Welcome to VMP

VMP provides the diagnosis and management of children and adults with rare genetic disorders, whether through direct patient care or physician support services. Genetics is an ever evolving field, as well as VMP. Please check back often as we continue to update our website.

Shades of Grief: Echoes of Hope in the Darkness book has been released!   Click here to purchase.

Chronicles Frances Dougherty Kendall, M.D.’s walk through the complexities of death and dying and loss, grief, and hope. This personal journey begins with the loss of a beloved patient in Boston, the death of her parents, her own cancer, and ends with recovery and hope. The various pieces are accompanied by her husband, Michael Kendall‘s original photography, each photo capturing a component of the emotion of a given work to enhance the depth of feeling experienced.

The author was driven by her experience to provide a modicum of comfort, peace, and joy through her words to many struggling with the most human of all experiences - grief. A fellow physician, Dr. Emma Neish, said of the manuscript, “It is so raw and honest and it beautifully captures the human experience of grief.  I think a lot of people will relate to these words and I think they will be healing for many souls.”

Listen to the podcast interview with the author, our very own Dr Fran Kendall. Click here to jump to the blog post.

Please consider supporting small publishers by purchasing directly at RoseDog Books (click here). It is also available on Amazon. 


Learn with us!

We make the understanding of metabolic concepts and approaches seem easy. Participants apply learned principles to real patient scenarios by incorporating the patient and family perspective in our programming. We pitch how we teach to the audience - trainees in medicine/genetic counseling/other health professions, dietitians, nurses/nurse practitioners, physician associates, genetic counselors, pharma MSLs, and marketing reps - to make the information more accessible. Our training can be hourly sessions, half-day or whole-day programs, in-person or remote. Click here for examples

At VMP, we believe that effective teaching is not just an art but a science as well.

Direct Patient Care

VMP Genetics Direct Patient Care is led by a pioneer in the field, Dr Fran Kendall. Direct Patient Care specializes in children & adults from around the world with mitochondrial disorders, ehlers-danlos syndromes, connective tissue disorders, rare genetic, metabolic, & inherited disorders completely independent from the politics of large institutions and hospitals...

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Education Services

VMP Genetics Education Services is led by Dr Mark Korson. Education Services create and provide innovative teaching approaches to healthcare providers so they may participate more confidently in the diagnosis and


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Physician Support Services

VMP Genetics Physician Support Services is led by Dr Mark Korson. Physician Support Services providing on-call metabolic diagnosis and management assistance to hospitals and institutions through the use of 

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Know Your Facts!

Dr Fran Kendall posts on various topics involving rare diseases, treatments, management and

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VMP History & Mission

VMP is the brainchild of Dr. Fran Kendall and her husband Michael Kendall. Dr Kendall is a renowned expert in genetics for over 25 years and former founder and owner of a successful genetic laboratory & clinical practice. Our mission is to extend the reach of rare and specialized healthcare to an under served population while retaining the best of old fashion medicine. We do this through direct patient care, education outreach to healthcare professionals, and support services to hospitals and institutions utilizing readily available and cost effective technology.

Statement on the COVID-19 Vaccine

UPDATE: July 27, 2023

We are not involved in the direct management of Covid positive patients. Please contact your PCP, local urgent care, Emergency Room, or hospital system for information on the management of your Covid related symptoms. For those patients with long Covid syndrome, there are emerging clinics and programs around the country to manage your ongoing problems. In the metro Atlanta area, Piedmont Hospital has such a program.

We do not require masks in our office but we will wear them if you wish. Please alert us upon entry to our office if you would like us to wear them, but regardless Dr. Kendall always wears a mask when examining a patient. We do have plexiglass screens in place on desks and take other precautions as needed or required. 

For more and current Covid information, please see the CDC, NIH, or your community health department. 

Cold and Flu Alert

Cold and Flu Alert

The key for those with mito that may have the flu or other viral illness such as a cold is to be aggressive with treatment. The flu and colds will sap energy and whatever can be done to either provide increased energy or to prevent energy being consumed will help. As with all children or adults with fevers, fever control and fluids are necessary to prevent dehydration. Allow plenty of rest. If you or your child are unable to control fever or maintain hydration by mouth (or by G or J tube) contact your local primary care provider or be evaluated in your local ER since additional intravenous fluids, fever management medications or blood work may be necessary to prevent complications and allow a rapid return to one’s usual state of health.