Welcome to Vineville Internal Medicine

Vineville Internal Medicine was founded in July, 2002 by Dr. Mary Bell Vaughn to address both the physical and psychological well being of each patient. The practice treats adults for acute care needs and health maintenance, with full hospital care when needed. We also provide routine gynecological screening and breast exams to our clientele.

Dr. Vaughn and staff focus on treating the whole person, inside and out.

Dr. Mary Bell Vaughn

Dr. Vaughn is a lifelong Georgia resident, and was raised in Atlanta. She completed her under-graduate education at the University of the South, Sewanee in Tennessee. Dr. Vaughn graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. She completed three years of Internal Medicine Residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia also located in Macon. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is on staff at Navicent Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Vaughn additionally focused on the topics of Gynecology, Nutrition and Dermatology during her training. She writes articles and gives lectures on current health issues throughout Central Georgia. She is a member of the American Medical Association, Bibb County Medical Association, and the American Medical Women’s Association.

Dr. James Thigpen

Dr. Thigpen graduated from Auburn University and the University of South Alabama School of Medicine in 1986.

He completed the Family Medicine residency at Medical Center of Central Georgia in 1989. He has been in private practice since then at North Macon Family Physicians and now at VIM.

Dr. Daryl Remick

Dr. Daryl Remick graduated from Georgia Health Sciences University/Medical College of Georgia. He earned a BS in Industrial Management at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1984. Dr Remick held a variety of leadership positions during multiple overseas deployments. Highest decorations: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (2). From 2008-2012 he was a medical student at Medical College of Georgia.

From September 2008 to present, Dr Remick is serving as Georgia Army National Guard Medical Service Corps/Medical Corps Officer. From 2012-2015 he served as Resident Physician at Southwest Georgia Family Residency Program in Albany Georgia. From 2014-2015 he worked over 500 hours moonlighting as solo ER physician at critical access hospitals in Worth County, Ben Hill County and Monroe County, Georgia. Since 2015, he has worked as a full time ER physician at Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth, Georgia.

Dr Remick enjoys running, orienteering, shooting, hunting, fishing, farming and cooking.

Erin F Caves, RN, FNP

Erin is a Georgia native. She graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and her Family Nurse Practitioner certification. Her background is a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of West Georgia with her RN certification.

She has worked in a local level 1 trauma emergency center, both as a registered nurse and in internal medicine and pediatrics as a nurse practitioner. Her experiences have made her a seasoned practitioner with a broad range of skills.

Erin is very involved in the middle Georgia community. She is an active member of Mabel White Baptist Church and is raising her family in Jones County. She brings 13 Years of Experience of knowledge to Vineville Internal Medicine. Primary care is her passion.

Cherrice Clay-Austin, RN, FNP, RRT-NPS

Cherrice is a Nurse Practitioner who has a strong interest in the sciences and began her education in Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences. She moved to Georgia and received a BS in Nursing from Georgia College. Her education continued at Georgia College, graduating with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and her Family Nurse Practitioner certification.

Her healthcare experience began with working as a respiratory therapist at a local hospital, next working as a nurse in Neonatal Intensive Care and pre/post op surgery. She has developed a broad range of skills working at an Urgent Care Center where she focused on genitourinary, ENT, gastrointestinal, dermatology, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, immunologic, and respiratory issues.

Cherrice participates in community health projects and conferences which have become an important service to the health and well-being of the total community. She and her husband Anthony reside in Bibb County and are active members of Bloomfield Baptist Church. She brings a total of 25 years of medical experience to Vineville Internal Medicine.

Ashley Dykes, RN, FNP-C

Ashley is a native of Middle Georgia. She attended Georgia Southern University for her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing and South University for her Masters of Science in Nursing.

As a registered nurse, she worked at a local hospital on the pulmonary floor for several years. She then transitioned to the resource team, where she worked throughout different floors of the hospital based on staffing needs (Step down, Pulmonary, Cardiac, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, General medical, etc.). Prior to joining VIM, Ashley has experience as a nurse practitioner in Occupational Medicine and treatment of work-related injuries. She has been with VIM since January 2018. Ashley has a passion for the healthcare field and caring for others.

Ashley is married and has two boys. They reside in North Peach County. Ashley and her family are members at Sandy Valley Baptist Church in Warner Robins.

Shandora Hayman-Jones, RN, FNP

Shandora is a lifelong Georgia resident raised in Forsyth. She graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of science in nursing and continued at Georgia College and State University to receive a Master of Science in nursing. She received her Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the ANCC. She began working as a surgical/neuro ICU registered nurse in Valdosta GA for 2 years then transferred to Macon in their Neuro/Surgical/Medical ICU for 3 years. At this time, she went back to school to earn her NP degree and certification, then worked for 7 years in the emergency room at Navicent. After that she decided to work in an office setting and has worked in Internal Medicine for the past 13 years.

Shandora has developed a broad range of skills working at an ER and in an office setting including: diabetes, HTN, cardiology, COPD, Asthma, ENT, CVA, thyroid problems, joint and bone issues, autoimmune diseases, dermatology including removal of simple cyst and draining of abscesses, women’s healthcare, and gastrointestinal complaints. She is trained and certified in bioidentical pellet insertion and management. She and her husband Jimmy reside in Monroe County along with their two sons, Ryan and Jackson. She brings a total of 30 years of medical experience to Vineville Internal Medicine.

Lauren Lambeth, RN, NP-C

Lauren grew up in Alpharetta Georgia and received her BSN from Georgia Southern University. She moved to Macon and received her Master of Science in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She worked in the ICU at St. Josephs/Candler in Savannah before moving to Macon to work Surgical trauma ICU for 8 years. She then spent the next 2 years in PACU before graduating and going into primary care.

Ronda Speir Toole, RN, FNP

Ronda is a Forsyth, Georgia native and currently lives in Macon with her husband. She graduated from Georgia College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1993, and from Georgia College and State University with a Masters of Science in Nursing and her Family Nurse Practitioner certification in 1999.

She has worked in obstetrics and gynecology, community healthcare, and primary care. Ronda has over 20 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner and has been at Vineville Internal Medicine since 2010.

In her personal time, Ronda enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and pets. She enjoys traveling to the beach, reading, doing yardwork, and tailgating for football games.

Kim Johnson, RN, FNP (Perry Location)

Kim has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Valdosta State University and holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Georgia College and State University where she was named Graduate Nursing Student of the Year. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as well as Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society upon graduation. Kim currently carries a Family Nurse Practitioner Certification. She brings 32 years of nursing experience to Vineville Internal Medicine.

Kim has practiced as a Nurse Practitioner in the Middle Georgia area for more than twelve years. Her experience includes Internal Medicine, Family Practice and Urgent Care. Prior to her extensive experience in primary care and family practice, Kim practiced as a Registered Nurse in a variety of settings to include Critical Care and Surgery. Kim brings a wide range of seasoned skills and proficiency when caring for her patients. She fervently manages the patient’s primary, preventive, and acute care needs.

Kim is a resident of Unadilla, GA and is the proud parent of three beautiful girls. She is a passionate University of Georgia Football fanatic and enjoys cheering for the DAWGS each fall football season. She enjoys spending time with Fergus, her Wonder Doodle. Kim attends St. Andrews church in Fort Valley, GA. Kim is excited to be a part of the Perry Business Community.