Dr. Marcial Mendez was born in Cuba and later traveled to the United States with his parents when he was about 14 months old. He spent his childhood and early adulthood in Tampa, Florida. He always wanted to be a Doctor of Internal Medicine, so after graduation from High School he attended college in Miami, FL at Miami Dade Junior College and then Florida International University. Before graduation from FIU he was accepted into Medical School in the Dominican Republic. After Graduation from medical school, He moved to Alabama with his wife and children and attended the Montgomery Internal medicine Residency program through UAB from 1982-1985 and has remained here since. Married for 49 years to his childhood sweetheart, Vilma, they have two children and six grandchildren.