Fort Mitchell Clinic offers Family Medicine & Pediatrics

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

We promise the very best in pediatrics and family medicine at Fort Mitchell Clinic. Our physicians are honored to be trusted partners in healthcare for your entire family.

Fort Mitchell Clinic opened as a pediatric clinic in 2012, but we are excited to offer adult medicine services as well, as of Fall 2014.


Why Choose Us?

We think our doctors are the best in the Columbus, GA area, but we will let you be the judge of that! What really sets us apart is that we work hard to provide quality healthcare that is convenient and accessible. We always offer same day sick appointments and short wait times. At Fort Mitchell Clinic we promise to get you in and out within one hour at each visit!  Fort Mitchell Clinic pediatric patients may also take advantage of Saturday hours at the Phenix City Children’s office. We see sick kids at Phenix City Children’s every Saturday from 9-1.

If you are looking for outstanding asthma care, Fort Mitchell Clinic is the place for you. Our board-certified pediatricians have a special area of interest in asthma management. We also provide ADHD evaluation, testing and treatment. Dr. Michelle DeRamus, our licensed child psychologist located at Phenix City Children’s helps kids with autism, ADHD,anger anxiety, depression, and more.

With Fort Mitchell Clinic, you may request to see the same doctor each time. We accept most insurances, including Aetna, Alabama Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicare, Tricare Prime and Standard, United Healthcare and more.

Please rest assured that that your family is in capable and caring hands with the experienced physicians at Fort Mitchell Clinic. Please connect with Fort Mitchell Clinic on Facebook, Google Plus and Youtube to get the latest news and information.

If you’d like to register as a new patient of Fort Mitchell Clinic, please call us today at (334) 664-1960, or at (334)-664-0463 ext. 325. Or, visit the New Patient Registration Tab on the right side of the website to submit your registration form electronically.

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

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.

Bradley Lamar Carden, M.D.

Dr. Bradley Lamar Carden is the Family Medicine Director at Preferred Medical Group. Born and raised in Phenix City, AL, Dr. Carden has over 30 years of experience in Family Medicine. He ran an independent private practice in Phenix City before merging his practice with Preferred Medical Group in the Fall of 2015.

Dr. Carden was recognized on the list of America’s Top Family Doctors by the Consumer’s Research Council for America from 2004-2005 and from 2014-2015. He served as the Chief of Medicine at Jack Hughston Hospital from 2005-2012 and remains active on the Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Medical Executive Committee today. Dr. Carden won the Outstanding Clinical Faculty award for The Medical Center several times.

He is an active member of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Carden graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and is therefore a die-hard Crimson Tide fan—Roll Tide. His wife, Jean, and daughter, Jennifer, are his pride and joy. When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Carden enjoys saltwater fishing, reading classical literature, and music.

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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