Quality, comprehensive, compassionate care for everyone
Shelley Waits, MD - Physician, CFMR Faculty & OB Fellowship Director
Dr. Waits is originally from Texarkana, Texas and joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2013. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed her residency at Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency, followed by an obstetrics fellowship through the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She started her journey with CMC in Centreville, helping to grow the CFMR program from its first year and staffing the first rural labor and delivery to reopen in the state of Alabama in over 30 years. She transitioned to CMC’s West End clinic in the fall of 2017 where she sees family medicine and obstetrics patients and currently serves as CFMR faculty and fellowship director of CMC’s OB fellowship program. She also continues to work shifts in the Emergency Department at Bibb Medical Center and has active obstetric privileges at Bibb Medical Center, UAB Medical West and Princeton Baptist Hospital. Her professional interests include women’s health and teaching, and in her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, running, traveling and music.
Jeremy Crider, MD - Physician & CFMR Urban Track Director
Dr. Crider grew up in Monroe, Louisiana. He attended medical school at LSU - New Orleans and completed an internal medicine internship at LSU - Baton Rouge. Subsequently, he and his wife, Robin, moved to Memphis, Tennessee to join the inaugural class of the Christ Community Underserved and International residency tract. Realizing his passion for graduate medical education, he ultimately became the program director at Resurrection Health Family Medicine Residency in Memphis until its closing in 2018. Dr. Crider then joined the Cahaba Medical Care family to continue caring for patients in an underserved urban community and to help develop CFMR’s urban track, where he currently serves as urban track director. In his spare time, he enjoys discipleship, camping and canoeing with his family, cooking large quantities of well seasoned food, and LSU athletics.
Adam Ross, MD - Physician & CFMR Faculty
Dr. Ross grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee and completed his undergraduate studies with a degree in biology and chemistry from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He then returned to his home state to attend medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. During his time in Memphis, he was inspired to become a family physician to care for poor and marginalized patients. He completed his residency training, then joined the faculty at Resurrection Health Family Medicine in Memphis, where he served until the program joined forces with CFMR and moved to Birmingham in 2018. His professional interests include musculoskeletal medicine, clinical ultrasound and hospital medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys being outdoors, especially in the mountains where his favorite activity is whitewater kayaking. He is married to his amazing wife, Sarah, and together they have two wild and fun little boys, Luke and Daniel.
Dakota Price, MD - Physician & CFMR Faculty
Dr. Price grew up in Elk City, Oklahoma. He attended medical school at University of Oklahoma COM and then completed his residency training at Resurrection Health Family Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee. His professional interests include HIV care and community health. He remains passionate about addressing health disparities that exist today and feels a strong calling from God to continue to serve the marginalized amongst us. He currently serves as a physician at CMC - West End and faculty for Cahaba Family Medicine Residency.
Austin Klint, MD - Physician & CFMR Faculty
Dr. Klint was born and raised in Michigan and attended medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. He completed his residency training at Christ Community/Resurrection Health Family Medicine Residency where the heavy focus on international/inpatient/emergency medicine helped foster his special interest in emergency medicine, procedures, post-traumatic counseling and underserved international medicine. His love of teaching brought him to Cahaba to participate in the training of the family medicine residents, and his love of God leads him to serve the hurting here in Alabama and around the world.
Jenny Kendall, MD - Physician & CFMR-OB Faculty
Dr. Kendall grew up in Circleville, a small town south Columbus, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate degree at Morehead State University in Kentucky, then attended medical school at Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia where she decided to pursue family medicine. She completed family medicine residency training in Ventura, California, followed by an OB fellowship at Santa Clara Hospital in San Jose. She currently serves as a physician at CMC - West End, as well as family medicine/OB faculty for CFMR’s Urban Track.
Ernestine Clements, DO - Physician & CFMR Faculty
Dr. Clements was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and knew from the time she was a little girl that she wanted to be a physician. She attended undergrad at Tennessee State University on a full academic scholarship where she majored in biology. She then received a master’s degree in public health and certificate in international global health studies from UAB. She earned her medical degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. She is a 2018 graduate of Cahaba Family Medicine Residency and now serves as a physician at CMC - West End, as well as family medicine faculty for CFMR. Her professional interests include women’s health, HIV care and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Personally, she enjoys singing, dancing, painting, reading and theatre.
Jennifer Platt, PA-C - Physician Assistant
Jennifer Platt joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2015 and is a primary care provider at our clinic in West End. Originally from Branford, Connecticut, she attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she completed a BS in pharmaceutical sciences, graduating summa cum laude in 2013. She then went on to attend Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut where she earned her Master of Health Science with a focus in physician assistant studies. She was awarded the Bruce Fichandler Community Service Award, which recognized her commitment to serving both rural and urban communities in the U.S. and abroad. Her professional interests include gynecology and oral health.
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.”
Charity Laister, LICSW - Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health 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.
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.
Veronica McDonald, RN - Office Manager
Veronica was born in Kansas City, Kansas, but was raised in West End. She joined the Cahaba family in 2018 and is passionate about the mission and vision of the organization. She is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience in various aspects of healthcare. With a distinct interest in community health, Veronica became a master trainer in chronic disease self-management training through Stanford University and a master trainer in TeamSTEPPS through The Area for Research and Quality for office and inpatient settings. She was trained as a care transitions intervention coach by the founder, Eric Coleman, MD, PhD, himself. Her purpose is to ensure that women and young girls walk, live and breathe in a way that speaks to their God-given purpose. Her motto is: “Your past is powerless to stop the purpose and plan of God, so always believe, even when you can't see.”