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A ribbon cutting in Altoona last Thursday morning heralded the opening of United Doctors Family Medical Center, a new primary care practice in the small Etowah County community. Local officials and citizens of the surrounding communities were on hand to celebrate. Mayor Rick Nash praised the Boaz company for expanding to Altoona. “It is a great thing for our community and will help other local businesses as well,” he said.

The clinic will be staffed Monday through Friday by a nurse practitioner, Lisa Osborne, and one to two days a week, depending on the schedule, by Dr. Enrico Gaspar. Gaspar will continue his 15-year association with the Marshall Medical Center South in Boaz.

Patients are already being scheduled. The practice is located at 7130 6th Ave. in Altoona, and the telephone number is 205-589-1092.