Frix, Jennings adding a little care and pizazz to downtown Selmer
Once the doors open early next year, the citizens of McNairy County will be introduced to the Frix-Jennings Clinic, a family and internal medicine clinic and a unique coffee shop Besso’s.
One way to describe these physicians is entrepreneurs. Doctors Carey W. Frix, a family practice physician and a native of Chester County and Nicole Jennings, practicing internal medicine physician, of Gabarone, Botswana, a modern city and the seat of power on one of Africa’s most successful economies is where their journey begins, leading both to scoring in the top 10 percent among their peers nationally on standardized medical exams.
Frix was working in Memphis at Federal Express while completing his degree at the University of Memphis in mechanical engineering when at the age of 23 ruptured a disc and during his experience in healthcare decided to apply to medical school and was accepted. He continued to work at FedEx during medical school.
Frix has ties to McNairy County. His grandmother was part of the Sanders clan from Purdy.
Jennings grew up in South Africa and named the coffee shop and restaurant after her relatives, the Besso’s family, in Italy. The couple eventually met while in medical school at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences. Both physicians are board certified in their respective specialties and were trained at the Medical College of Virginia.
The original clinic opened in 2001 in downtown Henderson which also had a Besso’s next door which developed into a full service Italian restaurant located at 1314 US Highway 45 N in Henderson with Chef Johnny Kirk who previously owned Stella restaurant on South Main in Memphis and was a chef at L’Ecole Culinaire school of culinary arts in Memphis prior to coming to Besso’s.
Due to the number of patients the clinic was serving in Hardeman and McNairy Counties, the couple opened a clinic in Bolivar, Tenn. in July 2010. Another office opened on South Main in January 2010 in Memphis with a clinic and Besso’s as well as the new location in Selmer scheduled to open in January.
All clinics are open six days a week and half days on Saturday. Donna Norris, Family Nurse Practitioner, of McNairy County, will be joining the clinic in their new location at 124 W. Court Ave., Selmer. The clinic will be staffed with nurse practitioners as well as family practice physicians in addition to Frix and Jennings.
Frix described his desire to provide a larger range of services than a typical primary care clinic. “Chester County has no hospital so our clinic provides a lot of primary and urgent care. We have invested in a lot more equipment including electronic medical records, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, (MRI), Computerized Axial Tomography,(CAT) Scan (both portable and stationary in the clinic in Henderson),Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy, (IDD) Therapy for spinal decompression, a full service lab and x-ray on site just to name a few,” Frix said.
“We want our patients to have options. If something makes sense we will do it from wood fired pizzas in Besso’s to a CT Scanner. We want to offer what the people of McNairy County want and need,” Frix continued.
In addition to quality medical care, the couple plan to work with chef Kirk to develop a menu for the Selmer Besso’s. The menu will feature family recipes from the Besso family in Italy, freshly imported green coffee beans roasted on site, gelato – an ice cream made with the highest quality Italian ice cream making equipment to light lunch fair including soups, salads and sandwiches.
The couple has four children and lives in Henderson, Tenn.
Frix, Jennings and Kirk plan to take both