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At the Health Center we have an experienced Medical Director, a certified MD, who comes in to the clinic once a week for a few hours to treat patients with more specific needs. We also have a full-time Doctor of Nursing Practice, a full-time RN, and a full-time Medical Assistant on our staff.


jdouglas.jpgJames T. Douglas, M.D.
Medical Director
Dr. James Douglas is Board Certified by the American Academy of Family Practice.  He completed a fellowship in OB after his residency which distinguishes him from his peers. Since 1995 his private practice has been located just 4 miles from Berry College at N.W. Georgia Medical Clinic Family Medicine and Obstetrics. He is available by phone 24/7 and spends a minimum of two hours weekly at The Health providing oversight and medical supervision.

lauren-wehunt.jpgLauren Wehunt, DNP, FNP-C
Health Center Director
Dr. Lauren Wehunt received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2010, Masters of Science degree in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner in 2017 and Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2019 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Wehunt also holds a certificate in Career and Technical Education from Athens State University. Lauren is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College Health Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. In her over 10 years of nursing experience she was worked with patients across the life-span. She is coming to Berry from Harbin Clinic Family Practice where is she provided primary care services and patient and staff education. One of Dr. Wehunt’s professional interest includes scholarly and applied work addressing health disparities in rural communities and underserved populations; more specifically uses of technology to improve medication adherence, assessments of racial and ethnic differences in diabetes, and preparing the primary care workforce to serve in rural communities. Lauren is excited to join the Berry community and plans to focus her continuing education and college health and wellness. Lauren is married to her husband Nathan and they have one son named Graham.

mmerrin.jpgMelanie Merrin, RN
Health Center Assistant Director
Melanie served the Health Center on a part-time basis for a while prior to accepting the full-time position of Assistant Director in December of 2019. Melanie received her licensure from the state of Georgia in 1996.  She has over 25 years of direct patient care experience in a variety of settings including, Medical-Surgical, Oncology, Labor and Delivery, Pain Management, and summer camp nursing. She loves being a part of the Berry community and focuses her continuing education on college health and wellness.  Melanie is a native Roman and currently enjoys living in downtown Rome with her husband.

rhensley.jpgRebecca Hensley, CMA
Rebecca accepted a full-time position at the Health Center after working in a temporary position since August 2020. Rebecca managed her family’s Natural Food business until 2016. Her commitment to community health and passion for helping others led her to pursue a career in healthcare. She graduated from Georgia Northwestern Technical College and received her CMA certification in 2018. She excelled at her externships at Harbin Clinic Urology and Floyd Urgent Care. After graduating she continued her career at Harbin Clinic Radiation Oncology for 2 years. She is member of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Rebecca and her family have long enjoyed the Berry campus and all of the outdoor recreational opportunities it has to offer. It was a natural fit when Rebecca joined the Berry Health Center. Rebecca is thrilled to be a part of the Berry family and to continue her education and career with Berry College.


The Health Center is proud to provide campus job opportunities for our student workers that include staff and leadership positions. Student workers assist with scheduling appointments, check-in, vital signs, triage, point of care testing, and cleaning exam rooms. Leadership positions include clinic and outreach management.

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