Our Physicians

In 2001 Internal Medicine Specialists brought together some of the most respected internal medicine physicians from the area. Located on the campus of Brookwood Medical Center, the practice is able to take advantage of the many physician specialists located nearby. Our board certified physicians are:

Charles C. Boackle, M.D.

Dr. Charles Boackle, an Alabama native, graduated from Auburn University in 1975 with a degree in Pharmacy. After entering the field of pharmacy, he elected to return to school and obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Boackle is one of the founding physicians of Internal Medicine Specialists. Dr. Boackle currently serves as the Laboratory Director for the practice. Dr. Boackle is married, the father of two children, and enjoys gardening and swimming.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, 1981

INTERNSHIP

Pediatrics
Pensacola Education Program
Sacred Heart Hospital
Pensacola, Florida, 1982

Internal Medicine
Baptist Medical Centers
Birmingham, Alabama, 1983

RESIDENCY

Baptist Medical Centers
Birmingham, Alabama, 1984-1985

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1985
Certified Clinical Densitometrist, 2002
Good Clinical Practices, 2004

SOCIETIES

Jefferson County Medical Society
American College of Physicians
Medical Association of the State of Alabama

Robert M. Frederickson, M.D.

Dr. Robert M. Frederickson graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Chemistry in 1976 and performed post graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1977- 1982. After beginning a career in engineering, he returned to school at the University of Alabama where he obtained his medical degree. He specializes in hypertension and hyperlipidemia and was one of the founding physicians of Internal Medicine Specialists, P.C. in 2001. Dr. Frederickson is commissioned by pharmaceutical companies as a professional speaker, and he has served as the Chief of Staff for Brookwood Medical Center from 2003-2004. He is married and the father of two children. He enjoys water sports, snow skiing, and jeep safaris during his leisure time.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Alabama School of Medicine
Birmingham, Alabama, 1987

INTERNSHIP

Internal Medicine
Baptist Medical Centers
Birmingham, Alabama, 1988

RESIDENCY

Baptist Medical Centers
Birmingham, Alabama, 1990

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1990
Recertified, 2002

SOCIETIES

Jefferson County Medical Society
Medical Association of the State of Alabama
American College of Physicians
Vascular Biology Working Group
International Society of Hypertension in Blacks

Larry Gazzini, M.D.

Dr. Larry Gazzini obtained a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and interned and performed his residency at the Baptist Medical Centers in Birmingham. Dr. Gazzini entered private practice before becoming a founding partner of Internal Medicine Specialists and practicing emergency medicine. He is married with three children and plays tennis and bowls in his spare time.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, 1988

INTERNSHIP

Baptist Medical Centers
Birmingham, Alabama, 1989

RESIDENCY

Baptist Medical Centers
Birmingham, Alabama, 1991

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1991
Good Clinical Practices, 2004

SOCIETIES

Jefferson County Medical Society
Medical Association of the State of Alabama

Joshua D. Ivker, M.D.

Dr. Ivker, who was born in Louisiana, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1994. He then returned to Louisiana and earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Dr. Ivker performed his internship and residency at the Baptist Medical Centers, serving as Chief Resident his last year. Married and the father of three boys, Dr. Ivker enjoys photography, choral music, cycling, skiing and is an active member of the Birmingham Jewish community.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Louisiana State University
New Orleans, Louisiana, 2000

INTERNSHIP

Baptist Medical Centers
Birmingham, Alabama, 2004

RESIDENCY

Baptist Medical Centers (Internal Medicine)
Birmingham, Alabama, 2007

University of Alabama at Birmingham (General Surgery)
Birmingham, Alabama, 2002

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2007

SOCIETIES

Medical Association of the State of Alabama
Jefferson County Medical Society
American College of Physicians

David J. Kimbrell, M.D.

Dr. David Kimbrell graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, and then returned to Alabama to complete his Internship and Residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center. Dr. Kimbrell has practiced medicine on the Brookwood Medical Center campus and was one of the founding physicians of Internal Medicine Specialists. Dr. Kimbrell is married and the father of four children. He enjoys all outdoor sports activities and researching native American artifacts.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Medical College of Georgia
August, Georgia, 1989

INTERNSHIP

Carraway Methodist Medical Center
Birmingham, Alabama, 1989

RESIDENCY

Carraway Methodist Medical Center
Birmingham, Alabama, 1992

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1992
Good Clinical Practices, 2004

SOCIETIES

Jefferson County Medical Society
Medical Association of the State of Alabama
American Society of Internal Medicine

LaDonna P. Richardson, M.D.

Dr. Richardson received her B.S. Degree in biology and her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed both her Internship and Residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, where she was the Chief Resident during her last year. Dr. Richardson was in practice on the Carraway and Medical Center East campuses before joining Internal Medicine Specialists in early 2006. A native of Alabama, Dr. Richardson enjoys music, painting, reading, hiking, and camping. She is married and the mother of two children.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, 1990

INTERNSHIP

Carraway Methodist Medical Center
Birmingham, Alabama, 1991

RESIDENCY

Carraway Methodist Medical Center
Birmingham, Alabama, 1994

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine 1993. Recertified in 2003 and 2013.

David J. Riddle, M.D.

Dr. Riddle joined Internal Medicine Specialists on January 16, 2013. Born in Cambridge, England, Dr. Riddle came to Birmingham after several years in Missouri. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and in 2001 the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He went on to Washington University School of Medicine to pursue a Fellowship in Internal Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases while also serving as Chief Resident. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine – Infectious Diseases, and Pediatrics – Infectious Diseases. Dr. Riddle and his wife now call Birmingham home.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Missouri School of Medicine
Columbia, Missouri, 1997

RESIDENCY

University of Missouri School of Medicine
Columbia, Missouri, 2005

FELLOWSHIP

Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri, 2009

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2005
American Board of Pediatrics, 2006
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 2008
American Board of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, 2009

Todd K. Schultz, M.D.

Dr. Schultz, who was born in Wisconsin, obtained his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Georgia. He then relocated to Alabama where he received his medical degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Schultz practiced in the medical community of Brookwood Medical Center before helping establish Internal Medicine Specialists in 2001. He is married and the father of two children. Dr. Schultz is a member of a contemporary recording band and is an accomplished pianist.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, 1992

INTERNSHIP

Carraway Methodist Medical Center
Birmingham, Alabama, 1993

RESIDENCY

Carraway Methodist Medical Center
Birmingham, Alabama, 1995

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1995
Good Clinical Practices, 2004

SOCIETIES

Jefferson County Medical Society
Medical Association of the State of Alabama

Joseph N. Shepherd, M.D.

Dr. Shepherd, who grew up in Opelika, graduated from Auburn University in 1983. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1987 and pursued his interest in internal medicine during residency at Baptist Hospitals. Dr. Shepherd has been actively practicing medicine since 1990. He is an avid mountain and road biker who also enjoys computers, astronomy, and photography. Dr. Shepherd enjoys the love of learning and looks forward to new challenges. He is married and has two daughters.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 1987

INTERNSHIP

Internal Medicine
Baptist Medical Centers
Birmingham, AL 1988

RESIDENCY

Baptist Medical Centers
Birmingham, AL 1990

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1990, recertified 2002

SOCIETIES

American College of Physicians
American Society of Internal Medicine

Roxanne R. Travelute, M.D.

Dr. Travelute is originally from Hanover, Kansas. She graduated with honors from the University of Kansas with a degree in Pharmacy, and from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She did her Internship and Residency training at Duke University, and stayed on faculty until moving to Birmingham. She has been in private practice in Homewood for the past 20 years. She has been active in the state Medical Association, and was President of the Jefferson County Medical Society in 2016. Her name has consistently been listed on the Best Doctors of Birmingham. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Kansas School of Medicine
Kansas City, Kansas 1985

INTERNSHIP

Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, 1986

RESIDENCY

Internal Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, 1988

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine 1989

American Board of Pharmacy 1981

SOCIETIES

American College of Physicians

American Society of Internal Medicine


Medical Association of the State of Alabama; Committee on Medical Education 2012-present, Chairman 2013-2015; Representative of the Medical Association of Alabama to educate Alabama Congressmen on Cannabidiol and testified before the Alabama House and Senate Committees 2016

Jefferson County Medical Society; Committee on Medical Ethics, Executive Committee 2012-present; President 2016

Andrea R. White, M.D.

Dr. White is a native of Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Following college, she moved to Spain where she lived for nearly eight years and graduated from medical school at the Universidad de Oviedo Facultad de Medicina. She returned to the United States in 2001 and did an Internal Medicine residency through the University of Virginia/Roanoke-Salem program. She subsequently completed a two-year Geriatrics and Palliative Care fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, followed by a post-doctoral research year. She transitioned into private practice doing sub-acute rehabilitation medicine and hospice medical director work, followed by hospital work and outpatient practice through SeniorCare Geriatrics. She joined Internal Medicine Specialists in January of 2014 and has enjoyed returning to general internal medicine where she takes care of all age groups. Dr. White is married, has two children and two dogs. She loves animals, enjoys the mountains and the ocean, and likes to garden and cook. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Universidad de Oviedo Facultad de Medicina
Spain, 2001

RESIDENCY

Family Practice
Carilion Health System
Roanoke, VA, 2003

Internal Medicine
Carilion Health System
Roanoke, Virginia, 2005

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2006

FELLOWSHIP

Geriatrics - University of Alabama at Birmingham, VA Medical Center
Birmingham, AL 2007

Palliative Medicine – University of Alabama at Birmingham, VA Medical Center
Birmingham, AL 2008

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2006

American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, 2007

American Board of Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2008

SOCIETIES

American College of Physicians