Public Health welcomes new physician

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After serving the last 30 years as the medical director for Macon County Public Health (MCPH), as well as providing primary care services for the last eight years, Donald Dewhurst, M.D., has retired. Replacing him is Allison Smith, M.D. 

“Caring for you, my patients, has been the most rewarding part,” shared Dr. Dewhurst in an MCPH announcement. “I have come to know many of you and your families as friends, and I am honored that many of you have trusted me with your care spanning multiple generations.”

Donald Dewhurst, M.D., retired recently as medical director at Macon County Public Health.

Dr. Smith has taken over Dr. Dewhurst’s patients. She has more than 19 years of experience in the field of medicine, having graduated from Georgia University of Health Sciences in 2005. She completed residency training at UT College of Medicine, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Dr. Smith previously lived in rural Alaska, where she gained experience in outpatient care of patients of all ages, inpatient care of children, and care of ER patients. In her previous position she also served as medical director, helping to establish policies and procedures and quality review for primary care in addition to clinical duties. 

Allison Smith, M.D., replaced Dr. Dewhurst in late January.

“I am confident that you will welcome her and will be very pleased with her care,” added Dr. Dewhurst. “Julie Rogers, our head nurse practitioner, will be assisting everyone with the transition.” 

Outside of work, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons in the outdoors, hiking, and camping. 

For an appointment at MCPH, call (828) 349-2081.