Carter keeps it personal

Tina Carter works at Advanced Rheumatology in Alabaster. (Contributed)

Tina Carter works at Advanced Rheumatology in Alabaster. (Contributed)

By SANDRA THAMES / Community Columnist
Born to James and Brenda Carter in Huntsville, Carter moved to Alabaster at age 9 and has been here ever since. Carter graduated from Thompson High School in 1985, married Tony Carter (different line of Carters) and is looking forward to her 13 anniversary of marriage and graduation in 2015.
“My dream trip to Hawaii would be a great present for next years thirtieth celebration” said Carter.
The Carters were blessed with two children. Son Austin is 20 and majoring in marketing business at Jacksonville State University. Daughter Adrienne is 24 and works at Alabama Oncology in Alabaster. Carter has one sister, Regina Caldwell, who lives in Huntsville.
The Carters are a close knit family with traveling, home decorating and Auburn football being among their favorite interests.
Carter previously worked for five years as a Medical Assistant at Baptist Health Centers for Dr. Larry Lee and Dr. David Wilson who she says are two of the finest internal medicine doctors in Shelby County. She then had an opportunity in 2010 to go with Dr. Nop Unnoppet (also affiliated with Baptist Health Centers) at advanced rheumatology in Alabaster. She was cross-trained in all aspects of the office.
“I loved the daily patient interaction but three years ago, I was asked if I would like to go into management. I was torn because I loved my patients,” she said. “Now even though I don’t see them each time they’re in, they know I’m always available and always glad to see them.”
Trained and tested at PM Institute in Birmingham, Carter became a certified medical office manager in 2012. A typical day might include billing, staffing, meeting with pharmaceutical representatives, prescription problems, meetings at downtown corporate headquarters, and even taking the place of someone who might be absent from work. Anything that happens Carter can handle.
“Good health, wonderful family and a great job……life is good and I couldn’t ask for a better practice or organization to call home,” she said.