About Us

Christian F. Wathen, MD, FACP

Christian F. Wathen, MD, FACP

Christian F. Wathen, MD, FACP
Dr. Christian Wathen is a Board-Certified Internist and an ACP Fellow. Dr. Wathen graduated with high honors with a dual undergraduate degree in Pre-Professional and Molecular Biology from Florida Institute of Technology. She received her medical degree from East Tennessee State University and completed her residency at Christiana Care Health Services in Wilmington, Delaware. After residency, she worked as a hospitalist at Christiana Care Hospital and was the Medical Director for VITAS Hospice. In 2007, Dr. Wathen left Delaware and began working for Riverside Medical Group as an outpatient Internal Medicine physician in Deltaville, later transitioning to Mathews, VA.
Dr. Wathen has been married to her husband for 28 years and they have 3 children. Dr. Wathen has a very long family history with Mathews County Virginia. Her family has lived in Mathews County since the 1700s. In fact, her great grandmother and grandmother were born on the same property that Dr. Wathen currently resides. Some of her earliest childhood memories were crabbing in the Piankatank River with her great, great Aunt Pauline Simmons. To date, many of her immediate and extended family reside in Mathews County.
Dr. Wathen attends Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Mathews County. She and her family have served there since 2007. Currently, Dr. Wathen is teaching Sunday school to the 11-14 year old children. Her faith is very important to her and this is one of her greatest comforts and strengths.

My special thanks and appreciation to my wonderful husband Tom. Without him, none of this would be possible.

Christian Wathen
Leah T. Hurst, NP-C

Leah T. Hurst, NP-C

Leah T. Hurst, NP-C
Leah Hurst is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Hurst graduated with honors with a dual undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology from Virginia Tech. She then received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from University of Texas and a Master’s Degree in Nursing/ Palliative Care from University of South Alabama. Ms. Hurst worked for Riverside Regional Hospital in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and then later joined Dr. Wathen’s practice in January 2020.
Ms. Hurst has been married to her husband for 6 years and they have 2 children, and she is a life-long resident of Mathews County Virginia.
Ms. Hurst attends Relevant Church in Mathews County where she serves on the Praise & Worship team.

Our Commitment

Middle Peninsula Medical Center, Inc. is dedicated to the people of the Middle Peninsula by providing services that will exceed your expectations. We believe that you will view our membership fee as an excellent return on investment when we offer superior patient care, unprecedented access to the physician and a friendly office environment. We treat our members the way we want our family to be treated.

Quality Patient Care

Dr. Wathen currently has a reputation of providing quality medical care in this community. She has fostered relationships with patients so that they trust her and give her high marks for treating them as people. We plan to continue this practice of excellence with a smaller patient population. We believe that patients want this relationship to be long term and consistent for many years to come.

Access to Physician

We are focused on the quality care you need while enjoying more quality time with your physician. We will provide same day and next day appointment slots to help you avoid expensive ER and Urgent Care visits. New patient and routine follow up appointments will be appropriately scheduled to allow for this benefit.

Office Environment

Our goal is when a patient enters our office; there will be a sense of peace and competency. Staff will be trained to be friendly and accommodating to the patient’s needs. Going to the doctor’s office will never be fun, but our goal is that it will be a pleasant experience at MPMC, Inc. Our staff will be trained to respond to our patients’ needs promptly and pleasantly, whether by phone or in person. Our desire is that patients may actually look forward to their appointments.


The mission of MPMC, Inc. is to promote the health and well-being of the Middle Peninsula population by providing accessible, high-quality medical care and to show the human expression of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by meeting patient needs in His name without discrimination.

HIPAA Compliance

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA):
Middle Peninsula Medical Center Inc (MPMC Inc) is committed to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Electronic Transaction standards. MPMC Inc has implemented policies, processes and procedures designed to ensure compliance with Federal and State information security laws, regulations, and rules.
MPMC Inc provides a secure method for communicating PHI (Protected Health Information) electronically to our clients.

Why the need for MPMC?

For the past decade, traditional healthcare out-patient practices see from 25-35 patients per provider per day. Each provider has anywhere from 1,800 to 3,000 patients that they care for. The consequence of this type of high volume practice tends to be shortened office visits, spending more time in the waiting room rather than seeing your doctor, lack of accessibility and the growing feeling of patients of being seen but not heard. At Middle Peninsula Medical, we are limiting our practice to around 900 patients. We believe doing this will give us the chance to provide unprecedented accessibility to the physician and the practice.
Our practice will be centered on serving the patient. We will not rely solely on third party insurance payers such as Medicare. Our modest monthly fee for non-covered medical services allows us to meet or exceed our patient’s expectations.
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