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ABOUT OUR TEAM

AUBURN FAMILY MEDICINE

Auburn Acute Care was founded by Keith Bufford, MD August 2008 having already served as a practitioner for years in our local community. Dr. Bufford saw a need for a high-quality family medical practice to serve our community with a vision of growing along with an ever-increasing Auburn Opelika population.  This vision came to fruition, and, as a result of this, Michael Fagan, PA-C joined us in January 2016 and then James Gauthier, MD, MPH joined us in January 2017. Both these valuable providers are helping us manage the ongoing growth of our clinic so we can better serve the Auburn-Opelika Area. In 2017, Auburn Acute Care changed its name to Auburn Family Medicine to better reflect our scope of care. 

Dr. Keith Bufford

Keith Bufford, MD

B.S. - Auburn University

M.D. - University of Alabama School of Medicine

Residency Tuscaloosa Family Medicine

Board Certified Family Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Medical Director Rural Medical Program Auburn University

ABOUT DR. BUFFORD

Dr. Keith Bufford was born in Opelika, Alabama and grew up on a farm 10 miles south of Auburn. He earned his BS degree from Auburn University and his Medical Degree from the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine, UAB. He completed his Family Medicine Residency in Tuscaloosa Alabama. He is currently the Medical Director of the Rural Medicine Program at Auburn
University / University of Alabama School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is married with 2 children. His hobbies and interests include outdoor activities when time permits such as, hunting, fishing, tennis, canoeing, biking and water skiing, working on the family farm and walking with his labrador retriever.

James Gauthier, MD, MPH

B.S. - Mercer University

M.D. - University of Alabama School of Medicine

Residency  Tuscaloosa Family Medicine

Masters in Public Health (MPH)

Medical Review Officer

Board Certified Family Medicine

Board Certified Preventive/Occupational Medicine

ABOUT DR. GAUTHIER

Dr. Gauthier was born in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his BS degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and his Medical Degree from the University of Alabama School Of Medicine, UAB. He completed his Family Medicine Residency in Tuscaloosa Alabama. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Preventive/Occupational Medicine.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is married with 2 children. His hobbies and interests include playing the guitar with his harmonica, gardening, identifying wild flowers, kayaking, trail biking, camping and hiking.  

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Brandon Hamond, DO

B.S. -  Erskine College

DO - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Family Medicine Residency - Riverside Regional Medical Center

ABOUT DR. HAMMOND

Dr. Brandon Hammond was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas. He earned his BS degree at Erskine College and his medical degree at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC. He will complete his Family Medicine residency in June of 2020 at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA. He and his wife, Hollie, are so thankful for the opportunity to join Auburn Family Medicine and are looking forward to calling Auburn their new home. In his spare time, he enjoys all things sports, serving in the local church and community, exercising, and making new memories with his family and friends. 

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Christy Young FNP -BC

BSN - Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
NP   -   Kennesaw State University


ABOUT  CHRISTY YOUNG
Christy Young grew up in Snellville, GA and lived in Atlanta prior to moving to Opelika, Alabama.  She went to Mercer University for her BSN-RN and became an Emergency Department/trauma nurse at Gwinnett Medical Center. After 6 years in the emergency department, she decided to further her educated and went to nurse practitioner school at Kennesaw State University. She has worked in various emergency departments as a nurse practitioner including Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, St. Francis and Piedmont Northside in Columbus, Georgia. She moved to Opelika in 2017 and lives with her husband, Clay and stepson, Bo and four-legged kids, a great Dane named Chaucer and a mutt named Soapbox (she came with the name.) In her spare time, she enjoys sporting events and traveling.

 

“By earning recognition, Keith Bufford, MD  has demonstrated that he provides effective, evidence-based care to their patients with diabetes ... For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes."

Margaret E. O’Kane,
President, National Committee for Quality Assurance