Dr. Ritu Chandra
Dr. Chandra is the founder of Preferred Medical Group. In 2007 she started Phenix City Children’s in Phenix City, AL.
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 only 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, Fort 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 6 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 children.
Dr. Vasudha Mahajan
Dr. Vasudha Mahajan grew up watching her Dad practice Pediatrics and feels like the decision to get into the field of Medicine came very naturally to her. “Learning actually did begin at home for me. Over the years, my father’s passion for his work, compassion towards his patients and strong ethical beliefs was what stuck with me and inspired me.” After completing her medical school training from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in India, she gained clinical experience in various sub specialties of Pediatrics by doing electives in academic hospitals throughout the United States. She considers the medical and practical knowledge gained through these rotations invaluable. She completed her residency training from The University of Medical Branch in Texas in June 2017. Throughout her 3 years of training, she was actively involved in medical student and intern teaching as well as clinical research. She has publications and poster presentations related to different topics in neonatology, hematology, and oncology. She was also nominated for the outstanding resident teacher award by the medical students on multiple occasions.
Dr. Mahajan has been a part of Preferred Medical group since September 2017. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is Board certified in General Pediatrics. She is an assistant clinical professor at the Mercer University and the Georgia Health Sciences University. She currently has hospital privileges at the Piedmont Medical Center and at the St. Francis Medical Center. Although she enjoys the clinical practice of Pediatrics as a whole, her special areas of interest lie in Asthma education, newborn care, and obesity management.
When not at work, Dr. Mahajan considers food and Netflix as her guilty pleasures. She absolutely loves traveling, reading fiction novels, and spending time with her spouse.
Roger Kirk, MSN, CRNP
Roger has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 19 years. After receiving degrees from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama and Birmingham, Roger work at Children’s Hospital. From 1999 until 2006, Roger worked at Children’s with pulmonology, asthma, and allergy patients. He has a great love teaching young people and their families how to manage their asthma and allergies.
In 2006, Roger moved to Troy, Alabama, where he was in general pediatric practice until he began teaching full time in the College of Nursing at Troy University in 2013. He joined Preferred Medical Group as a part-time provider in 2013. While Roger enjoyed working with nursing students, he missed pediatric practice and decided to join Preferred Medical Group full time in June of 2015.
Roger enjoys watching sports, especially his beloved Crimson Tide, cooking, reading, and traveling. He lives in Montgomery with his wife, Kelly, and has two amazing daughters, Caroline and Sophie.
Amanda Uzzell P.A., NCCPA
Amanda Uzzell was raised in New Jersey and completed her undergraduate and graduate education at Seton Hall University. In 2011, she graduated with her Master’s Degree as a Physician Assistant, then earning her board certification from the National Commission of Certification for Physician Assistants. For the following 6 years, Amanda practiced locally in New Jersey in Family Medicine and Urgent Care settings.
Amanda joined Preferred Medical Group as a Pediatric and Family Medicine Physician Assistant in November of 2017. She enjoys working in Family Medicine because she is able to build a relationship with her patients and grow with them as a team to provide them the best treatment plans!
In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs and exploring the surrounding adventures that Alabama has to offer! Amanda would say she is an avid “foodie”- enjoying cooking and exploring local bites! Amanda is currently accepting new Pediatric and Adult patients at our Phenix City and Fort Mitchell locations!
Sekeita Clausell, MSN, CRNP
Sekeita Clausell is Georgia native that currently resides in Auburn, Alabama. She completed her BSN in 2007 from Tuskegee University. After practicing nursing for 10 years, she decided to pursue an advanced nursing degree. She continued her education at Auburn University where she received her Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator degrees.
Seketia joined Preferred Medical Group as a Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner in February 2019. She has a true passion for helping patients improve their overall health and wellness.
Outside of the office, Sekeita enjoys singing, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their two children.
Ali Jones, PA
Ali Jones grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia, and has relocated to Columbus to join Preferred Medical Group as a Physician Assistant. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Berry College in 2015, and received her Master’s Degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2018. While she is a new practitioner, practicing medicine is in her blood – her father is a physician and her mother was a registered nurse. She attributes her passion for medicine to listening to their stories about affecting and bettering patients’ lives, which she hopes to do in her own practice as well.
Ali is one of five kids, and while they do not all live in the same house anymore, she describes her siblings as her closest friends. Outside the office, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys watching superhero movies, reading fiction novels, riding horses, and playing volleyball.
Dr. Catrece Dantzler
Catrece Dantzler is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who recently earned her Doctorate of Education in Counseling, Education, and Supervision. Dr. Dantzler has been working in the mental health field since March of 2006. Her expertise is in assisting children and families that have experienced traumas, who have mental health diagnoses, and family relational issues. Using a Cognitive Behavioral approach, she works with clients to create goals that lead to success in all areas of their lives. She has worked with individuals that have behavioral difficulties, anxiety disorders, depression, and adjustment disorders in addition to individuals that have abused substances.
Dr. Dantzler is dedicated to a mission of hope. Whether life has become unmanageable due to a situation or an illness, she is here to let you know that there is hope and through your counseling experience, your life will change in a positive way with personal growth and healing.
Dr. Dantzler has been married for over 20 years and has three beautiful, very active children. She enjoys spending time at church where she has been called to be an Evangelist. She serves on the board of directors for True Divine Community Development and volunteers as the program coordinator for GAME Time Mentoring program. She relaxes by watching Hallmark movies and traveling.