Our Staff

Meet Our Skilled Team
    • Dr. Naresh S. Purohit, MD

      Dr. Naresh S. Purohit, MD

      Dr. Purohit has a graduate degree in Medicine from India. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of South Alabama, and has been practicing pediatrics in the Anniston area over 25 years, including one year of pediatric emergency medicine at University of South Alabama. Dr. Purohit is also a fellow of the American Pediatrics and is Board Certified. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the International House of JSU, the Board of the Right Place that helps serve the homeless, and has served on the State Pediatrics Board for 6 years. He also supports the United Way, Big Brother, Big Sister Club the Knox Concert Series, The Right Place, and the CP Center.

    • Dr. Andrea Branch, MD

      Dr. Andrea Branch, MD

      Dr. Andrea Branch is originally from Tennessee. She completed medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN in 2007. She completed residency in Pediatrics at Monroe Carrell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN in 2010. Dr. Branch has been board certified in Pediatrics since 2010. Dr. Branch has been practicing General Pediatrics at Purohit Pediatric Clinic since 2010. She especially enjoys teaching and caring for patients with asthma. Dr. Branch is married and the mother to 2 rambunctious little girls. She enjoys spending time with family, reading fiction and watching movies in her spare time. She looks forward to meeting and caring for your children.

    • Dr. Manci Balas, MD

      Dr. Manci Balas, MD

      Dr. Balas received her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of
      Medicine in Tampa, Florida. She completed her general pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. She went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric critical care transport also at children’s hospital in Birmingham. After completing her training she worked for Jefferson county department of health until joining Purohit pediatrics in April 2017. She is board certified in general pediatrics and has over twenty years of clinical experience. She is happily married to Craig, dean of medical education at UAB and together they have four boys.

    • Dr. Maria Marchenko, M.D.

      Dr. Maria Marchenko, M.D.

      Maria Marchenko, M.D. – Dr. Maria Marchenko received her medical diploma from Russian State Medical University. After practicing Critical Care Medicine for over 10 years in Russia she came to the United States and completed residency training in Pediatrics at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York, NY. She pursued additional training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago. After successfully completing her training she was caring for infants and children in Northeast and in Southeast Alabama prior to joining Purohit Pediatric Clinic. She is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and in Pediatric Critical Care and is an active member of American Academy of Pediatrics.

    • Dr. Rebecca Thompson, MD

      Dr. Rebecca Thompson, MD

      Dr. Rebecca Thompson practices at our Grandview location in Birmingham, AL. She received her undergraduate degree from UAB in Birmingham, AL. She then received her medical degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Following medical school, Dr. Thompson completed her pediatric residency with USC in Columbia, SC. After residency, she practiced as a general pediatrician in Snellville, Ga, for almost 2 years. She now practices full-time at our Birmingham office. Dr. Thompson chose pediatrics as her speciality because she loves working with children. She understands that a parent must entrust their child’s care to their pediatrician, and she is honored to serve this role. Dr. Thompson enjoys caring for children of all ages. She enjoys seeing children grow through performing regular well checks and helping sick children throughout all types of illnesses

    • Amy M. Matson, CRNP

      Amy M. Matson, CRNP

      Amy M Matson, CRNP is originally from Rainbow City, Alabama. She graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She also received her Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree and Masters in Nursing. She has worked with Purohit Pediatric Clinic since 2003. Amy is married to Barry Matson. She has 2 children, 1 son in law and a beautiful grandson. She enjoys traveling, reading and playing with her dogs.

    • Amanda Hall, CRNP IBCLC

      Amanda Hall, CRNP IBCLC

      Amanda is originally from Jacksonville, AL. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Emory University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of West Georgia. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with children and began her nursing career in UAB’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. During her 8 years there she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is very passionate about breastfeeding and can help any mom meet their goal. As her children got older Amanda decided it was time to further her education and received a Master of Nursing degree from UAB. Amanda is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. During her off time she enjoys spending time with her family.

    • Elizabeth Tucker, MSN PNP-PC

      Elizabeth Tucker, MSN PNP-PC

      Elizabeth Tucker, MSN PNP-PC is originally from Georgia where she attended the University of Georgia and Columbus State University where she studied nursing and Spanish language. Upon graduation she began working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Columbus, Georgia and was a member of the Transport Team. Elizabeth later attended University of Alabama at Birmingham where she obtained her master’s degree in nursing with the specialty of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care. While attending UAB, she trained at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in their Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pulmonary Clinic and Emergency Department as well as working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a staff nurse.
      In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, reading, raising sheep, and spending time with her husband and three children.

    • Kristin M. Gsell, RN, MSN, CRNP

      Kristin M. Gsell, RN, MSN, CRNP

      Kirstin is a graduate of UAB School of Nursing’s Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Program, and is a certified Pediatric Primary Care nurse practitioner. She first worked for 4 years in UAB’s neonatal Intensive Care unit as a new nurse out of school, then went on to work as a PNP in a pediatrician’s office in Georgia. She also worked in the ER at Children’s of Alabama, and joined Purohit Pediatric Clinic in 2018. Before starting a second career in nursing, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from Auburn University and worked in immunology and infectious diseases research, and pharmaceutical production and sale. She and her husband Mickey live in Trussville and Kristin has a 9 year old daughter and a 17yr old step-daughter. Her hobbies include traveling and enjoying their family’s 3 horses, two cats, and one dog.