Physicians

Meet our clinic staff

John Waits, MD
Chief Executive Officer & Faculty Physician

Dr. Waits is a practicing, board-certified Family Medicine / Obstetrician who serves as CEO of Cahaba Medical Care and the Program Director and DIO of the Cahaba Family Medicine Residency.  He is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Tuscaloosa. He served as Program Director of the Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for five years, and during this

CLINIC STAFF
Lacy Smith, MD
Chief Medical Officer & Faculty Physician

Dr. Smith joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2010 and worked with Dr. Waits to transition CMC into a FQHC as well as assisted in co-founding 

Joshua Elledge, CRNP
Chief Medical Officer

Mr. Elledge was born and raised, and currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL. He obtained his MSN-FNP from Samford University in May 2016 

Shelley Waits, MD
Faculty Physician

Dr. Waits joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2013 after graduating from Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency and completing an obstetrics fellowship also in Tuscaloosa. 

Shelley Waits, MD
Chief Medical Officer & Faculty Physician

Dr. Smith joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2010 and worked with Dr. Waits to transition CMC into a FQHC as well as assisted in co-founding 

Lacy Smith, MD
Chief Medical Officer & Faculty Physician

Dr. Smith joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2010 and worked with Dr. Waits to transition CMC into a FQHC as well as assisted in co-founding 

Joshua Elledge, CRNP
Chief Medical Officer & Faculty Physician

Dr. Smith joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2010 and worked with Dr. Waits to transition CMC into a FQHC as well as assisted in co-founding 

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NURSE PRACTITIONER
Brian Wingate, CRNP
Nurse Anesthetist 

Mr. Wingate joined Cahaba Medical Care in April 2016. He holds degrees from Florida State University (BA), Chipola College (ASN), Jackson

Reatha Ballard, CRNA
Nurse Practitioner 

Mrs. Ballard stated, "First, let me say that I am so happy and blessed to be here at CMC.  Everyone has been so kind and welcoming."  Mrs.

Lacy Smith, MD
Nurse Anesthetist 

Dr. Smith joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2010 and worked with Dr. Waits to transition CMC into a FQHC as well as assisted in co-founding 

Suzanne Tompkins, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Dr. Waits joined Cahaba Medical Care in 2013 after graduating from Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency and completing

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