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.