Dr. Ritu Chandra

Resize Dr. ChandraDr. 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. Mila Riehl

Dr. Riehl 214x300Dr. Mila Riehl has more than 35 years of experience in Emergency Department Practice working in all levels of care, and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.  In 1985, Dr. Riehl entered private practice in Guntersville, Alabama, where she focused on Emergency Medicine and Geriatrics.  In 2003, she moved to Decatur, Alabama, to work as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Decatur-Morgan Hospital.

Most recently Dr. Riehl specialized in the emergency care of geriatric patients and the implementation of emergency ultrasound.  She was previously the director of an accredited Vascular and Non-Invasive Cardiology lab.  She is also trained in RSI/Airway Management and vascular access procedures.  She continues to retain excellent procedural skills and is able to utilize her skills and knowledge in these areas when evaluating her patients.

Dr. Riehl has two children – Russell who is currently in his Cardiology residency, and Cayla who attends Agnes Scott College.  With her children grown, Dr. Riehl enjoys traveling and working with several Locums Agencies.  In her spare time, she enjoys Japanese gardening, cycling, and archery.

Dr. Mona Adbelmoneim

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Roger Kirk, MSN, CRNP

Roger 202x300Roger has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 19 years.  After receiving degrees from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Roger worked at Children’s of Alabama Hospital with pulmonology, asthma, and allergy patients.  He has a great love for teaching young people and their families how to manager their asthma and allergies.

In 2006 Roger moved to Troy, Alabama, to work in general pediatric practice.  In 2013, he began teaching full-time at Troy University’s College of Nursing and joined Preferred Medical Group as a part-time provider.  While Roger enjoyed teaching and working with nursing students, he truly missed practicing pediatrics and decided to join Preferred Medical Group full-time in 2015.

Roger enjoys watching sports, especially his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide, cooking, reading and traveling.  He lives in Montgomery with his wife, Kelly, two amazing daughters, Caroline and Sophie, and precious little boy, Emmett.

Ali Jones, PA-C

Ali 219x300Ali 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.

Amanda Uzzell P.A., NCCPA

Resize AmandaAmanda 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 Primary Care and Urgent Care settings.

Amanda joined Preferred Medical Group as a Pediatric and Primary Care Physician Assistant in November of 2017. She enjoys working in Primary Care 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!

Sherby Holloway, PA-C

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Dr. Catrece Dantzler

Dr. Dantzler 214x300Dr. Catrece Dantzler is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has a 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.

Dr. Dantzler is dedicated to a mission of hope.  Whether life has become unmanageable due to a situation or illness, she is here to let you know that there is hope.  Through your counseling experience your life with 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 Tue Divine Community Development and volunteers as the program coordinator for GAME Time Mentoring Program.  She likes to relax by watching Hallmark movies and traveling.

Dr. Salman Kazim

Dr. Salman Kazim, MD is an American Board-certified psychiatrist with 25 years of experience in the field. Mental health has been his passion and he has been very committed to it during his entire career.Dr. Kazim Headshot 251x300
He is fascinated by the human mind and continues to educate himself on the intricacies of human behavior. Being a very energetic, dynamic and focused professional, he has developed a reputation for
developing successful treatment plans that have helped individual with very complex and treatment resistant mental health issues. His average workday is very productive as a result of efficiency
and time management.

Dr. Kazim has a wealth of clinical experience in several clinical settings in different countries. He has treated patients with psychiatric emergencies and worked on both inpatient words and outpatient clinics.
His experiences spend assignment such as working for the US Department of Defense and the Veterans Health Administration.
In addition, he has practiced as a forensic psychiatrist for the criminal justice system and is also very experienced including clients with substance use and eating disorders.

He has kept himself abreast of the current trends and advancement in mental health treatment and has had significance success treating clients with posttraumatic stress disorder, treatment resistant depression
and obsessive-compulsive disorder or with intravenous ketamine infusions.

Dr. Kazim is now available to help you with any mental health issues and looks forward to helping you.

Alexa Koon, PMHNP-BC

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Tiesha Bryant, LMSW

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