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!
Rachel L. 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!
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.
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.
Jason Gamez, MD
Dr. Gamez earned his Bachelor or Arts degree in Human Biology at Stanford University. He completed his medical degree from the Ohio State School of Medicine, and finished his residency in Emergency Medicine at Akron City Hospital in Ohio. He is board certified and has practiced emergency medicine for over 7 years. In addition to extensive experience in Trauma centers and as a senior resident instructor, Dr. Gamez is also an associate professor with Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine (NEOUCOM).
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.
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.
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 Academic settings.
G. 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.
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.
Advanced Practice Providers
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.
Linda Vitale, MPAS, APA-C
Linda received her Bachelor of Science as a Physician Assistant from the University of Oklahoma/U.S Army’s Physician Assistant Program and her Masters degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is a graduate of the US Army’s Flight Surgeon Program as well as Yale University School of Medicine/Norwalk Hospital PA Surgery Residency. She has an expensive background in Surgery, Vascular Interventional Radiology and Critical Care. Linda is certified by the National Commission on Physician Assistants. She is a staff member within the department of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In addition, she is a supervisor and instructor of image and non-image guided procedures within the residency and fellowship programs.
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 and currently works full time in general orthopedics & sports medicine. He is a certified Physician Assistant, certified Athletic Trainer, and continues to maintain his Paramedic license. He is a captain on the Runaway Bay Volunteer Fire Department, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
William 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 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.
Heather joined the PPE team in August 2019. She lives in southern 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 graduated with her ASN in 2012 from Ivy Tech Community College, 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 an AGACNP. Prior to graduating with her MSN, she worked as an RN in different fields, including a women’s surgical unit, med/surg, PCU at a level-I trauma center, long-term care, and pediatric home health. 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 in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2014. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, her RN experience included telemetry and medical-surgical. Her role as an RN consisted of staff nurse, clinical coach, preceptor, and charge nurse. As a nurse practitioner Kelsey works in physical medicine focusing on musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Kelsey also helps patients manage and control various chronic cardiometabolic diseases. Her passion as an NP is to help patients function at 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.