In January 2016, BAO (Birmingham AIDS Outreach) opened the Magic City Wellness Center. This primary care medical center provides services for LGBTQ individuals and their allies. BAO is pleased to partner with MAO (Medical AIDS Outreach) of Montgomery with this new project. Counseling services, STD/STI testing and treatment, and nutritional services are also available. MCWC is the first LGBTQ Wellness Center in Alabama and one of the few in the Southeast.
Dr. Scott Weisberg, our medical provider, attended medical school at Albany Medical College. Dr. Weisberg and his three children are active members in the community.
The MCWC Director, Kyle Pugh, was hired with funding from the Sector Transformation Initiative with AIDS United in partnership with Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. The Sector Transformative Initiative funding has allowed BAO to expand our services and programs through the Magic City Wellness Center. Kyle graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005 with a degree in Human Environmental Sciences and worked for Macy's Inc for 10 years as an Operations and Merchandise Manager. For 4 years he also served on the Board of Central Alabama Pride, Inc. as President. In September 2017, Kyle became Director of Development at Birmingham AIDS Outreach.
In August 2016, Josh Hicks, CRNP joined the team as the PrEP program medical provider followed shortly after by Katie Powell as Director of Counseling and Support Groups and Gary Williams as a Counselor. In September 2017, Will Rainer joined MCWC as the new Director of MCWC. In October 2017 Shana-Brooke Wheeler joined MCWC as their 2nd CRNP helping expand services offered at the center.
In the fall of 2018, MCWC added Dr. Rodney Tucker to their medical staff. Dr. Rodney Tucker is a native of Gadsden, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for both undergraduate work and medical school, graduating in 1989. He completed his residency training at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in 1992 and was in private internal medicine practice for 10 years at the former Medical Center East hospital in Birmingham. Dr. Tucker returned to UAB in the practice of palliative medicine in 2002 where he has been an active faculty member since that time. Additionally, he enrolled at the University of Southern California from 2008-2009 receiving a degree in their Master of Medical Management program. He served as the Chief Experience Officer at UAB Medicine between 2012-2018. He is currently the Director of the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care and helped begin the HIV Palliative Care clinic at the UAB 1917 Clinic in 2004. Dr. Tucker serves on a number of boards and has many interests outside of medicine such as travel, collecting local and regional art, and historical preservation. He currently splits time living in the city of Birmingham and on a farm in St. Clair county.
The Magic City Wellness Center accepts most major health insurance plans as well as private pay. Please contact us for specific questions about insurance coverage.
The Mission of The Magic City Wellness Center is to provide wellness and medical care for the LGBTQ community in a safe, welcoming and affirming environment.