For more than 30 years, Partners in Pediatrics has been dedicated to providing quality health care to infants, children and adolescents in central Alabama. The practice was founded in the early 1990s and since has expanded offices and increased our staff to include seven pediatricians. Throughout this growth, we have continued to focus on providing quality health care in a friendly and nurturing environment for our patients and their families.
The mission of Partners in Pediatrics, LLC is to partner with parents for the health of their children by providing comprehensive, patient-centered medical services through the most important years of your child’s development. As an individual organization of physicians, we are uniquely prepared to provide the highest degree of care and value for our patients.
As of June 2015, we are pleased to be certified officially as a Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a non-profit organization that is the national leader in health care quality and improvement. It is an official indication of our understanding of quality medical care that must meet each family’s specific needs and dynamics.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that PARTNERS IN PEDIATRICS has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
For our practice, this means we have a team based approach to providing medical care for our patients. Each patient should select a primary care physician, who works with a nurse. By seeing the same care team at every well visit and by speaking to them over the phone regarding important issues, the providers will know children’s health history, concerns and needs. In addition, physicians can understand children’s strengths; develop a care plan with parents and children when needed.
Our philosophy is shared by all our staff, from physicians to the front desk. We appreciate the trust that our families place in us, and feel privileged to be a part of their children’s lives. We strive to remain accessible to families and this is reflected our outlook. We feel that teamwork and collaboration are vital to good patient care.
Partners in Pediatrics is committed to maintain the highest standards of privacy for our patients and their families. All information collected at our office and on our website is held in complete confidence. It is our policy not to share the information with third parties unless legally required to do so or with your consent. Please view our HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices for additional details.
Our team at Partners in Pediatrics is dedicated to creating an environment that is patient-centered to help you and your child feel at home at every visit. Our pediatricians and clinical staff are highly trained professionals and maintain a high-level expertise through continuing education. We have seven highly qualified physicians that have undergone a rigorous academic education and pediatric clinical training. All physicians are board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and are active members.
Dr. Catherine L. Wood
Dr. Catherine L. Wood is the founding partner of Partners in Pediatrics. She is from Autauga County, attended Auburn University where she received her B.S in Biology. She went on the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine earning her degree as a Medical Doctor in 1983. After an internship and residency at UAB/Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, Dr. Wood came to Montgomery to begin her medical practice and has been here since 1986. Currently, she is President of the Alabama Chapter of the AAP.
Dr. Susan A. Brannon
Dr. Susan A. Brannon joined Partners in Pediatrics in 1993. Originally from DeFuniak Springs, Dr. Brannon received her B.S in Nursing from Florida State University. After working in intensive care at University of Alabama, Birmingham she went on to earn her Medical Doctor degree from UAB School of Medicine in 1987. Her residency program was at Children’s Hospital of Alabama at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She practiced for three (3) years in Asheville, NC before joining Dr. Wood in Montgomery in 1993. Dr. Brannon is active in dealing with children's health issues. More importantly, she has spoken locally on issues relating to international adoption. She stays busy raising her daughter.
Dr. Cheryl A. Outland
Dr. Cheryl A. Outland studied Biology at the University of San Francisco and St. Louis University in St. Louis Missouri. Remaining in St. Louis, she attended SLU School of Medicine graduating in 1976 as a medical doctor. She completed her Pediatric Residency in Philadelphia and was Chief Resident in her final year. Later Dr. Outland studied public health at Columbia University in New York City achieving a Master's in Public Health (MPH) in 1991 with a concentration in Maternal Child Health. Upon moving to Montgomery in 1997, with her husband and two children, Dr. Outland joined the pediatric practice of Doctors Wood and Brannon.
Dr. Lamenda L. Blakeney
Dr. Lamenda L. Blakeney obtained her B.S. in Biology from Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. She earned her Medical Degree at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Blakeney interned at the Family Practice Internship University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Family Medicine Residency in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She completed her Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency at Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, where she received the Michele St. Romain Housestaff award for compassion and dedication to her patients. Dr. Blakeney joined Partners in Pediatrics in 2001.
Dr. Elizabeth W. Diebel
Dr. Elizabeth W. Diebel received a B.S in Biology from Auburn University and went on to earn her Medical Degree at the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Medicine. She attended the Pediatrics Residency, Department of Pediatrics program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She moved back to Montgomery to join a local practice where she worked for 10 years. Dr. Diebel joined Partners in Pediatrics in 2003.
Dr. Rama L. Mukkamala
Dr. Rama L. Mukkamala graduated from medical school in India in 1988. She continued her training in the residency program in pediatrics and neonatology in Leeds, England where she received several honors and awards for her work in pediatrics. Dr. Mukkamala completed the residency program at the University of Medicine & Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey in 2001. Dr. Mukkamala joined Partners in Pediatrics in 2008 after working with another local pediatrician. Dr. Mukkamala lives in Wetumpka with her husband and three children. She likes to spend her free time cooking and traveling.
Dr. Melissa S. McNally
Dr. Melissa S. McNally was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. She received a B.S. in Biology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduating from Emory University, Dr. McNally served as Post-Graduate Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Florida College of Medicine completing medical school, internship and residency. While in residency, Dr. McNally was Resident of the Month, won the “Shands UF Customer Service Key Award” and was recognized for “Outstanding Achievement in Pediatric Medical Student Education.” Afterwards, she was asked to join the UF College of Medicine faculty. Dr. McNally has been in private practice in the state of Florida before moving to Montgomery, Alabama. She has been with Partners in Pediatrics since September, 2012. Dr. McNally is the Pediatric Clerkship Director for UAB Montgomery since 2016.
Our physicians have privileges and are affiliated with Baptist Medical Center East and Baptist Medical Center South located in Montgomery for newborns and in-patient care.
Medical Student Training
Our physicians feel that investing time to train and mentor the next generation of medical providers is a way to ensure quality care in the future. Because of this, we welcome 3rd year UAB medical students into our practice to assist them in completing their residency. During your visit, you may notice these students working with our providers.
Partners in Pediatrics is a fast paced, nationally recognized patient-centered medical home, and is one of the most well respected pediatric practices in the River Region area. We offer excellent career opportunities for qualified individuals to join a quality team in providing the best pediatric care. We seek positive, capable and caring people who demonstrate integrity, honesty and teamwork in all they do. We offer a full range of benefits including health, dental, life insurance and a retirement plan.
Listed below are positions currently available to qualified applicants. If you feel you possess the qualifications necessary for any position listed, please fax or e-mail your completed application and resume to the Hiring Manager. Our fax number is 334-272-4876 and our email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
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