Our Instructors

Robert P. Beatty, MD FACEP



Dr. Beatty received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and earned his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.   He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.   Dr. Beatty has extensive experience as a clinician, medical leader, department chairman, medical director, regional medical director, and Chief Medical Officer.   In addition to his clinical and administrative roles, Dr. Beatty is a regular speaker at several national conferences and is an active expert medical witness. He is an avid teacher, and regularly supervises Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and fellow physicians.   He has served as a physician mentor to his medical staff, and as a member of hospital credentialing, medical executive and peer review committees.   Having extensively recruited, interviewed, hired, and reviewed countless numbers of healthcare providers, his expertise in team building, recruitment, and the hiring process allows us to deliver the message of our programs in a way that other courses can’t match.   In addition, having established an Advanced Practice Provider residency program in multiple hospitals, Dr. Beatty understands the key concepts needed to prepare Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants for their transition to independent clinical practice.  Dr. Beatty works as a full time emergency physician and medical director, and is a valuable resource to our program!


Chief operating officer- nursing supervisor

Rachel Beatty, MSN, FNP-BC, AG-ACNP-BC


Mrs. Beatty received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Adventist University in Orlando, Florida.  She Earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama, graduating in the top 10% of her class.   She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and has an extensive background in clinical nursing education.   She has earned dual board certification as a family nurse practitioner and an adult/geriatric acute care nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).   As a former nurse in emergency medicine, she earned her certification as an emergency nurse (CEN), and has successfully transitioned her broad-based clinical knowledge to the private practice setting as a family practice nurse practitioner and an urgent care nurse practitioner.   With experience in both the outpatient and acute care settings, She educates nurse practitioners and physician assistants about current topics in clinical management and the expectations of modern care delivery.  Rachel oversees all of the day-to-day operations of Provider Practice Essentials, and her clinical knowledge, experience, and teamwork allow for full collaboration of our teaching faculty to maximize your educational experience and provide engaging clinical topics for your practice!


Teaching Faculty


Ali Farzad, MD, FAAEM

Dr. Farzad is an emergency physician with great interest in cardiovascular emergencies and electrocardiography. He trained in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he also completed a cardiovascular emergencies fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Amal Mattu. He currently works clinically at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, serving as an Assistant ED Medical Director and Observation Unit Medical Director.  Dr. Farzad is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine, and an educational blog editor at ECGWeekly.com.

Paul Banerjee, DO, FACOEP

Dr. Banerjee received his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minors in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.  He earned his Medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania.  Dr.  Banerjee completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine and is board certified.  He has been practicing for over 20 years, and has served as a regional medical director and site medical director of several community Emergency Departments.  He currently serves on Faculty with the University of Central Florida, and is a clinical professor of Emergency Medicine.  In addition, he is the EMS medical director for Polk County Fire and Rescue.


Kevin Freels, MD

Dr. Freels earned his medical degree from Saint Eustatius School of Medicine. He is an emergency medicine physician that graduated from an emergency medicine fellowship at Oklahoma State University. He also completed his residency in family medicine with an emphasis in emergency medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was assistant chief resident. Dr. Freels received extensive training in ultrasound during his fellowship and residency training. He is currently a medical director in a growing emergency department and has interest in providing up-to-date, evidence based medicine. He has also previously worked/volunteered as a physician mentor, medical outreach programs and tutored for the USMLE boards.


Chris Hill, DO, FAAEM

Dr. Hill received his Medical degree from NOVA-Southeastern University (NSU).  He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine and is board certified.  He continues to practice emergency medicine, as he has done for over 19 years.  He has served as an assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine with NSU, co-owner of an urgent care center, medical director, EMS educator, and urgent care physician.

David Harbour, DO

Dr. Harbour earned his medical degree from NOVA-Southeastern University and has practiced emergency medicine and urgent care for over 19 years.  He is the owner of multiple urgent care centers and is an expert in practice management, provider development, billing, and coding.  He serves as an assistant professor at NOVA-Southeastern University, the Univerity of Central Florida College of Medicine, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Rory Hession, MD

Dr. Hession received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from The University of Hawaii at Hilo.  He earned a Master Degree in Molecular Biology, followed by a Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.  He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine from the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida.  He has been practicing for over 14 years in both Community and 


Edward Mallory, DO

Dr. Mallory earned a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from Auburn University, and a second Bachelor Degree in Biology from the University of South Florida.  He completed his medical training at the A.T. Still University in Missouri.  He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine and is board certified.  He has been practicing Emergency Medicine in the community setting for over 27 years, and also serves as an expert medical witness and medico-legal advisor.

Sandi Thomas, DO

Dr. Thomas earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from Boston University.  She earned her medical degree from the NSU college of medicine.  She has completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine and is board certified.  She has been practicing as an emergency physician for over 15 years in both community and academic settings.


Advanced Practice Providers

Dallas Team

Bunnany Pekar, PhD, CRNA, AGACNP-BC

Bunnany (Nany) Pekar has an extensive experience in healthcare. She began her career as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles after graduating with her BS from The Ohio State University.  She went on to earn her BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certification, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University

 of Cincinnati.  She currently practices as both a CRNA (9 years) and an NP Intensivist (2 years) in Dallas, Texas.  She is board certified by the American Association of Nurses Anesthetists and the American Nurse Credentialing Center.  In addition to clinical practice, she is involved in multiple researches and serves as clinical instructor for nurse anesthetist residents. She is passionate on advancing the education of colleagues, reducing healthcare waste, and extending healthcare stewardship across the US and the world.


Russell Wilson, PA-C

Russell began his medical career as an EMT in 1994 and finished his Paramedic licensure in 1997 while attending Angelo State University. He graduated ASU in 1997 with B.S. in Kinesiology. After obtaining his Master’s Degree from Texas Tech University in 2000, Russell worked for several years as an athletic trainer, serving high schools throughout Texas along with Division III and Division II collegiate athletic programs. In 2010, he graduated from the University of North Dakota Physician Assistant program.  He has worked in an outpatient VA clinic, urgent care facilities, a general orthopedic clinic, a level I hospital trauma service, and currently works full time in a private physical medicine & rehab clinic. He is also part of the ancillary staff for the USA Taekwondo Olympic teams. He is a certified Physician Assistant, certified Athletic Trainer, and continues to maintain his Paramedic license. He is a retired captain from the Runaway Bay Volunteer Fire Department. He now lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two children. His primary interest is Sports Medicine.

Melissa Cody, ARNP

Melissa has been practicing as an Acute Care NP since 2010 after graduating from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  She has extensive experience in cardiothoracic surgery, advanced heart failure management and general ICU patient management.  She is currently practicing as an ICU nocturnist and is the Coordinator of the Critical Care Advanced Practitioner Program.  In her spare time, she enjoys competing in Triathlons and spending time with her family.

Jason Thornton, ARNP

Jason works as a Nurse Practitioner in urgent care and Firefighter/Paramedic full time in the North Texas. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and then completed his Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Jason’s interests include concussion awareness and cardiac screenings for young athletes. He has been actively involved in EMS education and is an avid Florida Gator football fan.


Maria Siddiqi, MSPA, PA-C

Maria earned her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Charleston in West Virginia. She has a broad educational background and is currently in the process of attaining her Doctor of Medical Science degree from Lincoln Memorial University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee. She also has experience in biomedical research and attained a Master of Science from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, GA. She currently practices in risk management and quality improvement and also works per diem in family medicine.

Melanie Jones, PA-C

Melanie has previously worked in Neurological Surgery and Orthopedic Spine, with a specialty in complex spine and deformity cases.  She currently continues to work in surgical specialities as a first assist, and also practices interventional pain management and urgent care.  In her spare time, Melanie loves spending time with her daughter, reading and learning new hobbies such as photography, acoustic guitar, and most recently, cycling.

Orlando Team

Scott Biggs, PA-C

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from James Madison University.  He completed his Master of Science degree in Clinical Medical Science and Physician Assistant Studies at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.  He is board certified.  He currently serves as the lead PA in a community emergency department that sees over 45,000 patients per year.  In addition to his extensive experience in emergency medicine, he has worked as a member of a large transplant team and also clinically in both interventional radiology and vascular surgery.  Scott has been practicing emergency medicine for over 11 years.

Cliff Cooper, PA-C

Cliff earned a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant studies from NOVA Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.  He is board certified.  Prior to working as a physician assistant, he served as a paramedic for over 20 years.  He has been working clinically as an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant for over 17 years.

Dan Harris, PA-C

Dan earned his degree in PA studies from Miami-Dade College and is board certified with a specialty in Emergency Medicine.  Currently he works at an urgent care clinic following 13 years of working in an emergency department.  Previously, he worked for 22 years as a paramedic and taught EMT/ paramedic students, as well as ACLS, PALS and NRP.  

Lucas Marlatt, ARNP

Luke earned his Masters of Science degree in Advanced Practice Nursing (FNP) from the University of Florida and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  He has experience as an Emergency Department nurse and nurse practitioner, and is currently in his 8th year of clinical practice.  In addition to his clinical duties, he enjoys teaching nursing and APP students.

John Rothwell, III DNP, ARNP

Dr. Rothwell earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Masters of Science degree in Advanced Practice Nursing (FNP), and Bachelor degree in Nursing Science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.  He is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Previously, Dr. Rothwell served in the US Army as a combat and flight medic and provided emergent medical services and training to medical and non-medical personnel.  He has a Critical Care and Emergency Medicine background and is currently a faculty member of the University of Central Florida.  He has worked in community emergency department and urgent care centers for several years.


Bill Shay, PA-C

Bill earned his Master of Science degree from the University of North Dakota.  He is a board certified physician assistant and is well versed in all aspects of emergency medicine and urgent care.  He has been in active practice for over 16 years.

Rich Greene, EMPA-C



Rich earned a Bachelor of Science from the US Air Force Academy prior to completing a 23 year career in the military. During this time, he attended the military’s Intraservice Physician Assistant Program where he received a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is board certified and has worked in emergency medicine for the last 10 years obtaining additional specialty certifications in Emergency Medicine from NCCPA, ultrasound, trauma, and critical care.  Rich has worked in emergency medicine in settings spanning from Level I trauma centers to community regional hospitals. His teaching experience includes training combat medics in pre-hospital and trauma care and as an adjunct clinical instructor for Campbell University, teaching clinical skills to Physician Assistant, medical students, and residents.  He currently works in a community emergency department that sees approximately 45,000 patients per year.

Washington, DC Team

Payal Shah, PA-C

Payal received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida. She then proceeded to attend Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL and completed her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. While on rotations, she realized she wanted to practice Emergency Medicine and moved to Illinois after she graduated to work as an ER PA-C at a level II trauma center for over 2 years. She has also worked as a locums provider at other emergency departments. She has now accepted a position to move to DC to work as a physician assistant at Medstar Washington Hospital Center’s Emergency Department.

Josh Nowocin, PA-C

Joshua earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Virginia as well as a Master of Education degree in Exercise Physiology.  He completed his Physician Assistant Studies at Jefferson College of Health Science, now Radford University Carilion in Roanoke, Virginia.  He is board certified and currently serves as the lead PA in the General Surgery department at the Salem Veterans Medical Center in Salem, Virginia.  In addition to his extensive experience in general surgery, he continues to work in a part-time basis in the emergency department.  Prior to PA school, he worked as a member of an organ and tissue donation transplant team with the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium (WRTC).  Josh has been practicing medicine since 2007.



Heather Reynolds, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (ANCC)

Heather joined the PPE team in August 2019.  She lives in souther Indiana with her husband, two daughters, and fur babies.  She has been a practicing family nurse practitioner since 2017, and has worked in both family medicine and urgent care in that role.  She obtained her BSN in 2014 from Purdue University Calumet, and obtained her MSN in 2016 from the University of Cincinnati.  She is currently in a DNP program through the University of Louisville, slated to graduate in 2021 with both her DNP, and a dual certification as a AGACNP.  When not working or at school, she is spending time with her family.

Kelsey Bates, APRN, FNP-C

Kelsey earned her Master of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Texas Woman’s University in 2017.  She earned her ASN from Collin College in 2013 and her Bachelor of Science Nursing from Texas Tech Univerity in 2014.  She is certified by the AANP.  Kelsey works in physical medicine focusing on musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.  She also helps patients manage and control various chronic cardio metabolic diseases.  Her passion as an NP is to help patients function act their highest level possible.  Kelsey lives in Farmersville, TX with her husband and two dogs.  In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors, exercise, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.

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