Kimberly T. Williams, MD

Board Certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics

While Dr. Williams was growing up in the tiny community of Epworth Georgia, she could only dream that after attending Young Harris and North GA Colleges, and finishing with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, she’d be accepted at the prestigious Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and someday be able to return to her home to practice medicine. But following her Pediatric residency at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis Tennessee, that is exactly what happened.

While in Memphis, she also had the invaluable experience of working at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since she returned to her home in Blue Ridge with her husband Van and two daughters, Abigail and Emma, she has enjoyed the great beauty of our area and rekindled her love for our community.

As for her medical practice philosophy she says, “I love the challenge of figuring out the correct diagnosis! I have always wanted to be a detective so pediatric medicine is a great fit for me.” “But most of all, I enjoy getting to know the children and the families. When I am able to connect with a frightened child and get her to smile it makes my day! It is absolutely heartwarming to see a child who came in frightened or lethargic walk out with a spring in her step. Pediatric medicine is to me a calling, and the very best medicine of all is love!”

Amanda M. Newton, MD

Board Certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics

Dr. Amanda Newton attended Fannin County High School where she excelled at both academics and basketball. After graduating from high school she chose not to pursue scholarships to continue her basketball career, but rather chose to do what had made her a great basketball player in the first place: She kept her eyes on the goal. Dr. Newton says, “My dream from the time I was a little girl was to become a doctor.” So she attended Shorter College in Rome Georgia on an academic rather than a basketball scholarship where she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology.

After Shorter, Dr. Newton worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA gaining valuable insight and experience while applying to various medical schools. Dr. Newton chose Mercer University School of Medicine to be her Alma Mater. After receiving her medical degree, she completed her pediatric residency at The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah Georgia. During her residency, she distinguished herself receiving numerous prestigious awards among which were:

• Outstanding Pediatric Resident 2 years in a row (chosen by her peers).

• Deborah Sims Fulmer, MD Resident Excellence in Teaching Award (chosen by the residency teaching faculty).

• Gold Humanism Honor Society

Now bringing her dream back to a full circle, Dr. Newton has brought her love of children and her love of Fannin County together by returning home to provide pediatric health care to her community.