George O. Halstead, M.D.
Renaissance Medical Care was founded in 2013 by George O. Halstead, M.D. Dr. Halstead entered the medical field later in life to pursue a long-term ambition and dream to practice medicine. After graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina, he completed his internship at the ETSU Family Medicine Associates of Johnson City, Tenn. Dr. Halstead conducts personal, compassionate, and “old fashioned” health care with his patients in today’s fast track medical field. His vision of continual growth to help others, motivates his staff and patients alike.
Prior to entering medicine, Dr. Halstead retired from a successful career as a telecommunications engineer (having an advanced degree in electrical engineering from Cornell). He also served in the U.S. Air Force as an electronics technician.
Dr. Halstead and his wife of forty eight years have two grown children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. His personal interests and other life experiences have led him to be a volunteer EMT, search and rescue diver, firefighter, pilot, farmer, and Habitat for Humanity construction manager.
Neal Sanders, M.D.
Dr. Neal Sanders knows the south well. He did his undergraduate degree at University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he majored in zoology (and some parasites along the way!). After that he was inspired to go to medical school and attended the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Memphis Campus, then completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. With this new experience, he served the Army as a pediatrician, which prepared him well for returning to the community and clinical teaching in both pediatrics and family medicine at the University of Knoxville. Through life experiences, he saw the devastating impact that anxiety & depression have on families. From his perspective, it is compassion from our fellow human beings that can help us learn determination and persistence to deal with these very common mental disorders. Additionally, Dr. Sanders encourages us to accept the power of counseling and medications together, for maximum benefit.
Dr. Sanders is a long time member of the team and makes the drive here on Wednesdays because of how the clinic values it’s patients. He sees that people are treated first as human beings—and not just numbers. He believes in trying to walk in someone else’s shoes so that we may learn empathy for each other.
When not in the office, Dr. Sanders can be found walking his two greyhound dogs a mile or two. He also enjoys canoeing, especially when he gets to race them! He hopes to see us out there.
Tasha Herndon, C.N.P.
Tasha was born and raised in southwest Virginia and has always had a love for the beautiful Appalachian area. Her interest in healthcare started as a toddler and she has continually progressed within the nursing field. Her nursing education started with an Associate’s degree in 2013 from Southwest Virginia Community College, with the intention of pursuing a Master’s level education in the future.
She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from King University in 2015. With an intimate desire to become an advanced practice nurse and a heart for sex trafficked victims she was led to enter graduate school. In the summer of 2015, her interest led her to start on her Master’s in forensic nursing at Duquesne University. Because of a loss in her immediate family she put that degree on hold. After much prayer, her faith gave her the guidance to go back to King University to obtain an education to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. It is her intent to revisit Duquesne University and obtain a post graduate degree in forensic nursing and later become a Forensic Nurse Practitioner.
It was during her time of nurse practitioner education practicums, where she had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Dr. Halstead and his amazing team that she then developed an interest in addiction medicine and longed to work alongside Dr. Halstead and his team to meet the needs of those who are suffering with SUD/AUDs. When not working she enjoys the outdoors, weightlifting, going to church and most of all spending time with her significant other Brad , and family. Tasha brings a new dynamic into the overall care of our patients here and we are glad to have her on board.
Kristin Hampton. L.P.N.
Kristin is the triage nurse at Renaissance Medical Care. She is married to Sam Hampton who she met in Nursing school. They have been married for eight years. Kristin is also mom to three children; Emmy, Cody, and Abby. She feels blessed to say that she is also grandma to two handsome grandsons. Kristin has been a nurse for 10 years and has loved every minute of it. She has worked in geriatrics, OB/GYN, Plasma, Correctional Nurse, and here at Renaissance Medical Care. Her hobbies include crocheting, sewing, and baking with her daughter Abby.
Peer Recovery Specialist: Jessica Yonts
Jessica is the newest team member at Renaissance medical care and has been a team member since November of 2020. Jessica brings her lived experience to the table as a peer recovery specialist. She believes that everyone is capable of change. Jessica is a life long resident of Chilhowie Virginia, she is married to her husband Todd. The two of them share their sons Dustin and Ethan. Jessica enjoys the outdoors, especially boating and lake life.
Practice Manager: Cindy Beavers
Cindy was born and raised in Gray, TN and graduated from Daniel Boone High School. She moved away for 30 years for an airline career and lived in North Carolina and Florida. After much traveling and experiencing different cultures in many places, she returned home 5 years ago with her husband to take care of her mother and began her career in healthcare. Cindy was a Patient Care Representative and Medical Coding Specialist before coming to Renaissance.
Cindy has a daughter and a bonus daughter and son, and is grandma to two beautiful granddaughters. Her happy place is at the beach or anywhere with her family. Cindy and her husband love to try new things, travel together, and have many adventures!
Patient Care Representative: Sonya Flanary
Sonya resides in Kingsport Tenn. She graduated from Central High in Blountville Tenn. and is a certified phlebotomist. She’s an experienced member of the team and has helped train our new team members. With her professional and welcoming personality she brings joy to the workplace and has helped the business grow. With her astute organizational and multi-tasking skills, she always helps our office run more efficiently.
Besides being here for all of us every day, she is additionally very family oriented. It’s clear that one of her great joys in life is being ever-present for her beautiful young son and engaging in the adventures they come up with together on her time off.
Patient Care Representative: Cody Hampton
Cody Hampton is Dr. George Halstead’s grandson. He has been with Renaissance Medical Care since Spring of 2020. He is excited that he has joined our team and is gaining experience. Cody is also attending Northeast State Community College majoring in theatre. In his free time he enjoys art and watching television.
Representative Emeritus: Marge Halstead
Marge is married to George O. Halstead M.D and is the co-founder of Renaissance Medical Care. She is the proud mother of two children, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Marge has several years of office and management experience. She brings the gift of love and prayer to the patients and their family on a daily basis. Marge attends Telford United Methodist Church in Washington County Tenn.