On Tuesday, November 15, the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Vision Imaging Center.
The Vision Imaging Center (“VIC”), soon to be located at 2544 East Pinetree Blvd., will be the region’s only independent non-hospital imaging center. Their mission and goal is to provide the community with local access to affordable, high quality diagnostic imaging services including MRI, CT scan and X-ray. They will be an accredited facility, to ensure quality and safety.
Vision Imaging Center, LLC (“VIC”) is equally owned by Dr. Brandi Warren and Dr. Heather Waldrop. The project is led by Connie Burke, Director of Operations and Project Management, who will assume the role of Director of Imaging Operations when the facility opens.
Dr. Brandi Warren grew up in Valdosta and is a board-certified family physician. Georgia. She received her medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed her family medicine residency at Shands University in Florida. In 2008, Dr. Warren moved to Thomasville with her husband, anesthetist Dr. Jesse Warren. Since then, she has been practicing at employee health and wellness clinics across the state, including correctional medicine and urgent care clinics. She launched a new women’s primary care practice – Shaw Living – in February 2020. Shaw Living is a thriving and vibrant part of women’s health and wellness in Thomasville. She is a member of the American Medical Association, the Georgia Medical Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Family Medicine. The Warrens are members of Trinity Anglican Church and enjoy spending time and traveling with their two sons.
Dr. Heather Waldrop was born and raised in Thomasville, Georgia. She attended Life University for undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Science. She then transferred to Texas Chiropractic College where she ranked first in her class, earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. In 2004, Dr. Waldrop returned to her charming hometown of Thomasville and began practicing. In 2005, she married Dr. Mike Waldrop who is also a chiropractor. In 2008, Dr. Heather Waldrop joined her husband in practice. They then opened South Georgia Spine, Joint and Rehab. Center, which is a comprehensive, multi-specialty pain relief center. The practice offers medical pain management, chiropractic, physiotherapy and much more. They have expanded to three locations serving Thomasville, Cairo and Bainbridge. The Waldrops have two sons who keep them busy with ball games. Dr. Heather Waldrop has served and participated in many organizations since her return to Thomasville. She is an active member of the Georgia Chiropractic Association. The Waldrops attend First Baptist Church in Thomasville. Outside of work, Dr. Waldrop enjoys spending time with her family, traveling the coast, fishing and working in her garden.
Connie Burke moved to Thomasville in 2020 with her husband’s acceptance of a vice president position at Southern Regional Technical College. Connie received her undergraduate degree in Radiological Science from Armstrong Atlantic State University (now GSU) and later earned a Masters in Business Administration from Mercer University. She has worked in radiology and imaging for over 25 years – clinically as an MRI technologist. As an administrator, she served as executive director of imaging services for more than 15 years at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. The Burkes attend Victory Fellowship Church and enjoy cycling and exploring the world.
Vision Imaging Center, LLC (“VIC”) applied for and received a Certificate of Need (CON) from the Georgia Department of Community Health (GA DCH) in October 2019. This Certificate of Need is awarded when GA DCH agrees with the petitioner that it there is a demonstrated need for the services in the community in which it will operate. This year, the Visual Imaging Center begins its journey of building the only independent, non-hospital imaging center in the region. The community will soon have a choice between accessible, affordable and high quality imaging services.