Phenix City Children’s was started in October 2006 as a pediatric practice. Dr. Chandra started the practice when the new Summit Hospital was starting its Labor and Delivery program. The Labor and Delivery program closed within six months, but the practice lived on. We started with one doctor, two employees and no patients, in a rented suite on Stadium Drive. Within six months, Phenix City Children’s had grown to 1,000 patients, and we had four employees. By 2009, we added another pediatrician and remodeled our suite, to make more room.
We were growing very rapidly, and Dr. Chandra had the vision to build a new and larger office which she called her ‘dream office.’ So, in 2009, we bought land on South Railroad Street and started to plan for the new Phenix City Children’s office, which would be very conveniently located for everyone living in Russell and Lee County. In October 2010, we moved into our brand new office. In 2012, we added a third pediatrician and began a full-time Child Psychology program to meet growing need.
The Fort Mitchell, AL community was showing a rapid growth in population, and Dr. Chandra saw the need for a medical office there. In 2011, we acquired land and built a clinic within 3 months and started the Fort Mitchell Clinic, with the help of a Physician’s Assistant. The entire company was rebranded as Preferred Medical Group to include both Phenix City Children’s and Fort Mitchell Clinic in the Fall of 2013. We then added the family medicine program at Fort Mitchell Clinic in the Fall of 2014 to again meet a growing need. Many of the parents and grandparents of our pediatric patients now come to us as well!
We were fortunate to welcome Dr. Bradley Lamar Carden as our Family Medicine Director. He was named one of the Top Family Doctors in America in 2014-2015 by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. In the Fall of 2015, two exciting events occurred: we opened our BRAND NEW Opelika Pediatrics & Family Clinic on US Hwy 280, and Dr. Carden officially merged his practice with ours. Now all of Dr. Carden’s patients can be seen at any of our locations, and we are accepting new pediatric and adult patients.