The PURE Wellness Advisory Board consists of seasoned medical doctors and a pharmacist who provide guidance on product development, product claims, and product use protocols. They are embracing healthier lifestyle choices to improve the overall health and wellness of their patients and encouraging their patients to do the same.
Meet the doctors.
Dr. John Buckner is the Chair of the Wellness Advisory Board. He earned his BA in Biology and Medical Degree from the University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Medicine in 1985. From 1985 – 1990, Dr. Buckner attended the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK where he performed his internship and residency in general surgery. Dr. Buckner became a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and remains Board Certified in General and Vascular Surgery. In 1990, he began an active duty stint in the Air Force. Dr. Buckner was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska where he served for 3 years as a Major in the USAF. During this tour of duty, he deployed to Germany in support of Operation Desert Storm and also deployed to South Korea. Dr. Buckner earned the Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) while training with the 1st MASH at Ft Riley, Kansas. Upon his release from active duty in 1993, he received the Meritorious Service Medal. He then transferred to the Air Force Active Reserves.
Dr. Buckner returned to Springfield in 1993 and joined Ferrell Duncan Clinic. He has practiced all areas of general and vascular surgery since his return to Springfield, but has always concentrated his efforts on improving breast surgical care for the women of Southwest Missouri. He became the first surgeon in Springfield to perform a number of new procedures in the treatment of breast cancer and has been principle investigator in breast cancer research with the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group.
Carmen Keith, MD earned her doctorate in medicine at University of Arkansas for Medical Science where she also completed a residency in anesthesiology. She went on to complete her fellowship in pain medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate. Carmen is double boarded in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. She is currently the Medical Director of Pain Management Services at the hospital.
Carmen started her journey with PURE in September 2013. She was searching for natural alternatives to help improve the well-being of her family and the results have exceeded her expectations. Carmen has a passion for people and her purpose is to help others. PURE has helped provide another avenue for her to engage her passion and purpose.
Theresa Lawrence-Ford, MD is The Medical Director of North Georgia Rheumatology Group and an Active Staff member at Gwinnett Medical Center Hospitals. She practices in a single specialty group in Gwinnett County, Georgia with her sister who is also a Rheumatologist. Dr. Lawrence Ford received her Medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University Hospitals, where she also completed a fellowship in Rheumatology and Immunology. She is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, a member of the National Medical Association, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rheumatology Society’ and an active member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. She has also served as a Member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Lupus Foundation and the Lupus Registry.
She has done research in the fields of Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis and maintains her interest currently by participating as an investigator in clinical trials and by acting a national speaker in the field of Rheumatology. She has been recognized in Atlanta Magazine yearly as a Top Doctor in her field since 2005.
In addition to her professional societies she maintains an avid interest in Wellness. She is holds certification in the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer, and is Medical Director of Patient Fitness Center.
Carrie Beth Smith, PharmD, BCPS is a seasoned expert in the field of pharmacology whose perspective on well-being will help carry PURE’s vision to the world. From staff pharmacist, she moved into clinical pharmacy and then into education as an adjunct clinical professor. She has a wealth of experience in supplement safety, product testing, and pharmaceuticals. Carrie Beth Smith has produced numerous scientific presentations and is a member of various pharmaceutical associations. She finds her greatest motivation in coaching others to improve their overall health and wellness.