I come to Cahaba FMR from nearby Montgomery, Alabama. Over the years, I have received several degrees from Auburn University Montgomery including a B.S.B.A. in Information Systems in 2004, a M.B.A. in 2009, and a B.S. in Biology and Accounting in 2013. I spent a number of years in public safety and the software industry before attending medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. I love the variety that Cahaba’s longitudinal curriculum provides as well as having opportunities to serve the underserved, both locally and internationally. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family, being involved at church, playing the piano, and running.
Jasmine Heard, DO
I am from Gadsden, Alabama. I obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology from Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama and a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. During my time in Florida, I worked as a health advisor at a wellness organization before beginning medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia Campus. After completing several rotations at Cahaba Medical Care as a medical student, I saw firsthand how Family Medicine physicians can impact the community. I am excited to join Cahaba Medical Care and look forward to being of service. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and friends.
Whitney Hudman, MD
I am a local to the Cahaba area as I grew up in Chilton County, where my grandparents are peach farmers. My interest in medicine was sparked as a child when I had spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis. I began my path in medicine at UAB, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2010 and a Master's degree in Public Health in 2013. I then pre-matriculated as a Rural Medical Scholar at the University of Alabama, and returned to Birmingham to complete medical school at UASOM. Now, I am getting back to my rural roots in residency at Cahaba! This program was the perfect choice for me to pursue my passion for rural medicine, but it was especially perfect after the Urban track joined the team. Since Birmingham was the site for the majority of my education, it is like my second home. I am excited about the Urban track's mission to support the community of Birmingham with a spiritual presence. I am hopeful about the future and the impact that both the Rural and Urban Tracks will have on their communities, with their mission being in line with my passion of serving the underserved, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Cahaba family when these exciting changes are happening. In my free time, I like to play with my Blue Heeler, Layla, and crochet clothes and toys for my niece, Evie.
Mya Stayton, DO
I am from the great city of St. Louis, Missouri with strong ties to Alabama from my years of schooling. I graduated from Tuskegee University, where I was a Tuskegee Merit Scholar earning degrees with Summa cum laude distinction in Biology & Chemistry. With a love for food and community education, I completed a master’s degree in Food & Nutrition Science with a thesis concentration of “Chemopreventatitve effects of Portulaca Oleracea in 1,2 dimethylhydrazine cancer induced mice.” Cahaba FMR was a perfect fit for me because she desired a full-spectrum family medicine program with great people, strong didactics, and a community in need. It was a bonus for me that “Cahaba trains doctors in every facet including ultrasound, extensive procedures, with vast OB exposure….it felt like a match made in heaven.” When I have time she enjoys traveling, time with family, dining at various restaurants, shopping, and do-it-yourself projects. My greatest accomplishment is being a recipient of the “Words of Wisdom” award from Maya Angelou. I continue to strive everyday to be better with a goal of creating a legacy to leave behind for others to surpass.
Julia Todd, DO
I am from Birmingham, AL. I chose Cahaba FMR because I believed it was the intersection of the training that would make me the physician I’ve always envisioned myself becoming and being able to stay close to home. I grew up admiring doctors who were able to treat anyone in the family, do most office procedures themselves, and who became a part of the community they served. Also, having my parents raise my siblings and me to have a strong sense of family is something that has become my personal philosophy. I found all of these qualities at Cahaba: excellence in medical training, service, support and family. Outside of medicine, I enjoy writing, singing karaoke, hitting the road, spending time with my family, attending church service, and anything involving animals.
Brooke Carroll, MD
Dr. Carroll is originally from Camden, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Auburn University with a major in Biomedical Sciences. She received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Her interests include spending time with family, Auburn football, and going to the beach.
Jeffrey Weeks, DO
Dr. Weeks, though originally from the Midwest, has lived around the lovely state of Alabama for the better part of the last 30 years. He obtained a B.S. in Health Administration and an M.B.A. from Auburn University. He graduated from the medical school at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. He chose family medicine because he wanted to be able to take care of his patients through each stage in their life and he enjoys taking care of the medical needs of entire families. He spends his time away from work with his loving wife and two amazing daughters. When time allows, he enjoys scuba diving and playing racquetball.
Christine Whiten, DO
Dr. Whiten is from the town of Trussville, AL one of the suburbs surrounding Birmingham. She went to undergraduate school at Huntington College in Montgomery, AL. There she was a member of the Huntington Hawks Volleyball Team all 4 years while majoring in Biochemistry. She completed her BA from Huntington College in 2011. She attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus and graduated in May of 2017. During one of her required rotations at CMC she fell in love with the idea of practicing full scope rural family medicine (and of coarse the people at Cahaba). Her hobbies include playing volleyball, biking, hosting/attending game nights, watching movies and Alabama Football (Roll Tide), listening to music, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
John Wright, DO
Dr. Wright is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Technology from Purdue University and is a graduate of Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. He was active in ROTC as an undergraduate and served as an officer in the US Army for five years before pursuing medicine. He loves Jesus Christ and is passionate about serving others through primary care. Dr. Wright has a special interest in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment—a hands-on approach used to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal pain. Outside of medicine, his interests include the outdoors, black coffee, movie soundtracks and good fellowship with friends.
Sumayah Abed, MD
Dr. Abed is originally from Iraq where she completed medical school at the University of Mosul. She then moved to Jordan where she volunteered as a General Practitioner at a refugee camp. Later, she moved to Qatar and completed an OB/GYN residency program in affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College - Qatar. In 2012, she came with her family to Alabama as her husband began working at Children's of Alabama. Dr. Abed volunteered in family medicine practices in Alabama before joining Cahaba Medical Care. She enjoys spending time with her 3 children, cooking, sewing and traveling.
Nicholas Darby, MD
Dr. Darby was raised in Florence, in the corner of northwest Alabama. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee with a major in Biochemistry and minors in Music and Spanish. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine as both a Rural Medical Scholar and a Dean’s Primary Care Health Scholar. His Christian faith is the cornerstone of his life and actions, and he is passionate about serving Christ through both rural primary care and international medical missions. He is thankful that God brought him to Cahaba, as the driving idea and curriculum behind Cahaba are the perfect embodiment of his aspirations and create the perfect place for him to live out these aspirations now and train for his future. Dr. Darby is married to his wonderful wife that has supported him throughout this educational journey, along with their three fur children. He also loves music, fishing, and fitness.
Shoaib Y. Mahmood, MD
Dr. Mahmood is originally from Northern California. He received his Bachelor’s degree from University of San Francisco with major in Accounting and minor in Chemistry/Pre-health Sciences. Upon graduating Dr. Mahmood spent some time in the corporate world while earning his CPA certification. He left his corporate job in order to pursue his dream of becoming a physician. Dr. Mahmood received his medical degree from Windsor University School of Medicine. He completed his two years of clinical rotations in Chicago, IL. While attending medical school Dr. Mahmood continued to enhance his business knowledge by enrolling into a MBA degree program. When not working he enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching and playing sports (basketball, football, baseball, and cricket).
Edward Williams, MD
Dr. Williams is originally from Mobile, Alabama. His undergraduate degree was completed at The University of Alabama and his medical degree was completed at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts. While in school he worked as an archery technician and a medical assistant. His interests include hunting, fitness, football, and rural health.