Patients are people, too.
Kidney disease affects your lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to define who you are.
At Doctors’ Kidney Care, we’re real people – and we recognize that you are, too. Our goal is to enhance your quality of life and care for you as a person, not just a patient.
We provide a full spectrum of nephrology care. At our office, you’ll find a caring environment and medical staff who understand your concerns. We strive to communicate clearly and to coordinate treatments – and appointment times – that fit your schedule.
You don’t have to face kidney disease alone. At Doctors’ Kidney Care, we’ll support you every step of the way.
Dr. Ramesh Chellamuthu, MD, MBA
Dr. Ramesh Chellamuthu grew up plowing fields and gathering eggs on his family’s farm. After completing his medical training at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, he was drawn to Gadsden’s warm weather and laidback atmosphere. Personal experience with kidney disease prompted him to specialize in nephrology. “My grandmother suffered from renal failure, so I understand the pain it causes in a family,” he says. “My goal is to treat patients as people – not only addressing their disease, but relieving anxiety about what they’re facing
Dr. Chellamuthu completed his Internal Medicine residency and Nephrology fellowship at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. In 2015, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, graduating summa cum laude. Dr. Chellamuthu is a member of several honor societies, including Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Beta Phi. Previously, he served as medical director at DaVita Dialysis in Rainbow City and Boaz, Alabama, and as a member of the physician council at Nephrology Practice Solutions (NPS). Today, he’s chairman of the nephrology division and serves as secretary of the medical executive committee at Riverview Regional Medical Center. He is also the Chief of Nephrology and serves on the medical executive and Credentialing committee at Gadsden Regional Medical Center.
When he’s not practicing medicine, Dr. Chellamuthu enjoys reading books on human behavior and happiness. He also loves playing (and coaching) tennis and spending time with his family. His wife is also a practicing physician in Gadsden, and they have two children.
Dr Etagbo Eta, MD, MPH
Dr. Etagbo Eta attended University of Alabama School of Public Health where he obtained his Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and worked as a Doctor of Internal Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
He completed his Nephrology fellowship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine where he served as the chief fellow in his graduating class.
Dr Eta is married with three children who keep him busy outside of his work as a kidney disease Specialist. He is a Christian who loves to play and coach soccer. He also enjoys playing tennis, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Justin Ford, CRNP
Justin Ford is committed to providing personalized care. “My goal is to actively engage patients in their treatment plans,” Ford says. “The provider-patient relationship is a top priority for me.”
Ford has five years of experience as a critical care nurse. He obtained his RN-BSN from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, in 2012, and a master’s of science in nursing from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, in 2016, specializing in adult gerontology acute care. Throughout his training as a nurse practitioner, Ford completed clinical rotations in lung transplant care, internal medicine, critical care and nephrology. He has worked as an orthopedic and intensive care nurse at Gadsden Regional Medical Center and Regional Medical Center Jacksonvill
In his spare time, Ford enjoys spending time with his wife and son. An avid musician, he plays both drums and guitar.
Josh McCamy, CRNP
Josh McCamy attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he obtained both his RN-BSN degree in 2013 and his Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2017. Josh has approximately 4.5 years of critical care experience as an RN at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. During his pursuit of his Master’s degree, he completed clinical rotations in internal medicine, pulmonology, and nephrology.
Outside of work, Josh spends most of his time with his wife and two children and is a devoted family man. His hobbies include watching and playing football and basketball, fishing, weight-lifting, and playing guitar.
He takes pride in being a part of Doctors’ Kidney Care and is committed to serving the community in collaboration with the physicians with whom he works.
Samuel, better known as “Sam” was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, moving to Gadsden, Alabama at the age of 7. Sam attended Jacksonville State University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in marketing and business administration while competing at the Division 1 level in the sport of tennis.
Sam teaches tennis to area players in his free time and looks to continue playing well into the future. He enjoys traveling around the country with friends, meeting new people, and relaxing at home with his family. Sam is passionate about people, with a drive to serve others in everything he does.
Wendie, BS, CMA
Wendie grew up in Trussville, Al while spending her summers in Houston, TX. She holds an Associates in Business and a Bachelors of Science degree. She previously worked at Riverview Regional Medical Center and taught school for 6 years. She is currently pursuing her BSN degree. She enjoys learning new skills and information to better herself and to be able to better the care of our patients. She came into the medical field for a number of reasons but mostly to help people be proactive about their health
In her free time, she loves being outdoors with her husband and boys. They enjoy camping, jet skiing, fishing and family time.
Melissa was born and raised in Miami, Fl. After moving to Alabama in 2000 she attended Gadsden State and graduated with an Associates Degree in Business Administration. After many years of traveling as a military family, she decided in 2006, to become a healthcare professional as a Registered Medical Assistant. In 2010, Melissa and her family relocated to Huntsville, Al where she worked for UAB Family Medicine’s residency program.
Melissa enjoys spending time with her family attending her kids’ sporting events, dance shows, and church. Melissa and her family also enjoy traveling and attending concerts.
Wendy (Jo Lynn)
Wendy (Jo Lynn) grew up in Carl Junction, Missouri, moving to Alabama for her last two years of
high school. She loves spending time on the lake & floating the river. She is an avid turkey hunter but also enjoys hunting other game too, whether it be hunting deer, squirrel, rabbit, or frog gigging.
Wendy has spent the past five years working with Summit ETC/Sterling Co. Her first 3 years were spent as a trainer in the classroom, providing exceptional group and one-on-one care for ten adults with mild-profound intellectual disabilities. She has a passion for helping others and her clients filled a special place in her heart. Her last 2 years were in Administration as a Consumer Care Mgr. In this position, she managed and ensured individuals living in the group homes were receiving their medications properly, maintaining schedules and transporting clients to their doctor’s appointments.
Wendy believes that it was during her employment there, that she discovered what her true passion, assuring the highest level of patient care.