Our Family

Meet Your Doctors

You will find the doctors and nurses at Tennessee Valley Pediatric Associates Inc to be the most kind and caring pediatric professionals in the local area. You'll enjoy our friendly and knowledgeable staff!

To learn more about what they can do for you and your children, call us at 256-381-6963. Our clinic is awarded the Readers' Choice award for Best Pediatrician in 2016. We're also proud to be affiliated with Helen Keller Hospital.

Charles Wayne Melvin, M.D. FAAP

Dr. Melvin has been in practice since 1986. He is a native of Florence, Alabama. He is a graduate of Bradshaw High School and Birmingham Southern College. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed his residency at Baylor University in Houston, Texas. He served in the Air Force before beginning private practice in the Shoals in 1986. He and his wife, Karmen, started Tennessee Valley Pediatrics in 2003. He is Chief of Pediatrics at Helen Keller Hospital. Dr. Melvin and Karmen, together, have five children and three grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and Alabama Crimson Tide football.

Tetiana Litvinchuk, M.D. FAAP

Dr. Litvinchuk is a native of the Ukraine. She has been practicing medicine since 1998. Dr. Tetiana is experienced in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care. She earned her medical degree from Vinnitsa National Medical University in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. She then completed residency programs at Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Lviv, Ukraine and Texas Tech University, Amarillo, Texas. Dr. Tetiana has been a part of the Tennessee Valley Pediatrics family since 2015. She enjoys being a mother to her one daughter, hiking, and reading.

Samanger Purcell, M.D.

Dr. Purcell has been practicing pediatrics in the Shoals area for the last five years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas and earned her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, her birthplace. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Purcell and her husband, Dr. Dwight Matthew, a Nephrologist in our area, have two boys, Devin and Skylar.

Courtney Hood, CRNP

Courtney is a native of Lexington, Alabama. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Northwest Shoals Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Alabama and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is a certified lactation consultant and has been with the Tennessee Valley Pediatrics family since 2012. She and her husband, Seth have three children, which are all boys. Courtney enjoys traveling, camping and reading.  

Erica Jantzen, CRNP

Erica graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2003 and from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner track in 2008. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Helen Keller Hospital for five years in the Pediatric and Nursery department. Erica has been a part of the Tennessee Valley Pediatrics family since
2009. She and her husband, Derrick, have two boys, Salem and Beckett. 

Alicia Nix, CRNP

Alicia is a native of the Shoals area. She graduated with an Associate's Degree of Nursing from Northwest Shoals Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Alabama and a Master of Science in Nursing from Auburn University. She has worked in pediatrics with Dr. Melvin since 1996 and has over 20 years of experience as a lactation consultant. Alicia and her husband, Todd have three children. Her hobbies include, watching her children play sports, reading, and spending time with loved ones.

Kacie Fuller, CRNP

Kacie is a native of Tuscumbia, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Alabama in 2007 and received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2011. She worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department for five years and has been with the Tennessee Valley Pediatrics family since 2013. Kacie and her husband, Eli, have two children, Zeke and Emory.

Katie Campbell, CPNP

Katie was born and raised in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degree with a pediatric track from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has worked in the NICU at Children’s Hospital and the Nursery at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. Katie has been with Tennessee Valley Pediatrics for five years. She and her husband, Michael, have four dogs, love traveling, and are expecting their first child in 2018!   

Katie Schlarp, CRNP

Katie graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2003 and from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner track in 2013. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Helen Keller Hospital for ten years in the Labor and Delivery department. Katie has been a part of the Tennessee Valley Pediatrics family since
2014, where she specializes in adolescent health. She and her husband, David, have two girls, Kyndal and Avery.

Amanda Hill, CRNP

Amanda is a 1998 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree graduate of the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. In 2009, she earned her Master of Nursing degree from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. Amanda has a background in Family Practice and Women’s Health. She and her husband Matt have three children. Amanda enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, and Alabama football.  

Lakeva Casey, CRNP

LaKeva was born and raised in the Shoals area. She attended the University of North Alabama where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and received her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Troy University. She has worked in Mother and Baby department at University of Alabama in Birmingham Hospital, General Medical Surgery at Shoals Hospital and Critical Care at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. She and her husband, Rodney, have two daughters, Karleigh & Oaklee. LaKeva loves to travel, shop, "Pinterest", and spend time with her family.

Jana Risner, RN

Jana was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. She attended Northwest Shoals Community College where she received a degree in Registered Nursing in 2009. After graduation, she worked in the departments of Pediatrics and Nursing at Helen Keller Hospital from 2009-2013, and has been with Tennessee Valley Pediatrics since 2013. Jana and her husband, Wes, have three children, four dogs, two potbelly pigs, and several goats. She enjoys being a wife, mom, nurse, loving on animals, ice cream, Alabama football, and helping others.

Tonia Klyce, RN

Tonia was born and raised in Florence, Alabama and now resides in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She attended the University of North Alabama where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006. Tonia has worked at Helen Keller Hospital in the Pediatrics Department, was a Pediatric Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the University of North Alabama from 2007-2015, and has been with the Tennessee Valley Pediatrics family since 2015. She and her husband, Michael, have two children. Tonia loves to spend quality time with family, read, and watch Alabama Football.  

Jessica Miles, RN

Jessica is from Florence, Alabama. She graduated from Northwest Shoals Community College where she earned her Registered Nursing Degree in 2013. Jessica specializes in adolescent health and has been with the Tennessee Valley Pediatrics family since 2013. Jessica and her husband, Brennan have a young
son, who keeps them very busy. She enjoys playing with her son, attending church, going on family vacations, Alabama football, and spending quality time with her family. 
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