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 daughter.
Dr. Bradley Carden
Bradley Lamar Carden, M.D. FAAP
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.
Dr. Bill Berryman
Dr. Bill Berryman is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is Preferred Medical Groups Pain Management provider. Dr. Berryman graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL. He then completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago, IL. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Berryman has travelled extensively practicing in Australia and the Caribbean as well as throughout the United States. He was previously an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
In 2006, Dr. Berryman relocated to Phenix City, AL where he contributed to the opening of Summit Hospital as the Chief of Anesthesiology. He then merged his private practice with Preferred Medical Group in August of 2017. Dr. Berryman has a vast experience in interventional pain medicine and the management of chronic pain. He specializes in nonsurgical spine intervention and spinal ejection techniques. Dr. Berryman is committed to increasing the daily functioning and quality of life for his patients by formulating an individualized treatment plan based on each patient’s specific needs. He offers a vast array of treatment options for his patients.
Dr. Berryman is a member of many medical societies including the American Society of Interventional Pain Management, American Pain Society, American Medical Association, and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. He is currently accepting new patients at our Phenix City, Fort Mitchell, and Opelika locations! Our office recommends that you discuss Pain Management options with your Primary Care Physician in order to ensure the proper referral is made, as some insurance companies may require this process.
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 18 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!
William E. Lindley MSN, FNP
William “Eddie” Lindley was raised in Mobile, AL and completed both his Bachelors and Masters in Nursing at Columbus State University! Prior to obtaining his MSN, Eddie has worked in Emergency Room and Critical Care Nursing for over 8 years. He is now a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner.
Eddie joined Preferred Medical Group and a Nurse Practitioner in June of 2017, and was a prior student of Dr. Bradley Carden when completing his geriatric clinical rotation.
Eddie’s special areas of interests are: nutrition, exercise metabolism, and metabolic disease.
Eddie’s main hobby is ultra-endurance mountain bike racing! He is currently accepting new Pediatric and Adult patients at our Phenix City and Opelika locations!
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 has been married for over 20 years and have 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.
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.