Dr. Caton completed her Family Medicine Residency at UAB Huntsville and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She practiced in the Huntsville-Madison Area before finding her home at Thrive Alabama. Dr. Caton pursues a systematic approach to medical diagnosis by combining the best available research evidence with clinical expertise and doctor-patient communication, with patient participation being a key to successful treatment.
She believes in giving back to her community and has volunteered at the Huntsville Free Clinic, participated in medical mission to Latin America, and provided medical aid to demining operations in Central America.
Rhanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Troy State University in 2004. She worked as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit (ICU) at South East Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama and in the ICU at Enterprise Medical Center in Enterprise, Alabama. In 2008, following her husband’s military career, she moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where she worked as an ICU registered nurse at Womack Army Medical Center.
She completed her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in December of 2014 and received her board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in early 2015.
Rhanda is committed to patient care, with a focus on prevention, education, and practicing evidenced based medicine to help patients obtain and maintain the best quality of life.
Andrea Hirschbuehler is a native of St. Louis but has lived in Huntsville for many years. She graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing from UAB in 2015. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a national Nursing Honors Society. After volunteering in high school for Thrive Alabama when it was known as the AIDS Action Coalition, Andrea made it her goal to work at Thrive Alabama. Andrea is passionate about preventative medicine and patient education. Andrea is particularly sensitive to the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ patient population. She provides STI, PrEP, and primary care.
Andrea is Board Certified in Adult/Gerontology Primary Care and Women’s Health, and as such can provide routine screenings, chronic care management, and contraceptive management.
She lives in Huntsville with her spouse, two middle schoolers, and two spoiled puppies. In her down time, she enjoys hiking with her family, reading, and knitting.
Elizabeth is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She finds working with the pediatric population one of her greatest joys. Knowing that each day provides an opportunity to encourage and educate families, and show love and understanding to children in need are some of her favorite things about working in pediatric healthcare.
In 2019, she had the honor of assisting in the development of Thrive Alabama’s pediatric program. Elizabeth also has more than 14 years of nursing experience in various areas of patient care. Her favorite areas of medicine are pediatric primary care, breastfeeding medicine, pediatric critical care, and neonatal intensive care.
In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Elizabeth’s academic background includes two bachelor’s degrees from Auburn University (a BA in English and a BSN in nursing), certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and two master’s degrees from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Family Nurse Practitioner and Leadership in Healthcare Systems).
Elizabeth resides in Huntsville with her husband, children, and their English springer spaniel, Nelson. For fun Elizabeth enjoys traveling, reading, running, and exploring the outdoors with her family.
Dr. Jiles is originally from Birmingham, AL. She moved to the Huntsville-Madison area with her husband and daughter after her husband retired from the U.S. Air Force. They love calling North Alabama home.
Jiles earned her medical doctorate at the University of Alabama, School of Medicine after receiving her Bachelor of Science in biology from Florida State University. She attended the UAB Huntsville Family Medicine Residency and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Jiles served in the military for 3 years caring for our Armed Forces men, women, and their family members as well as military retirees. After completion of her service, she practiced in Texas before finding her home at Thrive Alabama.
At Thrive, Jiles treats patients for common conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and depression as well as hepatitis C and HIV. She also does health screenings such as pap smears, physicals, and preventative labs.
Prevention, stabilization, and reversal of chronic diseases are her true passion. She believes that the practice of medicine centers on helping patients live their healthiest life possible through education, treatment, and encouragement.
In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, but really enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Breana is a native of Huntsville, AL and is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham 2015 with two specialties, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Women’s Health, following her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009. She has special interests in Gender Affirming Care and Rural Health.
Breana has a passion for serving underserved populations in the North Alabama area. She believes in developing strong relationships, research-based methods, to help facilitate personalized care, tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs.
Her interests include traveling, cooking, and reading.
Samantha completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science with a specialization in Nursing informatics at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. After working as a Clinical Informaticist she earned her Post Master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Alabama in Huntsville. She holds national board certifications with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a family nurse practitioner.
She serves as secretary for the local NANPA organization and won the 2019 Outstanding Regional Nurse Practitioner Award at NPAA. Samantha grew up in Daleville, AL and lived in Enterprise, AL prior to moving to Huntsville. She has worked as a nurse for the past 27 years including 3.5 years as a NP. She loves to care for people.
Samantha’s interests include quilting, sewing and being with her family. She has three daughters and two granddaughters with another arriving in October 2020. She has been married to her husband for the past 21 years and has 5 Chihuahua fur kids.
Dr. Shah is board certified in Family Medicine. Shah, a native of Decatur, Alabama, studied Political Science and Leadership Studies at Birmingham Southern College. She received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2008, and completed her residency, in Denver, Colorado at Exempla Saint Joseph's Hospital in 2011 where she lived until moving back to North Alabama in 2020. Dr. Shah has always been interested in health policy and minimizing barriers to care, and has participated in AmeriCorps, and medical missions in Peru, Kenya, and varying projects in the U.S. She has practiced both hospital and outpatient medicine, including four and a half years at a federally qualified health center where she worked as a primary care, after-hours, and refugee medicine physician, followed by three years as medical director dedicated to on-site medical care.
She practices evidence-based medicine and thoroughly enjoys creating meaningful doctor-patient relationships that she believes are the key to effective and quality medical care. Further, she strives to engage patients in their own preventive care and wellness, and prioritizes treating the person, not just the disease.
When not working, Dr. Shah enjoys spending time with family, watching Alabama football, and traveling.
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