Dr. Walter Stephens, a Board-Certified Family Physician from Middle Tennessee, has been practicing medicine in Dickson County since 2001. He is a graduate of Cumberland University with a degree in Biology. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his residency in Family Medicine at UT Family Practice in Chattanooga where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Stephens is an experienced Emergency Room Physician, Hospice Medical Director, and Inpatient Rehab Medical Director. Currently, he is proudly serving the Dickson and Fairview communities as a Board-Certified Family Physician with Covenant Medical Group. Additionally, he is a member of the Horizon Medical Center Board of Directors and the current Medical Director for Tennessee State Parks.
Dr. Stephens enjoys spending his free time with his wife and four daughters. He still tries to get outdoors to hike and fly fish but is getting too old to backpack.
Savita Fanta, MD
Dr. Savita Fanta, a double-board-certified Internal Medicine and Pediatric doctor, has been serving as a primary care provider in Middle Tennessee for the last four years. Dr. Fanta was raised in Dickson, Tennessee, and is an alumna of Dickson County High School.
Dr. Fanta completed her undergraduate degree at East Tennessee State University with a degree in Spanish and Biology. She then finished her medical training at the University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine before completing her residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in internal medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Fanta’s interests center upon providing quality primary care for all ages, from newborns into adulthood, with a patient-centered approach.
Outside the clinic, Dr. Fanta enjoys time spent with her husband and her two sons. She enjoys attending church and volunteering in the community, playing the piano, eating great food and spending time with family and friends.
Jeffrey Kauppi, PA-C
As a long-standing resident of Dickson, Tennessee, Jeff Kauppi, PA-C, enjoys serving his community as a primary care provider. He received his training from Midwestern University, in Illinois, where he graduated with a degree in PA studies. He later achieved his master’s degree in Physician’s Assistant studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine.
He is married with two children and three dogs. He enjoys spending time with family and competing in Ironman Triathlons.
Kerrie Hogin Baker, MSN, FNP-C
Kerrie Baker, FNP-C, a Dickson County native, has been with Covenant Medical Group as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2015. When Covenant Medical Group originally opened its doors in 2007, she was one of the first nurses to work with Dr. Stephens and Jeff Kauppi. Kerrie then decided to further her education and completed her ASN-RN at Jackson State Community College; then, her BSN at Aquinas College. After working for several years as an Emergency Room Nurse, she went on to receive a Master of Science in Nursing from Austin Peay State University. Kerrie is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board.
Kerrie’s professional memberships include American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association, and Texas Nurse Practitioners.
Kerrie and her husband, Justin enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Edward Elliott, FNP-C
Edward E. Elliott, III, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and combat veteran. He served with the 502nd Infantry division of Ft. Campbell, and recipient of the Purple Heart while touring in Iraq. He completed his undergraduate degree in Nursing at APSU before completing his Master’s degree in Advanced Practice Nursing, Summa Cum Laude, from TSU.
Mr. Elliott joined the Covenant Medical Team in 2016 and provides family-centered healthcare including disease prevention, wellness, and management of common and complex health care problems.
He and his lovely wife, Britney, a special needs educator, have two beautiful children. They are a foster family who have opened their home to support children in the community. When not consumed in family functions, he can be found either at church or training for triathlons on the streets of Dickson.
Katie Barnes, FNP-C
Katie Barnes, FNP-C, a Michigan native, joined the Covenant Medical team in 2011. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she has been able to combine her interest in science with her desire to help others. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2005. Prior to completing her master’s degree, she graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a pre-med focus. Katie and her husband, Michael, who is also a nurse and a musician, live in Fairview, Tennessee. They have three young children ranging from elementary school age to toddlers. She and her family enjoy traveling, swimming, reading, and playing games together.
S. Krystal Beasley, FNP-C
Krystal Beasley, FNP-C, a Dickson native, recently joined the Covenant Medical Fairview team. Krystal is a Family Nurse Practitioner and is accredited by the AANP. She received her training from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2013. Prior to completing her master’s degree, Krystal graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from Austin Peay State University in 1997. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family at the river.
Amy Bull, PhD, MSN, FNP-C
Amy Bull, PhD, FNP-C, a native Nashvillian, joined the Covenant Medical team in 2016. With over twenty years of primary care experience, Amy’s passion for health promotion and disease prevention intersects with her love of teaching and her dedication to clinical excellence as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 1994; followed by her PhD in nursing from East Tennessee State University in 2004. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she spent seven years working as a Registered Nurse. She and her husband live in White Bluff, Tennessee. They have two grown children. She will complete her formal education in Functional Medicine in early 2019. She believes Functional Medicine will become the medicine of the future.