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Our Physicians

Dr. James Patrick Daugherty

Dr. James Patrick Daugherty founded the clinic in 1987 because he wanted to provide state-of-the-art treatment for patients in the North Alabama area. 
He believed that aggressive cancer treatment programs from academic health centers could be brought to this community to allow patients to benefit from the latest research and technology.  He continues to compassionately care for his many patients and is thought of as a man with boundless energy and enthusiasm for life by his patients and family.

Dr. Daugherty has been the Principle Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, National Cancer Institute, Kemp-Caraway Heart Institute, American Heart Association, and from numerous pharmaceutical companies.  He has also served on the grant review board of the National Cancer Institute.  He has published many scientific studies and presented his results nationally and internationally.

Although the first in his family to obtain a college education (BS, Lee University), he continued his love for learning by earning a PhD in biochemistry and radiation biology from the University of Tennessee,
an MD from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Daugherty and wife Becky have 3 daughters and eleven grandchildren.

Crystal Keeton, RN, CRNP

Crystal graduated from the University of North Alabama, earning her BSN in Nursing.  She has spent her nursing career working at Helen Keller Hospital as
a Med-Surg / ICU / PCU and Nursery Nurse for a total of 16 years.

In 2016, she received her Masters of Science Nursing in Family Practitioner from South University in Montgomery.

Crystal and her husband, Jeremy, have been married for 16 years and live in Muscle Shoals.  They have 3 children who keep them very busy between dance and sports.

Kim Canaday, RN, CRNP

Kim Canaday, RN, CRNP,  Kim graduated  from the University of North Alabama, Florence Alabama in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (RN).  She started working at Northwest Alabama Cancer Center as an RN in 2000 and was Oncology Certified in 2001.  She graduated from the University of Alabama Huntsville in 2005, with honors, and received her Masters of Science in Nursing.   Board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 2006 with Chemotherapy prescribing authority.  

Kim and husband Eric have one child who keeps them busy and on the go all the time.  Kim when not in the office can usually be found running, watching tee-ball games or on the river swimming and skiing.

Dr. Hemant K. Patel

Bochasan Gujarat State, India, served as birthplace for Dr. Hemant Patel.  Having spent his childhood in Kenya, he came to the United States in 1974. 

He graduated from Louisiana College and completed graduate studies at St. George University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies.  His residency in Internal Medicine was completed at James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee, and he served as chief resident at East Tennessee State University in Kingsport.  While in Johnson City, Dr. Patel completed fellowships in Medical Oncology and Research.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology.  He worked with West Way when it was in operation and served on the American Cancer Society Leadership Board for years.  He serves as both Primary Investigator and Sub-Investigator on numerous clinical trials.  Dr. Patel is active on our local Tumor Registry Board, was nominated for the Real Men Wear Pink  campaign held in the Shoals area, and serves on the board for the Relay For Life event held each year.  He has been with Northwest Alabama Cancer Center since 1990. 

Dr. Patel is married to Clare and they have two children and two grandchildren.  His hobbies include stamp collecting, music, antiques, but most of all he enjoys just being “pop pop”.

Dr. Carletta Collins

Dr. Collins was born and raised in Cullman county.  She is married to Chad and they have three beautiful children.  

Dr. Collins did her Medical school at UAB, residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt.  “I am a devout Christian and believe that He is the great physician.  My job is to stay up to date on the science and listen to His guidance.”  Dr. Collins states the reason for becoming an oncologist, “My grandfather was my best friend and died of lung cancer when I was 11 years old.  I would go to the oncologist appointments with him.  The oncologist would explain what was going on so that I could understand.  I had an interest in medicine even at the age of 11.  Before my grandfather died, he asked me “to promise to do something to help people like him.” 

"It took 20 years, but I did it!”