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
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
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
Manager of Midlevel Providers
Undergraduate Degree: Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ

Physician Assistant Degree: Hahnemann
University, Philadelphia, PA

Office Location: Charlotte



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
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
Undergraduate Degree: East Tennessee State University

Physician Assistant Degree: Philadelphia University

Office Location: Charlotte



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
Undergraduate Degree: University of British Columbia

Physician Assistant Degree: Emory University School of Medicine

Office Location: Ballantyne



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

Physician Assistant Degree: Medical University of South Carolina

Office Location: Charlotte



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

Physician Assistant Degree: Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Office Location: Charlotte



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
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
Undergraduate Degree: Queens University of Charlotte

Physicians Assistant Degree: Medical University of South Carolina

Office Location: Concord



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
Undergraduate Degree: Duquesne University, Cum Laude

Physician Assistant Degree: Duquesne University

Office Location: Charlotte




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
Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University

Physician Assistant Degree: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Office Locations: Charlotte and Huntersville



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
Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University

Physician Assistant Degree: Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

Office Location: Charlotte



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
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois

Physician Assistant Degree: Wingate University

Office Location: Charlotte



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
Undergraduate Degree: Cuyahoga Community College

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

Office Location: Rock Hill



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

Physicians Assistant Degree: Nova Southeastern University

Office Location: Charlotte



Julie Smith, FNP
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh

Nurse Practitioner Degree: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Office Location: Charlotte



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
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
Undergraduate Degree: Queens College, Charlotte, NC

Nurse Practitioner Degree: University of North Carolina

Office Locations: Ballantyne and Rock Hill



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

Physician Assistant Degree: UT Southwestern-Dallas

Office Location: Charlotte
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