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About Us

What We Do

With heart disease being America's Number One Killer, PrevMed is focused on applying the latest science and testing to identify root causes of disease. Once identified, our team addresses each of those root causes with an actionable plan for eliminating your risk for a heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. 

Our tools include lab testing that evaluates inflammation, cholesterol and lipids, genetic risk factors, high risk oral pathogens, and glucose tolerance. We also use Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT) Ultrasound to detect plaque and aging of the arteries. The PrevMed team will coordinate these tests in a location most convenient for you. 


Licensed in 30 states, PrevMed has a national reach. Our home office is located in Franklin, TN but we offer in-person, onsite, and telemedicine options for consultation and follow-up. In other words, you decide the best setting for your care.

Our current reach includes Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, N. Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia.

Patient Experience

We deliver Personalized Precision Medicine to each and every patient. The needs of each patient are as unique as the individual. Therefore, our patient experience is customized each and every time. We personally coordinate your testing and care in a way that is most convenient and accommodating for you. Using a team approach, you will benefit from the unique skillset of each PrevMed team member. Each member of our team is certified in the Bale Doneen Method.

Meet the PrevMed Team

Ford Brewer, MD, MPH

  Dr. Ford Brewer ran the postgraduate program in prevention at John Hopkins, has over 25 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and has run large medical staff teams in prevention, primary care, and telemedicine. Many of our patients have come to love Dr. Brewer's YouTube channel, with insight on the science behind our approach. 

As a Provider, he will spend as much time as you need reviewing the science of plaque formation & systemic inflammation, root causes of disease, and effective treatment options. Dr. Brewer will also develop a collaborative plan of care and is happy to consult with your personal team of medical providers. 

Janice Derrickson, DPT, EdD, MPH

  Janice Derrickson has a Doctorate in health education and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins in addition to a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She served as faculty at Johns Hopkins and New York Medical College. Her further training as a Health Coach from Vanderbilt University is a critical asset to the PrevMed team.    

As your personal health and wellness coach, Janice will focus on your personal health vision. An assessment of the Wheel of Health Behaviors, short and long-term goal setting, and the establishment of monthly action steps are just a few of the ways that Janice will support you in lasting lifestyle change. She will spend time with you monthly to review and revise your action steps with a focus on collaborative ongoing support and resources for success.

Amy Ervin, FNP, Cardiology NP

Amy Ervin has more than 15 years experience in cardiovascular medicine. She spent several years with a large Cardiology Group focusing on Congestive Heart Failure and Clinical Research. She went on to run a Memphis-based heart attack, stroke, and diabetes prevention clinic before joining the PrevMed team. Our patients appreciate Amy's practical approach to patient care.     

Amy will provide you with an in-depth review of all your diagnostic and lab results. With years of experience diagnosing and treating one of the major root causes for vascular disease, insulin resistance, she will outline proven treatment recommendations to help you on your journey toward optimal health. Amy will follow up with you on a regular basis to ensure medications, supplements, and lifestyle changes are implemented and well-tolerated.

Casey Nelson, Practice Manager, Patient Care Coordinator

  Casey Nelson, Practice Manager & Patient Care Coordinator, has a background in business development as well as health and fitness. Her interest in prevention began with 10 years experience as a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach. Her skills in organization and the creation of efficient processes make our customized approach to patient care simple.   

Casey will assist you in completing all intake forms and health history information upon enrollment. She will personally coordinate your lab and diagnostic testing and make sure that all results are collected and prepared for you and our Providers. She will also schedule your appointments with our Providers, whether telemedicine, onsite, or in our Franklin, TN office. Casey is available anytime by phone, email, or text message. 

Bradley Bale, MD

Dr. Bradley Bale co-founded the Bale Doneen Method and The Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center. He is the co-author of the nationally acclaimed book, "Beat the Heart Attack Gene". He also serves as the medical director of the Heart Health Program for Grace Clinic in Lubbock, TX. He is an Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech Health Sciences School of Nursing and has authored numerous cardiovascular disease articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

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