Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of the physician – PA team, PAs strive to increase the quality of care that is provided to the patient. PAs may work in a variety of medical and surgical specialties.
At Beacon Orthopedics, the PAs work very closely with the physicians to care for the orthopedic needs of the patients. The PAs at Beacon are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the Ohio State Medical Board. They have completed their PA studies in addition to receiving extensive training in orthopedics and sports medicine. The most common duties performed by the Beacon PAs include: performing history and physical exam, ordering diagnostic testing, such as X-RAY, MRI, CT, DEXA, interpreting diagnostic tests and developing treatment plans, performing joint injections, applying casts, perform fracture reductions, coordinating care with other healthcare staff, such as physical therapists and athletic trainers, first assisting in surgery, providing post-operative care, either inpatient or outpatient, and providing coverage for high school/college athletic events.
Brittany has been a physician assistant with Dr. Foad since 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2006 from Bowling Green State University and recieved her Master's Degree in Biomedical Science in 2009 from the University of Toledo. Her previous experience includes Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. Brittany enjoys all activities associated with Cincinnati sports (WHO DEY) and spending the weekends hanging out with her family at their lakehouse.
Kristina is a physician assistant with Dr. Foad. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2004 and recieved her Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2008, both from the University of Kentucky. Her previous experience includes Cardiothoracic Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Krissi enjoys playing soccer, running, cooking and gardening.
Erinn Kelley, a Michigan native, started with Dr. McClung and Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in 2012. Prior to her time in Cincinnati, she worked at the University of Tennessee doing orthopedic trauma surgery and total joint replacements. She attended PA school in Knoxville where she obtained her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and graduated in 2010.
Before moving to Knoxville, Erinn worked as an athletic trainer at a local high school in Michigan and also in a physical therapy clinic while coaching high school cross country and track and field. She attended Michigan State University and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with specializations in Athletic Training, Coaching and Health Promotion.
Sara Crookshank is a board-certified Physician Assistant. In 2006 she graduated with distinction and academic excellence from the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she received her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree. In 2004 she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Chadron State College in Nebraska. Prior to joining Dr. Chaudhary at Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Sara was a Physician Assistant for a Neurosurgery practice in Olympia, WA from 2007 to 2011.
Sara’s passion is to deliver high quality care while making patients feel comfortable and at ease.
She understands the importance of helping patients return to an active lifestyle. Sara enjoys running, cycling, swimming, and mountain biking. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Tim.
Sara is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistant and the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants.
Joe received his Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Marietta College. He holds a B.S. degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph majoring in Athletic Training. While at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Joe worked with athletes ranging from high school to professional levels. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants. He also holds Ohio State Medical Board certificates to practice as a Physician Assistant as well as an Athletic Trainer.
He has worked with Dr. Argo since 2005. He provides patient care for orthopedic injuries in the office as well as assisting with all surgical procedures. He has extensive training in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic injuries. He has special interests in therapeutic injections for many common orthopedic ailments. Some of these injections require x-ray or ultrasound guidance. This facilitates a more precise injection, which in certain cases allows for an increase in the therapeutic effect.
Kate earned her Master’s and Certificate in PA studies from Midwestern University in 2010. Prior to graduate school, she attended Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame where she earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Cellular Biology in 2007. During her four years Kate worked as a student athletic trainer for the University of Notre Dame Football program. She was awarded the Chris Clevenger scholarship and membership into the Monogram Club. Kate has participated in several medical missions in Latin American countries.
Kate comes to Beacon Orthopedics from Chicago where she worked with a combined Vascular/General surgery and Interventional Radiology group. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and holds her license from the State Medical Board of Ohio.
Sarah Snyder, PA-C is a native of Cincinnati, where she graduated from Saint Ursula Academy. She was the manager of the 1992 Ohio High School Athletic Association State Champion women's soccer team. She attended the University of Dayton where she was vice president of Gamma Epsilon Lambda, a service and leadership fraternity.
She worked in patient care at Children's Hospital Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department before graduating from Kettering College of Medical Arts in 2003. Upon graduation, she began working for Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. She works closely with physicians who specialize in knee and shoulder injuries, as well as sports medicine injuries. She is also involved in the care of high school and collegiate athletes.
as a physician assistant for Dr. Cha. She graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College
with a dual degree in Athletic Training and Pre-Physical Therapy. She then went
on to graduate from Gannon
University with a Masters
of Physician Assistant Stuides. She was inducted as a member of the Pi Alpha
National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Originally from Perrysburg, OH, she now
lives in Lebanon
with her husband, Joshua, and her Jack Russel, Rex.
Lee Reynolds, PA-C is a native of Loudonville, OH near the Mohican State Park in North-central Ohio where he graduated from Loudonville High School. He then attended the University of Toledo where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Toxicology.
After working as a biologist for 1 year, Lee returned to school at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania to obtain his Master of Health Science: Physician Assistant degree. Lee joined the Beacon team after graduation and works closely with Dr. Rolf. He is certified by the NCCPA and holds a state license to practice both in Ohio and Indiana.
Lee lives in Cincinnati with his wife Sarah, a native Delhesian and graduate of Seton High School, and their Beagle, Stella. They enjoy outdoor activities together such as hiking and biking on local trails as well as attending other local entertainment such as sporting events and shows.
Jamie Torok, PA-C is a native of Cincinnati, where she graduated from McAuley High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Sports and Biomechanics from the University of Cincinnati. She received her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Marietta College. She was then inducted in to the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Jamie has always had a love for sports medicine. While being a collegiate athlete she has experienced firsthand how it feels to be injured and the amount of physical and mental strength it takes to overcome the injury.
Jamie joined the Beacon team after graduation and works closely with Dr. Argo. She is certified by the National Commission on Certifications of Physician Assistants and holds her license in the states of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. She is a member of the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery and American Academy of Physician Assistants.