Dr. Mary Benton was born and raised in Memphis. She graduated with a B.S. from Rhodes College in 1991. She received her M.D. from the University of Tennessee and completed her pediatric residency at Louisiana State University in 1998. Dr. Benton is board certified in General Pediatrics. She has been a physician at Memphis Children’s Clinic since 1998.
Dr. Benton practices at the Germantown/Collierville and Southaven offices.
Dr. Melissa Damico joined Memphis Children’s Clinic in August of 2012. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi and attended medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She completed her residency at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and was the first recipient of the Russell W. Chesney Award for Excellence in Pediatric Residency. She is board certified in General Pediatrics. Dr. Damico enjoys spending time with her family in Mississippi and traveling to Oxford in the fall to cheer on the Ole Miss Rebels.
Dr. Damico practices at the Olive Branch, Southaven and Whitehaven offices.
Dr. Mike Lacy grew up in Martin, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1992 (Go Vols!). He enrolled at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and upon graduation from medical school, he entered into his pediatric residency at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in 1996. After an additional year as Chief Resident, Dr. Lacy joined Memphis Children’s Clinic in 2000. Dr. Lacy lives in downtown Memphis, enjoys many sports (Go Grizz!) both from the couch and the court, and feels privileged to be able to meet and care for so many kids in the Memphis and North Mississippi area.
Dr. Jennifer O’Bryan graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1997 and received her M.D. from the University of Tennessee Memphis Health Science Center in 2002. She completed her pediatric residency at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in 2005, after which she joined Memphis Children’s Clinic. Dr. O’Bryan is board certified in General Pediatrics. She and her husband, Richard (who is an architect at Fleming Associates Architects), have three children: Stephen, Maggie, and Ryan. When not practicing medicine, she likes reading, music, sports (go Vols!), and computers.
Dr. O’Bryan practices at the Southaven office.
Dr. Harry Phillips first became affiliated with the practice (then known as the Whitehaven Children’s Clinic) as a strapping three-year old receiving excellent care from the group’s founders, Dr. Steve Turnbull and Dr. Gene Whitington. He spent his early years in El Paso, TX (which explains his love for Mexican food!). He returned to Memphis in his teens and after high school graduation, he attended Mississippi College, finishing in 1984 with a degree in Biology. Dr. Phillips received his M.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completed his pediatric residency at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Phillips is board certified in General Pediatrics. He is a past president of the Mid-South Pediatric Society. Dr. Phillips was voted the Best Pediatrician in Desoto County in 2012 (DeSoto Times Tribune). He is a board member of both the Mississippi College Medical/Dental Alumni Association and the NICS/Oasis (international school organization). He has been married to Robbie (Coleman) Phillips for almost thirty years and they have two daughters: Gracie Stevenson, who teaches second grade at DeSoto Central Primary School and is married to Tyler Stevenson, and Rebecca Phillips, an elementary education major at Mississippi College. They also have a thirteen year old spoiled toy poodle, Millie! Dr. Phillips loves photography, motorcycling, golf, travel (trips to schools in Kenya, China, South Korea, Thailand, and recently Kabul, Afghanistan!), and of course the Grizzlies! His motto in taking care of your children is: “Love kids, listen to moms!”.
Dr. Phillips practices at the Southaven office.
Dr. Robert Riikola graduated with a B.S. from the University of Tennessee in 1965. He received his M.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center then completed his pediatric residency in 1972. He has been practicing with Memphis Children’s Clinic ever since for over 40 years. He has held several executive positions within the LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center as well as in the general pediatric community. Dr. Riikola has also been honorably recognized by his peers in the medical community on multiple occasions and is board certified in General Pediatrics. He and his wife, Patsy, have two children and four grandchildren. Dr. Riikola is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been awarded the Community Pediatric Teaching Award on two occasions.
Dr. Riikola has retired and is no longer seeing patients.