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Physician Assistant

Our internal medicine doctors are supported by a physician assistant to provide excellent medical care. We’re all partners in your health care, and we believe that is what has helped shape our reputation as a leading provider of primary care in East Tennessee.  

Meet Our Physician Assistant

Jo Ann Bridges, PA of Southern Medical Group's Physician Assistants
Jo Ann Bridges, PA

Jo Ann Bridges, PA-C

Jo Ann graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Essex Community College in Baltimore, Maryland in 1981.

She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Pre-Med emphasis. Jo Ann is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


Accepting New Patients

To schedule an appointment or for more information about our physician assistant or the primary care services at Southern Medical Group, call (865) 632-5885. Here are directions to help you easily find our office. 

What is a Physician Assistant?

A physician assistant (or PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional. PA’s practice medicine on healthcare teams under the supervision of physicians. They can provide regular health care for the entire family. Physician assistants can:

  • Take your medical history
  • Conduct physical exams
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Order and interpret tests
  • Develop treatment plans
  • Counsel on preventive care
  • Write prescriptions