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Originally a native of Cookeville, Tennessee, Dr. Pippin received his education, both at Tennessee Tech University and at the University of Tennessee, graduating from the University of Tennessee’s School of Medicine.  His postgraduate studies include internship and residency through the City of Memphis Hospital/University of Tennessee medical system in Memphis, Tennessee.   Dr. Pippin completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and was board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1987.  Ongoing maintenance of certification has continued with the most recent re-certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2011.  He practiced for a number of years in Nashville, Tennessee but then chose to come to his hometown in 1992 when the opportunity arose.  Dr. Pippin has been practicing continuously with Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates from 1992 to the present. His wife, Stephenie, is a Registered Nurse, who is originally from Illinois but loves to call Cookeville her home.  Dr. Pippin and his wife have four children ranging in ages from 15-28. 

Dr. Pippin has served as consultant at the Rape and Sexual Assault Center through Genesis House and currently is a board member for the Genesis House organization.  He practices a full range of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Most recently he has received certification in the performance of Robotic Gynecologic Surgery.  Dr. Pippin has a special interest in infertility evaluation.  He and his wife, Stephenie, enjoy outdoor sports activities, water sports activities, and travel.  Much of their leisure time still centers around the activities of their two youngest children – one, who is a student at Cookeville High School and is on the cheerleading squad, and the other, who is a college student at the University of the South/Sewanee and plays on the varsity lacrosse team. 




Dr. Paige Gernt received her MD from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN in 1996.  She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC in 2000 where she served as Chief Resident in 2000. Dr. Gernt is a Fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the North American Menopausal Society, THEGOS Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.  She is a University of Tennessee Cannon Scholar and received Board Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2002. Most recently, she received certification in the performance of da Vinci robotic surgery.




Christine K. Pham, MD joined OBGYN Associates in July 2010 and provides full range of obstetrical and gynecological services including minimally invasive surgery, routine gynecology, in-office procedures, adolescent care, and high risk obstetrics.  Dr. Pham is pleased to also offer robotic surgery through the da Vinci surgical system to provide patients with surgical techniques that shorten hospital stay, decrease postoperative pain, and missed days at work.

Dr. Pham received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Medical Degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.  She completed her residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in 2008. After practicing in Pennsylvania for two years, Dr. Pham and her husband, Brad, chose to relocate to Cookeville where they enjoy the small town atmosphere and attributes that middle Tennessee has to offer.




Michael Cole, M.D., a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, has joined OB/GYN Associates with fellow physicians Michael Pippin, M.D., Paige Gernt, M.D., and Christine Pham, M.D. in their practice at 317 North Hickory in Cookeville.

Dr. Cole is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Dr. Cole received his medical degree in 2004 from the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in Memphis.  He did his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  There he was selected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. Prior to moving to Cookeville, Dr. Cole practiced in Dickson, TN at the Women’s Health Center of Dickson.

Dr. Cole and his wife have two children.  He is pleased to be in the Upper Cumberland region and looks forward to serving the medical needs of our community.





Jessica Horton Lay is a nurse practitioner with specialized training in women’s health. A Cookeville local, she joined OB/GYN Associates in the Fall of 2007. Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Tennessee Technological University in May 2001. She then gained several years of valuable experience as a hospital based obstetrical nurse before beginning graduate school.  She continues to work at CRMC in the obstetrical department, as she has since 2000. In 2005, she earned a Masters Degree in Nursing from UT Knoxville. Jessica is board certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner by the National Certification Corporation (NCC). Her professional memberships include: Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi. In addition to clinical expertise in obstetrics and gynecology, she also has special training in urodynamics testing.  She has many interests including kayaking and running.





Robin completed her nursing education at Motlow State Community College and her Midwifery and MSN education at the University of Cincinnati in 2008.  Prior to joining the team at OB/GYN Associates, Robin provided care for women and families of the McMinnville and Cookeville areas. 

Robin enjoys meeting new people and helping families in pursuit of fulfilling their birth plans. She lives in McMinnville with her husband and 2 children.

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