Meet the Providers

Dr. Brandee N. Urrutia
Internal Medicine

Dr Urrutia was raised in Clovis, California.  She attended Fresno Pacific University where she studied Biology and competed in Cross Country and Track and Field. 

She subsequently moved to Grand Cayman where she attended Saint Matthews University School of Medicine and received her Medical Degree.  It was there she met Dr. Russell, who later became her husband.

Dr. Urrutia completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Mercer University / Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia.  She worked as a hospitalist in Central Georgia before opening Russell Medical.

Dr Urrutia’s interests include disease prevention, nutrition and fitness, and diabetic education and treatment.   She believes in a patient-centered approach to medicine and emphasizes patient education in each encounter.

Dr. Urrutia is the proud mother of Mason and Conner Russell. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family on Lake Lanier. 

Dr. Dustin L. Russell
Family Medicine

Dr. Russell was born and raised in Bakersfield, California.   He attended University of California Davis where he studied Biological Sciences.

Dr. Russell received his Medical Degree from Saint Matthews University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman and then moved to Macon, Georgia where he completed his residency in Family Medicine at Mercer University/ Medical Center of Central Georgia.

After completing residency Dr. Russell worked as an Emergency Room Physician at Taylor Regional and Chestatee hospitals.

Dr. Russell’s interests include family health, urgent care and trauma.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and working on his golf game.  He is now happy to call Cumming home.


Heather Fry
Nurse Practitioner
Certified Injector

Heather Fry is Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. She received her Master's Degree from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia. In her academics, she excelled as a top performer in her class receiving the 2017 Family Nurse Practitioner Student Leadership Award and the university wide Mary Ellza Hood Award.

Prior to joining Russell Medical, Heather worked as a Registered Nurse with experience as an ER Trauma Nurse, Perioperative, Postpartum and Long term care. Her experience as an Emergency Room Trauma Nurse sparked her interest to pursue her passion for preventative care and disease management in a family practice setting.

Her practice philosophy starts with gaining knowledge of her patient's wellness to include mind, body and spirit in order to tailor preventative strategies for optimal health and wellness. At Russell Medical she specializes in treatment of disease prevention, management, weight loss, dermatology and allergy management. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs hitting the trails in her Jeep Wrangler.


Amanda Cleghorne
Nurse Practitioner

Amanda Cleghorne is an AANP board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Amanda graduated wit honors in 2016 with her Master’s Degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Before achieving her goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she was as a Registered Nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for six years. She worked as a resource nurse specializing in neurology, cardiology, medical/surgical care, hospice care, and postpartum care. Amanda believes in providing each patient with unique care using a holistic approach while focusing on prevention in chronic and acute conditions. Outside of Russell Medical, Amanda spends time with her husband and three children. She is either busy with sports on the ball field or enjoying her time on Lake Lanier.


Katie Newman

Katie Newman, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Georgia and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hendrix College. Katie specializes in the management of ADHD symptoms, communication issues, relationship struggles, life transitions and adjustments, boundary setting, grief and loss, stress management, and trauma recovery, as well as anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. She has years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in both individual, group, and social work settings such as schools, churches, residential, and in-home counseling. She works with each of her clients to achieve a sense of peace and self-awareness by gaining insight into their past and current family/relationship dynamics.  She utilizes a variety of treatment styles including Psychoeducation, Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (M-CBT), Family Systems, Strength Based Perspective, Motivational Interviewing and Client-Center Therapy. She also utilizes Progressive Counting (PC), Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Techniques (DBT) to assist clients as they explore spiritual and emotional issues in a safe environment. Katie’s belief is that every individual can live a balanced life full of purpose, meaning, peace and hope, as long as the individual seeks optimal health psychologically, emotionally and physically. In each session, Katie hopes to create a place for one to feel heard, validated and encouraged.

Rachelle Tonwar, M.S., M.Ed., NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Rachelle Tonwar is a LicensedProfessional Counselor (LPC) with a Masters degree in Professional Counseling and a Masters of Education degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University. Rachelle is a trauma informed therapist with training in PerinatalMental Health, Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, the Active Parenting program inaddition to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She has a unique approach tomeeting you where you are on your journey towards personal growth and healing. Rachelle’s belief is that each person has an inherent need to belong, feelconnected, capable and to make a difference in the world. It is her goal to helpfacilitate your healing journey and provide you a safe space to explore andnavigate the challenges that led you to therapy with more confidence and ease.


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Julie Hopper - Physician Assistant