Meet Our Team

Dr. Marlin Gill

Dr. Marlin Gill is a Board Certified Family Physician in Decatur, Alabama. A native of the state, he received his medical degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. After completing residency there, he founded Gill Family Medicine where he has been serving the community for 25 years. Dr. Gill has been voted the ďBest of the BestĒ Family Physician for 7 consecutive years. "I think patients appreciate our philosophy of high quality medical care combined with convenience", he says.

With the right help, Dr Gill believes it is possible for anyone to achieve their optimal weight to improve overall wellness, confidence and appearance. Through years of experience and additional study in the science of weight control, he has developed a medical weight loss program that gives the best opportunity to successfully reach and maintain personal weight loss goals. Fitness training is an important component of this program and overall health. As an avid skier, martial artist, and fitness addict, Dr. Gill has spent his life personally testing and developing his own exercise regimen making him uniquely qualified to educate and support his patients on their journey.

Dr Gill says "Itís important for people to be encouraged and know itís never too late to start a healthier life" and goes on to quote legendary basketball coach John Wooden, "I am not what I ought to be, not what I want to be, not what I am going to be, but thankful that I am not what I used to be."

Dr. Thomas Lockard

Dr. Thomas Lockard grew up in Pascagoula, MS. He always wanted to be a family physician. He attended University of South Alabama for his undergraduate degree in Biology. He then moved to Galveston , TX and did cancer research for a year. His desire to help others lead him to University of North Texas Health and Science Center in Fort Worth Texas. Here he earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, AL. He has practiced in Decatur since 1996.

Dr. Lockard married his high school sweetheart and they have enjoyed raising their son and daughter in this area.

Dr. Lockard enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle. He enjoys playing tennis tournaments at a highly competitive level. He loves to spend time with his family sailing and grilling healthy food. He believes a healthy lifestyle can lead to a happier and longer life.

Dr. Lockard continues to educate himself through continuing medical education seminars to better serve his patients. He encourages his patients to live healthier, happier lives.

Dr. Edwin Matthews

Dr. Edwin Matthews is a primary care physician who has been practicing Family Medicine in Decatur and Northern Alabama for over 10 years. He graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in 1998 and then completed his Family Medicine Residency Program at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in 2001. His first practice, in Decatur, gave him the opportunity and challenge to provide care for people of different backgrounds, including many with limited access to healthcare. From this experience, he developed a determination to provide the best quality of care, and is known for being a caring and compassionate physician who is dedicated to the health care of his patients. Through his practice and due to his faith, he believes in the importance of general wellness, including diet and exercise as critical to improving a patientís health. While practicing in Decatur, he has spent several years as Medical Director for several medical offices in Northern Alabama. Since joining Gill Family Medicine, he continues to serve his community with a mission and belief that providing excellent healthcare involves a detailed and caring approach to each personís well-being.

When he is not in the office, Dr. Edwin Matthews enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, whom he met while attending the University of Maryland, have been blessed with three children. Dr. Edwin Matthews is a youth leader at his church. He also enjoys sports and other outdoor activities.

Dr. Rachel Kennedy

Dr. Rachel Kennedy is a Family Practice physician who has been with Gill Family Medicine for the past 3 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Oral Roberts University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and her Doctorate from Oklahoma State University. She completed her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Kennedy and her husband fell in love with Decatur when they relocated here for his job. They have two beautiful daughters. When she is not in the office she can be found enjoying time with her girls, participating in church activities or sewing. Medicine is more than just a career it is her ministry. She is passionate about providing excellent care for patients and their families as well as offering preventative care such as healthy weight loss assistance and management.