Piedmont Family Medical gets new physician
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Dr. David Smith feels that Piedmont is his home. He is now practicing at the Piedmont Family Medical Clinic. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Dr. David Smith feels that Piedmont is his home. He is now practicing at the Piedmont Family Medical Clinic. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
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Just because Dr. David Smith isn’t a native of Piedmont doesn’t mean he doesn’t love the town. For the past 34 years, he’s had a special connection to the city. That’s how long he and his wife, the former Donna Kerns, who was born and reared in Piedmont, have been married.

Yesterday, was Dr. Smith’s first day at RMC’s Piedmont Family Medical Clinic, 32 Roundtree Drive, on the campus of Piedmont Healthcare Center. He is replacing Dr. Corey Gilliland, who will remain with RMC at the Anniston hospital.

Dr. Smith comes to the Piedmont clinic from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Pell City where he practiced in the emergency department. He said that Piedmont has always had a special place in his heart, and he’s delighted to be able to serve its residents.

“I love Piedmont,” he said. “I have a lot of family here, and I’m looking forward to practicing here.”

He realized that the medical field fascinated him during the Vietnam Conflict when he was a teenager volunteering for the Red Cross at the Kansas City (Mo.) Veterans Hospital.

“That’s when I really became interested in becoming a doctor,” he said. “My mother was secretary for the Fisher Body Plant manager. Her office was only a half a mile from the veterans hospital, so I’d ride with her and she would drop me at the hospital.”

Dr. Smith said that after he completed medical school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, he adopted a philosophy of practice based on the medical school’s statement of goals “to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to compassion, sensitivity, honesty, integrity, dependability and responsibility.”

“Additionally, my wife Donna practiced medical social work prior to teaching at JSU,” he said. “I like to think that she has trained me well to treat all patients with sensitivity, honesty, openness and dignity.”

Dr. Smith was born in Carrollton, Mo., and grew up in Kansas City. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Smith began practicing as a general medical officer while on active duty at Noble Army Hospital, Fort McClellan. He is in his 37th year of practicing.

The Smiths live in Anniston. They share a hobby of breeding American saddlebred horses, which Donna shows. Dr. Smith also enjoys the hobby of photography. Sharing their home are JoeBob, a 14-year-old Jack Russell, and Pixie, a 4-year-old Havanese.

Donna is retired from the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Jacksonville State University. They are members of Golden Springs Baptist Church, but regularly attend Piedmont First Baptist Church with family.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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