(WREG-TV) There was no sign, no hint, that anything was wrong.
Danielle Nix loved her family doctor, as so many of us do.
But she learned the unthinkable — one of the medical providers was a phony.
Officers arrested 49-year-old Beth Ann Cotton-Brown.
She saw patients, ordered tests, and wrote prescriptions at Primary Healthcare in Millington.
“Now it makes me not want to get my prescription at all,” Nix said.
Cotton-Brown was acting as a physician’s assistant, which is one step down from a doctor.
But the district attorney general says she forged her degree and license, and was working not only at Primary Healthcare, but also at Primary Pediatrics in Millington and Laurelwood Pediatrics, off Sanderlin in East Memphis.
At the latter locations, she allegedly posed as a nurse.
One man who knows Cotton-Brown said he wasn’t shocked by this, but wouldn’t say why he didn’t quite trust her.
“No, I’m not surprised,” he said. “She’s done a few other things.”
Someone was at Cotton-Brown’s home Tuesday night, but ignored our knocks at the door.
Her neighbors across the street were shocked, but are trying to give her the benefit of the doubt.
“I hope it’s not true, they’re good people, like I said,” neighbor Jason Morris said.
It doesn’t help parents of her patients sleep any easier tonight though.
“I’m surprised they let this slip under their belt like this,” Nix said.