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Internal Medicine Associates of Dothan’s physicians are internal medicine physicians specially trained to prevent, diagnose, and treat illnesses and diseases that affect adults.
It is important for adults to have an internal medicine physician – your “own doctor” for primary care – who becomes familiar with and understands each patient’s overall health and medical history.
In addition to providing adult patients with primary care, the physicians at Internal Medicine Associates coordinate the care their patients receive from other medical specialists to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems or to treat and manage complicated health issues.
Also called internists, Internal Medicine Associates’ physicians help adults stay healthy with annual check-ups, early detection, unscheduled “sick” visits, health and medication monitoring, preventive health screenings, special health and wellness programs, and more.
Internal Medicine Associates’ physicians also participate in caring for elderly and chronically ill patients in several long-term care and rehabilitation facilities located in Dothan.
Primary Care and Additional Medical Services
In addition to primary care, at Internal Medicine Associates our clinical team — physicians, nurses and support staff — are experts at providing a full spectrum of services that focus on the whole person instead of just a single organ or disease.
Our services include:
Physical and wellness exams
Healthy lifestyle management including smoking cessation, heart disease prevention, and weight management
Management of a wide range of complex, acute, and chronic medical conditions
Women’s health and wellness services
Cancer prevention and screening
Referrals to specialists for further diagnosis and/or treatment
Internal Medicine Associates of Dothan is committed to providing patients with convenient access to high-quality care. We believe that providing high-quality care is not only about the medical advice that we dispense, but more importantly about the relationships we have with our patients. We continue to strive to be a leader in innovative medical practices.
Dr. Jerry Fincher and Dr. Lewe West started the practice 30 years ago in downtown Dothan near the original Flowers Hospital. A few years later, Dr. Calvin Reid joined the practice. When Flowers Hospital moved to its current location in 1983, Internal Medicine Associates moved with them and opened the doors to a new office in the Doctors Center attached to Flowers Hospital. It was during this time that Dr. Douglas Jackson and Dr. Paola Bass joined the group. In 1997, Dr. Fincher, Dr. West, Dr. Reid, Dr. Jackson, and Dr. Bass decided to move out of the Doctors Building and build their own office on some land adjacent to Flowers Hospital at our current location of 210 Westside Dr. Since then, they have been joined by Dr. Mike Soppet, Dr. Roland Spedale, and Dr. Russell Bedsole.
R. Jerry Fincher, MD
Calvin L. Reid, MD
Dr. Reid was born and raised in Westfield New Jersey and then later studied at the University of Alabama. He has been married to his wife Yvonne, who he claims is his “precious helpmate”, for 34 years. He also has three children: Allison, Christopher, and Jordan. Allison is married to Nathan Lumbatis and has two children, Christopher is a Lawyer in Birmingham, and Jordan attends college.
Dr. Reid enjoys: Bible prophesy, Bible teaching, playing with his grandchildren, and traveling.
I. Douglas Jackson, MD
Dr. Jackson was born in Troy, Alabama and raised in the small town of Glenwood, Alabama. He graduated high school from Brantley High and then attended the University of Alabama where he completed his undergrad. After the competition of his undergrad, he attended the University Of South Alabama for his medical school internship and residency. He has resided in Dothan since his completion. Dr. Jackson is married and has three children.
Dr. Jackson is active at Covenant United Methodist Church and also enjoys playing tennis and the guitar.
Paola Bass, MD
A. Roland Spedale, Jr.
Dr. Spedale grew up in New Orleans and completed his degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University (1988). He then served six years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. In 1998, he completed medical school at LSU in New Orleans. Dr. Spedale married Nancy while completing his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Internal Medicine(2001)
Dr. Spedale enjoys teaching students and spending time with family. Dr. Spedale has two children - Jack and Sarah
Russell Bedsole, MD
A Wiregrass native, Dr. Bedsole was born in Enterprise, and spent most of his formative years in Elba, graduating from Elba High School in 1991. He went on to attend college at Samford, graduating summa cum laude in 1995 with a major in religion and minor in biology. Dr. Bedsole spent 9 months in a post-baccalaureate study program via a Rotary International scholarship at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) between college and medical school, and subsequently attended the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine, graduating in 2000. He then completed an internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, where he stayed on as a faculty member for 4 years before coming to Dothan to join IMA in 2009.
Dr. Bedsole enjoys Alabama football, golf, military history, philosophy, travel, jazz, and spending time with his niece and nephew.
Dr. Bedsole is a member of the Fellow American College Physicians.
Juanita Heersink, MD
Dr. Juanita Heersink completed her Internal Medicine residency
at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011, after receiving her B.S. in
Biomedical Engineering cum laude with University Honors at the University of
Alabama at Birmingham in 2004. She received her Geriatrics Fellowship through
Portland, Oregon OHSU. Along with extensive research experience and several
program projects, Dr. Heersink has had several publications and presentations,
as well as multiple honors and awards. Throughout her upper level education
process, she generously donated her time through multiple volunteer programs,
in which she held free clinic volunteering, a founding officer for a medical
Spanish group and Spanish teacher. She was also Vice-President of a geriatrics
student interest group, as well as a patient care coordinator.
Dr. Heersink is married to Dr. Bayne Heersink and has two
children- Maeve and Jonas.