Tom EppleyTom Eppley, PA-CIn 2012, Tom received his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University. Prior to that, Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Armstrong Atlantic State University and an Associates in General Studies from Central Texas College. Tom was a proud member of the U.S. military for twenty years, where he worked as an Orthopedic Specialist, Combat Medic/Medical Specialist and a Nuclear Weapons Specialist. Though he is now retired from the military, Tom still gives back by volunteering with Homes for Heroes—an organization devoted to helping military personnel, firefighters, law enforcement officers and other hometown heroes afford homes.
Sheila FulcherSheila Fulcher, RN, MSN, APRN-BCShelia earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Armstrong State College in 1991, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 1995 and a Master of Science in Nursing – Adult Nurse Practitioner from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2010. Prior to working at Chatham Orthopaedic as an Adult Nurse Practitioner of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shelia gained nursing experience by caring for patients in a variety of medical areas, including Labor and Delivery, Neonatal ICU, GYN surgery and the Intensive Care Unit.
Andrew GrosseAndrew Grosse, PA-CAfter graduating from Charleston Southern University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a pre-medical emphasis, Andrew attended South University where he received a Masters in Physician Assistant. He became a Physician Assistant at Chatham Orthopaedics in 2010 after gaining experience in a diverse array of clinical rotations. Andrew developed his self-motivation, teamwork skills and his ability to work well under pressure as a Division 1 NCAA collegiate baseball player while at Charleston Southern University.
Malissa NixMalissa Nix, PA-C, ATCAfter receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northern Kentucky University, Malissa earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Savannah, GA. It was at South University where she gained hands-on experience in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics and several other areas. Malissa also gained experience by working as a Student Athletic Trainer while at NKU and with several YMCA programs across the state of Ohio as Exercise Therapist for R.E.P.S.. Before joining the PA team at Chatham Orthopaedics in 2009, she worked as a Physician Assistant/Assistant Clinic Director at Ideal Image.
Jennifer GreenJennifer Green, PA-CJennifer attended the University of Georgia for Pre-Nursing before she received her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in 2005. In addition to a wide array of clinical experiences, Jennifer gained experience with inpatient and outpatient care, diagnosis, lab orders and treatment decisions at her previous work establishments before joining Chatham Orthopaedics in 2008.
Kate McIntoshKate McIntosh, PA-CAfter receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science from Smith College in Massachusetts, Kate came to Savannah to work as an Assistant Competition Manager for the Sport of Sailing for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. She received a Bachelor of Science of Physician Assistant from South University in Savannah, and then a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. Kate’s experience in the medical field began in 1992 at the Memorial Medical Center as a Nurse Assistant, Neurology/Neurosurgery, then as a Physician Assistant at Neurological Institute of Savannah and a Graduate Studies Coordinator of the Physician Assistant Program at South University before becoming a Certified Physician Assistant at Chatham Orthopaedics in 2004.
Leslie McConnellLeslie McConnell, PA-CLeslie received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia, where she Graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors in 2010. Promptly after, she attended Georgia Regents University, formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia. During her clinical rotations, she developed a wide range of experience in several areas, including in Behavioral Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics and Adult Medicine. Leslie has spent a great deal of time giving back to her community by volunteering with programs, such as the University of Georgia Bone Clinic, Mercy Health Center and the Christ Church, as well as by coaching local high school soccer teams for six years.
Malissa NixDaniel Vacala, PA – CDaniel received his Bachelor of Science Physician Assistant from Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi West Virginia. Through the years, Daniel has acquired a litany of real world experience, especially in the realm of Sports Medicine. He has worked with the 1996 Atlanta Committee of Olympic Games, United States Weightlifting Federation, and numerous college, high school, and club teams. He has been a lecturer for Armstrong Atlantic State University, South University, Memorial’s medical training programs, as well as speaking for the Georgia Physician Assistant conferences where he has served as President of the association. He was the Program Developer of the Candler Sports Medicine and Wellness Program and has been with COA since 1991.
Amanda PratherAmanda Prather, PA-CAmanda graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Master of Physician Assistant and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Georgia. She has gained experience in all sides of the business, first starting as a Research Assistant, Medical Billing Assistant and Medical Assistant. In 2013, she became a Physician Assistant for Chatham Orthopaedic Associates. Amanda is a volunteer at the Christ Church Health Clinic and has spent time volunteering at the St. Mary’s NICU.
Jody StantonJody Stanton, PA-CJody graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies with a concentration in Orthopedic and Family Medicine. Prior to Oklahoma, she attended Southwest Missouri State University, where she received a Bachelor of Education degree, with a concentration in Sports Medicine and Physical Education. Jody has also attained a Master of Arts degree in Sports Medicine from Western Michigan University. She has 17 years of clinical experience and 13 years of surgical experience. Jody has enjoyed traveling to Africa, Haiti, Honduras and Guatemala on multiple medical mission trips. For her efforts, she received the Humanitarian of the Year award, from Space Coast Medicine and Healthy Living.
Susan ExleySusan Exley, APRN‑BC Susan graduated from Armstrong State University with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2007 and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Armstrong State College in 1986. Before joining Chatham Orthopaedics, Susan worked as a nurse and nurse practitioner at Memorial Health University Medical Center, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, The Georgia Institute for Plastic Surgery, the Neurological Institute of Savannah and Southern Surgical Providers.
Salaethia CrawfordSalaethia Crawford, MSN, FNP-C A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Salaethia received her Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate from South University. Before joining the team at Chatham Orthopaedic Associates, Salaethia served as a Staff Nurse for Inpatient Surgery and a Medication Reconciliation Nurse at medical centers in Savannah. She also spent several years as a Clinical Nursing Instructor at Savannah Technical College, instructing students in a variety of clinical settings. With over a decade of experience working closely with patients, Salaethia is dedicated to providing only the best care for her patients at Chatham Orthopaedics.
Sarah McilwainSarah Mcilwain, MSPAS, PA-CAfter graduating from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Sarah received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University, where she was recognized with an Academic Achievement Award and served for three years as a Student Ambassador. Sarah’s professional experience includes serving as a Medical Assistant and Pediatric Neurosurgery Physician Assistant before coming on board at Chatham Orthopaedic Associates.
Anne C. CrouchAnne C. Crouch, PA-CAnne earned her Bachelor of Science in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 2008, Anne received her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to working at Chatham Orthopaedic Associates, Anne spent several years as a physician assistant for practices in Savannah and Charleston, concentrating on hand and elbow. During her clinical rotations, she gained experience in many fields including family medicine, general medicine, pediatric medicine, emergency medicine and more. Anne has also volunteered with a variety of health organizations, ranging from CARES Clinic in South Carolina to the Medical Mission Team in South Africa.
Mary VacalaMary Vacala, PA-C, ATC, MSPASMary received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Illinois University, where she graduated manga Cum Laude in exercise physiology and athletic training. She received a second Bachelors degree in medical science from Alderson Broaddus University graduating manga cum Laude, while working as the head athletic trainer and starting a sports medicine program at the university. She was certified as a physician assistant in 1988 and moved to Savannah Ga where she began her career in orthopedic sports medicine.Mary received her second Masters degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska while working simultaneously as a PA and program director/department chair for a physician assistant program. Mary has developed numerous sports medicine, athletic training and physician assistant programs.

Mary’s passion is in sports medicine where she has earned the honor of working with the USA Olympics and Paralympics on 4 different occasions. She was instrumental as a members of the medical planning committee for the Atlanta Olympic Games as well as a chief Athletic Trainer in 1996. She was selected three times as a member of the USA Paralympic medical staff and is presently the head athletic trainer for the USA MENS Paralympic team.

Mary is a published author, international speaker, and holds numerous awards in sports medicine and Physician assistant studies. In 2008 she was awarded The Distinguished Fellow Award of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.