Chris received both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as post-master’s degrees in pediatrics and family practice. He is board certified by the pediatric nurse and nurse practitioner certification boards and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Chris has over 22 years of experience, with the majority of his time spent in Emergency and Family Medicine.


Dr. Gaines earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and master’s degree in pharmacology from Auburn University. His doctoral degree was obtained from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and he holds licenses in Georgia and Alabama. Dr. Gaines has over 35 years of medical experience in Urgent Care and Family Medicine.

Kate Strain

Kate Strain is a board-certified nurse practitioner at Bowdon family medicine. She received her RN-BSN from the University of West Georgia in 2015, then graduated from Auburn University in 2021 with her masters degree. She is certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a compassionate NP with many years experience providing wellness exams and managing chronic diseases.

Nicole BErger – medical assistant over senior living facilities

Allison Sullivan- Office manager and medical assistant

Jada Duffie – Certified medical assistant

Katie Laney – certified medical assistant