Our Providers

Robert T. Strang, JR., M.D.

Dr. Robert Strang, Jr., received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. His post graduate medical training consisted of an internship at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis, and an orthopaedic surgical residency at Campbell Clinic, University of Tennessee, Memphis. Dr. Strang is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Southern Medical Association and Tennessee Medical Association. Dr. Strang has extensive experience in joint replacement surgery as well as general orthopaedics.

Dr. Strang, Jr., carries on the medical tradition started by his father, Robert T. Strang, Sr., who was one of the original founders of Associated Orthopaedics of Kingsport in 1953, along with Dr. Shobe and Dr. Malloy. The medical tradition continues as Dr. Strang Sr’s grandson, Andrew Strang, is a physician in Birmingham, Alabama.


Galen R. Smith, M.D.

Dr. Galen R. Smith received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and his medical degree from L.S.U. Medical School in New Orleans. His post graduate medical training consisted of an internship in surgery at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Campbell Clinic, University of Tennessee in Memphis. This was followed by a spine surgery fellowship at the Case Western Reserve Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Smith is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society. While specializing in spinal disorders, Dr. Smith also treats a variety of general orthopaedic problems.

Dr. Smith finished serving in the U. S. Army Reserves in 2010, with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He served in the Army as an orthopaedic trauma surgeon in Iraq in 2004, at the Army’s Trauma Hospital in Landstulh, Germany in 2006 and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. Dr. Smith has spoken to several local community groups about his experiences and the U.S. role promoting freedom around the world.


Patrick J. Riggins, M.D.

Dr. Patrick Riggins received his undergraduate degree from University of Florida, Gainesville and his medical degree from University of Miami. His post graduate medical training consisted of an internship and orthopaedic residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. This was followed by a sports medicine fellowship at the Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Riggins is Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Southern Orthopaedic Association and the Florida Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Riggins is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Tennessee Medical Association.

Dr. Riggins currently serves as the team physician for Dobyns-Bennett High School, but is directly involved with the athletic departments for all area high schools, including Gate City.

His areas of expertise include arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgeries, ranging from rotator cuff tears, labral injuries, shoulder instability and arthritis in the shoulder to meniscus tears, anterior and posterior cruciate ligament injuries and cartilage lesions of the knee.

Outside of orthopaedics, Dr. Riggins’ passions include his family of wife Marti and 3 children, Rachel, Ellen and Reid. He is actively involved with the Sonrise Emmaus community and his church. He continues to test his limits of athletic endurance in running and road cycling. He has completed 4 marathons and 10 half marathons running, and finished the grueling 102.7 mile Assault on Mount Mitchell bike race on May 21, 2012. Dr. Riggins emphasizes health and fitness in his practice, especially in recovering from an injury or after surgery.


Jeffery J. France, M.D.

Dr. Jeff France, a Kingsport native and graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School, returned home in 2003 to begin his career as an orthopaedic surgeon.

Dr. France received degrees in Biology and Zoology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Upon graduation, he attended medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, graduating in the top 10% of his class, as a member of the AOA Honor Society. His post-graduate medical training consisted of an internship and residency at Campbell Clinic in Memphis.

Dr. France is Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Tennessee Medical Association. While Dr. France enjoys all types of orthopaedic problems, he has a special interest in knees, shoulders, total joints and sports injuries.

Even though his days of playing football at D-B are over, Dr. France still enjoys watching football, working with the local area high school teams, and being team doctor for Sullivan South High School. Dr. France and family attend First Baptist Church in Kingsport, and are involved with First Baptist’s Providence Medical Clinic. His leisure time revolves around physical fitness and his family, wife Vandi, two daughters and a 100 pound Bernese Mountain dog named Ellie.


Bruce M. Miller, M.D.

Dr. Bruce Miller is a native of California, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of California, Irvine and his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. Dr. Miller completed his general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Texas, Galveston.

Dr. Miller is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Tennessee Medical Association.

Dr. Miller joined the Kingsport physicians in 2006 after being part of a large orthopaedic group in Houston, Texas for five years. While in Houston, Dr. Miller was the team physician for the Houston Aeros AHL Professional Hockey team and one of the local high schools. Dr. Miller enjoys treating sports injuries and has extensive experience in joint replacement and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery.

Dr. Miller and his wife Dr. Lucinda Miller, a pulmonologist here in Kingsport, enjoy time with their young son and daughter and keeping up with their horses and other animals on their Kingsport “ranch”.


Gregory E. Jeansonne, M.D.

Dr. Jeansonne completed his Orthopaedic residency at Tulane University, New Orleans in 2006, spending his final year at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, due to Hurricane Katrina. He received his M.D. degree in 2001 from Louisiana State University, New Orleans, his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1994, a Zoology degree in 1990 from L.S.U., Baton Rouge, and an MBA in 1992 from Tulane. While at L.S.U., Baton Rouge he competed in the Pole Vault for the National Championship Track & Field Team.

Dr. Jeansonne is Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Tennessee Medical Association. He is currently the Director of the Joint Replacement Center at Indian Path Medical Center and also Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Indian Path Medical Center is in the process of applying to be the first Center of Excellence for Joint replacement in the Tri-Cities. He has been active in Orthopaedic Trauma research and in developing new fracture treatment techniques. He enjoys all aspects of general orthopaedics with special interest in Joint Replacement and Trauma.

Dr. “Greg” lives in Kingsport with his wife Susan, daughter Noel, son Beau, mother-in-law Doris, father-in-law Bill and dog Sophie. He enjoys working on his small farm, tinkering with farm and industrial equipment, which he usually obtains second hand from auctions. When time allows Dr. “Greg” can be found at the Kingsport YMCA pursuing various fitness activities, where he is also on the Board of Directors.


C. Glenn Trent, M.D.

Dr. Glenn Trent received his B.S. degree from Michigan State University in electrical engineering. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed an orthopaedic residency at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, S.C. After a year of private practice, he completed a Fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the University of Ottawa. Following completion of his fellowship, he returned to private practice in 1985 concentrating his practice to orthopaedic trauma and spinal surgery. For the past 12 years, Dr. Trent has limited his practice to spinal problems and spinal surgery.

Dr. Trent is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Tennessee Medical Association.


B. K. Parsley, M.D.

Dr. Parsley is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the shoulder. He received his medical degree from University of Tennessee – Memphis and did his orthopaedic residency at Southern Illinois University. Pursuing his interest in shoulder surgery, Dr. Parsley completed a one-year fellowship with Dr. Stephen Burkhart, one of the pioneers of arthroscopic shoulder surgery, in San Antonio, Texas. This focused training now allows Dr. Parsley to provide advanced care for a wide range of shoulder disorders including rotator cuff tears, shoulder arthritis, and dislocations. Dr. Parsley also enjoys knee surgery and performs arthroscopic knee surgery and knee replacments.

A native of Smithville, TN, Dr. Parsley now lives in Kingsport with his wife and children. He is active at Mountain View United Methodist Church and provides orthopaedic coverage for the Gate City, VA football team. In his down time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and playing golf.


Jeffrey A. Marchessault, M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Marchessault is a board certified fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, with additional sub-specialty training and board certification in hand surgery. He most recently served as staff orthopedic hand surgeon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he specialized in acute and reconstructive surgery on wounded military personnel returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. He was also Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University, his alma mater. He comes to AOK upon completion of a 25 year career in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Marchessault obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating Summa Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Air Force and went to the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, the only military medical school in the country. Dr. Marchessault served as an Air Force flight surgeon in the Air Force Special Operations before he went to Texas Tech University in Lubbock for his orthopaedic surgery training. He completed his fellowship training in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Marchessault has published six peer reviewed journal articles, e-published two surgical techniques and co-authored one book chapter.

Dr. Marchessault’s distinguished military career encompasses tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, serving as the sole hand surgeon at Bagram Air Force Base during the 2010 troop surge. He was awarded the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal for his daily efforts helping American, NATO and Afghani wounded, as well as championing humanitarian surgical services for local children. He was awarded the Air Forces Europe “Surgeon of the Year” award and was granted the exclusive “MF” special experience identifier for continued and sustained excellence in academic medicine by the Air Force. He continues his humanitarian efforts today, by traveling to northern Haiti to help children and adults afflicted by hand maladies.

Dr. Marchessault met his true love and now wife Michelle, while discussing a trauma patient in the hospital. They now have two daughters and a three-legged cat, all who have traveled to at least some part of Europe while stationed in England. With his love of the outdoors, he is looking forward to running, cycling and exploring with his family, the beautiful mountain region. They are excited about becoming the newest members of the AOK family and continuing the tradition of great medicine provided by Associated Orthopaedics since 1953.


Jill Henritze, PA-C Physician Assistant

Jill Henritze is a native of Grundy, Virginia, but has lived and worked as a Physician Assistant in Northeast Tennessee since 2003. Jill is a graduate of Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia, and attended the Norwalk/Yale PA Surgical Residency post graduation. She has been working with the physicians of Associated Orthopaedics of Kingsport since 2006 and enjoys treating general orthopaedic problems.

In her spare time she enjoys sports, outdoor activities, cooking and flower gardening. She spends her summers enjoying the lake with her family and golden retriever Henrietta.


Brandon Jones, PA-C Physician Assistant

Brandon Jones is a native of East Tennessee and graduated from Science Hill High School in 1996. He then attended ETSU graduating with a degree in healthcare administration and a minor in management. Brandon then attended Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia, graduating cum laude from the PA program. He has been working with the physicians of Associated Orthopaedics of Kingsport since 2007 and treats all general orthopaedic problems.

He enjoys all water sports, NFL and college football, rarely missing a Tennessee Titan game, and is glad to be back home seeing familiar faces.


John Henritze, PA-C Physician Assistant

John Henritze was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health, Fitness and Recreational Resources, specializing in Exercise, Science and Health Promotion from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. While there, John became interested in a career in medicine and moved back to Roanoke to attend Jefferson College of Health Sciences, graduating from the PA program in 2001. While attending Jefferson College, John was the Associate Athletic Trainer at Patrick Henry High School. He has always enjoyed sports medicine and orthopaedics and started working with the physicians of AOK in January, 2008.

He enjoys outdoor activities and can be found boating and fishing with his son and wife Jill. The fall finds John rooting for the Virginia Tech football team and attending games as often as possible.

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