NEIGHBOR PROFILE


 
 
Amy Woods, MD
 

Born and raised in Dothan, AL., Amy Roberts was educated in local public schools, where she excelled in all academics, and was an exceptional student in English, which set the stage for her plan to major in English in college, and become a technical writer. Her mother and father were determined that Amy would attend college, and she and her older brother did not disappoint! Amy was granted a full scholarship to the University of Montevallo, and graduated with a degree in English…ready for a future in Technical Writing. But a variety of summer jobs and an influential office assignment with Dr. William (Bill) Mason, a local dermatologist, changed her career objectives, and put her on a path to medical school and a goal to practice medicine.

While still in high school in Dothan, Amy met her future husband, Joe Woods, a native of Abbeville, AL. They dated from 1986 to 1990, while she was enrolled at Montevallo, and Joe was enrolled at Auburn. There were many trips between those campuses during those 4 years! Joe had enlisted in the Alabama National Guard while in high school, and deployed to active duty after graduating. Amy moved to Auburn after graduation, where Joe was employed at the hotel and conference center on campus, and convinced the general manager to put Amy to work at the conference center, where she was soon promoted to a conference facilitator. During that period, Amy enrolled at Auburn and took 7 quarters of chemistry, physics and pre-med science courses to prepare for medical school.

Amy was accepted to medical school at The University of South Alabama, where she focused on gastroenterology as her practice specialty, influenced by family history and encouragement from the USA staff. While at USA, they lived in Creighton Towers, a senior citizen public housing complex. In exchange for local housing, Amy and Joe would provide basic medical care and blood pressure clinics for the elderly residents. She completed her studies at USA in 1998, and joined the USA staff for her three year residency. In all, she spent 2 years in classroom studies, 2 years in hospital patient care, 3 years in the residency program, and 3 years in GI Fellowship. During this time frame, Joe obtained a master’s degree in Instructional Design from USA, and was recruited by Lockheed Martin for a position on their technical support staff. His commute every day from home in Mobile to his office in Pensacola was challenging!

They had been spending their leisure time at Pirate’s Cove, from 2001 through 2003, and purchased their first sailboat, a Catalina 27, And Then Some, from Mike Graham. That exposure to the local “color” weighed heavy on Amy’s decision to join a Foley –based GI practice…offers coming from as far away as Green Bay, WI…and with a promise of 2 tickets to all of the Packers home games! But her friendship with Mike Berry, senior partner of Gastroenterologists, PC, in Foley, led her to this local practice, and home ownership in Stone Quarry for the Woods! Amy has gained an outstanding reputation in her practice specialty at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, having served as their Chief of Staff in 2011, and active in medical care for patients suffering from a host of GI problems, including liver disease, acid reflux and colon cancer…for which she is a strong advocate for colon cancer screening. Early detection may save a life! Joe has maintained his primary role as Senior Animal Trainer for their 2 Catahoula’s, Sledge and Ginger.

When time is available, Amy is a volunteer physician with the Alabama Free Clinic, where she serves on the Board of Directors. The Woods visit with Amy’s family and Joe’s mom in Dothan as often as possible, and enjoy travel when Amy can get away from the long hours at the practice and SBRMC. They have a Catalina 310, Amazing Grace, that they have listed for sale with a local broker, but will continue to enjoy their 2005 Century 20 runabout. The community of Josephine is very fortunate to have the Woods as local residents, and Amy as our local GI resident! They are tremendous assets to the community, and we are thankful that Amy chose gastroenterology over technical writing… and Green Bay!

 

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