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Preventive Medicine Staff

  • Brea Cole, BSHSBrea Cole.jpg
    Manager, Medically Integrated Wellness
    (601) 815-8372; fax: (601) 815-8989

Brea Cole has a bachelor of science in health sciences and is the manager of the Integrated Wellness Program for the UMMC Wellness Centers and the Workplace Wellness Program, Everyday Wellness. She is one of two wellness champions at UMMC, and holds the following certifications: Worksite Wellness Program Specialist, Worksite Wellness Program Manager, Community Health Advocate, and Chronic Disease Self-Management Master Trainer.

She is assisting with strategic planning for both programs and is leading the coordination of related activities to engage both UMMC and community partners.

Ms. Cole joined UMMC in 2007.

Mary Manuel received her master of health care administration degree from Belhaven University in 2012 while working in the Center of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

She is currently the director of operations 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.

DeShundra Barnes is the education administrator for the Department of Preventive Medicine at UMMC. She is responsible for supporting the activities and operations of the preventive medicine residency program and the clinical education placement of third- and fourth-year medical students.

With over 13 years of academic medical experience, DeShundra has worked with prospective, current, and graduated students to ensure a seamless transition from matriculation into their professional careers. She is the member of numerous professional organizations and participates in committees that promote the profession of medicine and healthcare in our state.

DeShundra received her bachelor’s degree in general business administration from Mississippi State University in 2005. In May2016, she graduated from University of Mississippi Medical Center with a master’s degree in health sciences with a concentration in leadership.

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.

Dr. Fiona B. Lewis earned her bachelor of science in fire investigation from the University of New Haven in 2000.  She then earned a master of science in nutrition and wellness from Andrews University and became a nationally credentialed registered dietitian in 2007. In 2013, she earned a doctorate in public health with an emphasis in preventative health from Loma Linda University. Dr. Lewis completed the UMMC Obesity Health Disparities PRIDE research fellowship program in 2016. She is also completed a professional chef training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Healing and the Culinary Arts with an emphasis on plant-based cooking in 2018. She has certificates of training from the Commission on Dietetic Registration in childhood and adolescent weight management, and adult weight management.

Dr. Lewis has practiced as a registered dietitian in the clinical and homecare settings in New York City. She has served as assistant professor and interim program director for the Andrews University distance MPH Program 2013 to 2014 in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She also served as assistant professor and director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics from 2014-17 at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. 

Her research interests include obesity prevention and weight management in pediatric and women of childbearing age, plant-based cooking interventions for the prevention and management of lifestyle diseases, religion/spirituality and health, and multi-sectoral public health partnerships.

Dr. Lewis joined UMMC's Department of Preventive Medicine in October 2018 as a registered dietitian.