Alive Hospice Medical Services Team


Hospice Clinical Pharmacist Stephanie Walters, PharmD, CGP; Ellen Tosh-Benneyworth, ACHPN, APRN-C; Anh Meadows, M.D.; Vanja Trubajic, FNP-C; Shazia Fazili, M.D.; Sasha Bowers, M.D.; Lisa Garces, NP; Laura Tharpe, M.D. Not pictured: Peter Swarr, M.D.


Anh-Meadows.jpgAnh T. Meadows, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University
Residency (Family Medicine): Loma Linda University
Fellowship (Palliative Medicine): Institute for Palliative Medicine, San Diego
Board Certifications: Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Nick-Dierringer.jpgNicholas Dieringer, M.D.

Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Residency (Internal Medicine): Methodist University Hospital, Memphis
Board Certification: Internal Medicine


Shazia-Fazili.jpgShazia Fazili, M.D.

Medical School: Government Medical College, Kashmir, India
Residency (Family Medicine):
Clinton Memorial Hospital
Fellowship (Geriatric Medicine):
Vanderbilt University
Board Certifications: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Smith-Bowers-small-9.jpgSasha Smith Bowers, M.D.

Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Residency (Family Medicine):
Mercer University
Fellowship (Hospice and Palliative Medicine): Mercer University
Board Certification: Family Medicine

Peter-Swarr.jpgPeter Swarr, M.D.

Medical School: University of Vermont
Residency (Medicine/Pediatrics):
Vanderbilt University
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics


Laura Tharpe, M.D.

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Residency (Internal Medicine): Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Fellowship (Hospice and Palliative Medicine): Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Nurse Practitioners

Ellen-Tosh-Bennyworth.jpgEllen Brown, ACHPN, APRN-C

Nursing School: Vanderbilt University
Board Certification: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Hospice and Palliative Care


Lisa Garces, NP

Nursing School: BSN from Marquette University College of Nursing; MSN ASP from Duke University School of Nursing
Board Certification: Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner

Vanja Pumpalovic, FNP-C

Nursing School: Tennessee State University College of Nursing
Board Certification: Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Pharmacist

Stephanie-Walters.jpgStephanie A. Walters,
PharmD, CGP

Pharmacy School: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Residencies: Pharmacy Practice Resident, Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System; Geriatrics Pharmacy Resident, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy