Dr. Gordon Bryarsstarted OB-GYN of West Alabama in 1983. He is originally from Mobile and attended Birmingham Southern college and then UAB for all of his medical training. Dr. Bryars and his wife Kathy raised their four children here in Tuscaloosa and now, also have one granddaughter and one grandson. He enjoys outdoor activities, especially hunting and camping.
Dr. Harvey Edwardsis a Tuscaloosa native who never got far from home. He earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama, and then completed both medical school and OB-GYN residency at UAB. He joined the practice in 1985. His wife, Debbie, is also from Tuscaloosa and they have three sons, one daughter and four grandchildren (and counting). The Edwards family enjoys spectator sports, participatory sports, and working together on small scale construction projects.
Dr. Stephen Allenjoined the practice in 1995. He is an Alabama native and attended Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery. He earned his undergraduate degree from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee but returned to the state for both medical school and residency at UAB. His wife, Ann Marie, is from Jacksonville, Alabama. The Allen family stays very active with one of more of the children always involved in outdoor activities of one kind or another. Their favorites include baseball, soccer, golf, basketball and hammock swinging (not necessarily in that order).
Dr. Myron Chwejoined the practice in 1997. A native of Tuscaloosa, he attended Yale University receiving his B.S. in Applied Mathematics in 1988. He then attended medical school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, followed by residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Chwe is an active member of the medical staff leadership at Northport Medical Center, having recently been Medical Staff President and subsequently, chairman of the Physicians’ Activity Committee for the DCH Health System. He spends his time away from work with his wife, Connie and their two children. He also enjoys a rare game of golf, cooking, and taking pictures of his kids.
Dr. Elizabeth Emigspent most of childhood in Concord, North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from Davidson College. She met her husband, Tom, while they were in medical school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Following residency training at UAB, Elizabeth followed Tom to Montgomery, Alabama and Biloxi, Mississippi as part of his work with the Air Force. She has worked part-time with the practice since 2001, allowing her to care for their children.
Dr. Sid Smithgrew up in Texarkana, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Samford University and attended medical school at UAB. He completed his residency training at the University of South Alabama Children and Women’s Hospital in Mobile. He joined the practice in 2002. His wife, Leslie, is a native of Tuscaloosa. They have two boys. Dr. Smith enjoys hunting, baseball, and all University of Alabama sporting events.
Dr. Joanne Myersgrew up in Birmingham before attending college at Emory University. After Emory, she went on to get her Master’s degree in Public Health and her Medical Doctorate from UAB. She then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. She joined OB-GYN of West Alabama in August 2004. She currently resides in Tuscaloosa with her husband, Warren and their daughters.
Dr. John Coopergrew up in Wetumpka, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama and attended medical school at UAB. He completed his residency training at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He met his wife, Lauren, while living in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Cooper enjoys a variety of sporting events, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.
Carol Stricklanda certified registered nurse practitioner specializing in Women’s Health, joined Ob/Gyn of West Alabama in 2009. She is a Tuscaloosa native. She graduated from the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in 1980, and UAB in 1986 with a Master of Science in Nursing. She has worked in labor and delivery, taught nursing at the University of Alabama and has been a childbirth educator at DCH for over 20 years. She and her husband, George, have 3 children who have been very active in sports and scouting.
Marla Fallsis a native of Tuscaloosa. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Samford University. She is nationally certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has over 20 years combined nursing experience in Women’s Health, Critical Care, and TSICU. Marla is married to Bob Falls and they have 2 children. She enjoys spending time at the lake, playing tennis and reading.