Eric F. Calfee, MD, FACOG
Dr. Calfee received both his undergraduate degree in biology with highest honors and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee. He completed his Ob/Gyn residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he served as administrative chief resident. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He joined AOG in 1997 and resides in Dalton with his wife and two children. Special areas of interest are minimally invasive surgery including daVinci robotic surgery, high and low risk obstetrics, infertility, preventive care and in-office procedures.
S. Craig Tidwell, MD, FACOG
Dr. Tidwell received his undergraduate degree in biology magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University and his doctor of medicine from the University of Tennessee. He completed his Ob/Gyn residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee and after graduation in 1999 joined AOG. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He lives in Dalton with his wife and three children. Special areas of interest include minimally invasive surgery, in-office procedures, pelvic pain, infertility, incontinence and preventive care.
Richard M. Loftis, MD, FACOG
Dr. Loftis received his undergraduate degree in biology from Valdosta State University and his doctor of medicine from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his Ob/Gyn residency in Asheville, North Carolina where he served as administrative chief resident. He joined AOG in 2014 and resides in Dalton with his wife and three children. He is a junior fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Special areas of interest include minimally invasive surgery including daVinci robotic and vaginal surgery, in-office procedures, infertility, high and low risk obstetrics and preventive care.
Mathew D. Smith, MD, FACOG
Dr. Smith graduated summa cum laude from Western Kentucky University where he majored in recombinant genetics. He then completed medical school and residency at the University of Tennessee and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. After two years in solo practice in Dickson, Tennessee he joined AOG in 2004. Areas of interest include daVinci robotic surgery, in-office procedures, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, preventive care and amniocentesis for prenatal diagnosis. He lives in Dalton with his wife and three children.
Angela S. Wood, MD, FACOG
Dr. Wood obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University. After several years working in the mental health field, she returned to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia where she received her medical degree in 2004 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She completed her Ob/Gyn residency in Asheville, North Carolina where she served as administrative chief resident and in 2008 returned to northwest Georgia to join AOG. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her areas of interest include daVinci robotic surgery, in-office procedures, preventive care, adolescent health, patient education and the menopausal transition. She lives in Dalton with her husband, is the proud mom of an adult son and daughter, and is an avid baseball fan.
Angela L. McDowell, DO, FACOG
Dr. McDowell received her undergraduate degree in biology from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI and her medical degree from Des Moines University. She completed her residency as an Active Duty service member of the US Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. After residency, she was transferred to Ft. Benning where she worked as an OB/GYN physician for four more years of Active duty, receiving an honorable discharge with rank of Major in 2014. During that time she was deployed to Afghanistan as a general medical officer for 5 months. She had worked in South Georgia as an OB/GYN until she joined AOG in 2021. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She resides in Rocky Face with her husband and two children. They love doing outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and spending time together as a family. Special areas of interest include minimally invasive surgery including daVinci robotic surgery, in-office procedures, preventative care, adolescent health, and high and low-risk obstetrics.
Our Nurse Midwives
Judy Martin, BSN, MN, CNM
Judy earned her BSN from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland and both her MN and CNM from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After working two years in Gainesville, Georgia she joined AOG in 1990. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to provide education and support during pregnancy and childbirth. Judy is married and has one son and three step-children. She is also a proud grandmother and enjoys being involved in her church, gardening, and traveling.
Rita-Marie Davis, CNM
Rita-Marie received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Florida, then in 2000 completed her masters in nursing and midwifery training at Vanderbilt University. She joined AOG in 2007 and is their Midwife Coordinator.
Rita-Marie lives in Dalton with her husband Eric Davis who is a second grade teacher at Cedar Ridge Elementary. They have 2 children named Patten & Piper. Rita-Marie loves being a midwife in our closely knit community and on her days off she enjoys spontaneous trips with her family/friends, making jewelry and doing home improvement projects.
Rita-Marie says she became a midwife because she wanted to make a difference in women’s lives. “No matter what stage of life a woman is in (teenager through menopause) she needs to feel she is cared about at her medical visits. I pride myself in being a great listener. I became a midwife so I could bond with women at the same time that I provide them safe medical care and education.”
Michelle B. Edgeman, MSN, CNM, FNP-BC
Michelle received her associate of science in nursing degree from Dalton College then followed it with her bachelor of science in nursing from the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. After working as a labor and delivery nurse at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia for 9 years, she completed her masters in nursing graduating with high honors from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008. Michelle holds dual certifications as both a midwife and family nurse practitioner. Joining AOG in 2010 and becoming part of a team of midwives with a legacy of providing only the best care to women of all ages in the North Georgia area allowed her to realize a life-long dream of caring for and empowering women. She enjoys working in the area where she grew up and where she and her husband of over 20 years are now raising their two daughters. Her favorite things to do are being involved with her church, spending time with her family and her dog, going on vacations, date night, going to the movies, manicures and pedicures, and a good massage.
Jenny Goss, CNM, APNP
Jenny graduated with her RN from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and after many years as a Labor and Delivery nurse decided to return for her midwifery degree. She obtained her Nurse Midwifery degree from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY. After working for several years in Northeast Wisconsin she and her husband sought out the beautiful weather and mountains of Dalton, Ga, where she especially enjoys wearing flips flops in January. She and her husband have 5 children and 1 grandson. She loves to read, sew, cross stitch, travel, garden and anything that includes the outdoors.
Nichole Nguyen, CNM
Nichole received her bachelors of science in nursing from Keuka College in Upstate NY where she was born and raised. After working eight years as a Labor and Delivery nurse in her community she graduated with her masters of science in Midwifery from Philadelphia University. Spending two years as a midwife serving families in NY furthered her drive for service. Nichole joined the US Army and relocated and fell in love with Georgia.
In 2018, following her commitment to the Army, she joined the AOG family in Dalton, Ga. Nichole is excited to be part of an established group serving the community and committed to the care of women and families. Supporting, empowering women and witnessing the transition to motherhood is an honor.
Midwifery has always held a special place with each delivery of her six children, bringing an understanding of the uniqueness and importance of each birth.
When not working with families Nichole loves spending time at the beach, hiking in the mountains, running and traveling to new places with her family.
Lauren Mix, CNM
Lauren is a Certified Nurse-Midwife who returned to the AOG family in February 2021 having been an intern here back in 2018. A proud “military brat”, Lauren has lived in Idaho, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and now Tennessee. Lauren received a Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree from the Florida State University, and received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Vanderbilt University where she was a Dean’s Honor Scholarship recipient. She is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and is an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Lauren’s favorite part about being a midwife is walking with women and their families through their pregnancy journey serving as a guide and their biggest supporter. She believes that women can achieve anything when they feel valued and heard.
When Lauren is not catching babies, she enjoys perfecting her fantasy football team, reading, hiking and spending time with family and friends. Lauren currently resides in Chattanooga, TN.
Lauren “Lo” Banaszak, MSN, CNM, FNP-BC
“Lo” received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from Calvin College in Grand Rapids MI back in 2010. She worked as a registered nurse for six years in the emergency department followed by 4 years in labor and delivery. Finding her passion in women’s health she decided to pursue an advanced practice degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN for both Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Practice Nurse Practitioner. Lo and her husband Dan now live in Chattanooga, a halfway point between families. She is ecstatic to be a part of the AOG family following her internship with them and to care for the women of Northern Georgia.
She loves to walk alongside women through life’s intricacies, including, health prevention, pregnancy, family planning, contraception, menopause, etc. When she is not working, Lo loves to be with friends and family enjoying the outdoors, exploring, sipping on coffee, eating ice cream, playing games and making memories.
Our Nurse Practitioners
Asia Deslattes, MSN, FNP-C
Asia received her first bachelor’s degree in Biology from The University of Georgia, GO DAWGS! She received her second bachelor’s in Nursing from Kennesaw State University and her master’s in Nursing from The University of Alabama in Birmingham. She was an RN in the Intensive Care Unit at Gordon Hospital for 6 years before transitioning to her role as a Nurse Practitioner. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is originally from California, but has lived in Dalton for 22 years. As an active member in the community, she is excited to be able to serve patients in the area. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, and reading a good book.
Vickie Chapman, MSN, FNP-C
Vickie has been in healthcare the majority of her life. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her BSN from the Medical College of Georgia in 1982. After graduation, she worked in Labor & Delivery first as a staff nurse and later as their manager for 22 years. In 2006, she graduated from North Georgia College & State University with a Masters in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner degree. Upon graduation she received the Most Outstanding Graduate Student for 2006.
After graduation, she worked in a busy family medicine practice for over a decade.
Vickie joined AOG in 2021 to return to her love of caring for women of all ages.
Vickie loves singing with her sisters and her church choir. She also enjoys sewing, quilting and collecting vintage sewing machines. Vickie lives in Chatsworth with her husband , Mark along with her three rescue dogs. Together they have three grown children and seven beautiful grandchildren.