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Dr. James C. Nelson, Jr.

“I feel very honored and privileged to serve the community and I am excited about expanding my practice to include cosmetic surgery.  I give all the credit for my success to God.  When I am not studying or preparing for a case, I enjoy reading, writing, outdoor sports, and spending time with my soul mate, who believes in me, like no one else.”

– Dr. James C. Nelson, Jr.

Dr. James C. Nelson, Jr.


Dr. Nelson always had the dream of becoming a country doctor. To be able to develop a relationship with his patients that allow them to feel comfortable with him at any time during their lives. Dr. Nelson has lived in the Upper Cumberland for 40 years. He is a devoted father and considers his family to be his greatest achievement.

As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was trained as a U.S. Navy Corpsman with specialized training as an operating room technician and surgical first assistant. Afterwards, he worked at Cookeville Regional Medical Center as a certified operating room technician/surgical first assistant as he pursued his college education.


After graduating Tennessee Technological University, he continued to pursue a medical degree from a World Health Organization accredited medical school at the University of Santiago, in Dominican Republic. Upon completion, he was certified by the Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates. His family practice residency program was completed with the University of Arkansas. This program allowed a diversified training in the field of family medicine with emphasis on family medicine, obstetrics, and surgical procedures, preparing Dr. Nelson to practice in a rural community setting.

Dr. Nelson currently holds privileges to practice at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Livingston Regional Hospital. He is well known and has the respect of multiple surgeons in the Upper Cumberland area due to his training and practice background.

Associations & Accreditations

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Current Associations: Member of American Academy of Family Practice, Member of American Academy Cosmetic Surgery and Liposuction, Member of American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery, Member of American Society of Cosmetic Physicians, Adjunct Clinical Professor for ETSU School of Medicine, and Adjunct Clinical Professor for Lincoln Memorial University

Nelson Aesthetics and Cosmetics Staff


Dr. James C. Nelson, Jr. – Fellow in American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery and Board Certified in Family Medicine

Torri Nelson, LMSW

Torri is the cosmetic surgery coordinator. She assists Dr. Nelson with cosmetic surgery consultations, spends time getting to know each and every cosmetic surgery patient and helps tailor their procedure to their specific wishes/needs. You’ll have direct contact with her at anytime to answer any questions you may have regarding your surgery, scheduling, pre and post visits, etc. When you smell coffee brewing at the clinic, you can bet she is near by.  “I am blessed to have Dr. Nelson as my better half. I think we make a pretty great team if I do say so myself! We have a mutual desire to help everyone look and most importantly, FEEL, their absolute best. We are working to incorporate my experience as a licensed therapist into the practice. I am grateful the patients and staff have welcomed me with open arms and I am eager to support them! When Doc and I aren’t working, I enjoy cooking, decorating, running, spending time with family, and traveling.”

John Westbrook, CRNA

John has been a C.R.N.A for over 30 years with  experience in a variety of different settings. He is well known and respected in his profession, in the Upper Cumberland Area. In his free time, you can find him fishing on the lake or on the dance floor!

Chris Felt, CRNA

Chris is new to Dr. Nelson’s surgery team, but certainly not new to his profession. He has a wonderful background as a CRNA and devoted his time to assuring your safety and comfort before, during, and after your surgery.

Lauren Duvall, CST and CNA

Lauren has assisted Dr. Nelson in surgery for the past 3 years. When she is not in surgery with Dr. Nelson, you will see her in the clinic checking patients in and assisting with clinic duties. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their sweet dog!

Liz Holt, LPN

Liz has been with Dr. Nelson as a clinic nurse for 10 years. Though she isn’t a nurse in the clinic anymore, while she is pursuing her RN degree she assists with cosmetic surgery cases part time. She and her husband Lucas also own a business of their own, and have a beautiful little girl, Lettie, who keeps them busy!

April Loftis, CST and CNA

April assist Dr. Nelson in surgery part time and is always eager to jump in whenever needed. She is very outgoing and never meets a stranger! She is a devoted wife, Mom and bonus mom!

Jennifer Lee, FPN

Jennifer Lee is a very competent Family Nurse Practitioner who is just as thorough and meticulous as Dr. Nelson when it comes to the care of the patients. Like Dr. Nelson, she takes the time to listen to the patient in order to fully address their needs. Jennifer is part time at the clinic because she is very dedicated to her work for the V.A. Clinic. She is passionate about veterans, special needs advocacy, and her 3 children are her life!

Kim Radford, Certified Ultrasound Technician

Kim performs the ultrasounds at the clinic. She is a fun and easy going member of the team! She and her husband also own a business in Livingston! Together they enjoy spending time with their daughters!

Melinda Riley, CNA and Administrative Assistant

Melinda has been with Dr. Nelson for nearly 10 years now and has worn multiple hats at the clinic. She always greats patients with a smile and makes them feel at home! Melinda considers her family to be her biggest blessing. She loves doing anything with her children and grandchildren, especially Sunday dinners!

Diane Sidwell, Administrative Assistant

Dianne started with Dr. Nelson when he opened his clinic. She wears multiple hats at the clinic. Dianne will assist you with scheduling your appointments, surgeries, insurance information, etc. We call Dianne, Nan, because she is truly that. She takes care of everyone at the clinic, and her family too! Dianne is an excellent cook, enjoys spending time with her family and is active in her church!

Courtney Savage, Office Assistant

Courtney has worked for Dr. Nelson over 5 years. She is always eager to go above and beyond for the clinic. She is the master of the medical records! Courtney holds a bachelors degree and continues to be a life long leaner. She loves her family and spending time with them!

AAAHC Accredited Procedure Room

Experienced Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Nelson been a cosmetic surgeon for the past 10 years, having traveled all over the US, learning from some of the very best cosmetic surgeons so he can provide excellent care and results to his patients. 

We strive to deliver the highest level of care in a safe, controlled environment for our patients. Dr. Nelson utilizes the services of a certified registered nurse anesthetist, who administers conscious sedation for the comfort to our patients during their procedures. A nurse is present with you before, during, and after your procedure. A surgical technologist is present during the procedure to assist as needed. Dr. Nelson is not a board-certified plastic surgeon, however, he invites you to read his patients’ testimonials and look at their before and after pictures. Patients are encouraged to come in for a free consultation to talk with Dr. Nelson about their procedure in depth. He strives to make your experience of having an office-based surgical procedure a safe and pleasant one by continually researching and learning the newest evidence based information for the cosmetic and surgical procedures.

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508 N Church St
Suite 100
Livingston, Tennessee 38570

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Monday - Friday: 8am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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