Dr. Linken grew up in New Jersey but moved to Huntsville, Alabama with her family during high school. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where she also attended medical school. She then moved up north to complete residency training at UMass FMR’s rural continuity clinic. Knowing that she wanted to return to the South and practice obstetrics, she returned to Alabama to complete an OB fellowship in Tuscaloosa where she connected with Dr. Waits and Dr. Smith and joined CMC/CFMR as a faculty member and family physician in 2015. Her professional interests include practicing obstetrics and providing opioid dependence treatment through buprenorphine, as well as managing Hepatitis C patients and helping to get them cured. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading and music. She is currently a member of her church choir, as well as a group called The Iron City Singers in Birmingham. She also likes to crochet, is learning to quilt and is fluent in Spanish.
Casey Hicks, MD - Physician & CFMR-OB Faculty
Dr. Hicks is from Haleyville, Alabama and joined Cahaba Medical Care in August 2016. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he earned a BS in biology with honors. After completing his undergraduate education, he attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine where he graduated in 2012. Having chosen to pursue speciality training in family medicine, he completed his residency with the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita at Via Christi. He then completed a fellowship in international family medicine through Via Christi, as well as a family medicine obstetrics fellowship with CMC. His professional interests include international medicine and obstetrics. He currently lives in Bessemer and is a member of The Church at Brook Hills.
Andrew Posey, DO - Physician & CFMR Faculty
Dr. Drew Posey is originally from Texas and joined Cahaba Medical Care in September 2018. He earned his undergraduate degree in nutrition science from Texas A&M University, then went on to earn his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training, as well as an international fellowship at Via Christi Family Medicine in Wichita, Kansas. It was during his time in med school that Dr. Posey realized his love for treating a variety of patient populations, and he felt that family medicine would be versatile career choice and a great way to serve others. His professional interests include teaching, endoscopy and tropical medicine. When he’s not working, he enjoys fixing things around the house, hiking and traveling. Dr. Posey currently lives in Birmingham along with his wife, daughter and their dog, and he is excited to be a part of the Cahaba Medical Care and Family Medicine Residency family!
Jonathan Peters, MD - Physician & CFMR Faculty
Dr. Jonathan Peters grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and joined Cahaba Medical Care in September 2018. He attended Auburn University and earned a BA in chemistry, graduating summa cum laude in 2007. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2011 and from there went to Via Christi in Wichita, Kansas to complete specialty training in family medicine. With an interest in practical applications for broadly trained family medicine physicians, Dr. Peters pursued an international family medicine fellowship through Via Christi. After graduating, he worked in rural Kansas practicing full-spectrum, whole family care. Although he is thankful for his time training and working in Kansas, Dr. Peters is grateful for the opportunity to return home to Birmingham and work with CMC seeing patients and teaching residents. He enjoys caring for children and adults with chronic diseases, obstetric patients, refugees, patients who are acutely ill and require hospitalization, and patients with international travel plans.
Kaylee Perkins, PA-C - Physician Assistant
Kaylee Perkins, a resident of Helena, Alabama, joined Cahaba Medical Care in October 2017. She received a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Auburn University in 2014. She then attended the University of South Alabama, where she earned a Master of Health Science in physician assistant studies and is a member of of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, dancing, reading, and attending Church of the Highlands.
Sarita Colvin, LICSW, PIP - Counselor
Sarita Colvin, a native of St. Louis, Missouri and current resident of Hoover, Alabama, joined the Cahaba Medical Care team as a counselor in 2017. She is a licensed clinical social worker with eight years of experience providing mental and behavioral health services to adults and children diagnosed with severe mental and/or emotional disturbances. Ms. Colvin obtained her Bachelor of Social Work in 2008 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She received her Master of Social Work in 2010, then her Master of Public in 2011 from Saint Louis University. Ms. Colvin has previously worked as a crisis intervention specialist providing suicide assessment, intervention and safety planning services to individuals in distress. She also has experience working with patients diagnosed with chronic medical illnesses and intellectual disabilities. Ms. Colvin enjoys traveling, baking and taking trips to the beach. She is also a follower of Christ whose spiritual gift is acts of service. On her platform as a helping professional, she uses Jeremiah 29:11 as her guide to provide hope and encouragement, and to help build the connection between body, mind and spirit. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Ebony Whitby, LICSW - Counselor
Charity Laister, LICSW - Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program Coordinator
Charity is a licensed clinical social worker who currently serves as our substance abuse/behavioral health coordinator in Jefferson County. She obtained her B.S. from the University of Montevallo in 2009, then went on to receive her master of social work from the University of Alabama in 2012. Prior to joining CMC in December of 2018, she worked as the lead social worker at the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office. She has more than 10 years experience in social work and has served individuals suffering with serious mental illnesses, substance use/dependence disorders and AIDS/HIV, as well as high risk maternity patients, individuals experiencing homelessness, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system. She is currently a third-year law student at the Birmingham School of Law and expects to graduate in May 2020. She plans to use her law degree to aid her in public interest and policy making. In her spare time, Charity enjoys playing basketball, as well as spending time with her husband, Doug, and their two little ones, Sarah and Douglas.
Felisha Yancey, RN - Office Manager
Felisha Yancey studied nursing at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa and joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2016 after receiving her LPN. She decided to go back to nursing school to become a registered nurse (RN) while continuing to work for CMC and was awarded an associate degree in nursing in 2018. She was then promoted and currently serves as office manager for CMC’s Bessemer office. She has a 6-year-old daughter, Kailynn, and currently resides in McCalla.
Pam Cunningham is originally from Selma, Alabama and has worked in echocardiography for 40 years. She received an associate degree in nursing from Wallace State Community College in Selma and is licensed as a cardiac ultrasound technician by Cardiovascular Credentialing International. She has completed echocardiogram preceptorship programs at both Carraway Methodist Hospital and UAB Kirkland Clinic in Birmingham, and she is also a member of the American College of Cardiology. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, flying planes and motorcycling.