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MONTGOMERY (Feb. 9, 2021) – Physicians to Children is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a Children’s of Alabama pediatric practice. Originally founded in 1977, the practice was purchased by Children’s of Alabama in 1996 and relocated to the Taylor Medical Complex in February 2011. Staff, physicians and members of the Children’s of Alabama leadership attended a socially-distanced lunch to celebrate the anniversary Feb. 9 at the Physicians to Children office.

“In the 25 years since Dr. Bob Beshear sold his practice to Children’s of Alabama, we have enjoyed being a part of the wide community impact and excellent patient care provided by Physicians to Children,” Sandy Thurmond, vice president of Primary Care Services at Children’s of Alabama, said. “The practice has grown to seven physicians and a supporting team which provided almost 15,000 patient care visits during the pandemic year of 2020 and over 20,000 visits the year before.”

The goal of Physicians to Children has always been to provide quality infant, child and adolescent healthcare to families in Montgomery and surrounding areas. The family-oriented atmosphere in the office is fostered by a close-knit group of employees who have a genuine calling to care for children and their families. 

Physicians to Children proudly received Patient-Centered Medical Home certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in 2020. The NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs.



Kendra Gillis Colvin, MD, FAAP

Karen Doles, MD, FAAP

Cheryl Fekete, MD, FAAP

Olivia C. Garcia, MD

Malissa K. Hoy, DO, FAAP

Alicia Hughes, MD, FAAP

Dina Winston, MD, FAAP


Physicians to Children

470 Taylor Road, Suite 210

Montgomery, AL 36117


Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient, outpatient and primary care throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves patients from every county in Alabama and nearly every state. Children’s is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians.