Meet our team

Board Chair

Col. Walter L. “Mickey” Presha

Col. Presha joined Manatee County Rural Health Services (MCRHS) in 1984. At that time, the company had one location with a $600,000 operating budget and 20 employess. By the time he retired in 2018, the organization had grown to 34 locations, with an operating budget of over $100,000,000.

Prior to joining MCRHS, Col. Presha served as the HRS Deputy District Administrator of Distric VI for over 3 years with over 3,000 employees and $300 million operating budget; and as the Executive Director for the Manatee Opportunity Council for nine years.

Col. Presha had a very distinguished military career. He served in the United States Army, National Guard and the United States Army Reserves for 24 years, with tours including Ft. Bennings, Ft Bragg, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. Among his many military awards are the Silver Star,  Combat Infantryman Badge,  Bronze Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal(With Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion Of Merit Award, and Purple Heart. In 1981, he received the Lowery Award recognizing the most outstanding Company Grade Officer in the State Of Florida.

Education includes : Bachelor’s Degree from Bethune-Cookman College in 1966 and Masters Degree from Golden Gate University in 1979.

Chief Medical Director

Dr. Traci Thompson

Dr. Traci Thompson is a board-certified internist with a 20 year experience as a healthcare executive. Dr. Thompson joined Humana Healthy Horizons in 2021 as its Chief Medical Officer for its Florida Medicaid plan. Dr. Thompson is also founder of Dr. Traci’s House Inc., a non-
profit organization that aims to improve health equity by empowering the community within the very zip codes that currently correlate with worse health outcomes.  Through its comprehensive and high-quality programming of holistic wellness services, including behavioral, physical, pharmaceutical, nutritional and social services, Dr. Traci’s House brings
health, wellness and sustainability to local communities. Previously, Dr. Thompson served as Chief Medical Director of Medical Management at WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Dr. Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and a doctor of medicine degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson was a distinguished member of
the inaugural graduating class for Howard University’s Executive MBA program in 2013, and in 2014, she earned the distinction as a Certified Physician Executive.

NFRH Board Of Directors




Aidza Antonio-Thomas

Vice Chair


Shaniqua Heyward Kinsey



Donald e. Latson


Dr.Darice Richard-mitchell

PharmD,  Chief pharmacy director

Dr.Rose Martin


Rudy Bradley


NFRH Advisory Board

Gaye Williams



Jeffery McNeal

CPA, Vice Chair


Carmita McMullen



Quantavius Laguerre


Clinton Heaven 


Executive Team

dr.Michael Battle

DDS, Chief Dentist


Melvitta Allen

Family Practice, MSN APRN

Dr. Traci Thompson

CHief Medical      Director

Danielle Hammons

DNP,  Behavioral Health

Dawn Ericsson, MD

Medical Director


Dr.Darice Richard-mitchell

PharmD,  Chief pharmacy director

Our Location

Chattahoochee Location

 680 Maple Street, Chattahoochee FL 32324

Our Number (850)759-9223

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Experience comprehensive health care at North Florida Rural Health.

Contact North Florida Rural Health to schedule an appointment and access comprehensive health care services. Our team of experienced providers offer primary care and specialized services such as OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiology, mental/behavior health and more. We prioritize the underserved and uninsured population and utilize telehealth and transportation services to ensure access to care. Book your appointment today and take the first step towards maintaining your health and well-being.