One of Philadelphia's newest physicians is happy to be living in a small town similar to the one she grew up in which only had a stop sign and gas station.

Dr. Heather Cannon has enjoyed living in Neshoba County and working as a family practice doctor for Neshoba County General Hospital.

She moved to Philadelphia last summer with her husband, general surgeon Derek Cannon, and their two children: Isabella, 4, and John David, 1.

"It's an adjustment," the Laws Hill native said, noting her home town in Marshall County had just a stop sign and gas station. "I've lived in big cities for the last 10 years."

Cannon attended The University of Mississippi and then the University Medical Center in Jackson and the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, Ala. for her general residency.

"It was a nice place to live and I miss the beach and the restaurants," she said. "I could walk to one from my house."

She now works as a family practice doctor at Neshoba General's Fairchild - Clearman Medical Associates office at 1122 East Main St.

Her husband Derek also works for Neshoba General as a general surgeon. He is a Philadelphia native and a 1998 graduate of Neshoba Central High School.

"We attended Ole Miss at the same time and attended medical school and residency together," she said.

Dr. Cannon said she has enjoyed living in a small town again where everybody knows you and she's closer to family.

"Now that we have a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old they need to be closer to their cousins," she said, noting they live only 20 minutes from their grandmother. "It's nice. We wanted the kids to feel settled and have a house they could grow into."

Working as a family practice doctor, Cannon said she has a lot of great patients in the area.

While in medical school she considered pediatric medicine but in her third year she did a rotation with a family doctor.

"I like taking care of all ages, seeing them grow and having a relationship with them," she said.

Outside of work Cannon's life revolves around her kids.

"We like to play and go to Burnside Park," she said. "We have a lot of yard and a dog. I just love playing with them."

Hospital Marketing and Public Relations Director Annette Watkins said they were pleased to have Dr. Cannon with them.

"We're very pleased to have her as a member of the Neshoba General team," she said.