I’m from the Shoals, which is located on the Tennessee River in the northwest corner of Alabama. After highschool I spent 4 years in the Marine Corps infantry as a pointman and fireteam leader. Though I enlisted with no intentions of ever going to college, my experiences in Afghanistan showed me what life is like without healthcare and led me to pursue a career in medicine. In 2010 I left the Marine Corps to attend The University of Alabama, where I majored in Exercise Science and minored in Nutrition, Biology, and Spanish. After undergrad I attended medical school at UAB, where I discovered my passion for rural primary care and behavioral medicine. I fell in love with Cahaba as a medical student during my Family Medicine rotation in Maplesville, and was beyond thrilled when I found out I’d be coming here for residency. Outside of medicine I spend most of my time exercising and farming. Currently my wife and I live near Woodstock on a 7-acre homestead where we raise sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and honeybees. We are honored to join the Cahaba family, and look forward to serving Centreville and the surrounding communities over the years to come.
Shirin Amlani, DO - #007RB
I am from Fayetteville, GA, but really Centreville has become more of a home. I am so happy to have found a group of people who want to work for undeserved populations as much as I do. After doing most of my 3rd year medical school rotations here, I knew Cahaba was special. However, it wasn't until I explored other clinics and hospitals that I realized just how broad and encompassing my training here would be. I am excited to learn full-spectrum family medicine care that I can put to use in all resource-limited settings in the future. I am also fortunate to be learning these skills in a longitudinal curriculum, which simulates the variety of patients I will see on a day to day basis after training. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing board games, watching movies, spending time with my huge family, and trying new creative ventures.
Isaiah Matroni, DO - #007RC
I am from Huntsville, Al and grew up in Alabama. I attended the University of Alabama and received a Bachelors of Science in Biology. During undergrad at the University of Alabama, I took a course called Discovering Alabama where healthcare disparities in the state were discussed, and specifically black belt counties. I was able to travel to Centreville, Selma and other rural communities where I was able to meet the people of these communities and see the potential to help alleviate the hardships they had in obtaining medical care. During medical school I completed my third and much of my fourth year rotations in Centreville at Cahaba and was fortunate to be able to join them for my residency training. I chose Cahaba FamilyMedicine Residency program because I wanted a residency that could teach me the gambit of procedures that family medicine doctors can offer their patients as well as the ability to manage both inpatient and outpatient services in an area that may be resource limited. Another reason I chose Cahaba was because as a student, I found the longitudinal curriculum to be one of the program’s greatest strengths which helped me build and maintain my medical knowledge. My interests outside of family medicine are canoeing, backpacking, wilderness medicine, chess, fishing and guitar. I hope to one day have a medical practice serving an underserved community in Alabama.
Philip Ojeabulu, MD - #007RD
My name is Philip Ojeabulu. I am from Cordova, TN but I lived most of my life in Benin City, Nigeria. I obtained my medical degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria. As a medical student I was an active member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, student arm, where I held several leadership roles, including Missions secretary and President of the association. My time in CMDA influenced my decision to pursue training in Family Medicine. My life can be summed up in 3 words; MINISTRY (missions), MEDICINE & MUSIC. I chose Cahaba because of its longitudinal curriculum, Missions culture and the opportunity to reach the underserved. I am so excited about this great opportunity to join Cahaba and serve the people of this loving community. I enjoy spending time with my family, Medical Missions, serving at my local Church, singing and writing songs and playing soccer.
Tyler Rushforth, DO - #007RE
I grew up in Bountiful, Utah and attended Weber State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science. After completing my undergraduate degree, I headed to medical school at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. As I went through the process of applying for and interviewing at medical schools, I never really thought I would end up in the south. However, during my interview at ACOM, I felt that this was where God wanted me to be. It did not take long for me to fall in love with the south and its beauty, culture and people. My love for underserved, rural family medicine is what pulled me to Cahaba MFR, as I felt that the longitudinal curriculum at Cahaba would prepare me best to succeed in giving quality care to those in underserved/rural areas. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, singing, cooking, exploring the outdoors, playing LEGOs with my nephew and anything DISNEY!
Keith Do, MD - #006RA
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 - #006RB
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 - #006RC
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 - #006RD
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 - #006RE
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 - #005RA
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 - #005RB
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 - #005RC
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 - #005RD
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 - #004
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.