amite rural health clinic

Amite Rural Health Clinic, a division of Hood Memorial Hospital, is a full-service healthcare practice. Our clinic offers preventive, primary and urgent care for people of all ages and is conveniently located 1 block from the hospital at 409 NW Central Avenue. The clinic and the hospital share the same mission and goal – to not only provide the highest level of care affordable, but to incorporate empathy, compassion and a home town approach to the people we serve.  With five of the clinic’s practitioners being native to our area and the other a tenured practitioner of HMH, the mission and goal is not only achievable, but imminent.  

HOOD MEMORIAL IS AMITE’S LONG-STANDING COMMUNITY SAFE HAVEN FOR HEALTHCARE, and has finally arrived at the thriving juncture in our journey to success after years of dormancy.

A Division of Hood Memorial Hospital

Dr. richard Bridges

Family Medicine, Chief of Staff

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 AUC School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at the Tulane-Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program in 2014. Originally from Kentwood, LA, Dr. Bridges is an active member of American Academy of Family Practice and Louisiana Academy of Family Practice.  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.

DR. ZACHARY PRAY

Family Medicine

Dr. Zachary Pray is a native of Amite, Louisiana, and graduated from Oak Forest Academy in 2004. He then went on to get his bachelor's degree in kinesiology at LSU and his doctorate of medicine at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. He completed his residency in family medicine at the Tulane-Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program in 2016.    He is originally from Amite, Louisiana and enjoys LSU athletics, golfing and spending time with his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Lexi.

DR. BRIAN TODD CALLIHAN

Family Medicine

Dr. Brian Callihan attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, with minors in biology, chemistry, and business administration.  He continued his educational journey at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and New Orleans where he received his doctorate degree.  Dr. Callihan is currently completing his residency at Tulane-Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program, Class of 2018.  He is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP).  Dr. Callihan is a native of Kentwood, Louisiana. His hobbies include sports, volunteering at the Catholic church, and going to the beach. However, his greatest love is spending time with his wife Jamie Vaughn Callihan and their son, Jude.

KELISIA MCKAY

APRN, MSN, FNP-BC

Mrs. McKay is a board certified family nurse practitioner with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has over twenty years of experience in family practice, emergency medicine, pediatrics and woman’s health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola University of New Orleans, Louisiana. She is also a member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners (LANP).  Mrs. McKay is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Walden University and is currently in clinical practice at the Amite Rural Health Clinic.

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 AUC School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at the Tulane-Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program in 2014. Originally from Kentwood, LA, Dr. Bridges is an active member of American Academy of Family Practice and Louisiana Academy of Family Practice.  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.

Dr. Zachary Pray is a native of Amite, Louisiana, and graduated from Oak Forest Academy in 2004. He then went on to get his bachelor's degree in kinesiology at LSU and his doctorate of medicine at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. He completed his residency in family medicine at the Tulane-Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program in 2016.    He is originally from Amite, Louisiana and enjoys LSU athletics, golfing and spending time with his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Lexi.

Dr. Brian Callihan attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, with minors in biology, chemistry, and business administration.  He continued his educational journey at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and New Orleans where he received his doctorate degree.  Dr. Callihan is currently completing his residency at Tulane-Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program, Class of 2018.  He is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP).  Dr. Callihan is a native of Kentwood, Louisiana. His hobbies include sports, volunteering at the Catholic church, and going to the beach. However, his greatest love is spending time with his wife Jamie Vaughn Callihan and their son, Jude.

Kelisia McKay is a board certified family nurse practitioner with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has over twenty years of experience in family practice, emergency medicine, pediatrics and woman’s health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola University of New Orleans, Louisiana. She is also a member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners (LANP).  Kelisia McKay is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Walden University and is currently in clinical practice at the Amite Rural Health Clinic.

Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1999. After practicing as a Registered Nurse for 12 years, she enrolled in the Nurse Practitioner program at the University of South Alabama where she graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Nursing degree. She is dually board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) as well as an Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) respectively. She is licensed to practice as a Nurse Practitioner through the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. She is a member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  

Wendy grew up in Amite and was a 1994 graduate of Amite High School. She has returned home to Amite to raise her own family with her husband, Scott. They have 3 children who attend Oak Forest Academy.

Meghan's bio is coming soon. Stay tuned.

Ryan Seal is a board certified family nurse practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. He grew up in the Amite area, and he attended high school at Oak Forest Academy in Amite.  After high school, he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.  After several years of nursing experience, he then went on to complete is Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of South Alabama.  Away from work, Ryan enjoys spending much of his time in the outdoors and with his wife and family.

Chad earned his bachelor's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. He attended the physician assistant program at Our Lady of the Lake College where he earned a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Chad is board certified through the NCCPA and is licensed as a PA through the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants.  Chad is originally from Kentwood, LA and now resides in Amite.

Educated in the same medical model as physicians, PAs provide a broad range of services that are typically the same as those you might receive from your doctor. You will find that PAs are patient-focused and willing to spend time with you during your visit. PAs receive a master's degree and are then certified by passing a national board examination, which they then retake every 6 years. PAs can work in all areas of medicine from primary care to emergency medicine to surgery. They can prescribe medications, order and interpret tests and radiologic imaging, and perform procedures such as suturing. Physician assistants work as part of a team with one or several doctors with whom they collaborate to provide the most comprehensive and personal care for each patient.

Katherine Schillings graduated from Louisiana State University in 2012 with a Masters in Social Work, a Certificate in Gerontology, and her thesis titled, “Spiritual Support as Coping among Alzheimer’s Caregivers.” Schillings is employed by Hood Memorial Hospital as the first and only Licensed Clinical Social Worker. With a passion for helping older adults and individuals caring for older adults, Schillings has the privilege of holding one-on-one sessions with caregivers to provide support, education, and resources as well as individualized sessions focusing on anxiety, depression, adult ADHD, as well as other issues and concerns.

location

409 NW Central Avenue
Amite, LA 70422
985.748.7171

Monday-Friday: 8 AM – 8PM
Saturday: 8 AM – 12 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

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