Side By Side

A Ministry of CMDA for Medical Wives

About Side by Side

At Side By Side, we understand the unique challenges of being in a medical marriage, and want to encourage, support and equip you to have a thriving, Christ-centered marriage.

With chapters in over 90 communities across the world, women can connect, love and pray for each other, while encouraging one another in their personal relationships with Jesus Christ. We are a CMDA ministry for women who are married to medical and dental students, residents, fellows, and staff physicians and dentists.

Side By Side began in 1988 in Rochester, Minnesota with six women meeting around a kitchen table. In 2003, with 150 women attending weekly, we felt the Lord leading us to share our model with others. In 2005, we connected with Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) and became their ministry for women who were married to doctors and dentists. Being a part of a larger organization with a solid Christian medical focus and with many years of successful management has aided us greatly in our growth. The women of Side By Side come from different backgrounds, denominations, and are in varied stages of the medical life. Some members are physicians or dentists themselves. Each chapter ministers to the needs of its community.

A Source of Loving Support

Many women who come to Side By Side have never attended a Bible study before, while others may have been in Bible studies all their lives. The great thing is that it doesn’t matter! We have found a common bond in the fact that we are all in a healthcare marriage and the journey is much more enjoyable when surrounded by companions. Side By Side has been a source of loving support, emotional bonding, prayer, delicious food and, of course, lots of laughter. It also assists women network in their new communities. But most important of all, through the ministry of Side By Side, the souls of many women, their children and their husbands have been won for Christ. It’s an exciting place to be and we would love to have you join us!

Meeting Time

Sunday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm twice a month

How to get involved

Side by Side was started in Dothan in January of 2023 when two attending wives, Claire Rhyne and Alison Armstrong, felt a call to minister to the wives of ACOM medical students. Now those wives, along with another wife Shelby Kreger, help lead a bi-monthly Bible Study in their homes.


For more information contact

Claire Rhyne – or
Alison Armstrong –