Valley Internal Medicine provides vaccinations, urgent care, minor surgical procedures, and women’s services in addition to physical exams, chronic disease management, genetic counseling/testing, and preventative care. With convenient access to additional hospital resources such as radiology, laboratory services, and mammography, the practice is able to care for a wide variety of patient needs.
Services Provided Include:
- Primary Care Services for Adults Ages 18 and Over
- Comprehensive Physical Exams
- Chronic Disease Management
- Sick Visits
- High Quality, Evidence Based Medical Care
Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Shanna Ndong and Dr. Sasha Acelajado have recently relocated to Athens, but neither is new to Alabama. Both physicians attended the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile.
Dr. Shanna Ndong
Dr. Ndong served in a large teaching hospital in the Chicago suburbs and a clinic for the medically underserved. She met her husband while completing a fellowship at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Since becoming the mother of two girls and a boy, she made the decision to come back to Alabama to raise her thirteen month old triplets near family.
Dr. Ndong specializes in medical genetics and has a special interest in the role that family history and genetics play in the risk for disease. This specialty allows her to focus on disease prevention, education, and counseling with her patients. She considers health screening a top priority along with standard comprehensive physical exams. Dr. Ndong provides personalized risk assessments for cancer and disease including individualized screening based on patient family history. She also assists with the management of common chronic diseases such as diabetes and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol and lipids in the blood).
“My ultimate goal as a physician,” said Dr. Ndong, “is to empower my patients to take charge of their health and ultimately, their destiny.”
Dr. Sasha Acelajado
Dr. Acelajado completed her original residency for internal medicine in the Philippines where she treated many patients who were unable to afford medical care. She completed a clinical research fellowship in hypertension at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before relocating to Athens to start Valley Internal Medicine with Dr. Ndong. She is the mother of two children.
Dr. Acelajado specializes in hypertension (high blood pressure) with a special interest in resistant hypertension (cases difficult to treat). She not only attempts to treat or manage these cases, but also participates in hypertension research in an effort to improve patient care. “I chose to be a primary care physician,” Dr. Acelajado explained “because I love developing long-term physician-patient relationships with my patients, seeing them get better and working with them to prevent, manage, and treat chronic conditions.
“I will be their advocate and their partner in health prevention and maintenance,” vows Dr. Acelajado.