At Rheumatology Care Center, our goal is to provide state of the art medical care to all of our patients with rheumatologic conditions. We believe that the best rheumatologic care begins with the dedication and compassion of our friendly, thoughtful medical team. We are passionate about rheumatology and enjoy improving our patients’ quality of life. Using forefront healthcare standards and clinical practice, we assure each patient the highest quality evaluation and treatment of their musculoskeletal condition. Autoimmune conditions are chronic illnesses and the lifelong relationships we develop are cherished opportunities to Putting Arthritis in the Rearview Mirror together.
Dr. Elizabeth Perkins is a native of Texas, where she completed her Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry at St. Mary’s University. Staying in her hometown, Dr. Perkins began her medical schooling at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Her experiences in San Antonio and her rotation in the Mexican/American border town of McAllen honed Dr. Perkins’s medical diversity and fed her interests in cultural diversity and rural healthcare.
After finishing her medical degree at UTHSCSA, Dr. Perkins was accepted to the Medical College of Virginia at the Virginian Commonwealth University in Richmond to complete her residency in Internal Medicine. She specifically chose this residency program to complete a women’s health track as part of her training. Ultimately, it was her experiences with tough autoimmune diseases that influenced her decision to subspecialize in rheumatology. As a natural problem solver, Dr. Perkins quickly gravitated to the complex diseases that her field presents.
In order to fulfill her dream of becoming a rheumatologist, Dr. Perkins trained in a top ranked fellowship program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A Southern girl at heart, Dr. Perkins fell in love with Birmingham and the warm comfort of Alabama as a home. Thereby, after completing her fellowship, she realized her dream by opening her own practice, Rheumatology Care Center (RCC).
Rheumatology Care Center is at the center of Dr. Perkins’s sustained vision to provide the best health care possible. Her practice continues to grow rapidly with the support of wonderful staff and medical community. Her leadership and advocacy spirit fuel her efforts in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), Alabama Society of Rheumatic Diseases (ASRD), and Arthritis Foundation. In addition to her satisfying professional life, Dr. Perkins enjoys spending time with her two sons. Each morning, she rises early to exercise or run with friends. She is fond of life outdoors and loves the chance for a movie, concert, or road trip. Nothing is closer to her heart than family, time with cherished friends, and a good ole Southern iced tea.
Dr. Lindsay Brown Kelmenson was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduation from Oak Mountain High School, she attended Furman University in Greenville, SC, where she completed her premedical studies and majored in French, graduating summa cum laude. She studied abroad twice in France, and even worked at a hospital in Nice, France. From there, Dr. Kelmenson returned to Alabama to attend medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she was first introduced to the rewarding specialty of rheumatology as a third-year medical student. She recognized that rheumatology was the perfect career for her, offering cherished patient-doctor relationships and a complex spectrum of diseases to treat.
After receiving her medical degree at UAB, Dr. Kelmenson moved to Boston to complete her residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. While in Boston, she met her husband Dan and together they relocated to Denver, where Dr. Kelmenson completed her fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Colorado and also earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Science. She is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Dr. Kelmenson is active in the Arthritis Foundation and Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and has been recognized by the American College of Rheumatology and Rheumatology Research Foundation for the Medical & Pediatric Resident Research Award and the Scientist Development Award. She joined the faculty at the University of Colorado, but was eager to move back to warm weather, family, and Sweet Home Alabama.
Dr. Kelmenson is thrilled to work with Dr. Perkins and her wonderful staff at Rheumatology Care Center. She looks forward to caring for many patients in the greater Birmingham area and upholding RCC’s vision to provide the best health care possible to all patients with rheumatologic conditions. Dr. Kelmenson and her husband live in Vestavia Hills and enjoy being outdoors, Alabama football, traveling, and Southern food.