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DEMOPOLIS, AL (WSFA) - Alabama faces a shortage of family care doctors, especially in the Black Belt. One of Marengo County's few family practitioners is leaving and heading to Montgomery, but the reason he's doing it, has a greater purpose.
A car accident in 2002 may have affected Dr. Erik Lessman's speech, but not his passion for serving others.
"My field of practice is so broad, I'm an ER doctor half the time, I'm in the general psych program, I do OB care, I'm a family doctor. I affect most of the town."
Dr. Lessman runs the Black Belt Clinic, a practice that serves Marengo and Sumter counties. Studies show the Black Belt counties are under served by family practitioners and other doctors.