Windermere Medical Group
Board Certified Providers
Priya Bayyapureddy, MD
Dr. Priya Bayyapureddy is a compassionate board certified Internal Medicine doctor. She is certified as a diplomat in Obesity Medicine by American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) and is a member of American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ABSP). She has been recognized as "Leading Physician of The World" by the International Association of Internists. She has been appointed as Civil Surgeon by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services. She is a member of International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine. She started Windermere Medical Group to achieve her goal to be a community physician for all primary health care needs for families. During her career, she worked for VA Clinic and served as part-time faculty member at Emory University School of Medicine. She provided Occupational and Travel Medicine consulting services to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-Atlanta). She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Emory University School of Medicine and internship at University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga. She has hospital privileges at Northside Hospital - Forsyth & Cherokee and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. She speaks English, Hindi and Telugu. Dr. Bayyapureddy has been honored with Patients' Choice and Most Compassionate Doctor awards for several years.
SWACHITHA KOTHAPALLY, MD
Swachitha Kothapally, MD is a friendly and compassionate primary care doctor. Dr. Kothapally provides primary care and urgent care services to patients of all ages. Dr. Kothapally completed training in Family Medicine at Louisiana State University of Health Sciences-
Shreveport/Monroe, University Health-Conway, Monroe, LA. Dr. Kothapally is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Board of Family Physicians. She is certified as a diplomat in Obesity Medicine by American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). Dr. Kothapally previously served as Associate Chief Resident at Louisiana State University of Health Sciences- Shreveport/Monroe. Dr. Kothapally has hospital privileges at Northside Hospital - Forsyth & Cherokee.
Dr. Kothapally speaks English, Hindi, and Telugu.
Thomas McGinn, DO
As a board certified family physician, Dr. McGinn values preventative and primary care throughout the lifespan of his patients, tailored to their individual lifestyles.
Dr. McGinn maintains memberships in the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Outside of work, Dr. McGinn enjoys spending time with his wife, dog, and cat as well as visiting family, fishing, and being outdoors.
Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Class of 2019
Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O., Class of 2016
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, B.S., Class of 2012
Rani Patil, MD
Dr. Rani Patil, MD is board certified in Family Medicine and provides Primary care and Urgent care services to patients of all ages. She has experience of working as a Geriatrician for 3 years after residency.
Dr. Patil completed training in Family Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta , GA.
Dr. Patil is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Board of Family Physicians.
Dr. Patil has hospital privileges at Northside Hospital - Forsyth & Cherokee.
Dr. Patil speaks English, Hindi, and Marathi.
Laena Karnstedt, MD
Dr Laena Karnstedt is a board certified internal medicine physician, working in various capacities for over 25 years. She received her medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in June, 1991. She went on to complete her internship at University Hospital in Cincinnati. After completing internship, she moved to Boston and completed residency at St Elizabeth's Medical Center.
Dr Karnstedt came to northeast Georgia in 2000. She practiced primary care internal medicine in private practice settings, as well as hospital-based settings. She had her solo practice for almost 10 years in Cumming, GA. As a transition role, she was involved in testing for COVID-19, with appropriate counseling of patients. Dr Karnstedt is a fellow in the American College of Physicians. Dr Karnstedt has trained and supervised advanced practice midlevel practitioners for many years. Dr Karnstedt excels in aspects of women's health and mental health. In 2008 the Hall County Chapter of The American Heart Association, awarded Dr Karnstedt their Physician of the Year award for promoting women's health issues.
Katy Hanaford, FNP
Katy Hanaford, FNP, earned her Master's of Science from the University of North Georgia. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. As a 1998 graduate of Kennesaw State University with her Bachelor in the Science of Nursing, she has 17 years’ experience in medical, surgical, cardiology and emergency medicine. Her interests include cardiology and preventative medicine. She lives in Ball Ground with her husband and 4 children.
Nichole Pridemore, FNP
Nichole Pridemore, FNP, started her career as a nurse over 15 years ago. She received her Master's in Nursing from Indiana State University. She is board certified to practice in family medicine and has been a nurse practitioner for over 10 years. She has enjoyed taking care of all age groups in both primary care and urgent care with a special interest in women's and adolescent health. She has precepted many nurse practitioner students over the years which ignited her passion for educating. She now also works part-time for Walden University helping to shape the minds of future nurse practitioners. She resides in Woodstock with her husband and two young boys.
Maureen Brunham, FNP
Maureen Burnham, FNP, earned her Master’s of Science from Mercer University. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. As a 2012 graduate of North Georgia College & State University with her Associate’s in the Science of Nursing and a 2013 graduate of the University of West Georgia with her Bachelor’s in the Science of Nursing, she has 8 years experience in urgent care, medical, surgical, and primary care. Her interests include dermatology/wound care, ear/nose/throat, and preventative medicine. She lives in Cleveland with her husband and son.
Melissa Willman, PA-C
Melissa Willman, PA-C is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. While living in Charlotte, she worked as a Paramedic and volunteered at a family clinic for an underserved population. She then matriculated to Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana where she earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies in 2010. As a Physician Assistant, Melissa has practiced for five years in emergency medicine and two years in cardiology. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Melissa looks forward to serving her patients with a wide array of medical experience. She has a special interest in developmental pediatrics, including autism spectrum disorders and sensory processing disorders. She is excited to partner with patients in a caring and compassionate manner. Treatment plans will be formulated with detail, giving the patient excellent individualized attention. Her focus is on preventative medicine and management of acute and chronic conditions. She looks forward to serving you and your family.
Melissa is married and has two children. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, and spending time outdoors.
We offer 24/7 Appointment services: on-line/ TEXT/mobile/call options.
Established patient's can access secure patient's portal 24/7 as well.
How long will it take me to get an appointment?
Usually same day appointments.
What is the typical wait time?
Usually 15 to 20 min.
What do you charge for Co-Pay?
For insured patients we collect normal Physician office (Primary Care) standard co-pay for any visit. We do not collect Urgent Care co-pays that are usually high and we do not charge any convenience fee for weekend and evening hours like other doctor's offices. We keep it simple and provide excellent medical care at lowest cost to you.
When should I have a complete physical?
You should have one once a year, every year.
What days are you open?
Our Windermere Medical Cumming office is open 6 days week. Our Canton Primary Care office is open 5 days a week. Our Winderemere Medical Habersham location is open 3 days a week
What services do you provide?
We provide Primary Care and Urgent Care services for all individuals and families.
Can I get a copy of my lab results?
Yes, we will be glad to give you results. We can make these results available for you online using patient portal or Fax or pick up at our location. Please contact us for details.
Who do I call if I have a questions about my bills?
We are affiliated with Northside Hospital and part of its Primary Care Services. Patients can pay their bill online. Our Northside billing office can be reached at (678) 223-7932 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Patients can also use Northside Hospital Physician on-line BillPay service to make payments or communicate with billing staff about billing concerns.
Do you provide Financial Assistance for Patients?
As an affiliate of Northside Hospital, Inc. we are committed to fulfilling Northside's charitable mission as a health care provider. Uninsured, underinsured and Medically Indigent Patients having limited or inadequate resources to pay for Medically Necessary Services rendered at a our Practice may be eligible for full or partial Financial Assistance through Northside’s Physician Practice Financial Assistance Program "PPFAP". Application can be downloaded by clicking on this link. Please complete this application and mail it to address listed in this application.
What is your Medication Policy?
It is the policy of our office to not phone in ANY controlled substance to your pharmacy. Maintenance medications will not be phoned in unless you have been seen in this office in the last six Months. Please allow 2-3 business days for any maintenance medications to be refilled upon notification in this office. Our goal is to provide the best medical care to meet your needs and this policy is in place to adhere to the high medical care standards we strive to provide.
What is your Forms Policy?
It is the policy of this office to charge a $20.00+ fee for each occurrence of any medical forms needing to be completed. Fee is based on number of pages and time it takes to complete the specific form. (i.e. disability forms, physical forms, insurance forms, etc.)
Our Video/virtual office visit service is a great way to address many of your concerns and issues without coming into our office during these times of social distancing. Just like an in-person visit, video chat face-to-face with a provider. Get your diagnosis, treatment options and a prescription if needed. We can complete this visit using Healow App Tele visit or Facetime or WhatsApp or Duo Video.
To schedule a virtual office visit please call or TEXT our office.