Medical Staff

Stephen Pannel, DO, ABPN, ABAM

Medical Director

Dr. Pannel oversees Oxford Treatment Center’s withdrawal management program and provides treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorders. A graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, he completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, as well as a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Pannel is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He is also board-certified in adult psychiatry and specializes in dual-diagnosis conditions. 

Over the course of his career, Stephen has seen the positive impact of treatment on young adults, stating that “for the most part, once [they] get into treatment, they begin to understand the scope of their problem—how it has affected those around them and how it will destroy their lives if they continue. Their motivation can drastically change, and they can get a lot out of treatment.”

John Kirkpatrick, MSN, PMHNP

Nurse Practitioner

An ANCC-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, John provides medical detoxification and stabilization for newly admitted patients as well as medication management for residential patients. He has prior experience in acute inpatient mental health and community mental health. John received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Mississippi. He holds bachelor and master of science degrees in nursing from the UM Medical Center.

Rita Morgan, FNP-BC, MSN

Nurse Practitioner

An ANCC-certified family nurse practitioner, Rita manages daily acute care needs of patients in Oxford Treatment Center’s detox and residential programs. Prior to joining Oxford Treatment Center, she practiced in family medicine and cancer medicine clinics. Her practice as a registered nurse in hospital settings included ICU, pre- and post-operative care, medical surgical units and patient education. Her RN experience also included psychiatric mental health medical management.

Rita holds a master of science degree in nursing from Delta State University. She received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Union University and a registered nurse diploma from Baptist School of Nursing in Memphis. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Mississippi.

Molly Cutcliffe, MSN, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

A certified family nurse practitioner, Molly provides care for patients in Oxford Treatment Center’s medical detox program at the Etta campus. She holds a master of science in nursing degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of the medical staff at North Mississippi Regional Center before joining Oxford Treatment Center in 2016. Her prior experience also includes nursing positions in the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and in the ICU step-down unit at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC.

Sharon Upton, BSN, MSN, ACNP

Nurse Practitioner

Sharon provides care for patients in Oxford Treatment Center’s medical detoxification program, primarily on weekends. She has practiced as part of Internal Medicine Associates of Oxford since 2001 and has worked as a nurse in Oxford since 1990. She holds nursing degrees from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and is certified by the ANCC as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.


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