Fort Mitchell Clinic

FMC Exterior BEST June 14Welcome to Fort Mitchell Clinic in Fort Mitchell, AL

We promise the very best in pediatrics. Our physicians are honored to be trusted partners in your child’s medical care from birth through 18.

Family medicine is coming this Fall! We look forward to seeing adult patients beginning October 1, 2014.

We accept most insurance, including Tricare Prime and Standard. Many military families say that Fort Mitchell Clinic is truly their “medical home away from home.”

With Fort Mitchell Clinic, you can request to see the same doctor each time. Many parents and children love building a relationship with a physician through the years.  We know how hectic life can be, especially for working parents. That’s why we always offer same day sick appointments and minimal wait times–we promise to get you in and out within 1 hour at each visit!  Fort Mitchell Clinic patients may also make  appointments at our Phenix City office on Saturdays, where we are open from 9-1 to accommodate sick kids.

Please rest assured that that your child is in capable and caring hands with Fort Mitchell Clinic. We always welcome parents’ questions in order to help you make informed decisions about your child’s health. Please explore our Physician’s Blog section of the website if you have any questions about a particular topic, or feel free to ask one of our knowledgeable doctors at your next visit. Also, please connect with Fort Mitchell Clinic on Facebook, Google Plus and Youtube to get the latest news and information.

Not convinced we are the medical home for you? Give us a try! We look forward to exceeding your expectations.

If you’d like to register your child as a patient, please call us today at (334) 664-1960, or at (334)-664-0463 ext. 325.


Ritu Chandra, M.D.

Dr. Chandra is the founder of the group. In 2007 she started Phenix City Children’s in Phenix City, AL. She also founded Fort Mitchell Clinic in January of 2012.

Dr. Chandra grew up in India, her father being a senior officer in the Indian Army and her mother a homemaker and national level swimmer. She went to medical school at one of the top five medical schools in India and graduated as a medical doctor at the age of 21 years. She was simultaneously commissioned as a medical officer in the Indian army. In 1993, she was awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation, which goes to a handful of men and women in uniform.

Dr. Chandra completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, New York. She is board-certified in pediatrics, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In addition to her pediatric practice, Dr. Chandra is an assistant clinical professor at Mercer University School of Medicine and Georgia Health Sciences University. She is also faculty for training Physician Assistant students from University of Alabama in Birmingham and from University of South Alabama in Mobile. She has hospital privileges at the The Midtown Medical Center in Columbus and at the Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital in Phenix City.

Her special areas of interest are in newborn care, asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety and school related problems. Besides her role as a pediatrician, she is an advocate for the children in our community and she stays actively involved with the Phenix City schools, Russell county schools and Smith Station schools. Dr. Chandra is also involved in advocacy for children’s health issues at the state level. She is an active clinical researcher and has been a principal investigator for pediatric research studies.

Awards and Recognitions: In 2012, the Phenix City Education Foundation presented Dr. Chandra with a “Special Recognition Award” for her contributions towards the children in the Phenix City Schools. In 2012 and 2013, she received the Reader’s Choice Award by the Columbus Ledger Enquirer. The Chamber of Commerce recognized her with the ‘Small Business of the Year Award” in 2009. She has also been recognized for her contribution by the Phenix City Headstart. In 2012, sFort Mitchell Clinic was recognized as a bronze sponsor by MWR for providing outstanding support to soldiers and their families. She has been formally recognized as a Partner in Education with Lakewood Primary School, Lakewood Elementary School, Mount Olive Primary School and Mount Olive Intermediate School for 2013-2014.

Dr Chandra is very committed to community pediatrics; in 2012 she was awarded the prestigious CATCH grant by the American Academy of Pediatrics to research barriers that keep children from having a pediatric medical home. She is also the recipient of several scholarships from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For the last 4 years Dr. Chandra has served on the Health Advisory Committee of the Phenix City Headstart and she serves on the Board of Care Network of East Alabama. She is also the chair of the Nominating Committee of the Alabama Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Chandra’s personal interests include traveling, cooking, ballroom dancing, roller skating, sailing, white-water rafting and hiking. She was part of a Round-the-World Sailing expedition,
sailing on a 32-foot yacht. She lives in Phenix City with her husband and her three-year old daughter.

Shilpa Vernekar, M.D.

Dr. Vernekar says the ability to care for patients during the purest and most innocent stage of their lives puts a smile on her face every day.

“Unlike adult patients, children cannot tell you where they hurt or why; the doctor must interpret their screams and sighs with an observant eye and a careful ear,” she says. “This challenge is why I became a pediatrician.”

Dr. Vernekar joined Phenix City Children’s in November of 2011. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a board-certified pediatrician. Her special areas of interest include weight management and nutrition. She works as an assistant professor at the Mercer University School of Medicine and Georgia Health Sciences University. Dr. Vernekar has full hospital privileges in the Columbus Regional Healthcare System.

Dr. Vernekar completed her medical schooling at Seth G.S.Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital in Mumbai, India, and graduated as one of the top 50 medical students in the state of Maharashtra. After moving to the United States, she completed an internship and residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York. In 2008, she was named as intern of the year for excelling in six benchmark areas, including patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism and interpersonal skills and communication. She also performed research studies at John Hopkins Hospital in the pediatric neurology department.

In addition to her love for children, she enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with family, including her husband and daughter, Geet.

Roger Kirk, MSN, CRNP

Roger has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 15 years. He worked at Children's Hospital from 1999 until he moved to Troy, AL in 2006.

At Children's, Roger worked with pulmonology and asthma and allergy patients. He has a great love for teaching young people and their families how to manage their asthma and allergies.

He was in general pediatric practice in Troy until he began teaching full time in the College of Nursing at Troy University in 2013. He joined Preferred Medical Group in 2013 and works as the solo provider at Fort Mitchell Clinic every Wednesday afternoon.

Roger is a daddy to two awesome daughters, who keep him very busy. He enjoys meeting all of the children and parents at Preferred Medical Group and caring for their pediatric needs.

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