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Psychiatrists

Sandra Parker, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Parker graduated from the University of Alabama in 1982 with an honors degree in biology. She attended medical school and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Alabama-School of Medicine in Birmingham. Parker completed her fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for the Health Sciences in Little Rock. As a second year resident, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Resident Award, and as a fellow, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Child Fellow Award. Parker is dual certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. During her tenure at AltaPointe, the organization has grown from 300 employees to more than 1,450 employees. In addition to her role as AltaPointe’s medical director, she is vice-chair and associate professor for the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Parker has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career. She is the president of the Alabama Hospital Psychiatric Association and past president of the Mobile Bay Psychiatric Association, a local chapter of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2007, she was named an Alabama Health Care Hero by the Alabama Hospital Association. She was appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley to serve as a member of the Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, a position she still holds. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in the USA College of Allied Health Professions, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and in the USA College of Nursing. Parker has served as a member of the USA Center for Healthy Communities Advisory Committee. Past appointments include the Mercy Medical Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Transitional Task Force on Healthcare, and the Mobile Ballet Board of Directors. Her major psychiatric interests are in the fields of autism related disorders, health care disparities and telepsychiatry.

Luke Engeriser, MD
Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Engeriser attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, where he was a recipient of an NIH research grant in Molecular Biology and Environmental Pathology. His psychiatry residency training was at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. During his final year of residency, Dr. Engeriser received the Al Glass Award, the military's highest psychiatry resident research award, for his paper exploring the psychological effects of warfare. Dr. Engeriser served an additional three years in the Army at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he held the position of Chief, Department of Behavioral Health. After separating from the Army, Dr. Engeriser was the Medical Director of the Mid-Coast Mental Health Center/PenBay Psychiatry in Rockland, Maine. Before attending medical school, he completed a Master of Arts in Divinity at the University of Chicago in the History of Religions and he worked as a teacher of English at the Teacher Training College in Torun, Poland. Dr. Engeriser has served the past ten years on the Executive Council of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association, currently serving as President, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Engeriser received the Red Sash Award from the USA medical student classes of 2013, 2014, and 2016 for making significant contributions to their medical education, and he was awarded the American Psychiatric Association Assembly Resident-Fellow Section Mentor Award in 2014.

Marianne Saitz, DO, MPH
Assistant Medical Director of Outpatient Services

Dr. Saitz is originally from Pittsburgh, Penn. She received a master's of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University in 1996 and graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. She graduated from her Adult Psychiatry training at East Carolina University in 2004. She is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Saitz is the assistant medical director of outpatient services at AltaPointe Health. Prior to this, she was the assistant medical director of community mental health and the medical director for the methadone clinic at AltaPointe. Saitz is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She is board-certified in addiction medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

William Billett, MD

Dr. Billett attended a six-year combined BS/MD program at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1987. He spent one year in general surgery at SUNY Stony Brook, and then completed psychiatry residency at University of Florida where his training emphasized biological psychiatry but was also well rounded. Billett was Board Certified in General Adult Psychiatry in 1992. He has a strong clinical background and has had 16 years post graduate practice experience. During his career, Billett has treated patients in a variety of settings including private practice, acute care hospital units, consultation and liaison, nursing homes, state hospitals, and community mental health based outpatient clinics. Interests currently are focused on anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. Outside work, he is interested in aviation and is a private pilot. Billett is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Julie Bernstein, DO

Julie Bernstein, DO, joined AltaPointe Health in 2016 after earning her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a psychiatric residency at the University of South Alabama (USA).  Bernstein graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Shawnee State University in 2006. While at USA Bernstein had the opportunity to serve as chief resident to the General Psychiatry program and was invited to stay on as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow.  She took part in policy development as the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Evaluation Committee resident representative.  Upon successful completion of her residency, Bernstein became a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

 

 

 

Mary E. Cohen-Colson, MD

Dr. Cohen-Colson joined AltaPointe’s Department of Psychiatric Services in 2013. Cohen-Colson earned her medical degree from Penn State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Delaware. She also attended the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Va. After medical school, Cohen-Colson completed a combined internal medicine/psychiatry residency at the University of Virginia. She previously worked as outpatient psychiatrist with the Lakeview Center in Pensacola, Fla., and was medical director of the medical/geriatric psychiatric unit at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Miss. Cohen-Colson also was an inpatient psychiatrist at the Biloxi Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an outpatient psychiatrist at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Penn. Her interests are in geriatrics and psychosomatic medicine.

Edgar W. Finn, MD

Dr. Finn joined AltaPointe as a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in the summer of 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham before going on to earn a medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Finn completed residency training in general psychiatry at UAB and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and child/adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbilt where he was selected chief fellow his second year. He is board-certified in child/adolescent psychiatry. Following residency training and fellowship, Finn worked at the Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham as a staff psychiatrist of the Vaughan Psychiatric Service. He is a member of the Alabama Medicaid Physician's Advisory Committee. Before joining AltaPointe, Finn served as medical director at Glenwood, Inc. in Birmingham. His professional experience has led to a primary interest in autism and other developmental disorders. Finn has three adult children and seven precious grandchildren. Finn is a USA College of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.

Jessica Grimes, DO

Jessica Grimes, D.O., joined AltaPointe as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in March 2021. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and minored in biology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She graduated cum laude and was inducted into order of the gownsmen, an honor society. She earned her doctorate from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. Dr. Grimes completed a traditional rotating internship through WVSOM at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, KY and completed residency training in psychiatry at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. While in residency, she earned a master’s degree in medical education from LECOM. She completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville.

Maria Hamilton, MD

Maria Hamilton, M.D., graduated from Spring Hill College Cum Laude with an honors degree in biology. She attended and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine. Hamilton completed her residency training and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry from USA as well. During her residency, she received the Narahari Award, an award given to the student who achieves the top score on the PRITE. She is board-certified in child/adolescent psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Hamilton began working at AltaPointe Health during her fellowship training and has officially joined the medical team full-time in summer 2018.

Adrianne Lona, MD

Dr. Adrianne Lona is a board-certified adult psychiatrist as well as child and adolescent psychiatrist. She joined AltaPointe Health treating patients through telehealth services at the BayView Professional Associates Fairhope location. She attended the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois earning bachelor’s degrees in Public Policy and Biology.  She earned her master’s degree in Physiology from the Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana, and her doctorate from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Lona completed an internship and her residency at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Boston, Massachusetts. She completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, California. She is licensed and certified in several states and is a diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for adults as well as child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Lona has treated patients of all ages including geriatric patients. She has worked in emergency departments administering crisis care.  She is fluent in Spanish and has provided bilingual and bicultural care including medication management. Dr. Lona has also worked with adults incarcerated in maximum security prisons at all levels including special needs units and death row.

Lori Lowthert, MD

Dr. Lowthert joined AltaPointe as an adult psychiatrist in 2017. She earned her medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She completed residency training in adult psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry of the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in chronic mental illness research through the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Lowthert comes to AltaPointe after working for the past five years for the University of Connecticut Correctional Managed Healthcare system, providing psychiatric services to male inmates in the Connecticut Department of Corrections, during incarceration and transition back to the community. She is board certified in adult psychiatry. Her professional interests include community psychiatry, treatment of severe and persistent mental illness, and forensic psychiatry.

 

J. Clint Moore, DO

J. Clint Moore, DO, joined BayPointe Hospital as a child psychiatrist on the inpatient unit. A familiar face to many, Moore did his internship with AltaPointe through the University of South Alabama Department of Psychiatry in 2012 and has moonlighted in both child and adult units since that time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in applied psychology from the University of South Alabama. Moore attended medical school at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Pikeville where he served as class president. During his residency training at the USA, he served as chief resident and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Moore has served on the executive council for the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association and, while a resident, he served for several years on the Medical Association of the State of Alabama Board of Censors. He is board certified in general psychiatry.

Praveen Narahari, MD

Dr. Narahari received his medical degree from NTR University of Health Sciences - Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India in 2005. He also earned a master’s degree in community nutrition (MS) from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond in 2008. Later, Narahari volunteered as a research assistant at the University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry before beginning his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of South Alabama in 2009. He served as chief resident of psychiatry during his fourth year of residency at the University of South Alabama. Narahari also served on the Graduate Medical Education Committee as a member-in-training representative at the University of South Alabama. His special interests are in the area of biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology. Narahari speaks English, Hindi, and Telugu. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He is board-certified in addiction medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Kenny Perez, MD

Dr. Perez joined AltaPointe Health to provide telehealth services to patients. He is a double board-certified psychiatrist, with extensive training in psychotherapy. Dr. Perez completed his Adult Psychiatry residency at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at The University of Miami.

Candace Perry, MD

Candace Perry, MD, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Perry earned a bachelor’s in English and biology from Agnes Scott College in Georgia. She completed her psychiatry residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine where she served as the associate chief resident of education, and supervised junior residents in weekly chief’s resident’s clinic. Perry is board-certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. She joined AltaPointe via the Department of Veteran Affairs where she was a staff psychiatrist.

Since joining AltaPointe in 2015, Dr. Perry has worked with the EastPointe Hospital Involuntary Unit.

Miriam Sevilla Saez-Benito, MD
Miriam Sevilla

Miriam Sevilla Saez-Benito, M.D., will be counseling patients via the AltaPointe Health teleheath program. She is originally from Cuba, and completed her medical degree at the University of Granada, Spain. She completed her general/adult psychiatry and neurology training at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Richmond Hill, New York. Sevilla completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham where she was chief resident during her senior year of training.

Sevilla is dual-board certified in general/adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry and neurology. She has served as associate/assistant professor of psychiatry at UAB and the University of South Alabama College of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry.

Sean Sinclair, MD

Sean Sinclair, MD, joined AltaPointe as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in July 2018. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cell biology from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, and graduated summa cum laude and was named valedictorian. He earned his doctorate from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and received the Excellence in Psychiatry Award, given to one graduating medical student who through scholarship, patient care, motivation and interaction with faculty and house staff, has demonstrated excellence in psychiatry. Sinclair completed residency training and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the USA Department of Psychiatry. He has worked at AltaPointe since 2016 in inpatient care with both children and adults, and most recently in telehealth services helping to provide coverage to underserved surrounding community health centers.

Christina Talerico, MD

Christina Talerico, M.D., graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She continued her studies at the USA College of Medicine, and graduated with her medical degree in 2012. She completed her residency training and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry from USA as well. Talerico began working at AltaPointe Health during her fellowship training and has officially joined the medical team full-time in summer 2018. She is board-certified in general psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

Nurse Practitioners

Taiye Ajayi, PMHNP, FNP-C

Taiye Ajayi is a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She attended and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Coastal Community College, Brewton, Alabama. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Ajayi graduated from the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in nursing with a specialization in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner.  Currently, she is completing her Doctor of Nursing practice degree at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

She joined AltaPointe Health as a PRN registered nurse at EastPointe Hospital after working as a registered nurse in an emergency department of a regional hospital for several years. Ajayi has over five years of nursing experience in inpatient and psychiatric emergency services for psychiatric patients.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Ilorin, Nigeria. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). Ajayi is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.​​

Jeff Barker, CRNP

Jeff Barker joined AltaPointe Health in 2013 as a registered nurse and became a Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2016. Barker earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of South Alabama. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communications from Lamar University. Currently, Barker is working on his doctor of nursing practice degree at the University of South Alabama. He has worked across AltaPointe’s continuum of care including weekend house supervisor at EastPointe Hospital and nursing coordinator at BayPointe Hospital. Barker is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Previously, Barker spent nine years working as a television news anchor and reporter.

Keri Barr, CRNP

Keri Barr, CRNP has joined AltaPointe working in adult outpatient services. Barr received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), Hattiesburg. She was awarded the Master of Science in Nursing Award from the USM College of Nursing for her graduate program and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau honor society. Barr is a board certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Prior to obtaining her nurse practitioner certification in 2015, she was a psychiatric nurse for eighteen years working at East Mississippi State Hospital (EMSH) in Meridian. During those years, she worked as a charge nurse, nurse educator, and nursing supervisor. Barr continued to work for EMSH after becoming a nurse practitioner.  She has worked with inpatient, involuntarily court-committed adults with severe mental illness as well as clients having dual-diagnosis mental illness/Intellectual Developmental disorders.

Dolores Bray, CRNP

Dolores Bray, CRNP joined AltaPointe Health in 2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on community mental health from the University of South Alabama in 1996 and is a 1976 graduate of the Mastin School of Nursing. Bray earned her post masters in Family Psychiatric Nursing in 2005. She is Board certified thru the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the recipient of the National Health Service Corporation Scholarship. Bray is a member of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association.

John Hayes, CRNP

John Hayes, CRNP, joined AltaPointe Health in 2007. Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in family mental health from the University of South Alabama. He has worked across AltaPointe’s continuum of care including the following positions: director of nursing for BayPointe Children’s Hospital, adult outpatient services, and AltaPointe’s adult acute care psychiatric facility EastPointe. Hayes is a member of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Maggie Kellar, CRNP

Maggie Kellar, CRNP, joined AltaPointe in 2017 as a registered nurse at EastPointe Hospital, where she served as staff nurse and fill-in/weekend nurse coordinator.  Since then, she has earned a master’s in nursing from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and received her board-certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in June 2020 as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).  Kellar received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of South Alabama, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.  She is a member of the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association.

Mary Lee, CRNP

Mary Lee, CRNP, joined AltaPointe in 2017 as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She earned bachelor’s degrees in physical education and in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also earned a master’s in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Lee comes to AltaPointe via the VA Medical Center in Birmingham where she completed a post-graduate residency. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army and currently serves in the Army Reserve as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Lee is a board certified mental health nurse and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA).

 

Traci Morrow, FNP, PMHNP

Traci Morrow, FNP, PMHNP has joined AltaPointe and will be working in our Sylacauga Region. She is a graduate of Auburn University School of Nursing.  Her background is emergency medicine, and labor and delivery.  She obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), School of Nursing in 2006.  She most recently served 14 years at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, as the director of nursing and FNP, caring for the health needs of over 400 sensory-impaired children and adults from across the state.  Morrow also has a background in inpatient geriatric psychiatry and completed her second master’s degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in 2016 from UAB.  She is dual-certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center as an FNP and PMHNP.

Jeanette Mortara, CRNP

Jeanette Mortara, CRNP, has more than 20 years of psychiatric nursing experience and four years’ experience as a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.  Mortara joined AltaPointe Health in April 2014.  She was previously employed at Baldwin County Mental Health Center.  Mortara earned a  bachelor's and master’s in nursing from the University of South Alabama College of Nursing.

She serves as the AltaPointe Health psychiatric nurse practitioner for Foley and surrounding area,  provides telehealth for Sylacauga adult outpatient clinics and cares for patients of Eastpointe Hospital.

Mortara is a board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) mental health nurse and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.  She is an active member and attends conferences of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI).  Mortara is involved in local, state and national policy-making advocating nurse practitioner role and standards of care.

Patricia Reed, CRNP

Patricia Reed, CRNP, originally joined AltaPointe Health in 2013 as a PRN registered nurse at EastPointe Hospital. She was promoted to RN supervisor on the crisis residential unit and held that position for three years. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and an associate’s degree in allied health, both from Faulkner State Community College, Bay Minette. In 2015, Reed earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She left EastPointe in 2016 to pursue her master’s degree in nursing through the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She returned to AltaPointe in 2018 dually-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). Reed is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.  She works primarily at BayView Professional Associates in Fairhope, and also moonlights at AltaPointe’s two psychiatric hospitals as a medical provider. She has critical care, hospice, and correctional nursing experience.

Tabbata Rivers CRNP, FNP-C

Tabbata Rivers CRNP, FNP-C earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. She worked at the University of South Alabama Medical Center while she earned her master’s of science in nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has nursing inpatient experience in orthopedics, med-surg, oncology and critical care, as well as outpatient asthma, allergy and immunology. She is currently an active member or AANP and Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association (BANPA).

Alicia Todd, CRNP

Alicia Todd, CRNP, joined Altapointe Health in 2017. She has over 17 years of experience in nursing. She is a graduate of Bishop State Community College with an associate’s degree in nursing, and the University of Mobile with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. Alicia graduated from the University of Alabama with a master’s of science in nursing with specialization in the dual nurse practitioner concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

Patricia Meier Tyler, CRNP

Patricia Meier Tyler, CRNP, joined AltaPointe Health in 2020. She is a 1994 graduate of The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and a 1999 graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham with a master’s degree in Nursing.   She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has over 20 years of experience treating adults and children with psychiatric illnesses.  She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association.

PAs

Alyssa Hollingsworth, PA-C

Alyssa Hollingsworth PA-C has joined AltaPointe Health working in adult outpatient services. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Mobile. She earned her physician assistant certification and master’s in health science from the University of South Alabama. She is certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of both the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants.

Cheri Livingston, RPA-C
Cheri Livingston

Cheri Livingston, RPA-C, earned a bachelor’s degree and physician’s assistant certification from Long Island University, The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. Livingston has worked for Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan in the surgery department with both general surgery and orthopedic surgery teams. In New York, she also has experience in family medicine and nursing homes. Before joining AltaPointe, she worked at IPC: The Hospitalist Company in Mobile. Livingston is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and holds an Alabama Physician License.

Primary Care

Ashlen Aggen, M.D.

Ashlen Aggen, M.D., has joined Accordia Health as a family medicine physician. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She continued her studies at the University of South Alabama - College of Medicine, graduating with a medical degree in 2015, and completing her residency training in family medicine in June 2018.

During her residency, Aggen showed leadership initiative spearheading the introduction of the Patient Advisory Board on Clinic Policy program and Reach Out and Read; programs aimed at providing the best care and opportunities for patients. She was also chosen as the Chief Resident for the 2017-2018 year, and received the Program Director’s Award in June 2018; an award given to the graduating resident who exhibits qualities of exemplary patient care, demonstrates leadership, displays a commitment to the community, contributes to scholarly activity and is dedicated to the specialty of Family Medicine.

 

Brian Gavan, M.D.

Brian Gavan, M.D. is originally from Phoenix, AZ.  He attended Arizona State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. Dr. Gavan obtained his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences on St. Kitts and Nevis.  He moved to Mobile for his Pediatric residency at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital.  During residency, he fell in love with Mobile and spent an extra year at the University of South Alabama as Chief Medical Resident.  Following his Chief year, he signed on as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University Hospital.

Rajesh Gujjula, MD

Rajesh Gujjula, M.D. has joined AltaPointe's primary care division, Accordia Health in Bayou La Batre. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Vikas Junior College in Guntur, India, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Kakatiya Medical College in Warangal, India. Dr. Gujjula completed his residency in Family Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Science Center – Shreveport in Monroe, Louisiana.  He has more than six years of experience in primary care and wound care. He has also worked in both the urgent care and inpatient settings.  He is board-certified in Family Medicine.

 

 

Kathy Hintz, MHS, PA-C

Kathy Hintz, MHS, PA-C, is a nationally certified family practice physician assistant with a passion for pediatrics. She completed physician assistant training at the University of South Alabama in 2001, earning a master’s degree in health science. In 1996, she graduated from Judson College in Marion, Ala. There, she majored in biology with a minor in chemistry and marine science. While Hintz has many years of family practice experience, she has cared mainly for children for the last five years. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants.

Emily Mims, CRNP

Emily Mims, CRNP, joined AltaPointe's primary care division, Accordia Health in Rockford, November 2019. Mims earned her bachelor’s of nursing from Samford University and a master’s in nursing from the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. Mims is board certified in the State of Alabama and received her national certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Mims’ background includes work in urgent and primary care settings.

Tanya Rowell, CRNP

Tanya Rowell, CRNP, joined Accordia Health, AltaPointe’s primary care division in July 2018. Rowell earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She earned a master’s in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner focus from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Rowell is board certified as a CRNP in Alabama, and she also has national certification through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has more than 20 years of nursing experience working with patients in both intensive inpatient settings and outpatient programs.

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