10 Questions to get to Know Your Doctor Better
Dr. Brent Parnell
1.At what age did you decide you wanted to be a Doctor and why?
At the end of high school, my guidance counselor helped me see that my love of people and science blended well in the medical world. A few summers of transporting patients in hospitals and shadowing physicians helped me start to realize God’s calling in my life.
2.Why did you choose Urogynecology?
I love the patient population and getting to see people’s quality of life transformed for the positive. Very few specialties allow physicians to serve in that way.
3.How does your philosophy on merging Medicine and Christianity differ from traditional Medical care?
Regardless of our role in life, we are called to glorify God in all we do and say as believers. At ACUPP, we serve God by serving people.
4.What school did you go to for medical school and why?
After graduating Samford, I went directly to UAB for medical school. It is a great medical school in a community I love. I am very grateful for those years. They were incredibly challenging and valuable from a medical perspective but also stretched me as a person.
These days, I think about my kids a lot. I pray for their protection and their future. Parenting is a blessing, but the on the job training is filled with ups and downs.
6.Best advice for a patient who is coming to you?
Just know that we are here to serve you. From Betti and Kelsey at the front desk, to Cadie and Mona in the back and then me and Francie; we take care of women with embarrassing problems every day and remain sensitive to this in our conversations. It is a safe environment to seek care.
7.Favorite Bible verse and why?
Currently, most all of Psalm 139. “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” v 14. It speaks to God sovereignty and his love for us all.
8.What is your favorite family tradition?
I don’t know if it counts as a tradition, but our family loves camping. Tents, campfire food, and enjoying the outdoors. In the heat of summer our kids always ask when our next camping trip will be, but we are fair-weather campers and will wait until fall.
9.How do you start your day?
Coffee, granola bar, and some time in God’s word. Keeps me focused each day on serving people by serving God.
10.Most important person in your life and why?
My wife, Merritt. Merritt has been a blessing now for over 16 years. We have lived in 4 cities, had 4 children, and have had great adventures. Without her, our household would fall apart. But it is her friendship that has been the true blessing.