With an outstanding reputation, our patients have the advantage of receiving first hand expertise and astute medical care, with the convenience and comfort of being close to home.

At Carthage Family Wellness our practice provides medical care for you and your entire family in Preventative Care, Seasonal Allergies, Hypertension, Diabetes, and Heart Disease to name a few. Click here to view all our services. We are dedicated to treating every patient the utmost care and respect, walks-ins and same day appointments are always available.

Our Staff

Our highly skilled and friendly staff at Carthage Family Wellness provides family medical care, well checkups, physicals and immunizations, illness diagnoses and prescriptions and men’s and women’s health screenings. Our specialists offer advanced treatment options to provide the highest quality care for patients with acute and chronic illnesses, or needing more serious health and disease management.


Richard T. Rutherford, MD

Medical School:
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara,
Guadalajara, Mexico

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
5th Pathway Certification

University of Alabama by affiliation Baptist Memorial Hospital in Gadsden, Alabama
Family Practice Residency

Board Certification:
American Board of Family Practice

American Academy of Family Practice

Professional Memberships:
American Medical Association

Tennessee Medical Association

Southern Medical Association

Meagan Smith, MD
Dr. Meagan Smith in Smith County Tennessee

Medical School:
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, Tennessee

University of Tennessee at Murfreesboro
Family Medicine
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Chief Resident, June 2019-2020

Lipscomb University
Nashville, Tennessee

Professional Memberships:
National Meharry Medical College Alumni Association
American Academy of Family Physicians

Morlee Burgess, DO

Medical School:
Edward Via Virginia
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency & Fellowship:
Spartanburg Regional Hospital
Spartnanbug, South Carolina

Board Certification:
Family Practice / Obstetrics

Professional Memberships:
American Academy of Family Physicians
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians / AOA

Lauren Lewis Cooper, DO


Medical School: DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency & Fellowship: UT Nashville Family Medicine Residency

Board Certified:

Family Practice


Professional Memberships:
American Academy of Family Physicians

American Medical Association

Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association

Sabra Gentry, ANCC, FNP- BC

Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

Board Certified:
American Nurses Credentialing Center

Elijah Carter, FNP- BC
Elijah Carter

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Associate of Science in Nursing
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Professional Membership:
American Nurses Association 

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Now Accepting New Patients

If you are looking for a professional family practice in the Carthage, TN area, contact us today at 615-735-0700. For questions, let one of our highly trained medical staff assist you with your medical needs. We will ensure that you and your family receive the best healthcare possible through well checkups, healthy lifestyle recommendations, early detection and monitoring of treatable diseases.

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Payments, Insurance and Billing

We accept most major insurance plans. For questions regarding your coverage, please contact your insurance company. If you have insurance, bring your card with you to your appointment. As a courtesy to you, we will gladly file your insurance for you; however, we do request your portion (co-payment, deductible and/or co-insurance) be paid at the time services are rendered. These payments may be made by cash, check or credit card.

Patient Forms

To speed up the registration process, we have linked our patient packet to our website.

It is very simple to print out these forms. Just click on the link and the form will pull up. All you need to do is print it, fill out the information requested, and bring it to your first visit.

Patients who have not been seen in over one year will need to fill out the same forms as new patients. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call.