OUR TEAM

 

Physicians

The UAB International Adoption Clinic is staffed with professionals who have a love for children who have been orphaned and a desire to see them accepted into loving and well-equipped families. Most of us have worked in orphanages, adoption agencies, participated in foreign missions or have personal adoption experiences. We provide comprehensive interdisciplinary services including: pediatric medicine, pediatric nursing, developmental therapy, occupational therapy and family therapy. We also collaborate with multiple subspecialist in the pre and post adoption process to provide the most comprehensive care available to our families.


Jennifer Chambers, M.D., MPH & TMJennifer Chambers, MD, MPH & TM
Pediatrician

Dr. Chambers is a board certified general pediatrician with a faculty appointment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Furman University and her M.D. and Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. She received her post-graduate training in pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she also completed a fellowship in General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Besides her clinical and teaching roles at UAB, she is also the founder of the UAB International Adoption Clinic. Dr. Chambers has had decades of experience evaluating and treating internationally adopted children. In addition, she has completed many mission trips overseas to work in developing countries. She and her husband have 3 daughters adopted from China. This gives Dr. Chambers the unique perspective of both the personal and professional perspectives of international adoption and what it means to families and to children.


Carin Richard Kiser, M.D., Director of IACCarin Richard Kiser, MD, Director of IAC
Pediatrician

Dr. Carin Richard Kiser developed a heart for orphans years ago during her medical training and through her service in mission work. She has participated in multiple mission trips overseas including consultation work to orphanages in China, Ukraine and Africa. She is a board certified general pediatrician with a faculty appointment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in General Pediatrics. She completed her Bachelor of Science and M.D. at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and post-graduate pediatric training at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.


Clinical Program Coordinator/Pediatric Nurse Clinician

The Clinical Program Coordinator is responsible for the day to day operations and organizational structure of the International Adoption Program.


Karen Belcher, RN, CPNKaren Belcher, RN, CPN
Clinical Program Coordinator, Pediatric Nurse Clinician

Karen Belcher is a 27 year veteran pediatric nurse with Children’s of Alabama. She achieved board certification in pediatrics in 1997. Her passion for children and adoption began at the young age of 10. Over the years, she has been involved in multiple mission projects and orphan care in Haiti, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. She adopted as a single parent in 2006. Her daughter is from Guatemala. In 2012, Karen was selected to receive a “Living Legacy Award” from the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing/Samford University for her many contributions to pediatric healthcare and orphan ministries. Karen is a very strong advocate for the cause of adoption and donates her time giving educational lectures regarding adoption as well as learning differences for various cross the state of Alabama. She serves in dual roles with IAC.

As Pediatric Nurse Clinician, Karen contributes to pre-adoption medical reviews, coordinates travel prescriptions and educates families regarding travel before they embark on the journey to meet their children. Post adoption, she coordinates services (case management), tracks lab results, coordinates testing and serves as a healthcare resource for our families.

In her role as Clinical Program Coordinator, she provides operational oversight, collaborates with the team to build programs and service lines, works to build positive public relations and manages the day to day operations of the program.


The Developmental Specialist

Our therapist will perform a comprehensive developmental assessment on your child to determine if your child is progressing at an appropriate rate as compared to the typical internationally adopted child. She will determine if and when your child needs extra support to accomplish developmental milestones, speech needs and/or scholastic placement.

Due to the unique needs of adopted children, is often difficult to decide what therapy or educational setting is best for your child. The developmental specialist will help you sort this out. She serves as an educator (on adoption) for therapists and teachers that may take part in your child’s care. She is also available to help with Individual Educational Programs should they be necessary. Language and cognitive skills are screened and additional therapy referrals are made when necessary.


Amy Elmore, BS, OTR/LAmy Elmore, BS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Developmental Therapist

Amy graduated from Medical University of South Carolina in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy. Since then she has worked in many pediatric settings including school systems, early intervention, hospitals and private practice. She has taught at the academic level for occupational therapist assistants, early intervention programs and speech therapy programs.

She came to Birmingham from Dothan, Alabama in 1999 to pursue her interests in sensory integration and feeding therapies. She is certified in Sensory Integration Therapy and Therapeutic Listening. She has been with the International Adoption Clinic for over five years and she is involved with evaluations, treating and teaching parents about the developmental needs of their children.

Amy will perform a comprehensive developmental assessment on your child to determine if your child is progressing at an appropriate rate as compared to the typical internationally adopted child. She will determine if and when your child needs extra support to accomplish developmental milestones, speech needs and/or scholastic placement.

Due to the unique needs of adopted children, is often difficult to decide what therapy or educational setting is best for your child. The developmental specialist will help you sort this out. She serves as an educator (on adoption) for therapists and teachers that may take part in your child’s care. She is also available to help with Individual Educational Programs should they be necessary. Language and cognitive skills are screened and additional therapy referrals are made when necessary.


The Family Therapist/Adoption Social Worker

Our therapist will assess your child for behavioral/emotional/attachment concerns that are frequently experienced post adoption. She can also help parents see which behaviors are appropriate for your child’s age/stage of development and how adoption-related issues may begin to integrate into your child’s emotional/social development.

She will give you recommendations on handling emotional issues the child may be facing as well as make referrals to local counselors when appropriate. She may also provide education on adoption to the schools and therapists who take part in your child’s care.


Heather Schuck, LGSWHeather Schuck, LGSW
Family Therapist and Social Worker

Heather Schuck is a Licensed, Board Certified Graduate Social Worker in the state of Alabama. She graduated from Southeastern Bible College with an undergraduate degree in Counseling and Biblical Studies. She also has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama.

Heather has worked in areas relating to child and family issues and adoption for a number of years. Heather has also been involved in program development of international adoption processes and post adoption counseling for families struggling with a variety of issues once home.

Adoption is not only a professional interest but a personal one to Heather. Her love for adoption started at an early age when she saw from her own personal experience how life changing a loving home could be. Since then, Heather's passion for adoption has only grown through her work in missions, interactions with orphanages, and her experiences working in a local adoption agency. In 2013 Heather and her husband had the opportunity to adopt their first child from Hungary. Since that time they have also had a biological son.

In her work at the International Adoption Clinic, Heather educates families prior to adoption to promote healthy attachment and adjustment, assesses needs for post adoption, assists with therapeutic interventions to improve attachment and decrease trauma, provides counseling and support for specific emotional needs, and provides crisis intervention. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you in any way that she can in your own experiences with the adoption journey!


Clinical Assistant

When you come to our clinic you will be greeted by a clinical assistant. This person will take some growth measurements on your child as well as a photo for our records. She will give you supplies and review directions for stool culture collection. She will also be available to assist with entertaining your child while you talk with our team. When it is time to go to the laboratory to obtain blood work or to radiology to get studies, this person will escort you to the correct location.


Lynn Zimmerman, CALynn Zimmerman, CA

 Lynn Zimmerman has a passion for International Adoption and truly loves working with all of our families. She is the mother of 3 sons and 1 daughter who was internationally adopted in 1987 from South Korea. She has been a part of International Clinic since 2004. She weighs/measures the kids when they come to clinic and assists the doctor with many other duties. Lynn understands our population and the sensitivities many of our children have when visiting the doctor.