Dr. Austin Alberti
Dr. Cynthia Gonzales
Dr. Jordan Dooley
Dr. H. Clay Hodges
My name is H.Clay Hodges. I grew up in Kentucky, and have spent the last few years in Tennessee. I met my wife Kelsey while I was in medical school and she was in physician assistant school. We were married in November of 2015. We have two fur babies: Webster and Walter.
I chose Valley Baptist Family Practice
Residency because of the amazing opportunity to be trained by Godly men and women on how to incorporate my faith into the daily practice of medicine. Applying my faith into the practice of medicine is more than saying a quick prayer with a patient who is going through a difficult time. Applying faith to my daily practice of medicine is having the Biblical mindset to serve wholeheartedly each day, and take advantage of this sacred opportunity that I have been given. As Christian physicians we have the ability to be present in some of the most vulnerable times in patient’s lives. Then, we have the unique opportunity to be Jesus to them throughh our actions, but to also be healers by practicing great medicine. It is a great responsibility, and we must strive for perfection with help from our Heavenly Father.
At VBFPR you will have the opportunity to me mentored by some of the most unique Christ-centered physicians practicing medicine today. You will grow as a physician, but also as a Child of God. If you want to be a physician who applies their faith in their daily practice of medicine, this is the place for you to train.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “It is by grace that you have been saved, through Faith, and this not of yourselves. It is a gift from God, not by works so that no man can boast.”
Dr. Mark Riola
I'm Mark Amor Riola. I grew up in Southern California. Sun, sand, and surf, dude! According to the Myers-Briggs test, my personality tends to correlate with an INFJ. Whenever I get the chance, I'd love to learn and collect more musical instruments. Some of my medical interests include global mission work and geriatric care. Above all, I desire to be more like my Lord Christ Jesus. I knew of God as a young lad, but it wasn't until my undergrad years that I had a real encounter with the true and living God. Since then, through a bit of heartache and brokenness as well as daily trust and obedience, I finally got to taste that sweet fellowship my heart had always longed for with Jesus Christ who not only saved me from my sin, but brought joy, peace and contentment to my life. Why VBFP? After witnessing the really cool and amazing things God was doing at this program during my interview, how could I not rank it #1? Our physicians and medical staff definitely strive for excellence whist serving this community. The work stretches to the ends of the earth as evidenced by our giant resident alumni map. Ever since I received the blessed opportunity to step foot in our home base here at the family practice clinic, it's been nonstop joy, fun and excitement. Of course we aren't free from any difficult challenges, but with the Lord on our side, we experience some really great skills and faith training. We co-residents walk this journey together like a family, building one another up as children of God and co-heirs with Christ. Here at VBFP, we love what we do as Family Medicine physicians, especially in light of the 3 C's: from dealing with Conception (birth) to Cremation (death) and everything in between, all under the power of the Cross (perfect justice, healing, and everlasting life). All praise goes to Him! Here's one of my favorite Bible passages: "It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make Your saving help my shield; Your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way." 2 Samuel 22:33-37.