About Highland Family Medicine

From Our Family To Your Family

We know the importance of family. We take pride in providing excellent healthcare to families in Murfreesboro, TN. We protect our patient’s health so that they and their loved ones can benefit from a long and healthy life.

Meet Our Medical Team

Dr. Helton


Hi! I’m Dr. Helton,

I started practicing medicine in the year 2000, and over the past 18 years have treated and served over 15,000 patients. I’m the current President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Family Physicians, an Executive Board Member of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and Chairman of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Family Medicine Department. I am a lifelong servant of God, and have completed 13 medical mission trips in 6 countries, donating medicine and healthcare to those in need.

Of all my achievements, what I’m most proud of is my family, wonderful wife and beautiful daughters. They inspire me everyday to work tirelessly and help care for the families of others.

Dr. Chris Housden, born in Franklin,TN joins the Helton Family Medicine team fresh out of residency. Having lived his life growing and working in Murfreesboro , Dr. Housden is ready to continue to serve his local community through high quality medical care, attention to detail, and empathy for each patient that walks through our door.

Dr. Housden


Dr. Hardin

Dr. Brandon Hardin is the most recent primary care physician at Highland Family Medicine. Like Dr. Helton and Dr. Housden, Dr. Hardin is a Family Practice Specialist that cares for patients of all ages. The latter graduated with honors from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in 2019.

Debbie Foster was born in Nashville and has spent her entire life in Middle Tennessee. Debbie graduated from the Physician Assistant program at Trevecca Nazarene University. She is board certified and has been practicing for 24 years. Other than a short time practicing in correctional medicine and psychiatry, she has spent her entire career in family practice.

She and her husband moved to Murfreesboro in 1994 and have enjoyed raising their two children in this family friendly community. In her free time she enjoys writing, reading, gardening, and sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee and a good friend. She also enjoys bird watching, church activities, tennis with her daughter, baseball with her son, fishing and kayaking with her husband, and Friday night high school football games with lots of friends and neighbors.

Debbie Foster


Desirae Twilla


Desirae Twilla graduated from the Physician Assistant program at Lincoln Memorial University, she has 1 year of previous experience and 7 years of primary care experience. Desirae was born and raised in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia.

She had her husband move to Middle TN in 2014.

In her free time, she enjoys playing golf with her husband and friends. running, yoga classes with friends, watching Tennessee football, and sitting out on their back porch with a cup of coffee in the mornings. She is also very passionate about helping her husband who is an associate pastor with the youth group at their church, including chaperoning trips, and helping with youth and church activities.

Charity is originally from Washington state where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Washington in 2015. She moved to Nashville to attend Trevecca Nazarene University and graduated with her Master of Science in Medicine in 2020. After falling in love with the area and the community, she decided to make Nashville her home.

Charity is a nationally certified PA with 2 years of experience. She is passionate about primary care and mental health and strives to enable her patients to live their best lives.

When she is not practicing medicine, Charity enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, spending time outdoors, and staying active.

Charity Kemp


Kaitlyn Walsh

Kaitlyn is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate from Clemson University and her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Middle Tennessee State University. Kaitlyn enjoys family practice and being able to assist patients in living the healthiest life they can through disease prevention and treatment. Kaitlyn is from Columbia, SC originally and moved to Murfreesboro in 2010. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son. Kaitlyn and her family are dedicated fans of Clemson and MTSU football. They enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors and staying active. She is also involved in her local church.
Robert is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Robert received his undergraduate degree and Master’s of Science in Nursing from Western Kentucky University. Robert has been in family practice since 2012. Robert emphasizes preventative medicine and efficient disease management through patient education and risk factor modification. Robert grew up in a small town in Kentucky. In his free time Robert enjoys watching Kentucky Basketball, fishing and spending time with his two children.

Robert Sexton


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