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At Homewood Family Medicine, promoting patients' health and well-being truly is a family affair. Board-certified family physician Scott Weisberg follows in the footsteps of his father—who also practiced medicine—and is assisted in his mission to engage and empower patients by his wife and office manager, Sari Weisberg. Dr. Weisberg is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and is licensed to practice in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. He attends and teaches at least 50 hours of continuing medical education each year.
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At a young age, Dr. James E. McMinn accompanied his army father across the world—a journey that gained the attention of Birmingham Medical News. This early exposure to other cultures introduced Dr. McMinn to a panoply of cultures, but most importantly, it taught him to find common ground between his beliefs and those of others. Now, as an established Western-trained doctor with more than two decades of experience, Dr. McMinn has found a balance between healing patients with science-based treatments and holistic therapies. And it is back in his hometown of Birmingham that he provides these [integrative medical](http://www.mcminnclinic.com/about/integrative-medicine] services at his namesake clinic.
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