Words by Anna Lee Vaughn | Images by Ryan McGill
Premier Health Center in Dora, Alabama, welcomed Dr. Wesley Minor as its newest primary care physician on July 31, 2023. Dr. Minor will be accepting new primary care patients and most insurances, providing care for urgent cases, and offering addiction treatment through Suboxone.
After graduating from Cordova High School, Minor decided he could best gain exposure to both his fields of interest – healthcare and engineering – at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Minor’s journey into the medical field began after he graduated from Cordova High School. To explore his interests in both healthcare and engineering, he chose to pursue his education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). While at UAB, Minor shadowed the work of his uncle, Dr. Scott Dixon, at Premier Health, along with other healthcare professionals. Through these experiences, he discovered his passion for healthcare and chose to pursue a career in the medical field. The diverse exposure during his shadowing allowed him to see various aspects of healthcare, ultimately guiding him toward family medicine.
“I didn’t necessarily know I wanted to do family medicine until medical school,” he recalls. “One of the things that attracted me to it was that you can do a little bit of everything, from kids to the geriatric population, and also do some urgent care procedures.”
Minor graduated from medical school in 2020 and completed his family medicine residency in Huntsville, Alabama, in June 2023. Returning to Walker County, where he had always envisioned settling down and establishing his career, felt like a natural step. Dr. Dixon’s support and mentorship played a significant role in facilitating this transition.
“I think just getting back home and taking care of the people that I grew up with and have always had interactions with is probably what I’m most looking forward to,” he says. “I think it’ll be fun, and I’m very excited to get started.” WL