Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors and Nurse Practitioners

All of our doctors are board certified and are well versed in geriatrics, diabetes, and other diseases, this allows us to be able to treat a large number of patients with various ailments. This allows us treat the elderly as well as our younger patients and all ages in between. You can see below the bios of our highly trained professionals. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!

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Dr. Ufford M.D., FAAFP, CMD, MRO, ISCD, Director

Dr. Raymond C. Ufford graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science Degree in August 1971. He continued in graduate school and in March, 1973 received a Master of Science Degree. He was published as an under-graduate student in the Journal of Polymer Science and as a graduate student in the Journal of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Ufford then went to the University of Tennessee Medical College in Memphis receiving his Doctorate of Medicine in July 1976.

 

Dr. Ufford completed an internship and residency practice in family practice at the Anniston Family Practice Residency Program.

 

After completing his residency program in 1979 he moved to Crossville beginning his practice as a Public Health Service Officer in the National Health Service Corps. He received the Public Health Service Award of outstanding service to the Crossville area in 1981. He has continued a private practice in DeKalb and Marshall Counties since 1981.

 

Dr. Ufford completed postgraduate training and required examination to become board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in 1979 and is recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, FAAFP. He has continued to complete 50 hours per year of continuing medical education and pass the periodic exams required by the board to continue to be board certified.

Dr. Ufford completed additional education courses and examination to become certified by the American Medical Directors Association as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) for long term care facilities (nursing homes).

 

Dr. Ufford completed additional education and examination to become certified by the American Association of Medical Review Officers as a Medical Review Officer (MRO).

Dr. Ufford completed education and examination by The International Society for Clinical Densitometry to become a certified densitometrist in the determination of bone density by Dual x-ray bone densitometry.

 

Dr. Ufford married Mary Alice Ellingboe in 1971 and together they raised 2 boys and 2 girls. They expect to remain happily married until death parts them. Dr. Ufford has been a Sunday School Bible teacher for 14 years.

Dr. Go

Dr. Rommel C. Go, graduated from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines in April of 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology. In April 1993 he graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, in the same university at the top 10 % of his class. He was then accepted at the prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine Internal Medicine Resident Program at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York where he received the most outstanding 1st and 3rd year resident awards. Dr. Go then did one (1) year of Infectious Diseases clinical fellowship at State University of NY (SUNY) in Brooklyn, NY.

 

After his training, he joined his wife, Dr. Rabin, and Dr. Ufford in their group practice here in Alabama. They subsequently established Med-Assist Doctors group and recruited doctors to help them expand their practice to cover both out patient and in patient care as well as nursing homes and occupational medicine in Marshall County and DeKalb County.

 

Dr. Go has been serving the residents of Marshall County since 1999. He is board certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine as an Internal Medicine Specialist and the American Association of Medical Review Officers as a Medical Review Officer (MRO). Dr. Go has admitting privileges at Marshall Medical Center South and is currently the head of the Respiratory Therapy Department. He also admits and does follow up visits for patients at the Albertville and Crossville nursing homes.

In 2009, Dr. Go became one of the few physicians in the Northern Alabama territory to be awarded and recognized in the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama for excellence in the care of diabetic patients. As of March 2011 he is the director for Medical Centers Home Care, an affiliate of Marshall Medical Centers.

 

Dr. Go is also a clinical faculty staff of several different medical schools training medical students and nurse practioners alike. He also has training in addiction medicine and is licensed to prescribe suboxone.

 

Finally, Dr. Go has extensive experience in management of diabetes and its medical complications. He is also one of the few doctors that can start and manage patients on an insulin pump. He is eager to treat patients that are diabetic or has multiple medical problems.

Dr. Rabin-Go

Dr. Maria G. Rabin-Go graduated in March 1987 from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science Degree and Major in Biology. In March 1991, she finished attending Medical School at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery from the same university. She then completed a rotating postgraduate internship at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in April 1992.

 

In June 1994, she started residency training initially at the Preliminary Medicine Program and went on to the Primary Care Program--Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, which she finished in June 1998. She was board certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine as an Internal Medicine Specialist from 1998-2008. She is presently in the process of board recertification.

 

Dr. Rabin-Go is the wife of Dr. Rommel Go and was the original recruit of Dr. Raymond Ufford. She has since played an active role in recruiting other doctors to expand their group.

 

Robin enjoys taking care of patients of all ages and has a passion for helping others and is looking forward to being involved in our community.

Dr. Johnston

Dr. Larry Johnston graduated, with honors, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in May, 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry and Psychology. He went on to graduate from the University of Alabama School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine Degree in May, 1997. He completed his residency training in Family Practice at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL in June, 2000. He is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Physicians. He, his wife, and four boys reside in the Albertville area.

Dr. Cerimele

Dr. Francesca Cerimele graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy in July 1997. She then started the Ph D program at the same institution in 1997. She performed most of her research activity for her Ph D at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York University in New York. She obtained her Ph D in microbiology and virology from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy in January 2002. From January 2002 to June 2003 she was a Research fellow in the Department of Dermatology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She then went on to do her Residency in Family Practice at UAB- Huntsville Medical Regional Campus in Huntsville. She was chief resident there from March 2005 to February 2006. She graduated from residency in June 2006 and performed 3 months mini-residency in Faculty Development at the same institution before joining Marshall Medical Center South as a primary care physician in Albertville, AL. Dr. Cerimele then decided to join Med-Assist Doctors Group in October of 2008. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has been a great addition to Med-Assist in their effort to provide the best health care in Marshall County with it's growing Hispanic community.

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors and Nurse Practitioners

Robin Scott

Robin Scott was born and raised in Boaz and graduated with a Associates Degree in Nursing from Wallace State College, Hanceville in 2004. She then completed her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University in 2013.

 

After graduating, Robin began working in Medical Surgical Units/Cardiac, Home Health and Hospice. In 2007 she began working as a travel Nurse in Cardiac, ICU and ED which led her to Central Valley, California. During this period she worked as a Director of Nursing Services for a LTC facility and Director of a Wound Care Clinic with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She then returned to achieve her Master's in Science. She accomplished her goal to become a Family Nurse Practitioner in August of 2015 with a Master of Science degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Simmons College, Boston, MA.

 

She graduated Phi Theta Kappa, holds WCC certification through the Wound Care Education Institute and Hyperbaric Oxygen tech certified through the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. She is credentialed through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and licensed by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

After graduation she began working at Med-Assist Doctors' Group-Albertville Office in January of 2016.

Robin enjoys working with patients of all ages and has special place in her heart for the elderly population, wound care patients and Hospice patients and looks forward to serving our community.

Niccole McDaniel

Ms. McDaniel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Birmingham School of Nursing September 1997. She worked as a registered nurse and charge nurse in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at UAB Hospital for twelve years. While working there she did per Diem work as a Registered nurse at Brookwood Hospital, Carraway Hospital, and UAB Critical Care Transport. She also was a system nurse for Albertville City Schools for one and one-half years while working at UAB Hospital; she obtained her Master's of Science Nursing/Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Degree with a concentration in Neurosciences in March 2009. She then worked in the Kirklin Clinic Neurology Department where she had independent clinics specializing in memory disorders, epilepsy, and neuromuscular, headache, and general neurology. She is currently employed at Med-Assist Doctors' Group-Albertville office.

 

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau national nursing honor society and The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), and American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). She is active in her church and community and enjoys spending time with her family.

Gayle Lombard Jr.

Gayle Lombard, Jr. graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in 1993 from University of Montevallo in education.

He continued on and earned a Masters’ in Education from University of Birmingham in 2001.  He work as principal in a Jasper private school for sixteen (16) years.  He felt the calling to work in the healthcare field and returned to school getting an Associates Degree from Bevill State Community College 2005-2007.  After receiving that degree he began working as a Registered Nurse at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for eight (8) years on the bone marrow transplant/ intensive care unit.  He then decided he wanted to do more in healthcare and went to school to become a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner.  He worked to receive a Masters’ Degree from University of Alabama Birmingham in 2015 and began working for Med-Assist Doctors’ Group in October 2015.

Gayle is family oriented and enjoys spending weekends with his family on his small farm.  The farm includes horses, cows, chickens, pigs, guineas, peacocks, ducks, dogs, cats, Jack (the miniature donkey) and Thomas (the turkey).

He serves as pastor for Crossville Church of God.

In his spare time he rides his Harley, enjoys his recliner, Krispy Kreme, and visiting people who own capuchin monkeys.

He is married to the LOVE of his life, Gina.  They have 3 children, Trey, Abby, and John David.  He has two (2) delightful grandchildren Ryder and Brady.

Dr. Vicki Wallis

Dr. Vicki J. Wallis graduated from the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine in 1993.  She did her Pediatric residency at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL.  She is Board Certified in general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. 

Dr. Wallis is especially interested in asthma management and preventive care in patients from newborn to 19 years of age.

We at South DeKalb Family Medical/Med-Assist Doctors’ Group are pleased to have her caring for our patients at both of our offices.

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