Meet Our Physician Support Team
Our physician assistants and nurse practitioners work closely with our physicians to provide the highest level of patient care. Along with undergraduate and post-graduate education, these professionals have extensive neurosurgical experience and help ensure a continuity of care throughout the treatment process.

Michael Nido, PA-C


Michael Nido, PA-C
Director of Clinical Services
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University

Physician Assistant Degree: University of Detroit Mercy


Office Location: Charlotte and Matthews
Joshua Beardsley, PA-C


Joshua Beardsley, PA-C
Manager of Midlevel Providers
Undergraduate Degree: East Carolina University

Physician Assistant Degree: D’Youville College,
Buffalo, NY

Office Location: Charlotte and Ballantyne
Larry Braccia, PA-C


Larry Braccia, PA-C
Manager of Midlevel Providers
Undergraduate Degree: Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ

Physician Assistant Degree: Hahnemann
University, Philadelphia, PA

Office Location: Charlotte
Brandon Allison, FNP


Brandon Allison, FNP
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nurse Practitioner Degree: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Office Location: Charlotte
Rebecca Bakkestuen, PA-C


Rebecca Bakkestuen, PA-C
Master of Medical Science Degree: St. Francis University School of Health Sciences

Physicians Assistant Certification: Red Rocks Community College

Office Location: Concord
Justin Brooks, PA-C


Justin Brooks, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: East Tennessee State University

Physician Assistant Degree: Philadelphia University

Office Location: Charlotte
Amanda Cancilla, ACNP


Amanda Cancilla, ACNP
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Nurse Practitioner Degree: University of South Carolina

Office Locations: Ballantyne and Rock Hill
Kate Chan, PA-C


Kate Chan, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of British Columbia

Physician Assistant Degree: Emory University School of Medicine

Office Location: Ballantyne
Brittany Cheney, PA-C


Brittany Cheney, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of Maine

Physician Assistant Degree: Medical University of South Carolina

Office Location: Charlotte
Elton Clawson, PA-C


Elton Clawson, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Western Carolina University

Physician Assistant Degree: Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Office Location: Charlotte
Justin Corbin, PA-C


Justin Corbin, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University

Physician Assistant Degree: Nova Southeastern University

Office Location: Charlotte
Paul E. Damm, M.S., PA-C


Paul E. Damm, M.S., PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Michigan University

Physicians Assistant Degree: Wayne State University

Office Location: Charlotte
Angela Darket, MMS, PA-C


Angela Darket, MMS, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan

Physicians Assistant Degree: Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Office Location: Charlotte and Concord


Sarah Ferebee, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Physician Assistant Degree:
East Carolina University

Office Location: Greensboro

Sara Frye, PA-C


Sara Frye, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Queens University of Charlotte

Physicians Assistant Degree: Medical University of South Carolina

Office Location: Concord
Alex Hopkins, ANP


Alex Hopkins, ANP

Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nurse Practitioner Degree: St. Louis University

Office Location: Charlotte
Joy L. Hopkins, PA-C


Joy L. Hopkins, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Duquesne University, Cum Laude

Physician Assistant Degree: Duquesne University

Office Location: Charlotte

Ashley Howell, PA-C


Ashley Howell, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida

Physician Assistant Degree: Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Office Location: Concord


Lindsey Howard, PA-C


Lindsey Howard, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University

Physician Assistant Degree: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Office Locations: Charlotte and Huntersville
Lauren Jones, PA-C


Lauren Jones, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: UNC Chapel Hill

Physician Assistant Degree: Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, VA

Office Location: Charlotte
Laura Justen, PA-C


Laura Justen, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University

Physician Assistant Degree: Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

Office Location: Charlotte
Samantha Kolasa, PA-C


Samantha Kolasa, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of Louisville

Physician Assistant Degree: University of Detroit

Surgical PA Residency: Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine

Locations: Carolinas Medical Center and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
Sarah Kuehn, PA-C


Sarah Kuehn, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois

Physician Assistant Degree: Wingate University

Office Location: Charlotte
Sapnil D. Patel, MSHS, PA-C


Sapnil D. Patel, MSHS, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: East Carolina University
Physician Assistant Degree: The George Washington University

Surgical PA Residency: Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine

Office Locations: Charlotte and Ballantyne
Richard E. Patterson, PA-C


Richard E. Patterson, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Cuyahoga Community College

Physicians Assistant Degree: A.T. Still University, Mesa, Arizona

Office Location: Rock Hill
Abby Price, PA-C


Abby Price, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of San Diego

Physicians Assistant Degree: Nova Southeastern University

Office Location: Charlotte
Julie Smith, FNP


Julie Smith, FNP
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh

Nurse Practitioner Degree: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Office Location: Charlotte
Jason Stamper, PA-C


Jason Stamper, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Bowling Green State University

Physician Assistant Degree: Marywood University, Scranton, PA

Office Locations: Charlotte and Huntersville
Megan Taylor, PA-C


Megan Taylor, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Furman University

Physician Assistant Degree: University of Florida

Surgical PA Residency: Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine

Locations: Carolinas Medical Center and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
Emily Tucker, FNP


Emily Tucker, FNP
Undergraduate Degree: Queens College, Charlotte, NC

Nurse Practitioner Degree: University of North Carolina

Office Locations: Ballantyne and Rock Hill
Lauren Waldron, PA-C


Lauren Waldron, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Texas A&M University

Physician Assistant Degree: UT Southwestern-Dallas

Office Location: Charlotte
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