Family Medicine Faculty


Allen Perkins

R. Allen Perkins, MD

Professor, Department Chair

Dr. Perkins was our Program Director from summer 1999 to summer of 2010 and he has served as the department chair since 2005. His clinical practice incorporates the full spectrum of Family Medicine. He teaches several of the procedural components within our Family Medicine Department including obstetrical ultrasound. His academic interests are focused on improving care delivery to underserved populations and care of patients with chronic diseases.

Dr. Perkins he enjoys scuba diving, running, and spending time at the beach with his family.

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Ehab Molokhia


Ehab Molokhia, MD

Vice Chair and Program Director

Dr. Molokhia joined our faculty after completing his residency with USA Family Medicine. Dr. Molokhia’s hometown is Ann Arbor, MI. He did all of his undergraduate work, as well as earned his medical degree, from the University of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt. He is Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and is also the Residency Director. Dr. Molokhia and his wife, Doaa, are the proud parents of three children- a son and two daughters.


Carol Motley

Carol Motley, MD

Associate Professor, PreDoc Director

Dr. Motley joined our faculty in 2006 as an Associate Professor. Prior to her appointment with us she was in private practice in Huntsville, Alabama for several years.  Before that time, she held academic appointments at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Family Practice Residency at Emory University School of Medicine in Columbus, GA. 

Dr. Motley’s clinical practice encompasses the full range of Family Medicine, as it includes Obstetrics and Women’s Health.  She also serves as the Department’s Advisor to the Family Medicine Interest Group.

Ashleigh Butts-Wilkerson

Ashleigh Butts-Wilkerson, MD

Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director

Dr. Butts-Wilkerson earned her medical degree from the USA College of Medicine. She completed her residency in family medicine at USA, where she served as chief resident.

Dr. Butts-Wilkerson is a member of the American Medical Association. In her spare time, she volunteers with Oak Park Church of God Youth and the Washington County Junior Livestock Association.

Dr. Butts-Wilkerson, her husband, Jeremy share their lives with a beautiful young daughter and handsome baby son.

Marirose Trimmier, MD

Assistant Professor

Marirose C. Trimmier, MD is a graduate of the University of South Alabama Medical School and Residency Program.  After completely residency in 2001, she moved to Georgia for 3 years before moving back to her home state of Alabama.  After several years in private practice she has recently returned to the University of South Alabama as Assistant Professor. 

Dr. Trimmier enjoys reading, dancing and cycling.

James McKinley, MD

Medical Director, Assistant Professor

MD from University of Alabama, BirminghamMBA from University of Alabama
Interests: Population Health & Public Health

Nicole Slater, PharmD

Nicole Slater, PharmD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

Dr. Slater joins us courtesy of Auburn University, Harrison School of Pharmacy.
She graduated from the Bernard J Dunn School of Pharmacy in Winchester Virginia.  She then completed a PGY-1 Ambulatory Care Residency at Amherst Family Practice in Winchester Virginia and an Academic Fellowship at Shenandoah University.  Her interests include chronic disease state management, specifically diabetes, anticoagulation, obesity, and polypharmacy.


Mary Smith-West, LICSW

Instructor | Diriector, Behavioral Medicine

Mary Smith-West, LICSW joined our faculty in 2016 as an Instructor of Behavioral Medicine.  Prior to her appointment, she worked in primary care behavioral health in various community settings through the University of South Alabama Behavioral Health and Resiliency Center.  Ms. Smith-West is a graduate of the University of West Florida College of Education and Professional Studies, where she earned a master's degree in clinical social work. She is a Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellow with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.  Ms. Smith-West is also an affiliated faculty member of the University of South Alabama Disaster and Trauma Alliance. Prior to academics, Ms. Smith-West's work focused on community-based interventions for vulnerable populations in the areas of domestic and family violence, foster care, homelessness, and addictions recovery.  Her interests include integrated behavioral health, social determinants of health, complex psychosocial trauma, and interprofessional education. 

Sean Smithgall, PharmD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

Dr. Smithgall graduated from East Tennessee State University, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy in 2014 with his PharmD degree.  He completed a PGY1 in Pharmacotherapy at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.  He then return to ETSU in order to complete a PGY2 in Ambulatory Care with a focus in transitions of care.  After the completion of his PGY2, he accepted a position with Auburn University, Harrison School of Pharmacy as an Assistant Clinical Professor.  His practice site is a hybrid inpatient, outpatient model with the University of South Alabama Family Medicine Department where he primarily focuses on improving transitions of care.  Other interests of Dr. Smithgall include research into personality traits and characteristics of success of learners in different health care professions. 

Barry Porter

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Director, Family Medicine Practice Development

Dr. Porter joined the faculty as an adjunct professor in 2015. He received his Doctorate from the University of South Alabama. Prior to coming to USA, he served as administrator of a local urgent care brand with which he was involved in the startup and expansion in both Mobile & Baldwin Counties. He also worked for the Department of Defense as an Research Analyst and prior to that was involved in an early healthcare startup. His experience in analysis, systems design, implementation planning, and strategic management are all relevant to the department's work in Population Health initiatives. Currently, he supports all curriculum modification efforts, drives development of population health-related projects, designs practice research, provides quality and process improvement advisory for interdisciplinary patient care models, and provides administration support for HRSA grants. Dr. Porter is native Mobilian, where he currently resides with his family. He enjoys the outdoors and traveling.