Caring for Families

Dr. Marissa Stewart-Jaynes

Dr. Marissa Stewart-Jaynes is a family medicine physician at Mercy Health in Reidland. She grew up just down the road in Trigg County and always knew she wanted to return to this area to care for her community. She loves to travel, to sew and to root on her Kentucky Wildcats. iMeet this doctor who likes to eat breakfast and graze on sushi!

Hi Marissa, welcome to iMeet. Tell us about yourself…

I grew up in Trigg County and attended Trigg County Schools from elementary through high school. In 2002 I was accepted at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.  I went to University of Louisville School of Medicine and graduated with my medical degree in 2010. 

We hear you’re the proud mom of two boys…

Yes, I am married and have two boys, who keep me very busy outside of work.

Did you always want to be a doctor?

I realized after graduating high school that I wanted to be a physician. I decided on family practice because I knew that I could come home to western Kentucky. It’s a great opportunity to help fill the need for more family physicians in our rural communities.

Tell us about your position at Mercy Primary Care...

I currently practice family medicine at Mercy Primary Care - Reidland.  I love practicing family medicine because it gives me the ability to care from the very youngest patients to the most elderly patients. I get to take care of several generations within the same family.

It’s a very fulfilling and satisfying feeling to know that a family has placed their trust in me as their physician and healthcare provider. Patients trust our input as their primary care provider and seek out our opinions and advice on their health. Our goal is to help our patients be the healthiest version of themselves. We are there to help guide our patients in that process. 

I came to Paducah and Lourdes and Mercy Health straight from residency. So, this is my first "big girl job" as I call it. I feel this has been a great fit for me. I enjoy the colleagues that I get to practice with daily, and the patients that I help care for every day. I see patients in the outpatient setting in the office and, while I don't admit patients to the hospital, I help with that continuum of care. I work hand in hand with our hospitalist program so that my patients are well taken care of.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to travel especially if it takes me near to an ocean! I am definitely a waves, ocean breeze, and sunshine girl. 

I grew up in a very close-knit family, so I love spending my free time with my family. 

Also, I love to sew in my spare time. I have two embroidery machines that I like to piddle with when I get a chance. 

It’s March Madness…do you have a bracket filled out and who are you rooting for?

I love March Madness and the excitement that comes from it! Occasionally I will fill out a bracket, however I didn’t this year. My 8-year-old son filled one out, and it has been a lot of fun watching him make his picks and cheering on the teams he selected.

I am definitely an avid UK fan, but I also enjoy watching the successes of other local schools. However in our house we wear blue! GO CATS! I love going to games and supporting the Cats any chance I can.

What’s your favorite season - summer or winter?

I am excited about the weather warming up and spring being around the corner. I don't like the heat and humidity of summer, I like the comfortable 60-70 degree days. I love fall weather and all that goes along with it - from the crisp mornings to the bonfires at night.

Random final question. Would you rather eat pizza every day for a year or not eat any pizza for a year?

This is a surprisingly hard question. I guess if I had to pick just one, I would rather not eat pizza for a year than to eat it every day for a year. I like pizza but I don't love pizza that much. 

Now if I had to eat breakfast foods every day for a year then I would totally be in! Breakfast foods and sushi are probably my favorites!

Thanks for being our iMeet this week, Marissa. Good luck with your practice in Reidland. We’re glad you decided to move back to the region and help meet the healthcare needs of our community.