WellStar Medical Group provides both primary and selected specialty care to patients throughout West Georgia and East Alabama.
With offices located in LaGrange, Hogansville, West Point, Pine Mountain and Greenville, our physicians specialize in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, cardiovascular care, surgery, urology, otolaryngology, bariatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, hematology, oncology, radiation oncology, pulmonary medicine and occupational medicine. WellStar Medical Group, affiliated with WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, is committed to taking care of all health care needs.
Dr. John Allen earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, Georgia. He completed a residency in General Surgery at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. In addition, he completed a fellowship in Advanced GI/MIS/Bariatric Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina.
His fellowship training consisted of complex abdominal wall reconstruction utilizing advanced robotic techniques as well as in-depth bariatric training. While a resident at Memorial University Medical Center, he was recognized as the Outstanding Resident of the Year. In addition, he was awarded the Resident as Teachers Fellowship, which is only presented to two residents each year. He was co-chair of the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery Curriculum, responsible for establishing and implementing the curriculum for endoscopic training required by the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Allen is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons, American Hernia Society, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).. Allen completed medical school at Mercer University. After finishing his general surgery residency at MHU Medical Center in Savannah, he moved to Greenville, South Carolina, to complete a fellowship in advanced GI & bariatric surgery. In addition to providing general surgical procedures, Dr. Allen specializes in complex hernia repair, bariatric surgery and anti-reflux surgery.
Dr. Allen and his wife, Mary Kate, are originally from Thomaston, Ga. They have two daughters and live in LaGrange.
Dr. Srinivas Bramhadevi is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India. He completed his residency at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Monroe, La.
In addition, Dr. Bramhadevi is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, a designated civil surgeon of the Department of Homeland Security and a former associate clinical professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
As a family medicine physician, Dr. Bramhadevi provides primary care needs for pediatrics, adolescents, adult and geriatric patients, including
• Gastrointestinal disorders
• Nutritional deficiencies and disorders
• Pre- and post-bariatric work ups
• Medical weight loss
• Obesity and related disorders
• Cardio metabolic disorders
• Osteoporosis and bone disease
• School physicals
Dr. Clements and her husband, Dr. Mack Clements, have been serving the medical needs of those living in Harris County, Meriwether County, and the West Georgia area for the past 48 years at their offices in Pine Mountain and Greenville. They became members of the West Georgia Physicians family in 2015 and continue to provide outstanding primary care for all ages, as well as disease management and preventative care. In addition to their weekday hours, the Clements and their staff offer Saturday morning walk-in appointments at both their Pine Mountain and Greenville locations.
Dr. Clements and his wife, Dr. Martha Clements, have been serving the medical needs of those living in the Meriwether County, Harris County and the West Georgia region for the past 48 years at their offices in Pine Mountain and Greenville. They became members of the West Georgia Physicians family in 2015 and continue to provide outstanding primary care for all ages, including preventative care and disease management. In addition to their weekday hours, the Clements and their staff offer Saturday morning walk-in appointments at both their Pine Mountain and Greenville locations.
Dr. Coggins received his gastroenterology training at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and opened his LaGrange practice in 1991. You can request your own appointment at his practice, West Georgia Physicians Gastroenterology; a physician referral is not necessary.
Dr. Coggins and his staff treat diseases of the esophagus, stomach, intestines, gall bladder, liver and pancreas, such as:
• Gastroesophageal Reflux, Heartburn (GERD)
• Colon Polyps
• Colon Cancer
• Peptic Ulcer Disease
• Inflammatory conditions of the intestinal tract such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
• Swallowing Disorders
• Abdominal Pain
• Constipation and Diarrhea
• Rectal Bleeding
Dr. Coggins also has completed three years of speciality training in gastroenterology. Gastroenterology fellowships are only undertaken after four years of medical school and three years of internal medicine residency. This training qualifies him to perform specialized diagnostic procedures including:
• Upper Endoscopy
• Capsule Endoscopy (Pill Cam)
Dr. Alexander Gedevanishvili, “Doctor G,” received his medical degree in 1988 through Tbilisi State Medical University in Tbilisi, Georgia. He then completed his residency in 1990 through the Department of Internal Medicine at Tbilisi's City Hospital #1 and his fellowship in Cardiology in 1992 through Tbilisi's Institute for Advanced Medical Training.
Dr. Gedevanishvili worked as a staff cardiologist with City Hospital #1 from 1993 to 1997. He was a visiting fellow in 1993 with the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., as well as a medical intern and medical resident with the Emory University School of Medicine between 1997 and 2000 before training at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, for Cardiac CT, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography between 2000 and 2003. He was an assistant professor of Cardiology with the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2004.
He joined as a cardiologist and director of West Georgia Medical Center's Echocardiography Laboratory in 2004. He serves on the staff of West Georgia Cardiology, which provides prompt new patient cardiac evaluations; in-office stress tests and echocardiograms; advanced imaging in the hospital with 3D-TEE (trans-esophageal echocardiography), cardiac MRI and coronary CT; and continued hospital care of new and established patients.
Dr. Gedevanishvili is Board Certified Diplomate in Internal and Cardiovascular Medicine as a through the American Board of Internal Medicine, as well as a Diplomate of the board of Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology.
He is a member of the Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography and a fellow with the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Thomas Gore received his bachelor's in chemistry in 1976 from Duke University in Durham, NC. He continued at Duke, receiving his medical degree in 1979 and completing a research fellowship in neurology in 1980.
His residency in internal medicine was completed in 1983 through the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, followed by a fellowship in cardiology completed in 1985 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Gore has been employed with West Georgia Cardiology, formerly Southern CardioPulmonary Associates, since 1985. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease as well as Nuclear Cardiology. He also is certified in Cardiac Pacing, Coronary CT and Cardiovascular MR.
He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Chapter of American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians, and is a Fellow with the American College of Cardiology.
West Georgia Cardiology provdies prompt new patient cardiac evaluations; in-office stress tests and echocardiograms; advanced imaging in the hospital with 3D-TEE (trans-esophageal echocardiography), cardiac MRI and coronary CT; and continued hospital care of new and established patients.
Dr. Torey Harden specializes in pediatrics, including sick visits, well child checks, immunizations and school physicals. He completed medical school at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta in May 2011. He went on to complete his residency through the University of Miami Hospital in Miami in July 2014.
He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Ravina Kadam earned her medical degree from Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College and Hospital in Navi Mumbai, India, and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dr. Kadam is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, specializing in women’s health issues, including lipid management and osteoporosis. She is a Clinical Hypertension Specialist, ensuring that medications and dosage for managing high blood pressure are appropriate. In addition, Dr. Kadam is a Certified Clinical Bone Densitometrist and can determine patients' X-ray needs and treatment.
Dr. Madhavi Naik, a Fellow with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, received a bachelor's degree in biology in 1991 through the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, receiving her medical degree from the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon in 1996.
Her postgraduate work and residency was completed between 1996 and 2001 at East Tennessee State University and Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn.
Dr. Naik became an OB-GYN with West Georgia Health in 2000. She provides full prenatal and post-delivery care; annual pap smears and lab analysis; breast examinations; gynecological surgeries, including tubal ligation and hysterectomies; and 3D/4D in-office ultrasounds.
Dr. Olango specializes in neurology with a subspecialty in epileptology. He helps patients with epilepsy/seizure treatment and management, neuropathy and headaches, Parkinson's disease and dementia, and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. James Parker is a native of south Georgia who finished college after receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force. He worked in corporate business while taking classes at night to complete undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology.
While in medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, he received further training in the United States and the National Healthcare System in the UK. He completed his residency at St. Vincent's Family Medicine Residency Program in Jacksonville, FL.
Dr. Parker is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine as well as a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the Georgia Academy of Family Practice. He prefers working in outpatient medicine with a focus on preventive medicine to help his patients achieve and maintain a good quality of life. In additon to primary and preventative care, his office in West Point provides urgent care, diabetes management and hypertension management.
Dr. Rajeev has been providing pediatric care for children and adolescents since 2010, including newborn care, well checks, sick visits and school physicals.
Dr. Eugene Schaufler graduated from New York Medical College and completed residencies in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and Pediatrics at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. He also completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine with Emory University.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Schaufler achieved board certification in 1985 and additional recertification in 1996, then 2006 to the present. He is also board certified in pediatrics. A member of the Troup County Medical Society, Dr. Schaufler specializes in gynecology and primary health care for women, including minor surgery; cancer screening; weight loss management; hormones, menopause and contraception counseling; and prolapse and incontinence evaluation and management.
Dr. Margaret Schaufler graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine where she served as Chief Administrative Resident during her final year.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Schaufler achieved board certification in 1986 and additional recertification in 1996, then 2006 to the present.
She has served as the President of the Troup County Medical Society since 2007 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia OBGyn Society and the Bylaws Committee for the Medical Association of Georgia. She specializes in gynecology and primary health care for women, including minor surgery; cancer screening; weight loss management; hormones, menopause and contraception counseling; and prolapse and incontinence evaluation and management.
Board Certified in Surgery, Dr. Vincent Scoglietti completed his medical training at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 2007 and his residency in General Surgery in 2012 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon alongside Mercer University.
He was awarded the Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching award, and served as a resident member of the Medical Center of Central Georgia's Physicians' Advisory Committee.
He most recently served as a Breast Oncology Fellow with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Dr. Scoglietti is versed in breast surgery, laparoscopy, skin and soft tissue, and abdominal surgery.
Dr. Richard “Sandy” Simmons is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Medicine. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He also completed his fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Dr. Simmons specializes in the treatment of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), lung cancer and sleep disorders.
Dr. Ashley Stewart completed her medical degree and surgical residency at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.
Dr. Stewart is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
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Dr. Robert Taylor's clinical interests include radiation therapy to all sites of the body for cancer treatment. His publications and research areas include brain stereotactic radiosurgery, lung and body SABR (stereotactic ablative radiotherapy), breast cancer, prostate cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, head and neck cancer as well as GYN cancer. Dr. Taylor also has a passion for serving those throughout the world with the privilege of participating and leading numerous medical mission trips to Africa and South America.
Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Taylor's specialties include:
Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
Ultrasound Guided Joint, Tendon Sheath and Bursa Injections
Ultrasound Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Botox Injections for Chronic Migraines
Spasticity Management using Chemodenervation/Botox
Orthopedic, Neurologic and Amputee Rehabilitation
A native of Cordele, Georgia, Dr. Turton earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He completed his internship, followed by his surgical residency, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics. Prior to this, he graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Southwestern College in Americus and received his Associate of Arts degree from Oxford College of Emory University.
Dr. Turton is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He is a member of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the American Society of General Surgeons and the Georgia Surgical Society. Dr. Turton is also a fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (FAMBS).
He served as president of the Moretz Surgical Society from 2004 to 2005. This group, affiliated with the Medical College of Georgia, is comprised of more than 300 surgeons nationwide who are dedicated to the exchange of scientific research and observation.
Dr. Turton is affiliated with West Georgia Physicians and is in practice at West Georgia Surgery and Bariatrics with offices in LaGrange and Columbus, Georgia, and Opelika, Alabama. He has been a member of the medical staff at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center since 2007 and served as president of the medical staff in 2011. Prior to that, he served on the medical staff of Oconee Medical Hospital in Seneca, South Carolina, for 12 years. Dr. Turton was one of the first surgeons in South Carolina to perform advanced laparoscopic surgery. He was also one of the first surgeons in Georgia to perform Single Incision Laparoscopic (SILS) gallbladder surgery.
Dr. Turton founded the Bariatric Surgery Program at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center and has performed over 1,200 Laparoscopic Bariatric surgeries. He led the WellStar WGMC’s weight loss surgery program to become designated as as an Accredited Center® by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program [formerly known as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®].
In addition, WellStar WGMC’s Bariatric Surgery program has been recognized by other health care entities as well under Dr. Turton’s leadership as medical director. CareChex®, an independent healthcare research company, ranked the Bariatric Surgery program as No. 3 in Medical Excellence out of 39 Georgia hospitals and No. 90 among 1,414 U.S. hospitals for 2016. It also has been named a Blue Distinction for Bariatric Surgery program by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as well as an Optum Center of Excellence
He has extensive training in the latest surgical techniques, including laparoscopic surgical techniques. He performs most abdominal procedures laparoscopically; these minimally invasive techniques require fewer and smaller incisions, which helps patients recover faster, experience less pain, and return more quickly to normal activities.
Dr. Turton performs most abdominal procedures including:
• Gallbladder surgery
• Hernia repair
• Colon surgery
• Anti-reflux surgery
• Hiatal hernia repair
• Weight loss surgery
West Georgia Worx (WGW) Medical Director, Dr. Nick Vlachos, provides medical direction for all employees and patients seen.
Dr. Vlachos is the only Board Certified Occupational Medicine Physician in the region. He has 30 years combined experience including automotive, industrial, hospital and private-based programs and is certified as a Medical Review Officer by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Vlachos is a Certified Medical Examiner (CME) under the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, adding value to Worx’s current customer base as well as any Commercial Motor Vehicle driver needing their medical clearance updated.
As a certified medical examiner Dr. Vlachos makes important decisions that will reduce the risk for crashes, injuries and fatalities among interstate CMV drivers. Dr. Vlachos is listed on the federal DOT's National Registry — an online directory of certified medical examiners easily accessible to drivers, motor carriers and the general public, located at nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov.
The National Registry is a Federal program that establishes requirements for health care professionals that perform physical qualification examinations for truck and bus drivers. For more information concerning the impact of the designation, head to our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Dr. Vlachos is qualified as a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) through the national Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC), an independent physician-based body that conducts a rigorous and extensive application process and written credentialing examination to identify licensed physicians with the proper medical expertise and skills necessary to evaluate drug and alcohol test results in public and private sectors of the workplace.
MROCC Certification is intended to ensure the public of quality services and the maintenance of ethical conduct by qualified physicians involved in drug and alcohol testing review. The certified MRO may also act as a resource to protect the company, helping with policies and regulatory issues, as well as providing related services such as drug testing collections, breath alcohol testing services, coordination of laboratory services, laboratory performance testing and preparation of summary reports for employers.
Candace is a long time resident of Troup County. She completed the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Troy University in 2005 and returned to Troy in 2011 to earn her clinical Doctorate Degree in nursing.
Candace is Board Certified as a nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been a member since 2005. She is licensed to practice in Georgia as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Candace has many years of nursing experience and education in various areas of patient care including pulmonary medicine, internal medicine, endocrinology and family medicine. She is trained to conduct numerous clinical and medical procedures and can provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services in collaboration with the physicians at West Georgia Health Family Medicine. At West Georgia Family Practice in LaGrange, she offers primary and preventative care, urgent care, diabetes management and hypertension management.