Healthcare Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to offer you the latest tools and treatment options to help with the toughest problems patients face. We emphasize preventive and natural measures to restore youthfulness and help maintain an active lifestyle.

Our Practice

Most people present to us with a problem or diagnosis that has just gone on way too long. They are tired of being labeled and just given medicines. They are tired of being labeled incontinent, heart patient or chronically depressed. They are tired of the solutions that have been offered. They may already have had treatments, like surgeries or medicines causing significant side effect. They learn of us from a friend who is urging them on or find us from googling their specific problem and they see something they pray can help them. As a team it gives us great satisfaction to present highly effective strategies that have dramatically helped those with similar problems or diagnoses. We love bringing technologies that patients could only dream existed. We try to get patients where they need to be in the quickest, safest, least expensive way.

Leslie Jones, BSN, RN

Leslie Jones graduated from Auburn University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009. She has over 10 years experience in Pediatric nursing, Clinical Education and Nursing Management. She developed a passion for Functional Medicine after experiencing healing from Lyme Disease through Functional Medicine and 10-Pass Ozone therapy. She desires to help others reach an optimal level of health and achieve the life-changing results that she has experienced. Leslie is trained in Electrodermal Screening and in the administration of 10-Pass Ozone Therapy. Leslie enjoys spending her spare time with friends and family and going on adventures with her wonderful husband Caleb.

Starla Lowery

Starla Lowery serves as our receptionist. An interest in health and wellness brought her to Alabama Functional Medicine, first as a patient, then as a team member. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Prior to coming to work at Alabama Functional Medicine, she enjoyed a 29-year career as an elementary school teacher. She chose to work in Functional Medicine because she finds it so rewarding to support Dr. McWhorter and the rest of the clinical team as they endeavor to find the root cause of illness to help patients achieve optimum health. Starla is also a trained IASIS technician.

When not working, you’ll most likely find Starla spending time with her family. She and her husband, John, are empty nesters. Their only child, Ben, is in school at Auburn University. War Eagle! She loves spending time near the water, whether it is a pool, lake, or beach! During the cooler months, she prefers curling up with a good book by the fire.

Donna Waldrop

Donna is a dedicated and empathetic Medical Assistant with over 18 years in direct patient care and office management experience. She is committed to obtaining the highest level of patient communication and satisfaction.
Donna has chosen to work at Alabama Functional Medicine because she has a passion to be a part of a practice that seeks to discover the root cause of issues and equips patients to have an optimal quality of life. Donna is a certified IASIS technician and a HOCATT technician.
Donna met Dr. McWhorter when he was 15 years old in their church youth group. She is a mother of two grown, married daughters and the grandmother of three. She enjoys spending time with her family, sewing, monogramming and reading.

Christie Boucher

Christie serves as our Membership Coordinator. Christie has homeschooled both of her children, is a Veteran of the Marine Corps, and has been passionate about natural health solutions for a long time. Christie found her way to AFM by way of a long-time patient who knew of her interest in Functional Medicine. She began her role with the AFM team as our HOCATT and IASIS technician. Christie thoroughly enjoyed working with patients to help them get the most from their HOCATT and IASIS sessions. She now enjoys helping patients establish membership at AFM to begin their journey to wellness.
When not helping patients, you will find Christie in her garden, tending to a chicken and enjoying time spent with her husband and kids. Reading by a body of water and thrifting are other hobbies.

Alex Ragsdale

Alex serves as a Medical Assistant. She loves working with Dr. McWhorter and the AFM team to help patients feel better and stay healthy. Prior to joining the AFM team, she worked as a Patient Care Tech in the Emergency Room and as an OR assistant for 4 years. She plans to attend Nursing School at Jefferson State Community College. She was born and raised in Montgomery, AL and currently lives in Titus, AL. Outside of work she loves camping, fishing and being outdoors with her boyfriend, Matthew. They also enjoy spending time with their dogs.

Emilee Phillips

Emilee Phillips serves as our IASIS technician in Opelika and has been with the Alabama Functional Medicine staff since December of 2020. After training under Dr. McWhorter and Barry Bruder, the Co-Founder of IASIS, Emilee knew she wanted to be a part of this breakthrough technology. Her passion for seeing lives transformed and seeking the root cause of the issue is why Emilee chose to be a part of our team. Emilee’s background in customer service has equipped her well to provide an excellent patient experience from start to finish.
When not at the office, you can find Emilee with her family or church community group. Her and her husband have a young son who keep them very active, and they also lead a weekly Bible study for young families. In Emilee’s spare time she loves listening to podcasts, going antique shopping, and spending time on the water.

Haley McGill

Haley McGill serves as a Medical Assistant. She graduated from Auburn University of Montgomery in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and is currently in Nursing School at AUM. She has lived in Prattville for the past 19 years. Her experience includes working as an orthopedic technician, receptionist, and a Disney employee. She has worked in the healthcare field for the past 4 years and really loves to see patients improve their overall health. She enjoys reading, being on the lake, and spending time with her family.

Retired Team Members

Toni Cisneros, BSN, RN

Toni and her family moved out of state with the military. Toni made a lasting impact on the entire AFM family. She is surely missed by all and we wish her the very best in all that she does.

Maggie Ford

Maggie left her position at AFM to continue her nursing education. Maggie was a loved and valued part of our team and we have confidence she will make a fantastic nurse! She occasionally works PRN to help out if another team member is out.

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