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Meet Our Team

The professional support staff at Watauga Orthopaedics includes an incredible team of mid-level providers and physical and occupational therapists at both locations in Johnson City and Kingsport, TN.

Our mid-level providers care for patients in our office and in the hospital following surgery, while our therapists provide comprehensive rehabilitation services in our on-site facilities. Whether you have a simple sprain or need reconstructive surgery, all our providers have a passion for healing and are dedicated to improving your quality of life. Meet them below.

Mid-Level Providers

Shannon B. Asbury, PA-C

Shannon B. Asbury, PA-C

Originally from Maryville, Tennessee, Brock completed his undergraduate degree at Tusculum College in 2004. He also attended the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville (UTMCK), where he graduated from the School of Radiography in 2008.

After graduation, Brock worked at UTMCK level 1 trauma X-ray in surgery and the ER for five years. He decided to further his opportunities and attended the School of Physician Assistant Studies at South College in Knoxville in 2015, where he received his master of health sciences.

Brock and his wife, Aleisha, have been married since 2013. They love traveling and the outdoors.

Everett V. Baker, NP

Everett V. Baker, NP

A native of east Tennessee, Everett received his undergraduate degree in nursing at Milligan College in 2000. In 2013 he finished his master of science in nursing with a family nurse practitioner focus from Middle Tennessee State University. He has over 14 years of experience in nursing and has worked at Johnson City Medical Center caring for surgical and nonsurgical cardiac patients.

Everett has been an avid cyclist and endurance athlete coach for many years, which prompted him to take an interest in sports medicine and caring for orthopedic injuries. He joined Watauga Orthopaedics in February 2014.

Austin C. Box, PA-C

Austin C. Box, PA-C

Austin is a native of east Tennessee, born and raised in the Tri-Cities area. He attended the University of Tennessee - Knoxville where he earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2013. He then attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he earned his master of medical science - physician assistant degree before moving back to the area to join the Watauga Orthopaedics team in February 2016.

Austin has spent most of his life participating in team sports, physical activity, and competitive water sports, adding to his interest in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In his free time, Austin is an avid outdoorsman and water sports enthusiast.

Sam Cook, PA-C

Sam Cook, PA-C

Sam first studied pre-med at East Tennessee State University and then received his physician assistant degree at Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville in 1991. After becoming a PA, Sam worked one year in a neurosurgical practice, 17 years in the Indian Path Medical Center ER, and nine years in an emergency room in Knoxville. In 2001 he moved to Johnson City and was an emergency room PA for seven years.

Sam joined Watauga Orthopaedics in 2008. He is a member of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

David M. Evans, PA-C

David M. Evans, PA-C

A native of Johnson City, Mike attended Science Hill High School where he played football, wrestled, and ran track. He is a member of the Science Hill High School Hall of Fame for football. He attended the University of Memphis on a football scholarship and graduated with a BS in engineering technology.

Mike later attended East Tennessee State University, graduating with a master’s degree in microbiology and immunology. He then worked in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industry for 13 years before going back to school to earn his master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Lincoln Memorial University.

After graduation, Mike worked several years in the emergency room for Northeast Tennessee Emergency Physicians before joining Watauga Orthopaedics in August 2013, where he heads up the orthopedic urgent care clinic in the Johnson City office.

An avid biker, Mike also enjoys fishing, hunting, working out, and spending time with his wife, Laura, and their son, David.

Alvin L. Murphy, PA-C

Alvin L. Murphy, PA-C

Alvin began his educational career at Science Hill School of Practical Nursing where he earned his licensed practical nurse diploma in 1994 and ended with a degree in physician assistant studies at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2002.

Between 1995-2014, Alvin has worked as a licensed practical nurse, physical therapy technician, and physician assistant, and he has been employed at Johnson City Medical Center, Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates, Greeneville Orthopaedics, and even Watauga Orthopaedics from 2004-2008.

In addition, Alvin has worked as a volunteer firefighter and first responder/EMT and been on multiple medical missions to Haiti and Kenya. He returned to Watauga Orthopaedics in March 2014 to work closely with Dr. Stewart, who concentrates on reconstruction, sports medicine, and trauma.

Rachel E. Taylor, PA-C

Rachel E. Taylor, PA-C

Rachel is a native to Jonesborough, TN. She got her Bachelors of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Human Health at ETSU. She then attended PA school at Bethel University in Paris, TN. Some of her hobbies include reading, watching football (Go Vols!), and outdoor activities like hiking. She is also a major Star Wars fan.

Therapists

David Lilly, PT

David Lilly, PT

Physical Therapist, Johnson City
PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2001
BS in Microbiology/Health Science, East Tennessee State University
BS in Physical Therapy, University of Tennessee - Memphis

Michelle Lamb, PT, CHT

Michelle Lamb, PT, CHT

Physical Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist, Johnson City
PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2002
BS in Biology, Tusculum College
BS in Physical Therapy, University of Tennessee - Memphis

Will Rochelle, PT

Will Rochelle, PT

Physical Therapist, Johnson City
PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2002
BA in Psychology, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
BS in Physical Therapy, University of Tennessee - Memphis

David Graham, MPT, ATC

David Graham, MPT, ATC

Physical Therapist, Kingsport
PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2000
BS in Health Exercise Science, Furman University
Masters in Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University
Certified Athletic Trainer

Shannon Byers, PTA

Shannon Byers, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant, Johnson City
PTA at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2001
Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant, Walters State University