Quality, comprehensive, compassionate care for everyone
John B. Waits, MD, FAAFP - Chief Executive Officer & Faculty Physician
Dr. Waits currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of Cahaba Medical Care, a Community Health Center (Federally Qualified Health Center) that started in 2004 in rural Bibb County, Alabama, and has since grown to serve with additional offices in Perry, Chilton, and Jefferson Counties. Together in 2013, he and Dr. Lacy Smith co-founded Cahaba Family Medicine Residency, where he serves as program director and DIO. He is a practicing, board-certified family medicine physician/obstetrician with active obstetric privileges at Bibb Medical Center and UAB Medical West. Dr. Waits earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He also completed an obstetrics fellowship at the University of Alabama, as well as residency training at In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has a particular interest in health care policy and how it touches women and children in terms of maternity and infant care; the rural poor; healthcare access; and the care of the uninsured and underinsured.
Dr. Smith joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2010 and worked with Dr. Waits to transition CMC into a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC), as well as assisted in co-founding Cahaba Family Medicine Residency (CFMR). She now serves as chief medical director and chief operations officer for CMC, associate program director of CFMR, and also has an active clinical practice. Originally from Montevallo, Alabama, she attended medical school at the University of Alabama, then went to residency at Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency. She has also assisted in publishing several national publications and has helped to successfully write numerous federal and state grants. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading and college football. She currently resides in Randolph with her husband, Luke, and their four daughters, Audrey, Lydia, Natalie and Ainsley.
Jamie Bishop, DO - Physician & CFMR Women's Health Fellow
Dr. Bishop grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota and earned her undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota; however, Alabama has been her home for the past several years. She received her medical degree from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. While in medical school, she rotated as a student at Cahaba Medical Care, where she was inspired to pursue a career in family medicine. She is a graduate of CFMR’s class of 2018 and recently began OB fellowship training with CMC. Outside of work, she enjoys running, swimming, cycling and spending time with her three children.
Ashley Evans, MD - Pediatrician & CFMR Faculty
Dr. Evans is a board-certified pediatrician, serving at several Cahaba Medical Care clinic locations throughout Bibb County. She earned her medical degree from UAB in 1991, then completed her residency at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham in 1994. She previously served as faculty at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences for 24 years. She is a lifelong resident of Tuscaloosa, where she enjoys spending time with her family, as well as her dogs, cats and horses.
Joshua Elledge, CRNP - Nurse Practitioner & CRNP Residency Director
Josh Elledge was born, raised and currently resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He obtained his MSN-FNP from Samford University in May 2016 and was subsequently certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. He has been married to his amazing wife, Elizabeth, since July 2012 and together they have a daughter, Zoe. "I am incredibly thankful and truly honored to serve the Centreville community with Cahaba,” he stated. “My ultimate goal is to simply love and obey the Lord God and His Son Jesus with all of my heart and in every aspect of my life. My true joy and peace in this life is found in walking with Him.” Outside of work, he enjoys playing basketball and softball, as well as anything else that allows him to stay healthy and in shape while having fun.
Hannah Faulkner is originally from Enterprise, Alabama and joined Cahaba Medical Care in June 2015. She grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and lives there currently with her wonderful husband, TJ, and her three sweet children, Caden, Carson and Kensley. She received her MSN-FNP from Samford University in 2015 and is currently certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She believes that providing care to our community is her calling from God. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, participating in community activities with her children, and spending time with friends and family.
Nikki Savage, CRNP - Nurse Practitioner
Nikki Savage was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She has worked as nurse specializing in labor and delivery for nine years. She obtained her MSN-FNP from Samford University in May 2017 and is certified through the Academy of American Nurse Practitioners. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with her daughter and animals.
Claire Ahalt, CRNP - Nurse Practitioner
Claire Ahalt was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She moved to Tuscaloosa in 2010 to attend the University of Alabama for her BSN degree, where she was also a varsity member of the cross country and track and field teams. After three years working in hematology/ oncology, she received her MSN-FNP from Samford University and joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and traveling to new places with her husband, Justin, and their coonhound, Patton.
Chasity Gibson, PA-C - Physician Assistant
Chasity Gibson, a native of Phenix City, Alabama, joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2016 and currently resides in Tuscaloosa. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2014 with a BS in psychology and biology. She then obtained her Master of Health Science in physician assistant studies at the University of South Alabama. Miss Gibson is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and playing with her dog, Hazel, as well as attending football games with friends and family.
John O. Waits, MD - General Surgery Specialist
Dr. Waits is a general surgery specialist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He graduated with honors from University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1974. With more than 43 years of diverse experience, especially in general surgery, Dr. Waits affiliates with many hospitals including DCH Regional Medical Center and Bibb Medical Center. He also coordinates with other doctors and specialists in many medical groups including Cahaba Medical Care and Surgical Specialists of Alabama.
Mark Etheridge, CRNA - Nurse Anesthetist at Bibb Medical Center
Mark Etheridge received a BSN from the University of South Alabama and a MSN in anesthesiology from the University of Alabama Birmingham. He joined Cahaba Medical Care in November 2015, providing quality anesthesia care to the community served by CMC. He stated, "I had spent the last four years practicing in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. As a person born and raised here in the south, it was an eye-opening experience. It helped to cement my view that some of the best people in this country are rural Americans." Outside of work, he enjoys mountain hiking, skiing, and motorcycling.
Tim Williams, CRNA - Nurse Anesthetist at Bibb Medical Center
Tim Williams received a BSN from Auburn University at Montgomery and completed his certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) training in Panama City, Florida. He has worked for 28 years as a CRNA throughout Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, primarily in rural hospitals. Having previously worked for Bibb Medical Center from 1999-2004, he stated, “It’s like coming back home to Bibb County. I made so many friends here.” Outside of work, he enjoys traveling with his wife, Lisa (a registered nurse), especially to visit their three children.
Millie Foster received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama in 2013 and 2014, respectively. She previously worked in both behavioral nutrition counseling and clinical nutrition in the Sevierville, Tennessee area for one year before joining Cahaba Medical Care in March 2016. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine practice group. Her professional interests include functional foods and glycomacropeptide as a dietary protein supplement. She currently sees patients at CMC’s rural locations in Centreville, Woodstock, Maplesville and Marion. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, backpacking, reading and mountain biking.
Shamari Griffin, LCSW, PIP - Counselor
Shamari Griffin joined Cahaba Medical Care in July 2016 as a licensed clinical social worker primarily responsible for providing counseling services. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012 with a Bachelor of Social Work. She then earned her Master of Social Work with a concentration in children, adolescents, and their families from the University of Alabama in 2013. She has strong roots in the Bibb County community where her maternal side of the family is originally from and where she is a member of Banks Chapel Community Church. She currently lives in Tuscaloosa and enjoys going to the beach, taking road trips, and spending time with family. She is passionate about the field of social work, helping others and being a servant of Christ.
Camille Gibson, RN - Office Manager
Candice Hathcock, RN - Labor & Delivery Nurse
Candice Hathcock was born, raised and currently resides in Centreville, Alabama and has been a registered nurse for almost eight years. She received her associate degree in nursing from Wallace State Community College in Selma in 2011, then went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2016. “I love being able to give back to the community that helped raise me. It is a great honor and privilege to serve our small community as the labor and delivery nurse and to share the experience with my patients of this very significant life change, from the very beginning of their OB care to the time they deliver,” she stated. “I enjoy working side by side with some of the most passionate and caring healthcare professionals I have ever been around.” Outside of work, Candice enjoys cooking, kayaking, camping, organizing, shopping and raising her 5-year-old daughter.
Rachel joined Cahaba Medical Care in January of 2019 and currently serves as our clinical education coordinator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1998 from Valdosta State University, located in Valdosta, Georgia. She has served in a variety of roles throughout her career as a nurse, including direct patient care, quality management, clinical administration, corporate management, marketing and program development. She and her family recently moved back to Alabama from the eastern coast of North Carolina. She has been married to her husband, Steve, for 15 years and together they have three girls - Lydia, Emma Grace and Anna Kate.
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.
Mary Richardson, RDMS - Ultrasound Technician
Pam Drummond - Ultrasound Technician
Keri Turner - X-Ray Technician
Tamara Box, LMT - Massage Therapist
Tamara Box joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2016. She received her Associate of Applied Science in therapeutic massage from Virginia College in Birmingham in 2012. Since that time, she has worked as an independent contractor for two Birmingham-area chiropractic doctors while starting up her private practice in McCalla. She is also pursuing certification for craniosacral therapy from Upledger Institute in Florida. Tamara is a manual therapist, easing the stress of emotional, physical, and mental aspects involved in a life of chronic pain or anxiety. She is interested in future research of touch therapies in modern medicine and talk therapies. She also is a big fan of community support, donating her time and energy at educational events to help raise awareness of the potential health benefits of massage therapy.