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



Joshua Beardsley, PA-C
Manager of Midlevel Providers
Undergraduate Degree: East Carolina University
Physician Assistant Degree: D’Youville College,
Buffalo, NY



Larry Braccia, PA-C
Manager of Midlevel Providers
Undergraduate Degree: Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ
Physician Assistant Degree: Hahnemann
University, Philadelphia, PA



Alex Hopkins, ANP

Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nurse Practitioner Degree: St. Louis University



Lauren Waldron, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Texas A&M University
Physician Assistant Degree: UT Southwestern-Dallas



Elton Clawson, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Western Carolina
University
Physician Assistant Degree: Wake Forest
University School of Medicine



Jason Stamper, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Bowling Green State
University
Physician Assistant Degree: Marywood
University, Scranton, PA



Julie Smith, FNP
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Practitioner Degree: University of North
Carolina at Charlotte



Emily Tucker, FNP
Undergraduate Degree: Queens College,
Charlotte, NC
Nurse Practitioner Degree: University of North
Carolina



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



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








Jonathan Lake, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Erskine College
Physician Assistant Degree: Medical University Of South Carolina



Brian Buddendeck, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Kettering College of Medical Arts, Kettering, OH
Physician Assistant Degree: Kettering College of Medical Arts



Richard E. Patterson, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Cuyahoga Community College
Physicians Assistant Degree:
A.T. Still University, Mesa, Arizona



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



Angela Darket, MMS, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan
Physicians Assistant Degree: Wake Forest University School of Medicine



Sara Frye, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Queens University of Charlotte
Physicians Assistant Degree: Medical University of South Carolina



Abby Price, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of San Diego
Physicians Assistant Degree: Nova Southeastern University



Rebecca Bakkestuen, PA-C
Master of Medical Science Degree: St. Francis University School of Health Sciences
Physicians Assistant Certification: Red Rocks Community College



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



Kate Chan, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: University of British Columbia
Physician Assistant Degree:
Emory University School of Medicine



Laura Justen, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University
Physician Assistant Degree:
Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC



Lauren Jones, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: UNC Chapel Hill
Physician Assistant Degree:
Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, VA



Lindsey Howard, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University
Physician Assistant Degree:
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences



Megan Taylor, PA-C
Undergraduate Degree: Furman University
Physician Assistant Degree:
University of Florida
Surgical PA Residency: Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine
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
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