Johnston Medical Associates – Internal Medicine

We are pleased to offer internal medicine services to residents in Johnston County at our newest practice. Located in the medical mall on our Smithfield campus, Johnston Medical Associates – Internal Medicine is close to outpatient services and the hospital for referral needs. Internal medicine encompasses the care of all adults, healthy and sick, through preventative care and management of illnesses. We welcome adult patients age 18 and older.

Our physicians are now part of the UNC Physicians Network. UNCPN provides physician practices the operational support to allow them to do what they do best – provide quality patient care. Practices affiliated with UNCPN have access to additional operational support, specialty and subspecialty care providers and the health care system’s electronic medical records system. Find out more here.


Nicole Collins, MD

Dr. Nicole CollinsInternist Dr. Nicole Collins of Wake Forest has joined Johnston Health with a fulltime practice in the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield. Collins received her bachelor’s degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University. She welcomes adults of all ages, particularly older adults.

During her years of practice, Collins says she’s seen increasing numbers of patients with dementia, and as patients live longer at home, they have more falls. So she works particularly hard at getting families involved in watching and caring for their aging parents.

Jarmella Russell, MD

RussellJarmella Russell, M.D., of Clayton, completed her internal medicine residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in June and is looking forward to opening her first practice with Johnston Health. “My goal is to keep patients healthy so that they don’t need to go to the hospital,” she says. “I like focusing on preventive care, particularly smoking cessation.”

Dr. Russell says her father died with asthma when she was nine years old. Because of that experience, she pursued a career in medicine. At first, she set her sights on becoming a pulmonologist. But she later found that she enjoyed internal medicine and the variety and challenges that come with diagnosing illnesses.


Please call 919-938-7187 to schedule an appointment.

We make every attempt to schedule appointments both with new patients and established patients as quickly as possible, particularly if there is a current medical concern. If you have an urgent medical problem, you will be scheduled for the first available appointment. You may need to see a provider other than your primary care provider. If you are not able to make your scheduled appointment, please notify us within 24 hours. Please bring all of your medications to each appointment. We require 24 hour notice for prescription refills.

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.

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Johnston Medical Associates – Internal Medicine
Johnston Medical Mall, Suite 1610
514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577