Sheila Fulcher, RN, MSN, APRN-BC

Sheila 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, Sheila 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 Grosse, PA-C

After 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 Nix, PA-C, ATC

After 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.

Kate McIntosh, PA-C

After 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 Briggs, PA-C

Leslie 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.

Daniel Vacala, PA-C

Daniel 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 Prather, PA-C

Amanda 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.

Salaethia 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 Mcilwain, MSPAS, PA-C

After 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.

Mary Vacala, PA-C, ATC, MSPAS

Mary 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.

Jason Tyler Miller, PA-C

Jason graduated from South University in Savannah, Georgia, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to South University, he attended Armstrong Atlantic State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Minor in Psychology. During his clinical rotations, he gained experience in many fields including pediatrics, primary care, orthopedic surgery, behavioral medicine, and emergency medicine. Jason’s professional experience includes serving as an Operating Room Specialty Tech at Memorial Health University Medical Center before joining the Chatham Orthopaedic Associates team.

Mike McEwen, PA-C

After graduating from Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Mike earned his Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in 2017. During his various clinical rotations, Mike gained hands-on experience in areas including orthopaedic surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, and more. Mike’s professional experience includes working as a Physical Therapy Tech in Atlanta, and later as a Wellness Coach in Covington, GA.

Alex Gardner, MSN, AGNP-BC

Alex graduated from Oklahoma University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing before receiving his Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. After college, Alex worked as a Registered Nurse at multiple medical centers in Oklahoma, Hawaii, and California. Shortly after receiving his Master’s degree, Alex relocated to the South where he served as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Charleston, South Carolina. Alex joins the team at Chatham Orthopaedics with professional experience in areas including orthopaedic/surgical care, chemotherapy infusion and oncology, nephrology, and more.

Ryan Polsinelli, PA-C

After graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Ryan went on to earn his Surgical First Assistant Certificate from the Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting. He later earned his Master of Orthopaedic Physician Assistant from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as well as his Master of Science in Physician Assistant at South University. Over the past few years, Ryan’s clinicals allowed him to work at various medical facilities in the South, including a rotation here at Chatham Orthopaedics. Through his clinicals, Ryan gained valuable experience in orthopaedics, pediatrics, general surgery, family medicine, internal medicine and more. Ryan is also a member of the American Academy of of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA).

Chip Wallace, PA-C

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Chip earned a second bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant at the Medical College of Georgia. Promptly after graduation, Chip interned with a physician in orthopaedic surgery and has been working as a Physician Assistant in various practices throughout Savannah ever since. Chip joins the Chatham Orthopaedics team with more than 40 years of experience, working mostly in occupational medicine with an emphasis in orthopaedics and emergency medicine. Chip is also a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants.

Lori B. Gaylor, PA–C, MPAS, DFAAPA

Lori earned her Associate Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Psychology from Middle Georgia College and her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant from Medical College of Georgia. In 2001, Lori received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies with a pediatric focus from The University of Nebraska. Lori has more than three decades of physician assistant experience and has also worked as a Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor for South University’s Physician Assistant Program in Savannah.

Miranda Garcia, PA-C

Miranda graduated from The University of Findlay cum laude with a Bachelors of Science degree with a focus on Physician Assistant studies in 2008. She worked as a PA for one of the leading Orthopaedic Trauma surgeons in Northwest Ohio. In 2015 she completed her Masters degree in Physician Assistance studies online through PACE University, this allowed her to be able to prescribe medications. She worked in Orthopaedic trauma for 9 years in Ohio until transitioning to Georgia with her husband.

Kelsey Byrd, PA-C

Kelsey received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in Biological Sciences from The University of Georgia in 2016. She then attended Augusta University, formerly the Medical College of Georgia, where she earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. During her clinical rotations, Kelsey gained a wide range of experience in several areas including breast and reconstructive surgery, addiction medicine, pediatrics, adult medicine and burn and trauma surgery. Kelsey’s professional experience includes working as a medical scribe and medical assistant.

Karen Cahill, PA-C

Karen joins the Chatham Orthopaedic team with over 15 years of experience as a Physician Assistant. She graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2002 and a master’s degree is Physician Assistant Studies in 2003. As the spouse of a Coast Guard officer, Karen has moved up and down the East Coast throughout her career. She has gained a broad range of experience in multiple surgical specialties including adult and congenital cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, general surgery, and plastic surgery.