Leicester Community Health Center
711 New Leicester Hwy
Monday - Friday | 7:40 am - 5 pm
Primary Care, Behavioral Health, Pediatrics
Dr. Jai Kumar is a board-certified pediatrician. He graduated from Duke Medical School in 1994, then completed his pediatric residency at Penn State Medical School, and has been in practice now for 20 years as a general pediatrician. Most of his early career was spent at Sylva Pediatric Associates, a regional practice which treated children from all over the western counties. He saw patients in the office but also provided full-spectrum inpatient pediatric care at Harris Regional Hospital - from the ICU to the delivery room. Then he began his affiliation with AMCHC in 2016.
Currently, Dr. Kumar works half the week at our Tallulah Community Health Center in Robbinsville and half the week at our Leicester Community Health Center. His mission is to provide excellent care to children in underserved areas. He is fluent in French and speaks some Spanish.
Dr. Kumar and his wife Sabrina grew up in rural eastern Tennessee. Sabrina is a professional flutist and can be seen performing in various venues throughout the region.
Dr. Poulton has a bachelor of arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in Biomedical Science from Grand Valley State University.
After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency training at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), in Asheville, NC. He is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Poulton enjoys family medicine because it allows him to establish strong, long-term relationships that can span multiple generations. He believes in leveraging patient-centered care and communication as he partners with patients to develop a long-term plan for their health and wellness. Dr. Poulton is also a member of the faculty for the Communication in Healthcare and Relationship Centered Leadership courses for the Mission Health System.
An outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Poulton enjoys most any activity that allows him to get outside with his wife and two boys.