Meet our CEO
Michael is certainly no stranger to MAO with a 16 year track record of working within the organization. The great majority of Michael’s life has been spent living in rural areas of Alabama. Growing up in this environment led him to an extra sensitivity to the specific needs and cultural differences that rural communities present. He is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery and the University of Alabama. He received his Master of Social Worker degree in 1989, and is licensed at the LCSW level. With Michael’s extensive experience and knowledge of care, he is frequently requested to present on Social Work, Case Management, Mental Health and HIV issues at national, state and local conferences and programs.
Laurie Dill MD
Dr. Laurie Dill is the Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer of Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama (MAO). A native of Alabama, her undergraduate degree is from Vanderbilt University, and she attended medical school and residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She has done medical mission work in Belize, worked as an Instructor in Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as part of their Faculty Development Program, and she has been the County Health Office of the Montgomery County Health Department in Montgomery, AL. She has been treating HIV patients with MAO since 1996, and has been the Medical Director since 2006. She presented a talk to the 45th Meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in Washington D.C. She is on the Governor of Alabama’s Commission on HIV for Children, Youth and Adults. She has co-authored two studies on Domestic Violence in Primary Care settings.
Meet Our Providers
Marguerite J. Barber-Owens, MD
Dr. Marguerite J Barber-Owens is a native of Washington D.C. but she considers Alabama her home now since she has been in private practice here since 1990. She is board certified in Internal Medicine with a special interest in Diabetes Mellitus. She did her undergraduate work and medical school at Howard University. She did her residency in Internal Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. The government sent her to Alabama and she met her husband, fell in love and as they say, the rest is history. Her interests include swimming and choir (mostly background) and as the newest member of the staff, she welcomes new patients.
Prashanth Bhat, MD, MPH, AAHIVS.
Dr. Bhat joined MAO in 2010. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is credentialed as an HIV Specialist from the American Academy of HIV Medicine. His interests include HIV, viral hepatitis, lipids, cardiovascular risk modification, health maintenance, health disparities, equity, & literacy, social determinants of health, community based solutions for global health issues, technology in healthcare, and medical education. He is an instructor of HIV Medicine at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Alabama Medical Education Consortium, Montgomery Family Medicine Residency Program, and UAB Selma Family Medicine Program. He is trained in India and the US and brings a cross-continental knowledge and expertise to Alabama. Dr. Bhat is currently accepting new patients.
Carlos Reyes-Sacin, MD
Dr Carlos A Reyes-Sacin was born and raised in Lima, Peru. His initial education was at Claretiano Catholic School. He did his under graduate and medical school at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. After graduating medical school he trained for one year in geriatric medicine with the Peruvian National Police. He practiced for several years in Peru as a Family medicine physician. He then moved to the United States to start his Internal Medicine Residency at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, TN. After completing his residency, he moved to Detroit, MI for his fellowship in Infectious Diseases. He has been with MAO for a little over a year now. In his spare time he likes to watch and play sports specially soccer and Tennis.
Tonya Richards, CRNP
CRNP Tonya Richards is the health care provider for the Dothan Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama ( MAO). Ms. Richards also sees patients in Clayton and Montgomery. She was born in Florida, but attended school in Alabama. She obtained a master’s degree in nursing, as well as becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner from Troy University in Troy, AL. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Ta International Honor Society of Nursing. She is also involved with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She began her Family Nurse Practitioner career working in southern rural health clinics. She worked 7 years treating hepatology (diseases of the liver) including Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. She was involved in numerous research studies while working in the field of hepatology.