Faith Family Medical Center





Laura Hobson, President & CEO

Laura is a native of Memphis, TN. She received her BA in History from Vanderbilt University. A licensed Real Estate agent for several years, Laura made a mid-career change and received her Masters degree from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in 2007. Laura enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling.


Dr. Parker Panovec, M.D. Medical Director

Dr. Panovec attended Lipscomb University before attending the College of Medicine at UT Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. He came to FFMC from Jackson, TN, where he worked for the Jackson Clinic in outpatient medicine and wound care. Prior to this, he practiced and taught both inpatient and outpatient family medicine at the University of Tennessee Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Panovec is married and has two children. He is actively involved in teaching at church. He enjoys watching sports, especially tennis, and spending time with family and friends.


Sherry Mast, Director of Operations

Sherry grew up in Soddy Daisy, TN and has been a Nashville resident since her college days at Lipscomb University. She graduated from Lipscomb with a Bachelor of Science and has worked as an administrative medical professional for over 20 years. She is married to Scott and they have 2 sons, Jack and Sam. In her free time she loves to spend time with her dogs, travel, camp, read, and watch her sons play baseball, football, and softball.


Cathy Altenbern, Director of Development

Originally from Laurel, MS, Cathy has lived in Nashville for almost 30 years. She was most recently Chief Development Officer at Monroe Harding and has been fundraising in the Nashville nonprofit community for over 25 years. Cathy is married and has three grown sons and a daughter in law. An active member of First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, she enjoys reading, travel and spending time with friends, family and her dogs, Maggie and Cooper.


Beth Allen Journey to Health


Beth Allen – Director of Journey to Health

Beth grew up in Shelbyville, TN. She received a BA from MTSU and is a registered dietician and holds Masters of Education with an emphasis in Curriculum Development. Her professional passion is helping people make healthy choices so they can reach their health goals. Her favorite things to do are to love on her dog, Murphy; go kayaking and fishing, and cook.


Leslie W. Binford, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Leslie is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in medication management for the adult population. Previous experience includes work with individuals with severe and persistent mental health needs, addiction, women’s issues and trauma. Leslie’s passion is to partner with individuals through their healing journey, utilizing medication management as a piece of the puzzle, to provide holistic, person-centered care.


Andrea Djabi, RN

She is originally from Venezuela where she was born and raised. She moved to the United States in 2002 with her parents and younger brother. She graduated with a BSN from Cumberland University. She is happily married and has a beautiful son and would love to have more children in the future. She enjoys spending time with my family, watching movies, shopping, and being outdoors.


Dee Dee Edwards, Physician Assistant

Dee Dee grew up in a military family stationed in LA, FL, and AK. She received her BS in Nutrition from the University of Florida and MS in Medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University. She was a registered dietician before becoming a PA. She loves spending time with her husband and baby daughter, and enjoys cooking, reading watching movies, and corny jokes.


Lennis Franco, Front Office Assistant

Lennis came to Nashville from Georgia and has been with Faith Family since August 2016. She is bilingual (Spanish and English) and often assists providers by translating for Spanish-speaking patients. She recently was married and together Lennis and her husband love to travel. Their favorite place that they have gone together is San Francisco! Some of her hobbies include cooking traditional Mexican food and ballet.


Sheree Keith, Office Coordinator

Sheree is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sheree attended Volunteer State Community College, majoring in Social Services. Before Faith Family, she has been an Accounts Payable Manager and Administrative Assistant for a law firm. Sheree enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her 10 grandchildren. Sheree has been with Faith Family since its inception.


Christina Jezioro – Front Office Assistant

Christina is a Nashville, TN, native and truly enjoys living here. She received her BA in Sociology and Social Welfare from MTSU and is also a published singer/songwriter. In the future she hopes to pursue clinical counseling She volunteers at a local treatment center for women in her spare time and has a passion for helping others.


Tyler Kendrick, Medical Assistant

Tyler has worked at FFMC since August 2017. He is originally from Nashville and his wife, Mallory, is also a Nashville native, a rarity in such a transient town! He graduated from Meharry Medical and is pursuing residency in Family Residence. His hobbies include playing outside, trail running, and spending time with his cat, Olivier.


Lorena Lopardo, CPA - Accountant

Lorena is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She moved to the U.S. 11 years ago with her husband, who is also Argentinian. She is an Accounting graduate from Trevecca Nazarene University and CPA. She enjoys hiking, reading, photography, and spending time with her family back home. She is bilingual in Spanish.


Katie Lubeck, Executive Assistant

Katie was born and raised in Wisconsin and called Chicago home for 5 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Valparaiso University. She was consecrated as a Lutheran Deaconess in 2013. She enjoys cooking, crafting, traveling, and spending time with family.


Olivia McLean, Volunteer Coordinator

Olivia was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She received her BA in History and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 2017. She works during the summers as a camp cook and is looking forward to exploring Nashville. She enjoys hiking with her dog, drinking coffee, and listening to live music in her spare time.


Elizabeth Netsch, Nurse Practitioner

Elizabeth was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and works at Faith Family on a part time basis. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences in 1993. She received her graduate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt School of Nursing in 2002. Elizabeth enjoys running, knitting, cooking and spending time with her husband and two children.

Carly Prentice


Carly Prentice, Nurse Practitioner

Carly grew up in a military family, but has claimed Nashville as home since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Medicine, Health, and Society and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Prior to starting at Faith Family, she completed a 3 month nursing residency in the Central Province of Kenya through the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. In her free time, Carly enjoys running, climbing, reading, and spending time with friends and family.


Liz Threlkeld, Nurse Practitioner

Liz is a native of Oostburg, Wisconsin. She received her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Liz received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2003. Liz’s favorite pastimes are reading, movies, watching & playing sports and hanging out with friends.


Dianelis Torres, LPN

Dianelis (Dee) was born in Cuba and is bilingual in both English and Spanish. She has worked at Faith Family for four years. In her free time she loves spending time with her husband and son, Hector. She also loves new restaurants, travel, walking, and warm weather.


Elissa Walker, Development Coordinator

Elissa was born and raised in a small town in Central Illinois. After graduating high school in 1999 she participated in a mission organization which allowed her to travel throughout the U.S and abroad. After a 3-year stint she landed herself in Montana and pursued becoming a Massage Therapist. In 2007 she moved from Montana to Nashville to begin a new adventure. She loves it so much here she now owns a home and has two cats. Mission work runs through her blood, she loves to travel and DIY projects and you will often find her singing on her worship team, her first and greatest passion. She isn’t practicing massage therapy any longer but does consider it an honor to serve and help others.


Terry Walker, Bookkeeper

Terry grew up in Springfield, TN. He received a BS degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Before coming to FFMC, he was a Financial Controller for twenty years with Gannett Co., Inc. Terry enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with his family and friends, .


Carolyn Williams, Physician Assistant

Carolyn hails from Columbus, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2004, and her Master’s Degree in Science and Medicine from Trevecca in 2007. In her spare time Carolyn enjoys playing soccer, hiking and traveling.