Dr. Vernora Hightower is a native of Chicago, Ill. She received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Upon graduation, she returned to Chicago to attend the Rosalyn Franklin University/Chicago Medical School, from which she received her medical degree in 1996.
Dr. Hightower has had extensive practice experience in pediatrics over the past 17 years. She joined a pediatric practice in West Point, Miss., for three years after graduation. Afterward, she joined a pediatric practice in Pine Bluff, Ark. There, in addition to her pediatric practice, she also served as a mentor/preceptor in pediatrics for family practice medical residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and medical students in training.
As new arrivals to Jacksonville, Dr. Hightower, her husband, and 10-year-old daughter are settling into their new home and community.