Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center offers some of the best allergy and asthma specialists in the country.
Our patient care team of physicians and nurse practitioners provide a full range of health care services for allergy, asthma, and related immunological conditions. All of our physicians are certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Our nurse practitioners are licensed registered nurses (RN) who have also completed their master’s or doctorate degree in nursing. They provide our patients with professional care through education, treatment, and their ability to prescribe medications.
Our physician and nurse practitioner team work collaboratively to review the care of each patient, and to ensure you receive the best quality of personalized care.
To schedule an appointment with our providers, call us at (205) 871-9661.
Weily Soong, MD
Maxcie Sikora, MD
John Anderson, MD
Meghan Lemke, MD
Sunena Argo, MD
Amy CaJacob, MD
William Massey, MD
Carolyn Comer, MD
Patricia Luthin, CRNP
Blake E. Youngblood, CRNP
Jamie Johnson, CRNP
Michelle Payne, CRNP
Annie Ketcham, CRNP
Erin McKeown, CRNP
Dr. Weily Soong is a native of Birmingham, and graduated from Vestavia Hills High School, Birmingham-Southern College, and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and remained at Yale for his Allergy and Clinical Immunology Fellowship training. While at Yale, he did research on the development of pediatric asthma at the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology and participated in the 2004 School in Primary Immune Deficiency Disorders. Dr. Soong is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and can treat both adult and pediatric allergy and immunology diseases. He is on the clinical faculty of the allergy department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also the Medical Director of the Clinical Research Center of Alabama, located at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center. Dr. Soong firmly believes that patients always deserve the highest quality of care for their allergic and immunologic conditions, and that the treatments for their conditions are scientifically proven and evidence based. He believes patients should always be treated with kindness, compassion, and respect. He has an interest in a variety of allergic and immunologic conditions, including asthma, the allergic march, atopic dermatitis, food allergies, chronic urticaria, and primary immunodeficiency. Dr. Soong is very active in our community, and serves on the Board of Directors for the group FOR Nicaraguan Health, a Birmingham-based medical mission organization. The group helps indigent people in Nicaragua, and Dr. Soong has traveled with the group to Nicaragua many times. He is also a member of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Alabama Asthma Coalition, Highlands United Methodist Church, and on the advisory board of The Assistance League of Birmingham. Dr. Soong and his wife, Lauri, have a daughter and son, Katie and Will. He also enjoys playing tennis, watching baseball, and doing home improvement projects.
Being a naturally curious person, the field of allergy and immunology has been the perfect choice as a profession for Dr. Maxcie Sikora. Our understanding of the immune system’s role in the overall health of our bodies grows every day. To be a part of this process is very exciting for her. It is also very rewarding to pass this new knowledge on to her patients to help improve their quality of life. As a lifelong allergy sufferer, Dr. Sikora recognizes the importance of appropriate medications and procedures in treatment. Food allergy is one of her special interests, as it affects every aspect of a patient’s life as well as their family’s life. Assisting families with diagnosis, avoidance measures, lifestyle changes, and treatment of allergies is very rewarding. With appropriate management, her patients are able to lead healthy and productive lives. As an allergist, Dr. Sikora strives to always provide up-to-date patient care through kindness, humility and respect. Dr. Sikora is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Allergy and Immunology. She received her Doctorate from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, AL. She completed her Residency in Pediatrics at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, FL. Dr. Sikora completed her Fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, where she was also a former Assistant Professor. Dr. Sikora is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and she serves as the current President of the Alabama Society of Allergy and Immunology.
Dr. Anderson trained in Birmingham at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children’s Hospital, and received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and his medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He became the recipient of several awards for outstanding performance in both medical school and allergy fellowship training. Dr. Anderson is a member of The American College and Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He is currently on faculty at The University of Alabama at Birmingham as the Director of the Asthma Clinic and Assistant Professor, and at the Veteran’s Administration in Birmingham as Staff Allergist. He plays an active role training and teaching through UAB’s Allergy Fellowship Program, and also training residents and medical students in allergy related diseases. Dr. Anderson has published articles and numerous abstracts in JACI (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) and the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He also serves as the Research Director for the Clinical Research Center of Alabama, located at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center. Dr. Anderson treats conditions relating to both pediatric and adult allergy, asthma, and immunology. He has a special interest in disease states including severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hereditary angioedema (HAE), urticaria, and drug allergies. He takes personal pride in his commitment to spending the needed time with patients to answer questions and make sure they leave feeling better and well informed. Outside clinic, Dr. Anderson enjoys painting, dancing, genealogy, horseback riding, and keeping up his Spanish. He resides with his wife and five children in Mount Olive, Alabama.
Dr. Lemke graduated with her medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. She continued to train in medicine and completed her Residency Program and her Allergy/Immunology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. She was an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt before coming to Alabama Allergy. Dr. Lemke chose a career in medicine because she loves science and working with people. She chose allergy in particular because she enjoys studying the immune system. Treatment for asthma, allergic diseases, and immunological conditions can require ongoing management over time, and Dr. Lemke enjoys really getting to know her patients and building long-term relationships. Dr. Lemke finds reward in watching the care she provides for her patients result in an ongoing better quality of life, including breathing easier, exercising without limitations, and enjoying the outdoors. Dr. Lemke feels she is an excellent listener which helps her treat her patients. She feels it is most important to develop a strong working relationship between the physician and the patient or parent. Dr. Lemke strives to inspire her patients to take an active role in managing their disease with her assistance. Dr. Lemke lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and three young children. She enjoys community events, reading, running and home decorating.
Dr. Sunena Argo grew up in Birmingham, Alabama where she graduated from Jefferson County IB School, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, AR. She then moved to Kansas City, MO to complete her Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at the University of Missouri Kansas City and Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. After completing her training, she returned home to Birmingham to begin her practice. Dr. Argo is board certified in Pediatrics and Allergy and Immunology. She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Argo is passionate about the development and natural course of food allergy in children. Her goal is to appropriately identify the food allergen(s) and guide patients through lifestyle modifications at home and school as well as follow their long-term outcomes. Her other clinical interests include asthma, allergies, immunodeficiency, and chronic urticarial. She strives to build a long-term relationship with her patients by developing a team approach with the patients to manage their disease. This approach includes listening to patient concerns, answering questions, formulating a plan, and educating patients about their disease. She hopes this relationship leads to improvement in her patient’s quality of life. Dr. Argo lives in Pelham with her husband, children, and dog. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, the outdoors, and photography.
Dr. Amy CaJacob is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She then completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and her Allergy and Immunology Fellowship here at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. Dr. CaJacob is board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy and Immunology. Dr. CaJacob believes she was “born to be an allergist”. As a third generation allergist, she literally grew up in the “family business”. Working summers at her parents’ practice she was able to watch allergy shot patients come back week after week. Given the time to develop relationships with these patients, and actually see them get better, is what drew her into allergy – the opportunity to change someone’s quality of life so dramatically. Most would say she’s a pediatrician at heart, but she chose to complete her residency in Internal Medicine due to the complexity of diagnosis and treatment of adult conditions. During their fellowship, allergists are then trained to treat both pediatric and adult patients, so she feels that now she gets the best of both worlds, being able to see patients of all ages. Dr. CaJacob has a specific interest in food allergy, and also in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). After beginning EoE research in medical school, she is still fascinated by the condition and the many still unanswered diagnostic and treatment questions it offers. She enjoys that it is a true two-way collaboration between the patient and allergist when treating EoE. Dr. CaJacob also enjoys helping people find a more “natural” way of treatment when possible, hoping to help them feel better with less medications, and loves listening and talking to patients to help them with their needs and treatment plans. When away from the clinic, Dr. CaJacob enjoys knitting, crafting, running, traveling, staying active in the community and enjoying time with her husband and two young daughters.
Dr. William Massey was born and raised in Birmingham. He graduated from Amherst College and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Allergy Fellowship at the John Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland. He remained at John Hopkins for four years while he did research, taught, and treated patients. He then returned to Alabama to practice allergy, and was most recently at Eastern Pulmonary Sleep and Allergy in Trussville before joining Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center in September 2016. Dr. Massey is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is trained to treat both adults and children with allergy and immunologic diseases. He believes that all should be treated with respect, dignity, and compassion. He knows it is important to develop long term relationships with his patients so that they can work together to control their allergic disease. He has a special interest in treating patients with asthma, hay fever, anaphylaxis, hives, and allergies to food and stinging insects. He takes an active role in teaching fellows, residents, and medical students. Dr. Massey has published many articles in the field, and is a member of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. He is also a former President of the Alabama Society of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Massey enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, the outdoors, sailing, and watching sports. He lives with his wife, a 15 pound rescue dog who thinks he’s a Great Dane, two cats, and has two grown children who live nearby.
Dr. Carolyn Comer is a native of Birmingham and graduated from Auburn University and the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the prestigious National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Comer is Board Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Comer has participated in numerous scientific medical studies and has been published in multiple medical journals, and has been active in research and patient education. She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Comer is licensed to practice in Alabama, Oregon, and the State of Washington.
Dr. Comer is recognized in the area, practicing at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center from 1995 to 2008, before pursuing her practice in Washington State. Dr. Comer has a passion for pediatric allergy, asthma, and immunology and enjoys helping patients with allergies and their families to improve their day to day quality of life. She loves talking to her patients and takes time to listen diligently and to understand them as individuals with very specific needs and goals for treatment.
Dr. Comer returns to Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center as the Medical Director of our OIT (Oral Immunotherapy) Program. Until recently, the only answer for food allergies was avoidance of the allergen. Dr. Comer is excited to be offering patients with food allergies, in particular, peanut allergy, an option for a better quality of life. She is committed to offering them the personalized and individualized care they need. Outside of the clinic setting, Dr. Comer enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family and her two beloved golden retrievers.
Patricia is in collaborative practice with Dr. Weily Soong. As a Nurse Practitioner, Patricia has the unique opportunity to assess, diagnose and treat patients while staying true to the nursing profession. She enjoys teaching patients and their families about their conditions and explaining the different treatments that we prescribe. Patients are much more likely to follow a treatment plan if it is tailored to their particular medical condition and their specific social and emotional needs. It is her job as a nurse practitioner to work with the patient to formulate the best plan possible. She was a nurse educator for many years and served as a clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students in the inpatient hospital setting. Patricia also served as an instructor for the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Patricia’s years of nurse practitioner experience have reinforced her belief that we all desire the same thing; to be treated with respect and to be treated as an individual by a knowledgeable and understanding health care provider. She strives to meet these goals with each patient at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center. Patricia is married and has two sons. She and her family enjoy the beach, hiking, and camping.
Blake Youngblood is a board certified Nurse Practitioner, and is in collaborative practice with Dr. Maxcie Sikora. Blake’s medical practice experience is in pediatrics, adolescent and adult allergy, asthma and immunology. Blake wanted nothing more than to continue her practice in the field of allergy and asthma after moving to Birmingham. Originally from Knoxville, TN, Birmingham has easily become her second home. Blake graduated from Samford University’s Nursing program, and worked in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. She completed Samford’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, graduating with a master’s of science in nursing. In 2016, she obtained NACEB certification as a Certified Asthma Educator. Blake loves what she does and has a passion for people and her patients. Blake is an excellent diagnostician and her goal is always to ensure that her patients understand their diagnosis, as well as their treatment plan. She understands that taking the time to educate the patient and family is of utmost importance in the overall success of the patient’s outcome. In her free time, Blake enjoys spending time with her husband, friends and family, outdoor activities of all kinds, painting, photography, and exercise.
Jamie is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and is in collaborative practice with Dr. Meghan Lemke. Prior to joining Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center, she spent 12 years caring for pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Jamie is committed to consistently looking beyond the basics to gain a full understanding of each of her patients and their health. She continually works in innovative ways to provide a personalized treatment plan that will fit her patients’ lifestyle and provide for the best personal health outcomes and quality of life. She is committed to developing mutually respectful and trusting relationships with her patients through open, honest, and empathetic communication. Outside of the clinic she enjoys sewing, monogramming, cooking, and reading. She also enjoys being involved in her church as well as professional and community organizations. Jamie is busy outside of work with her husband, son and two daughters.
Michelle is a Family Nurse Practitioner and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She practices collaboratively with Dr. John Anderson. Prior to joining the team at Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center, Michelle worked at UAB Hospital in the Trauma and Burn Intensive Care Unit. Although she is originally from North Alabama, Michelle considers Birmingham her home. She graduated with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her mission as a nurse practitioner is to provide optimal health care to all of her patients as well as develop a personal care relationship with each patient. She is very passionate about her career and aims to always implement evidence-based, patient-centered care. She strives to ensure that all of her patients leave each visit with a clear understanding of their diagnosis, treatment plan, and treatment options. Michelle lives in Calera, AL with her husband and their dog. In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel, and the outdoors.
Annie Ketcham is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in collaborative practice with Dr. Weily Soong. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University, Annie spent 6 years working in emergency medicine. Though she loved caring for patients in this setting, she was driven to pursue the opportunity to help actually prevent the acute and life-threatening allergy and asthma events seen in the emergency setting. Annie graduated with a Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from The University of Alabama in Birmingham with a special focus on preventative medicine. With her passion for providing excellent patient education, she chose to specialize in allergy and asthma, where she could provide proper treatment and evidence based medicine to help improve the overall quality of life for her patients. Annie believes in serving patients with respect and compassion in every situation, and enjoys developing relationships with her patients and their families to provide comprehensive care. Annie and her husband Richard are members of Redeemer Community Church. She is very passionate about medical missions, and enjoys traveling and reading.
Erin McKeown is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, working in collaborative practice with Dr. Weily Soong and Dr. Carolyn Comer. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Working at Children’s of Alabama in many nursing positions, Erin gained over a decade of nursing experience with a clinical background in pediatrics. Erin has also served as a preceptor and clinical instructor for undergrad nursing students at UAB and Wallace State Community College. As a nurse practitioner, Erin’s goal is to provide the most up- to–date, evidence based medicine to her patients. She is committed to educating her patients and encourages active involvement from the patient in their own care. She enjoys developing relationships with patients and their families and enjoys seeing the improvement in their quality of life. Erin is from Biloxi, Mississippi, but has resided in Birmingham for over a decade. In her free time Erin enjoys spending time with her fiancée and miniature dachshund, winter sports, traveling, and cooking. She is also passionate about fitness and exercise.
Helen provides overall quality leadership for Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center.
Helen’s key focuses are practice management, utilization of technology within the practice, and continued development of the excellent staff of Alabama Allergy. Whenever the opportunity arises, she enjoys speaking with patients of the practice and their families. Helen is responsible for leading all teams in the development of new programs and strategic planning, ensuring the practice is relevant and current to the specialty of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Helen has been recognized for her leadership roles in the practice as well as within the Homewood Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership for Clean Air, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and is the Past-President of the Birmingham Medical Group Management Association. Helen holds a BS in Nutrition from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Helen has worked at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center since 2000, and also serves as the Administrator and Partner of the Clinical Research Center of Alabama. The Clinical Research Center of Alabama is the sister company of Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center and provides research, and development for allergy, asthma, skin conditions and related indications. She is originally from New York and very much enjoys Birmingham, Alabama. Outside of work, Helen spends time with her family and friends. She enjoys the outdoors, including water skiing, the beach, and travel. She is also a culinary and wine enthusiast.
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Sherri Aaron began working with Alabama Allergy in 2011. Her background in healthcare began as an office manager in 1995. During her management years she became very involved with product development and the implementation of electronic medical record systems. She currently has over 10 years of experience in implementation, coordination, and workflow setup of EHR and other healthcare systems. Sherri is a current member of HIMSS, Birmingham MGMA, and Alabama MGMA. When she is not in front of a computer Sherri enjoys gardening, walking, reading, and spending time with family. She is married to Shannon Aaron and has one daughter.
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Katie has been with our practice for over 30 years and is the Southeastern United States expert on immunotherapy mixing and delivery. She continues to excel in her mixing ability and very much enjoys interacting with the staff and patients. Customer service and quality care are her focus.
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Nancy Higginbotham is the Accounts Payable Representative, Human Resources specialist, and provides operational support and direction for both Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center and Clinical Research Center of Alabama. Nancy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Management from The University of Florida and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from UAB. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors.
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Kim McClendon leads our billing department as our Billing Manager and is a Certified Professional Coder with AAPC. She has years over 25 years of billing and coding experience and has worked specifically in the allergy specialty since 2002. Kim is married with two children and enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
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Morgan oversees the practice’s marketing and strategic development. She serves as the link between our practice and the community through public relations, maintaining our online presence, building relationships with our referring providers, and preserving our community support and education efforts. With a daughter who suffers from allergies, Morgan is particularly passionate about the advocacy of our practice and specialty. Morgan joined Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center in 2013, with a background in political science, customer service, and sales, and is happy to continue working where her value for quality and service can be utilized. When not working, Morgan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and reading.
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Emily is passionate about ensuring we offer high-quality patient care in the most efficient and effective way possible. She actualizes her enthusiasm as our practice’s Operations Coordinator and is responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the processes and procedures of our Patient Services Department. Emily graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Care Management. When not at work, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.
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Amy joined our practice in 2012 and is a registered nurse who earned her degree from Meridian College, Meridian MS. Amy has extensive patient care experience in allergy, asthma, and primary care nursing. Amy believes in working in a team environment with her patients and co-workers. Her experience and expertise with patient care have provided the ground work and training for her to head our Biologics Department. Amy leads our biologics approval process, ordering, and patient education. Amy also works with our research department, the Clinical Research Center of Alabama. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.
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Anthony manages all operational functions of the OIT Program and serves as the primary point of contact for patients seeking or receiving oral immunotherapy for peanut desensitization. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions, with his Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management and his IASSC Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (LSSGB). Anthony is also an active member of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). Anthony takes personal pride in being able to help children and contribute to the future of medicine through the OIT Program. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys spending time with his family.
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Thank you for your interest in joining the Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center staff. Interested applicants should submit cover letter with salary requirements and resume to Helen Combs, Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 205-870-1621.
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