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Preventive Medicine Staff

Mary Manuel received her master of health care administration degree from Belhaven University in 2013 while working in the Center of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

She is currently the associate departmental business administrator for the Department of Preventive Medicine,  providing overall support and direction for finance, grants management, and business operations for all aspects of the department including education, research, and the clinical enterprise.

She has been with UMMC since 2010.

  • Brea ColeBrea Cole, MS
    Manager, Medically Integrated Wellness Program
    (601) 815-8339; fax: (601) 815-8989

Brea Cole received her bachelor of science degree in health sciences and her master of science degree in population health management from the University of Mississippi.

Brea joined UMMC in 2007. She is the manager of the Medically Integrated Wellness Program in the Department of Preventive Medicine where she also provides administrative and organizational support for the department and the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic.

She is a Lifestyle Coach for the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program, and is trained and/or certified in various other lifestyle management and worksite wellness programs.

Mary Margaret Saulters received her bachelor's in anthropology and biology from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi and her master's in rural sociology from the University of Missouri. Mary Margaret joined UMMC in 2016 and is currently serving as the Project Manager for the Mississippi CEAL Team for Community Engaged Research. This NHLBI-funded project seeks to understand and address the health disparities surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hollie Thomas received her bachelor's of health care administration degree from Jackson State University in May 2017 while working at UMMC in the Department of Pathology. She worked as the residency program education administrator for three years.

She currently manages the Department of Preventive Medicine's residency program overseeing all administrative activities associated with the program. She ensures the program's overall educational environment facilitates the achievement of program objectives. She assists the Program Director that the training program is in full compliance with the GME Office and institutional policies and procedures, ACGME requirements and regulations and relevant professional standards and criteria.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Millsaps College, Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Mississippi. She served as a staff RN in the pediatric intensive care unit at UMMC.  Additionally, she received her Master of Science in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and a CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle coach. She is currently working as a nurse practitioner in the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. 

Breanna Wade received both a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Health Promotion for the University of Mississippi. She began her tenure as a PhD student in the Department of Population Health at UMMC in 2019. She is currently the Researcher III for the Department of Preventive Medicine at UMMC, where she is responsible for the development, implementation and dissemination of multiple research studies.

She is a Certified Community Health Educator Specialist and a CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle coach.

Nicholas received his BA degree in communications from California State University, Sacramento, in 2009. Nicholas joined UMMC in 2018. He previously worked for UMMC on a grant-funded project, but the funding has ended.

He is the program coordinator, community and prevention, for the Department of Preventive Medicine. Nicholas provides administrative and organizational support for the department as well as training facilitation for UMMC prevention programs.

He is a Certified Community Health Advocate and a CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle coach.

  • Le Tu.jpgLe Tu, MS
    Geographic Info System Analyst
    (601) 984-1686

Le Tu received her master of science in geography from Louisiana State University in 2019. Her specialization is in GIS and remote sensing. She joined UMMC in 2019.

She is currently the GIS analyst and is working on a collaborative project to examine the social epigenetic impacts on health disparities in cardiovascular risk factors. She is also responsible for spatial analysis to support other projects and research initiatives, which include, but are not limited to, data visualization utilizing GIS application, data manipulation with computer programming, and statistical analysis toward the research results.

  • Dora Chism.jpgDora Chism
    Certified Medical Assistant 
    (601) 815-5685

Dora Chism received her Clinical Medical Assistant certification at Southern Eastern in Flowood, MS, in 2010. She joined UMMC in 2011, where she worked on 4-North until 2012. She returned in 2017 in the Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic while working as a CMA /MOA.

Dora is currently a certified medical assistant for the Department of Prevention Medicine. She holds many certifications as Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), Pharmacy Tech and many more. She is working toward her bachelor of science degree in business health administration at the University of Phoenix.