Faculty & Staff


Drew Davis, MD, serves as Medical Director for the UAB Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children's of Alabama. He is an Associate Professor in the UAB Departments of Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R).  Dr. Davis also serves as Medical Director for the Children's of Alabama Early Intervention Program. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) and PM&R. He attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, completed residency with the UAB Department of PM&R, and completed fellowship in PRM in the UAB Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Davis is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, the Alabama Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Jefferson County Medical Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Head Injury Foundation and Disability Rights and Resources, and is a member of the Alabama Head Injury Task Force.

Dr. Davis's special interests include management of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, spasticity, and assistive technology. His primary research interests are in constraint-induced movement therapy, neuroplasticity and technology applications for individuals with physical and cognitive impairments.
 
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Paola 'Lala' Mendoza, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Rehabilitation Medicine. She completed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency training at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where she served as academic chief resident. She obtained her fellowship training in pediatric rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Mendoza is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the Philippine Medical Association and the University of the East Medical Alumni Association.

Dr. Mendoza’s clinical interests include cerebral palsy, spasticity management and brachial plexus injuries. Her primary research interests include medical student education, neuroplasticity in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy, birth brachial plexus injuries and pediatric traumatic brain injury.

She is currently accepting new patient referrals.  Please call 638-2929 for an appointment.

 
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Dr. Charles Law, adjunct faculty member with UAB, is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has a subspeciality certification in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.   

Dr. Law attended medical school at East Tennessee State University and completed his residency training in PM&R at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  His fellowship training in pediatric rehabilitation was at Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado.  Dr. Law is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy & Development, the American Medical Association, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the Medical Association of Alabama, and the Southern Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 

Dr. Law's special interests include spasticity management, constraint-induced therapy, brain and spinal cord injury.  He is involved in ongoing research primarily in Cerebral Palsy.


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Lisa Binegar, RN, MSN, CPNP is a nurse clinician in the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine.  Lisa graduated in 2005 with her BSN from The University of Iowa College of Nursing and worked as a staff nurse on the pediatric inpatient unit at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  She continued to work as a staff nurse after returning to school to pursue an MSN degree and an advanced Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification.

From 2009 to 2012, Lisa worked as a CPNP with a non-profit organization in Iowa City to provide home visits and health care services to pregnant and parenting families in Johnson County. She taught undergraduate pediatric nursing clinicals in 2010 for the University of Iowa College of Nursing. From 2010 to 2012, she worked in a primary care clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Lisa's special interests include disparities in health care for women and children, caring for vulnerable pediatric populations, and improving access to health care for all children.


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Stephanie Elkins, RN, BSN, CPN, is a pediatric nurse clinician in the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine. Stephanie received her Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of North Alabama. Stephanie is board certified in pediatric nursing and has over ten years of experience in pediatric nursing and social work combined.

Stephanie coordinates the General Rehabilitation clinics. She also serves as case manager for the general rehab patient population. Her special interests include Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

 
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Angela Hamby, RN, MPH, CRRN graduated from Samford University with a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing. Prior to joining Rehabilitation Medicine, she worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit here at Children's of Alabama as a staff nurse and charge nurse.  During her time in the NICU, Angela obtained her Masters in Public Health with Maternal Child concentration from UAB.  She has been with the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine as a Nurse Clinician since 2005.  In 2007, Angela obtained the Certification in Rehabilitation Nursing. 

Angela recently became member of PALS (Personnel Achieving Longtime Service) for 20 years of service to Children's of Alabama.  Her special interests include Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy and wound care management.


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Kim Kilgore, RN is the program coordinator for in the Division of Rehabiliation Medicine. Kim graduated in 2002 with a nursing degree from Bevill.  She then worked as a bedside nurse taking care of spinal cord & head injuries, as well as orthopedic and multi-trauma patients, at Children’s until 2006.  For the last 5 years, Kim has worked in UAB’s resident education program and primary care.  In 2010, the residents awarded her the Sergio Stagno Friend of the Housestaff award.  In addition to residents, she also taught nursing clinicals for Bevill from 2004-2008.  Kim is interested in factors affecting outcomes of premature infants with CP and other neurologic disorders, as well as transitioning complex pediatric patients into appropriate adult care.


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Cyndi Cortes, DrPH, MSN, CRNP, CRRN is a pediatric nurse practitioner in pediatric rehabilitation at Children's of Alabama.  She earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in developmental disabilities in 1991 and post masters in pediatric primary care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1992.  Her Doctor of Public Health (Maternal and Child Health concentration) was obtained at UAB.  She has worked in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine since January 1998 and became a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse in June 1999.   Cyndi's special interests include spasticity management, neuromuscular conditions, developing appropriate systems of care for children with special health care needs and quality of life of children with special health care needs and their caregivers. She recently completed a research study regarding the relationship of having a medical home with the quality of life of mothers of children with and without special health care needs.
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