Richard Akin DMD

​General Dentistry

Dr. Brannan, a native of Atlanta, graduated with honors from the University of Georgia majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry.  He attended the Medical College of Georgia on a U.S. Navy scholarship and was awarded his M.D. in 1982.  After completing his internship in Internal Medicine, Dr. Brannan was stationed in Guam as Medical Officer for the submarine tender USS Proteus (AS-19) and provided medical support for military personnel and families throughout the western Pacific region. 

Following his overseas duty he completed his medical residency at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, California.  After completing service in the Navy, Dr. Brannan was a fellow in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and served as a Clinical Instructor in Gastroenterology at UNC while pursuing advanced endoscopic training.

Dr. Brannan has authored numerous publications in medical journals and has participated in multiple clinical research studies investigating new medications and treatments for gastrointestinal disorders.  Dr. Brannan is a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  Prior to joining the GI Associates in 2015, Dr. Brannan has been a widely respected gastroenterologist at the Premier Medical Group in Jackson, MS, for over twenty years.  Dr. Brannan is affiliated with most major hospitals in the area and is accepting new patients.

Specialty Clinic

Mark E. Wilson joined the GI Associates in 2000 and is a gastroenterologist at the Jackson GI Associates and Endoscopy Center and Madison GI Associates and Endoscopy Center.

Dr. Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan and went on to pursue his medical degree from Wayne State University. He completed his internal medicine training at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital, which is an affiliate of the University of Michigan. Dr. Wilson completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Michigan State University. He remained an adjunct member of the faculty at MSU while practicing internal medicine and gastroenterology in Lansing, Michigan. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Dr. Wilson is affiliated with seven hospitals in Mississippi and is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Wilson is affiliated with most major hospitals in the area and is accepting new patients. Please call the Jackson GI Associates and Endoscopy Center or the Madison GI Associates and Endoscopy Center at 601-355-1234 to contact him or to set up an appointment.

James Phelan DPM

​Podiatrist

Dr. Case is board certified in Otolaryngology.

  • Undergraduate: B.S., Summa Cum Laude,  University of Southern Mississippi In Molecular Biology.
  • Medical School: M.D., Cum Laude, University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
  • Residency: Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, University of Mississippi School of Medicine Member of American Medical Association Member of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Member of American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy


Dr. Case is originally from Brookhaven and was raised in Long Beach, MS. He and his wife, Wendi, and their two children Corey and Olivia chose to relocate and practice in Brookhaven because of the close-knit Christian environment. Dr Case considers it a great privilege to be able to return an area where his family is originally from and provide specialty medical care with a personal touch.  He enjoys practicing the full range of Otolaryngology and has significant experience in treating diseases of the sinuses, allergies, and facial skin cancer. Dr Case has received numerous academic and clinical awards throughout his education and training and has research published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Case will be seeing patients at Copiah County Medical Center to treat general ear, nose, and throat services, and pediatric ENT problems, as well as comprehensive assessment and treatment for chronic sinusitis and allergies. 

Mark Wilson, M.D.

Gastroenterologist

GI & Associates

Dr. Ryan Case

Lee M. Nicols, MDBoard Certified: American Board of Surgery
MD: University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson, MS
Surgical Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

Quality health for quality of life
“I knew in college that I wanted to become a doctor. My grandfather was a surgeon and I am pleased to follow his example, helping people to enjoy a better quality of health. I have always been interested in technical projects and working with my hands. I guess it naturally follows that I enjoy the hands-on, technical involvement and personal aspects of being a surgeon. Seeing patients lives enhanced is such a positive reward of this profession.”

Quicker recovery benefit from laparoscopic techniques

“I have a keen interest in laparoscopy and the benefit it affords the patient. It is a definite passion of mine. With laparoscopic procedures such as gastrointestinal, colorectal and hernia surgery, the results are a quicker, more comfortable recovery. At Central Surgical Associates, we work hard to give you the best possible surgical experience.”


Dr. Lee M. Nicols and his family reside in the Jackson area. He enjoys being with his family, traveling, hunting, outdoor activities and spending free time at his farm with his horses and dogs.

To schedule an appointment or physician referral, call Dr. Nicols at (601) 944-1781 or request an appointment online.

Dr. James Phelan, DPM, graduated in 1991 from Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia. He then enrolled in the School of Podiatric Medicine at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, and graduated in 1995. He performed his residency training in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the Veterans Administration, in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1995-1996. He got Board Certified by The American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry in 1999.

Dr. Donald Brannan

Dr. Jay McDonald

Dr. David Steckler, MD, FACS

A native of Natchez, Mississippi, Dr. David Steckler grew up on a family farm along with eight siblings. The Steckler children spent most of their days hunting and fishing with their father, a Pathologist. His father instilled in him a love of land, helping others, and most importantly, medicine.

After graduating from Millsaps College, he received his MD from the University of Mississippi and completed post-graduate training in General Surgery from UMMC. He completed a Plastic Surgery Fellowship at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dr. Steckler and his wife, Susan, have five children and are active members of St. Richard Catholic Church and St. Richard Catholic School. They travel back to their family land in Natchez to hunt and fish as often as they can.

The Mississippi Center for Plastic Surgery opened in April 2015, taking Dr. Steckler’s practice in a new direction. He is currently the only Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Madison County. The Center offers a more personal approach to the needs of clients. Our goal is achieve natural-looking results for cosmetic patients in order for them to feel good in their own skin. It is Dr. Steckler’s belief that a subtle approach to Plastic Surgery is beneficial to clients and leads to more satisfactory results.

Aside from cosmetic procedures, Dr. Steckler receives great satisfaction from clients with melanoma or undergoing reconstruction, especially breast reconstruction. Helping someone look and feel whole again after battling cancer is very rewarding. Dr. Steckler lost a sister to cancer 8 years ago, and he knows how this disease can devastate a family personally. For him, it is a blessing to be able to play a small part in helping someone feel normal again after beating breast cancer.

Dr. Jay McDonald is a native of Memphis but has deep family ties to Mississippi. He and his wife, Chavanne, have two young boys, Jay and George. He received his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans where he also obtained a Masters in Public Health. He completed his Anesthesiology residency from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. He then completed a fellowship from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Pain Management. During his time at UMC, Dr. McDonald was given an award for Resident of the Year. He has served on legislative boards for both the American Society of Anesthesiology and as well as the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management.

Dr. McDonald treats all types of pain and believes in a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes medications, interventional procedures, and physical therapy, along with behavioral techniques. Dr. McDonald is interested in new and state of the art therapies, such as spinal cord stimulation as a means to control and possibly eliminate chronic pain.

Dr. McDonald is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology & board certified in Pain Management.

Copiah County Medical Center

Call Us:  [601] 574-7000

Education
·         Hazlehurst High School
·         BA in Chemistry/Biology, University of Mississippi
·         D.M.D University of Mississippi School of Dentistry

Employment
·         Private Practice of General Dentistry
·         Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, Restorative Department

Professional Affiliations
·         Fourth District Dental Society
·         Mississippi Dental Association
·         American Dental Association

Professional Appointments
·         Insurance Committee (MDA),1985
·         Chairman, MDA Advisory Committee to Medicaid, 1984-1986
·         Mississippi Dental Political Action Committee, 1986-988

Other Activities
·         President of Senior Class, UM School of Dentistry, 1979
·         Alderman, City of Hazlehurst (Ward 1), 1984-1989
·         Alderman, City of Hazlehurst (Ward 5), 1996-Present
·         President, University of Mississippi Dental Alumni Association, 1986-1987
·         President, Hazlehurst Chamber of Commerce -1986
·         Chairman, Board of Deacons, First Presbyterian Church, 1984-86, 1990-93
·         Elder, First Presbyterian Church, 1996-Present
·         President, University of Mississippi Copiah County Alumni Association, 1983-84
·         President, Copiah County Ducks Unlimited, 1984, 86, 88
·         Member, Dean's Dental Reserve and the Guardian Society
·         Active in Hazlehurst youth sports - Coach, Little League
·         Deputy Medical Examiner for Copiah County, 1997-Present
·         Copiah Educational Foundation
             - Executive Board, 1994-Present
             - Chairman, Finance Committee, 95-96
             - Secretary, 96-97
             - President, 97-98
·         Lay Leader, Mississippi Private School Association Committee District IV, 1998-2013
·         Committee Member, Copiah County American Cancer Society, 1997"Citizen of the Year," Hazlehurst Chamber of Commerce, 1999

Carl A. Boykin DMD

​General Dentistry

Dr. Lee Nicols, MD, FACS

General Surgeon