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Physicians

Meet Our Primary Care Physicians

FamilyCare Specialists is one of the most comprehensive primary care practices in East Tennessee. Our physicians have nearly 200 years of combined medical experience!  We are all partners in your care, and that belief has helped shape our reputation as a leading provider of primary care in East Tennessee. 

Our physicians are experts in the management of chronic health conditions, acute illness and injury treatment. We also have specific clinical interests that allow us to provide specialized care. Thank you for the opportunity to tell you a little more about our team.


Tamara Davis, MD

Tamara Davis, MD of FamilyCare Specialists
Tamara Davis, MD

Dr. Davis brings more than 12 years of experience in family and geriatric medicine to our practice. She is accepting new patients five years and older.

Credentials and Training

Medical School:

Medical College of Virginia

Residency:

Family Medicine,
University of Tennessee Medical Center

Fellowship:

Geriatric Medicine,
University of Tennessee Medical Center

Board Certification:

Family Medicine

Clinical Interest:

Compassionate, quality care from pediatric to geriatric patients


J. Stacy Hicks, MD

J Stacy Hicks, MD
J. Stacy Hicks, MD

Dr. Hicks serves in the medical care of children and adults of all ages with an emphasis on prevention and wellness. He enjoys family, friends, triathlon racing and wind surfing.

Credentials and Training

Medical Degree:

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, 1985

Internship:

Family Medicine, 1985-1986
Naval Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina

Residency:

Family Medicine, 1988-1990
Naval Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina

Board Certification:

Family Medicine


James Howell, DO

James Howell, DO
James Howell, DO

Dr. Howell loves his family and is passionate about spending time with his wife, kids, dogs, and cats. He is a physical fitness enthusiast and routinely exercises five days a week. Dr. Howell studies Judo and Taekwando, and is very active with Boy Scouts of America. A huge Star Wars fan, Dr. Howell goes with his wife to conventions each year and has a room in his house full of Star Wars memorabilia. 

Credentials and Training

Medical Degree:

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pennsylvania, 2005

Internship:

Family Medicine, 2005-2006
The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville

Residency:

Family Medicine, 2006-2008
Florida Hospital, Orlando

Board Certification:

Family Medicine

Clinical Interests:

  • Preventive medicine
  • Physical fitness
  • Sports nutrition

Jeff A. McMichael, MD

Jeff A. McMichael, MD
Jeff A. McMichael, MD

Dr. McMichael was born and raised in East Tennessee, played football under head coach Johnny Majors, and now is raising his active family with Valerie, his wife of almost 30 years.

Credentials and Training

Medical Degree:

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, 1990

Internship:

Family Medicine, 1990-1991
Florida Hospital, Orlando

Residency:

Family Medicine, 1991-1993 
Florida Hospital, Orlando

Board Certification:

Family Medicine

Clinical Interests:

  • Wellness
  • Preventive medicine

 

Dr. McMichael is not accepting new patients at this time. 


Ronald E. Murff, MD

Ronald E. Murff, MD
Ronald E. Murff, MD

Credentials and Training

Medical Degree:

University of South Alabama, Mobile, 1979

Internship:

Family Medicine, 1979-1982
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta

Residency:

Family Medicine, 1979-1982
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta

Board Certification:

Family Medicine

Clinical Interests:

Tropical and travel medicine

Languages:

  • French
  • Spanish

Jack H. Tarr, MD

Jack H. Tarr, MD
Jack H. Tarr, MD

Dr. Tarr and his wife, Kathy, own and operate Springtree Farms, a destination wedding and event venue.

Credentials and Training

Medical Degree:

University of Tennessee, Memphis, 1975

Internship and Residency:

Family Medicine, 1976-1979
Naval Regional Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida

Board Certification:

Family Medicine

Clinical Interests:

Dr. Tarr has performed medical and surgical treatment of varicose veins since 1997. He pioneered the procedure of vein ablation in Tennessee. Dr. Tarr’s areas of expertise also include Sclerotherapy, Laser Vein Ablation and Phlebectomy. He is the medical director of Vein Specialists of Tennessee