About Us

group-pic-topBack row from left to right, Dennis W. Rowlen, MD; W. Craig Flowers, MD; Robert Besinger, MD; Joseph D. Edwards, JR, MD; and Michael Rogers, MD. Front row from left to right, Alisha S. Vaughn, MD; K.Michelle VanNorman, MD; and Laura B. Mullins, MD. Not pictured is Ann Marie Lee, MD.

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

We are in existence to serve the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our patients and their families. We believe that children are gifts from God, a heritage from the Lord. We, as parents, are therefore accountable to God for molding, shaping, and preparing them for a full and useful life. It is our desire to form a partnership with you and your family to achieve the best possible state of health for your child. We want to encourage you to ask questions, to be involved, and to participate in your child’s health care. We hope you will feel that our office is a welcoming and comfortable place to bring your child with concerns about him or her. You and your child are very important to us.

Rankin Children’s Group, PLLC, is owned by seven partners who are all Board Certified through the American Board of Pediatrics.

Robert W. Besinger, M.D. – Dogwood location
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Dr. Besinger is from Southaven, MS. He graduated from Southhaven High School and then attended the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN. He earned his Medical Degree from the UMC School of Medicine and completed his residency in June of 2014. He joined Rankin Children’s Group in August of 2014.

Joseph (Joe) D. Edwards, Jr., M.D. – Dogwood location
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Dr. Edwards is from Hollandale, MS. He graduated from Deer Creek High School and then attended Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1989 and completed his Residency there in 1992. He has been at Rankin Children’s Group since 1993. Dr. Edwards is also a fellow of the American College of Pediatricians.

W. Craig Flowers, M.D. – Dogwood location
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Dr. Flowers is from Jackson, MS. and graduated from Jackson Preparatory School. He attended Mississippi State University and Millsaps College. He earned his Medical Degree from the UMC School of Medicine in 1983. Then he completed his residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 1986, and continued his education with a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at UMC. He joined Rankin Children’s Group in 1994. Dr. Flowers is also a fellow of the American College of Pediatricians.

Ann Marie Lee, MD. – Dogwood location
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Dr. Lee is a graduate of University of Mississippi. She received her graduate degree in 1999, from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatric Medicine and became board certified in 2002. She joined Rankin Children’s Group in 2005.

Laura B. Mullins, M.D. – Crossgates location
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Dr. Mullins is from Jackson, MS. She graduated from Forest Hill High School and Millsaps College. She then attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine where she earned her medical degree in 2003 and completed her residency there in 2006. She joined Rankin Children’s Group in August 2008.

Michael A. Rogers, M.D. – Crossgates location
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Dr. Rogers is from Jackson, MS., also. He graduated from Pearl High School and then attended Mississippi College. After graduating in 1993, Dr. Rogers attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and earned his Medical Degree in 1997. He completed his Residency there in 2000 and then joined Rankin Children’s Group that same year.

Dennis W. Rowlen, M.D. – Crossgates location
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Dr. Rowlen grew up in Eupora, MS. and graduated from the High School there. After graduating from Mississippi College, Dr. Rowlen earned his Medical Degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his Residency at UMC in 1985 and then joined Rankin Children’s Group that year.

K. Michelle VanNorman, M.D. – Crossgates location
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Dr. VanNorman is from New Orleans and attended Archbishhop Chapelle High School in Metairie, LA. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, she earned her Medical Degree from UMC in 1995. She completed her residency at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Cancer Research Center. After completing a year as Chief Resident at UMC, Dept. of Pediatrics, she joined Rankin Children’s Group in 1999.

Alisha S. Vaughn, M.D. – Dogwood location
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Dr. Vaughn is from Magnolia, MS.  She is a graduate of Millsaps College.  She received her degree in Medicine at University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2006.  She completed her residency in 2009 and joined Rankin Children’s Group that same year.