any:

  • Ability to pay
  • Age
  • Gender or gender identity/expression
  • Health condition or disability
  • Housing or homelessness status
  • Immigration or citizenship status
  • Insurance status
  • Jail or prison history
  • Language spoken
  • Marital or family status
  • National origin or ancestry
  • Political affiliation
  • Race, color, or ethnicity
  • Religion, creed, or spirituality
  • Sexuality or sexual orientation
  • Veteran status or military service or discharge status

Anyone and everyone are welcome at any of our sites. No one will ever be turned away because of inability to pay or any other reason above.

Please Talk to Us

We want you to be happy you chose to get care at Neighborhood Health. Let us know how we can make you even more comfortable– and glad you chose us. Call us at (615) 227-3000 or email our CEO, Brian Haile, at bhaile@neighborhoodhealthtn.org.

History and Impact

United Neighborhood Health Services began in 1976 bringing together two volunteer clinics in Cayce Homes and south Nashville. The volunteers wanted to address the lack of accessible and affordable healthcare in south and east Nashville neighborhoods. They provided care from an old house on 12th Avenue South and in a public housing apartment in Cayce Homes.

Nearly 40 years later those two locations (Cayce Place and Edgehill) have relocated to nearby upgraded facilities and continue to serve the nearby communities. Now known as Neighborhood Health, the organization has grown into a network of 11 centers serving over 31,000 each year, and providing over 90,000 visits each year.

With quality comprehensive services and innovative programs, Neighborhood Health has remained passionately committed to its mission to make all services available to everyone without regard to ability to pay.

Recognition and Awards

The Joint Commission Accreditation:

Accredited by the Joint Commission since 2000, Neighborhood Health has demonstrated that all its centers meet the industry standards for assuring patient safety and quality care.

The Joint Commission – Primary Care Medical Home Certification:

This certification goes to organizations which focus on care coordination, expanding access to care, and prioritizing a patient centered care team to improve health outcomes and the continuity, quality and efficiency of health care services.

Neighborhood Health was awarded the Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) certification in 2014 and was re-certified in February 2019.

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH):

Organizations that earn recognition show that they have made a commitment to providing quality improvement within their organizations and a patient-centered approach to care.

Neighborhood Health earned NCQA PCMH recognition for all 11 health center locations in August 2018.

FTCA Deemed Organization:

The Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act of 1992 and 1995 granted medical malpractice liability protection through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) to HRSA-supported health centers. Under the Act, health center employees are considered Federal employees and are immune from lawsuits, with the Federal government acting as their primary insurer.


Brian Haile

Brian Haile



Marie Bighem


Mary Bufwack

Mary Bufwack, PhD

CEO Emeritus

Ivan Figueredo

Ivan Figueredo


Bianca E Granger

Bianca E Granger


Rahaman Suara

Rahaman Suara


Anthony Villanueva

Anthony Villanueva