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Shea Godwin, M.D.

Godwin Family Practice

250 Main Street, Suite D
Cadiz, KY 42211

Phone: 522-MYMD (6963)
Fax: 270-522-7231
7:30a - 5:30a
7:30a- Noon

Shea Godwin, M.D. - Godwin Family Practice

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Shea Godwin, M.D.

“When I was in seventh grade, my dad had a bad accident at work and was life-flighted to Vanderbilt in Nashville,” Dr. Godwin says. “From that point on, it’s what I wanted to do.”

She could have practiced medicine anywhere, but she chose to return to her hometown and open her own practice. “My family is here. My husband is from here. You can be a doctor anywhere, but in a small town, things are different,” she says. “People think nothing of stopping me and asking medical questions everywhere I go – at the grocery, at church – but the rewards are so much better.

“I’ve known these people my whole life. They’re not chart numbers. They’re my neighbors, my former classmates, my Sunday School teacher. I feel like I can make a difference here because of those relationships, that prior knowledge of the people. You’re not going to find that in a big city.”

Dr. Godwin was an honor graduate at Trigg County High School in 1995, and followed that with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Transylvania, a Master of Science in biology, summa cum laude, from Murray State University and a doctorate in medicine with distinction from the University of Kentucky.

While at UK, she was nationally recognized for her research on stroke and cerebrovascular disease. She completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Trover Health Systems in Madisonville and returned to her native Cadiz, where she has also become Medical Chief of Staff at Trigg County Hospital.

As one to continually be looking for ways to serve people in her community, Godwin recently expanded her skills and services into aesthetic medicine (at Tulip Poplar Salon in Cadiz), delaying the effects of aging and especially boosting confidence for a growing segment of the regions women.

Dr. Godwin enjoys spending her free time traveling with her husband and two children and visiting the theater. She also spends time hunting with her dad. “I’m super close to my folks,” she says. “I look just like Mom and act just like Dad, with his loud sense of humor."


Mary Van Jolly, APRN, FNP-BC

"Our patients are confident that we’re not leaving. We know their history. We know them."

When Mary Van Jolly left the fast pace of the Intensive Care Unit at Jennie Stuart Medical Center to work at Godwin Family Practice, she was giving up a job she loved. "I miss it," she said. "In ICU, the mentality is so different. You’re constantly monitoring, and you’ve got to be on your toes."

While working a clinical rotation with Dr. Shea Godwin, she discovered the need for more people with her skills in Trigg County. After all, she said, "Hopkinsville was close, but it’s not home."

A 2004 graduate of Trigg County High School, Mary Van’s local roots run deep. The daughter of Scott and Ellen Jolly, her grandfather was a local dentist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Cum Laude, from Murray State University in 2009, and her Master of Science degree in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude, from MSU in 2012.

She now works with Dr. Godwin as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. "Sometimes patients ask, ‘It’s not going to hurt Shea’s feelings that I’m seeing you, is it?’ But they’re all Godwin Family Practice patients. Some may rather see one or the other of us, but in the end, we’re still building the same business."

Building that business means being available to patients throughout the course of their care. "A lot of doctor’s are retiring, and some of the new doctors are more temporary. I think our patients are confident that we’re not leaving. When we admit patients to the hospital, we follow them through that process. We know their history," Mary Van said. "We know them."

When she’s not working, Mary Van and her husband, Sam Naghtin, like to spend time on the lake. Because Sam is a hunter, Mary Van often rides along with him on the 4-wheeler or in the truck with their two labs. They both work with their youth group at Cadiz Christian Church, and Mary Van is in Rotary, having been a scholarship recipient herself. But when it comes to her true passion, that lies with her job.

"This is my life," she said with a laugh. "This is what I live, breathe and sleep."


Courtney Broadbent M.A.

Working more than forty hours a week in a factory, doing the same repetitive job everyday, is hard for someone who wears her heart on her sleeve. Courtney Broadbent knew there was something better for her.

Brown Mackie School’s medical assistant courses really appealed to Courtney, because she knew the medical field would be a great place to share her compassion with others. She found the class in which she excelled, drawing blood and giving shots. "We had to practice on each other, so we got good fast!" Courtney says. In fact, when Courtney gives shots or draws blood, many of Dr. Godwin’s patients say, "I didn’t even feel that!" It’s one of the highest compliments an MA can get.

Courtney admits she is an emotional person and puts her whole heart into making patients comfortable. She carries that passion into her personal life as well. "I don’t give up on the people I love," she says. "I believe in unconditional love for everyone."

She also speaks highly of Dr. Godwin. "She is the best boss I’ve ever had. I especially look forward to the huge family and staff Christmas party Dr. Godwin holds each year."

When not helping others in the office, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband Shane and their child Keely, along with her mom and dad. She loves cooking and reading music biographies.


Patti Bridges M.A.

When jeans manufacturer Elk Brand closed its doors, the company gave Patti Bridges a unique opportunity: go to school on their dime. It was a challenge for her to juggle being a wife and mother while attending classes at Brown Mackie, but she managed to graduate in 2007 with honors.

After working as a medical assistant in Hopkinsville for six years, Patti found her place with Dr. Godwin’s staff as an MA for Nurse Practitioner Mary Van Jolly. Patti finds working with Mary Van Jolly a positive challenge. "She is a great person who really gets into her work. I have more responsibility here as her assistant. Before, I just checked patients out and scheduled appointments. Now I do a lot of things, like checking vitals, giving shots and drawing blood."

In her personal time, Patti is just a hometown girl. She was born in Trigg County Hospital and loves hanging out with her mamma, 12-year-old son and husband. On Sundays she tries to sneak in an afternoon nap after church, something she admits helps give her a sunny disposition on Monday morning in the office.


Traci Choate M.A./Clinical Coordinator

Traci Choate’s passion to help others was inspired by a chance encounter with a sweet little lady at Cracker Barrel. "I used to help her along," Traci said, and the two women became friends. "We ran into each other at Wal-Mart one day, and I met her daughter, who also became my friend."

Eventually, the older woman moved into a nursing home. Not long after, the daughter asked Traci a simple question. "She asked if I would consider sitting with her mom so she could move back home."

That simple question - and Traci’s answer - changed the course of her life. "I felt inspired to say yes and sat with her for nearly three years. That’s what prompted me to go into the medical field."

Before coming to Dr.Godwin’s office, she graduated from Brown Mackie as a medical assistant and clinical coordinator with the highest honors and a 4.0 grade point average, and then worked for a Hopkinsville pediatrician. Her duties include handling insurance claims, coordinating patient referrals to specialists, and approving medications and procedures.

Traci’s love for the Lord and her family translates into everything she does. Her family and church, New Jerusalem Baptist, come first and foremost in her personal life. Whenever she is in doubt about a situation, she asks herself, "What would the Lord do?"


Hope Turner

When it comes right down to it, Hope Turner is a home body. She likes to travel, but at the end of the day, she wants to be at home with her husband, Ricky, and their two cats. "I really enjoy being at home," she said. That makes her job as office manager for Godwin Family Practice in her hometown of Cadiz, Kentucky, the perfect one for her.

Born and raised in Trigg County - "I was Baby New Year in 1969!" - she loves working in the town where she grew up, right down the street from her alma mater, Trigg County High. She’s worked in the medical field since 2000, smoothing out the day-to-day operations of medical offices. She spent five years as a medical assistant in Hopkinsville, where she learned to use electronic medical records systems, a skill she brought with her to Dr. Godwin’s office. She’s even trained others on the system.

"It’s really made life easier," Hope said. "When we’re looking up records, there’s no need to grab paper charts or search for lab results and x-rays. And everything is backed up, so there’s no fear of losing the records, even if something catastrophic were to happen here at the office. Everything’s safe."

And for Hope, that assurance is one of the best parts of her job, because it really comes down to one goal. "Making people better. They want to get better, and that’s what we help them do."

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