Franklin Dermatology Group has three Board Certified dermatologists and four experienced dermatology Nurse Practitioners in one convenient Franklin (Cool Springs) Location
Dr. Charity Foster McConnell joined Franklin Dermatology Group in August of 2001. She became the first full partner to join the founders of the practice, Drs. Dana and Paul Latour, in 2003.
A native Tennessean, Dr. McConnell grew up in Lexington, a small town in western Tennessee. As an undergraduate, she attended Vanderbilt University, graduating in 1992 with a B.S. in Molecular Biology.
Dr. McConnell met her future husband, Bill McConnell, while in college at Vanderbilt and they married in 1995. She attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, graduating third in her class in 1996, and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. McConnell was an internal medicine resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for two years from 1996-1998, at which point she realized that her true “calling” was dermatology.
Dr. McConnell enjoys all aspects of dermatology, including medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She prides herself on thorough, high-quality care for patients of all ages. In addition, her practice philosophy is to make every patient feel important and that their voices are being heard.
Dr. McConnell is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD). She also enjoys being a member in several medical and professional organizations, including the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Nashville Dermatology Society, Tennessee Women in Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the Tennessee Medical Association.
Dr. Karen Chen Broussard joined Franklin Dermatology Group in 2015. She is originally from Cedarburg, Wisconsin. As an undergraduate at Yale University, Dr. Broussard was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She then attended medical school at Vanderbilt University where she conducted clinical research in numerous fields of study, including dermatology. Dr. Broussard completed a one-year internship in Internal Medicine at Emory University prior to her residency training in Dermatology at Vanderbilt University where she served as Chief Resident in her final year.
Dr. Broussard is passionate about the field of dermatology and values establishing a close doctor-patient relationship in order to provide the highest quality care for her patients. She practices medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Broussard is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD). She is also a member of the Nashville Dermatology Society, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Broussard resides in Franklin with her husband and their two children. She enjoys running, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Lesley Littrell Starnes joined Franklin Dermatology Group in August of 2017. A native of Middle Tennessee, Dr. Starnes is originally from Waverly. As an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Dr. Starnes was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2006. She then attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in her third year and graduated summa cum laude in 2010.
Dr. Starnes completed a one-year internship in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where she remained to complete her residency in dermatology, serving as Chief Resident her final year. After residency, Dr. Starnes practiced in Jackson, Tennessee with the Jackson Clinic, PA for three years before moving to be closer to family and joining Franklin Dermatology Group in 2017.
Dr. Starnes discovered her passion for dermatology as a fourth year medical student and has never looked back. She enjoys caring for patients of all ages and practicing the full spectrum of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Starnes strives to provide compassionate, high-quality dermatologic care centered around the individual patient with a focus on effective communication and patient education.
Dr. Starnes is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD). She also enjoys membership in the Nashville Dermatology Society and Tennessee Dermatology Society.
Dr. Starnes resides in Brentwood with her husband, Chris, and their three children, Isaiah, Leah, and Ella. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, and Volunteer football.
Nikki Wood joined Franklin Dermatology Group in 2015. A native of West Texas, Nikki grew up in a small farming community. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Texas Tech University, she received her master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2000. While there, she was awarded “Most Outstanding Student” in her specialty program.
Nikki is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has received specialty training in medical dermatology, laser surgery, and cosmetic injections of neurotoxins and fillers. She is interested in all aspects of dermatology and especially enjoys helping others to feel positive toward the appearance of their skin.
Nikki resides in Franklin with her husband and daughter. She loves volunteering as a girl scout troop leader, reading and traveling.
Emily Stewart joined Franklin Dermatology Group in October 2009. Born and raised in Somerset, Kentucky, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Nursing from the University of Kentucky in 2001.
After graduation, Emily relocated to Nashville and gained experience as a cardiac nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Wanting to further her education, Emily decided to attend the family nurse practitioner program at Belmont University. She graduated with honors in 2005, and became a board certified family nurse practitioner. After having her first child, who suffers from eczema, Emily became very interested in the field of Dermatology. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Tennessee Nurses Association, and the Dermatology Nurses Association’s Nurse Practitioner Society.
Emily resides in Brentwood with her husband, Brent, who manages his family-owned lumber business. They have two daughters, Gretta-Kate and Temple. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and UK basketball. Go Cats!
Lissa Rhodes joined Franklin Dermatology Group in April 2017. Although born in New Orleans, LA, Lissa moved to Franklin, TN at a young age and considers herself a native.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Middle Tennessee State University, then gained experience as a registered nurse in the emergency department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Nursing program at Belmont University, and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Lissa has always had a strong interest in dermatology and first joined Franklin Dermatology Group as a nurse while closely training alongside the practice’s senior providers.
Lissa resides in Spring Hill with her husband, Chris. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, yoga, traveling, and Dallas Cowboys football.
Kaylyn Dever joined Franklin Dermatology group in December 2018. Originally from Illinois, she has loved creating her new life in the beautiful city of Franklin, Tennessee.
Kaylyn received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Lewis University, where she was on the executive board for the Student Nurses Association. Upon graduation she was invited into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Post-graduation, Kaylyn worked as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Office Manager at Derick Dermatology. It was there that she first developed her aspiration to become a dermatology Nurse Practitioner.
Kaylyn relocated to Chicago where she began a Master of Science in Nursing at Chamberlain University. While attending, she worked at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she spent the majority of her time as a nurse in the Neuro Spine Trauma ICU and PACU. In critical care, Kaylyn participated on the Infection Prevention committee and served as a unit Wound Care Specialist.
To be closer to family, Kaylyn accepted a travel nurse position at Tristar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN. There she was nominated for the Peri-Operative Excellence Nursing award. While working, Kaylyn completed her master’s degree and specialized in the Family Nurse Practitioner track. Kaylyn is very excited to see her aspiration come full circle. She looks forward to treating the dermatologic needs for patients of all ages and complexities.
In her free time, Kaylyn enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her yorkipoo Libby. Reading, kayaking, cooking, and trying new restaurants are some of her favorite pastimes.