Kenneth BrownKenneth Brown, MD

Kenneth E. Brown, MD is a practicing Family Practitioner in Alexandria, LA. Dr. Brown is the oldest son of Dr. William and Barbara Brown and was raised in Arthur, IL, a small farming community in Central Illinois.  Dr. Brown graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2000 and has been in practice for 17 years. He completed a residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Alexandria Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Brown was accepted into both the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program Scholarship (RIMSAP) and the Rural Medical Education Program (RMED) which carried obligations to return to Illinois to practice for at least 5 years.  He also a recipient of the Illinois Department of Public Health Scholarship for the last 3 years of his medical school training, and it also had a service obligation for him to return to Illinois to practice.  After practicing in Illinois for 9 years and serving the medical needs of the residents of St. Joseph, Tuscola, and his hometown of Arthur, he returned to the Bayou State and has no plans to leave.

He is currently a partner at the Brian Clinic in Alexandria and Chief Deputy Coroner of Rapides Parish.  While practicing in Illinois he served on the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians’ Public Health Committee and the Practice Transformation Committee.  He quickly established connections with the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians shortly after returning to Louisiana.  He has served at the Committee level, and he has served as District 8 Director, Vice President, President-Elect, and now President of the LAFP for 2021-2022. 

Brian HarrellBrian Harrell, MD

Brian Harrell, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, is a board-certified Family Medicine Specialist at the Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Center. He is also fellowship-trained in sports medicine. In addition to treating patients of all ages, Dr. Harrell serves on the full-time faculty of the Memorial/ LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Harrell is a native of Lake Charles. He received his bachelor's in zoology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and his medical degree from Texas A&M College of Medicine in College Station. His postgraduate training includes a family medicine residency at the Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency Program in Lake Charles, where he served at the Calcasieu Community Clinic. He did his fellowship in sports medicine at Baton Rouge General.

Before coming back to Lake Charles Memorial, Dr. Harrell was the Program Director of the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program as well as the Associate Program Director for their Primary Care Sports Medicine Program.

Bridges web 01Richard Bridges, MD

Dr. Bridges is from Amite, Louisiana and is currently employed at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, LA. Dr. Bridges received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a Masters of Natural Sciences from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He then completed a bachelor’s in Medical Technologies from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program in 2014.

Dr. Bridges is an active member of American Academy of Family Physicians, Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (where he serves as Vice-President and Director of Legislative Affairs), Louisiana State Medical Society, and Jefferson Parish Medical Society. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In his free time he enjoys LSU sporting events, cooking, hunting, fishing, and most of all spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

Teri OnealTeri O'Neal, MD

Dr. O’Neal is the Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency in Monroe. Before transitioning to academic medicine, she enjoyed working in the private sector for 2 decades. Dr. O’Neal has also served as a full-time Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Emergency Department, core faculty for Department of Family Medicine, Assistant Clerkship Director for the third-year medical students, and Associate Program Director, Department of Family Medicine. 

Dr. O’Neal has 3 children. Jamie is the oldest and lives in Lafayette with her husband, Myles. Her son, Frankie is in the military, stationed in North Carolina. Her youngest is Lauren, who lives in West Monroe and is pursuing a degree in healthcare administration. She has 3 grandchildren, Jude, Hunter and Ava. 

Her hobbies include horseback riding, especially dressage. She and her daughter, Lauren, share a beautiful American Paint Horse named George. George has been shown in Hunter classes and both competed in Schooling Dressage Shows in South Louisiana for several years. Dr. O’Neal has a love of travel with Antarctica, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands as the “coolest” places on her list of destinations visited.

Bryan Picou SrBryan Picou, MD

Bryan Picou, MD, is Family Physician who has been practicing in Natchitoches since 1988 as owner of the Family Medical Clinic of Natchitoches. Dr. Picou attended medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA, and completed his residency at E.A. Conway Hospital in Monroe, LA, where he served as Chief Resident in from 1987-1988. He presently serves as a Preceptor for LSU Medical School New Orleans, Tulane Medical School and LSUHSC-Shreveport. He accepts students at all levels with in these schools. Dr. Picou has been a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1985 and received the AAFP Degree of Fellow in 1996. Dr. Picou has served on the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians' Operations Committee as well as was a founding member of the LaFamPac. In 2006, Dr. Picou was elected as LAFP President and in 2007, served as LAFP Foundation President. Dr. Picou is presently a Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.

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M. Tahir Qayyum, MD
Immediate Past President

Dr. Tahir Qayyum attended medical school at Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan and completed his internship at Columbia Presbyterian College in New York. He completed a residency at LSU Family Medicine Residency-Monroe in Monroe, LA.

Dr. Qayyum, MD of Monroe has been in private practice for over 20 years. He provides the full-scope of medical care to close to 5000 patients between his two clinics in the rural community of Bastrop and Monroe. Dr. Qayyum also works tirelessly as an advocate of Family Medicine. He also is proudly involved in training family medicine residents and medical students from both LSU and Tulane.

Nationally he is co-chairman of Legislative/Advocacy Committee of APPNA (Association of Physician of Pakistani Descent of North America). On the State level; he has served in various roles on the LAFP Board of Directors, is a board member of LaFamPac and a member of the LAFP Legislative and Advocacy Committee. Locally, he is involved in health advisory committees providing his services for Legislators, local activist, and the general public.

He has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for over 28 years. She is an RN and works alongside him as his business manager. He has 2 children, Maira and Zaib, where both are following their father’s footsteps and pursuing a career in medicine.

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District Directors

District 1 Director: Brandon Page, MD - New Orleans, LA
District 1 Alternate: Ronnie Slipman, MD - New Orleans, LA
District 2 Director: Luis Arencibia, MD - Mandeville, LA
District 2 Alternate: Ralph Cortes-Moran, MD - Metairie, LA
District 3A Director: Jack Heidenreich, MD - Raceland, LA
District 3A Alternate: Camille Pitre, MD - Larose, LA
District 3B Director: Amanda Phillips-Savoy, MD - Lafayette, LA
District 3B Alternate: Zeb Stearns, MD - Eunice, LA
District 4 Director:  Joe Nida, MD - Minden, LA
District 4 Alternate: Cara Permenter, MD - Shreveport, LA
District 5 Director: Euil Luther, MD - Monroe, LA
District 5 Alternate: Rhiju Poudel, MD, Monroe, LA
District 6A Director: Jason Schrock, MD - Baton Rouge, LA
District 6A Alternate: Carol Smothers-Swift, MD - New Roads, LA
District 6B Director: Brian Callihan, MD - Hammond, LA
District 6B Alternate: Emilio Russo, MD - Bogalusa, LA
District 7 Director: Jason Fuqua, MD - Sulphur, LA
District 7 Alternate: Danette Null, MD - Lake Charles, LA
District 8 Director: Brian Picou, Jr., MD - Natchitoches, LA
District 8 Alternate: Micah Pippin, MD - Alexandria, LA
Directors at Large Director: Jody George, MD - Lake Charles, LA
Alternate District Director at Large: Dianna Phan, MD - New Orleans, LA


AAFP Delegates

Delegates: Bryan Picou, MD - Natchitoches, LA                      James Campbell, MD - Kenner, LA
Alt. Delegates: Wayne Gravois, MD - Zachary, LA                   James Taylor, MD - Zachary, LA

Resident Board Members

Representative: Chris Van Hise, MD - Metairie, LA
Alt. Representative: Alexi Johnson, DO - Kenner, LA

Student Board Members

Representative: Katie Adler - New Orleans, LA
Alt Representative: Danielle Purtell - New Orleans, LA



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