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Preventive Medicine Staff

Mary Manuel received her master of health care administration degree from Belhaven University in 2013 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.

  • Brea Cole.jpgBrea Cole, BSHS
    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.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Millsaps College, Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Mississippi. She served as a staff RN in the pediatric intensive care unit at UMMC.  Additionally, she received her Master of Science in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 

She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and a CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle coach. She is currently working as a nurse practitioner in the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. 

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.

He is a Certified Community Health Advocate and a CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle coach.

  • Le Tu.jpgLe Tu, MS
    Geographic Info System Analyst
    (601) 984-1686

Le Tu received her master of science in geography from Louisiana State University in 2019. Her specialization is in GIS and remote sensing. She joined UMMC in 2019.

She is currently the GIS analyst and is working on a collaborative project to examine the social epigenetic impacts on health disparities in cardiovascular risk factors. She is also responsible for spatial analysis to support other projects and research initiatives, which include, but are not limited to, data visualization utilizing GIS application, data manipulation with computer programming, and statistical analysis toward the research results.

  • Dora Chism.jpgDora Chism
    Medical Office Assistant CAS
    (601) 815-5685

Dora Chism received her Clinical Medical Assistant certification at Southern Eastern in Flowood, MS, in 2010. She joined UMMC in 2011, where she worked on 4-North until 2012. She returned in 2017 in the Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic while working as a CMA /MOA.

Dora is currently a medical office assistant for the Department of Prevention Medicine. She holds many certifications as Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), Pharmacy Tech and many more. She is working toward her bachelor of science degree in business health administration at the University of Phoenix.