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Internal Medicine Affiliates

We Care for People...Not Just Diseases

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Meet Dr. Dixon

About Sandra Mathews Ford MD

Dr. Sandra Ford is a board certified internal medicine physician.  She is a Medical Doctor with 41 years of experience as a board-certified internist specializing in functional medicine .

As a functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Ford desires to find the root cause of symptoms while promoting health and wellness.   


Medical School - University of Alabama  Birmingham School of Medicine

Residency in Internal Medicine - University of Birmingham

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The Staff

Dr. Sandra Mathews Ford - Medical Director

Henry M. Ford - Office Administrator

Monique Cunningham - Nurse

Anita Ford - Office Manager

Felicia Lowery - Lab Technician

Darlene Cockrell - Medical Secretary

Jamese Cook - Medical Assistant


How Can I Help You

Physical Exams

A physical examination, medical examination, or clinical examination (more commonly referred to as a check-up), is the process by which a medical practitioner examines the body of a patient for any possible signs or symptoms of a medical condition. It generally consists of a series of questions regarding patient medical history followed by an examination of the symptoms. Together, the medical history and the physical examination aids in determining the correct diagnosis and devising the treatment plan. This data then becomes part of the medical record.


Prescription medication Medicare Part B fills and refills.

Physical Exams

Immunization vaccines, also known as flu shots or flu jabs, are vaccines that protect against infection by influenza viruses.[2] A new version of the vaccine is developed twice a year, as the influenza virus rapidly changes.[2] While their effectiveness varies from year to year, most provide modest to high protection against influenza

General Wellness

General medical examination is a common form of preventive medicine involving visits to a general practitioner by well feeling adults on a regular basis.

Prevention & Wellness

The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a yearly appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) to create or update a personalized prevention plan. This plan may help prevent illness based on your current health and risk factors

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Patient Info

Insurance Coverage

We no longer take Medicaid

Internal Medicine Affiliates accepts most insurance providers. Our office staff is happy to assist you by calling your insurance company to clarify these concerns prior to your visit. Many insurance companies provide various “plans,” and some of these plans cover preventative care including annual physicals, and unfortunately, others plans do not.  Furthermore, certain plans cover the annual physical with no deductible; even though there may be a deductible which may apply to other services provided at the same time the physical is performed, so always ask if you have additional needs at your annual physical.

Finally, certain plans will fully pay for the clinical examination by a provider, but may apply a deductible for routine laboratory and radiology services. Therefore, the best way to prevent surprises is to be well informed about your coverage prior to your appointment.

Bring Your Insurance Card With You

Be sure to bring your insurance card with you every time you visit our Tuscaloosa Ave SW Internal Medicine Affiliates location. Notify the front desk whenever your insurance coverage changes, so the medical staff can accurately maintain your important medical records.

Bring Your ID With You

Be sure to bring your driver's license or Alabama ID card


Internal Medicine Affiliates is open to new Medicare patients.

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Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday - Sunday is closed

Closed Major Holidays

516 Tuscaloosa Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211

Phone 205-786-1025

Fax # 205- 780-0670

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