My desire to become a doctor and to return back to my hometown is largely due to Dr. Brian Perry," explains Dr. Junkins. "Dr. Perry was a major influence in my decision to even consider the field of medicine. Through his guidance and encouragement I attended medical school and knew the only place I wanted to practice was right at home in Cherokee County. I owe a lot to Dr. Perry and I'm very appreciative."
A 1986 graduate of Cherokee County High School, Dr. Junkins attended Jacksonville State College where he received his bachelor's of science degree in biology. Upon graduation, he began his medical studies at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) and continued his medical training at the University of South Alabama Hospital where he is currently completing his four-year residency. His medical interests include critical care medicine and palliative/end-of-life care.
When he arrives in the summer of 2001, Dr. Junkins will treat both adults and children. He will be the first pediatrician to practice in Cherokee County. Dr. Junkins will also become one of only 12 physicians in the state of Alabama to be certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. He will apply for board certification in the fall of 2001. Dr. Junkins will begin taking appointments in mid-July