Matt began his career as a respiratory therapist in 1992. He attended the University of South Alabama where he became a family nurse practitioner in 2013. He also became a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2013. He is a native of Rockingham, NC.

Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Pam and daughters Cecily and Olivia. He also enjoys traveling.


Kimberly Patterson, FNP
Matthew Thompson, FNP-C
 Dr. Elaine Jiminez
Thomas Rinkacs, FNP-C

Dr. Jiménez was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Moca, Puerto Rico. She completed both her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). Soon after completing her Residency in Pediatrics at UPR, she became a full-time Board Certified Pediatrician at The Purcell Clinic. Being originally accustomed to the small town living, she found it easy to transition into living in Laurinburg, NC. Her close relatives have joined her and now plan on living here permanently too. Dr. Jiménez values the closeness of her family and wishes to have a family of her own.  She enjoys sightseeing, trying new cuisines, and visiting with family and friends.


Our Providers

 Dr. Jeffrey Byrd

 Dr. Byrd grew up in Laurinburg, NC. He earned his medical degree at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. He completed his internship & residency at The University of South Carolina/Palmetto Richland University. During his residency he received the Pediatric Teacher of the Year Award twice, The Intern Teacher of the Year, & The Developmental Intern of the Year Award. He later moved home with his wife, Mitzi, & their son, Parker to join The Purcell Clinic as a full time Board Certified Pediatrician.

He is a member of The North Carolina Pediatric Society, The North Carolina Medical Society, & The American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of The Scotland County School Board, Laurinburg Optimist, & Deacon in the Presbyterian Church. He also coaches youth baseball.

Dr. Byrd spends his leisure time with his wife, their son, & two daughters. Together they enjoy boating, traveling, & outdoor activities.

 Dr. Tharon Howard

 Dr. Howard is from Deep Run, NC. She earned her medical degree at East Carolina University School of Medicine in NC. After completing her internship & residency at Duke University Medical Center, she went to work at Henderson Pediatric Center & later, the Franklin County Health Department. She later moved back to Laurinburg with her husband Dr. Mark LaVigne. She joined The Purcell Clinic in 1995.

Dr. Howard is a Board Certified Pediatrician & an active Methodist. She is a very proud & involved mother to her three sons & enjoys outdoor activities with her family. 

 Dr. O'Donnell grew Allentown, PA. When he was a sophomore in high school, he & his family relocated to Columbia, SC. He earned his medical degree at The Medical University of South Carolina, College of Medicine. He then completed his internship & residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee.

In the summer of 2000, Dr. O'Donnell moved his family to Laurinburg & he joined The Purcell Clinic as a full time Board Certified Pediatrician. He is a member of The North Carolina Pediatric Society & The American Academy of Pediatrics. He is the medical director of Pediatric Advanced Life Support. ​

Dr. O'Donnell spends his leisure time with his wife, son, & daughter. He enjoys hunting, fishing, & riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.   

 Dr. Michael O'Donnell