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. Courtney Crayne, MD

      Dr. Courtney Crayne, MD

      Dr. Courtney Crayne is originally from New Orleans, La. She graduated cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., before earning her medical degree from UAB. She completed her Pediatrics Residency in New Orleans at Tulane University. She then completed fellowship training in Pediatric Rheumatology at UAB. Dr. Crayne also earned a Master of Science in Public Health and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

      After devoting several years to clinical research, Dr. Crayne realized her passion was in patient care and in managing the whole child. She has a special interest in immunization adherence, autoimmune disease, and musculoskeletal pain. In her “free time,” Dr. Crayne enjoys spending time with her two wild boys, running, and watching football.

    • 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

    • Gayl-Julie Spence, MSN FNP-BC

      Gayl-Julie Spence, MSN FNP-BC

      Gayl-Julie Spence, MSN FNP-BC practices at our Birmingham-Grandview location. A graduate of Gloucestershire Royal School of Nursing in England, she has been in pediatric nursing 29 years. With an incredible passion for pediatrics, she completed her MSN at the renowned Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University in 2003.

    • 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.

    • Amanda Pearson, MSN FNP-BC

      Amanda Pearson, MSN FNP-BC

      Our Moody and Grandview locations are excited to welcome Amanda Pearson, MSN FNP-BC, to the Purohit Pediatric Family. Amanda graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Alabama and has been a pediatric cardiac nurse in the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Children’s of Alabama for over 5 years. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing, specializing in family nursing, from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2018.

      She and her husband, Shane, reside in Hoover, Alabama, with their golden retriever, Fancy. They enjoy Alabama football, staying active, and traveling.

    • Cori Broadhead, MSN, PNP-PC

      Cori Broadhead, MSN, PNP-PC

      Cori attended the University of Montevallo where she graduated with a degree in Biology with University Honors followed by nursing school at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed the Accelerated Masters in Nursing Pathway and received her Masters in Nursing with focus in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care.

      While attending UAB, she worked as an RN at Children’s Hospital on the Renal, Endocrine, GI, and Urology Unit for 2.5 years, as well as training in both pediatric primary care and pediatric urgent care. In her free time, she, her husband, and their dog, Macklin, like to go camping and hiking.

    • 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.