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Meet Our Team

The professional support staff at Watauga Orthopaedics includes an incredible team of mid-level providers and physical therapists at all three of our locations.

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.

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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.

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Andrew L. Blythe, PA-C

Andrew Blythe

Andrew Blythe completed his bachelor of science in kinesiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Following that, he received his master of science in physician assistant studies through Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Andrew believes in giving back as evidenced by his service in Haiti, the Czech Republic, and Belize. Andrew and his wife, Talya, have been married since 2018. They love Sunday brunch, family cookouts, and the Tennessee Volunteers.
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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.

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Sierra D. Buckner, FNP-C

Sierra Buckner

Originally from Cocke County, TN, Sierra Buckner obtained her undergraduate nursing degree from East Tennessee State University and earned her master of science in nursing through King University. Sierra practiced as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Bristol Regional Medical Center for more than ten years before completing her graduate degree, obtaining national certification as a family nurse practitioner, and joining Watauga Orthopaedics. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Being born and raised in East Tennessee, Sierra has great pride in serving the residents in our region.


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Douglas J. Carroll, PA-C

Douglas Carroll earned a bachelor of science in athletic training/physical education at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, before completing a bachelor of science in physician assistant studies through Radford University. Doug has practiced in orthopedics for over 10 years while also practicing in emergency medicine.


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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.

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Emilee G. Dishner, PA-C

Emilee Dishner

Emilee Dishner, an East Tennessee native, obtained her bachelor of science from University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She then earned a master of medical science in physician assistant studies from Lincoln Memorial University. Emilee is passionate about people and serving others. In addition to serving as a student ambassador and mentor during her time at LMU, she has also completed medical mission trips to Mexico and South America, and volunteered with multiple organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities.

In her spare time, Emilee enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her goldendoodle. Emilee recently moved back to the Northeast Tennessee area and is looking forward to treating patients at Watauga Orthopaedics.


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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.

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Brandon D. Jones, PA-C

Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones was born and raised in Johnson City, Tennessee and graduated from East Tennessee State University with a health care administration degree in 2001. After graduating from ETSU, he moved to Roanoke, Virginia to pursue a degree in physician assistant studies at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Since graduating from physician assistant school cum laude, he has been working in orthopedics for over ten years. Brandon has a love for sports medicine and treating osteoarthritic conditions of the knees. In his free time, Brandon enjoys time with his family and playing golf.


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Melissa J. McCutchan, NP-BC

Melissa J. McCutchan, NP-BC

Melissa McCutchan earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Athletic Training before beginning her Master of Science in Nursing degree program with Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Upon completion of her MSN in 2017, Melissa obtained national dual board certifications in Adult-Gerontology Acute and Primary Care.

Prior to coming to Watauga Orthopaedics, Melissa worked as a licensed athletic trainer among college athletics and with the Sports Medicine program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has also been involved with service to underserved and athletic populations in her community and overseas. Melissa is originally from Marietta, GA. She and her husband, Matt, currently reside in Johnson City.

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Micah A. McFaddin, PA-C

Micah A. McFaddin, PA-C

Originally from Kingsport, TN, Micah McFaddin completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry through East Tennessee State University in 2012. In 2018, he completed his Master of Medical Science degree in the Physician Assistant program at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. Micah’s interest in medicine grew out of a passion for knowledge, an interest in science and challenging work, and the opportunity to acquire different perspectives on life from patients.

Micah gives back to the community through various charitable activities revolving around health and children’s athletics. He enjoys physical activities and the outdoors and firmly believes that physical activity and diet greatly affect acute and chronic health. Micah lives in Kingsport and looks forward to teaching and serving his patients through Watauga Orthopaedics.

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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.

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Shawn A. Sutterlin, PA-C

Shawn A. Sutterlin, PA-C

Born and raised in Southern California, Shawn came to east Tennessee to pursue his passion for orthopedics in the Watauga Orthopaedics PA Fellowship Program.

After developing an appreciation for the four seasons and the region’s southern hospitality, he has remained in Johnson City with Watauga Orthopaedics since 2003. Shawn works closely with Dr. Aiken in the clinic and the operating room. His practice focuses on trauma, sports medicine, and adult reconstructive surgery.

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Rachel E. Taylor, PA-C

Rachel E. Taylor, PA-C

Rachel Taylor, PA-C, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City with a concentration in Human Health. She received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Bethel University in Paris, Tenn.

Rachel is best known for managing the walk-in clinic at Watauga Orthopedics' Kingsport Office. She was drawn to orthopedics for its variety in level of care, hands-on approach, and enjoys working with patients to keep them moving and doing what they love.

When she’s not helping her patients, she enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors, spending time with friends, and cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers. She also has an impressive lightsaber collection from the Star Wars franchise.

Rachel is a Jonesborough native but currently resides in Kingsport with an adorable golden doodle named Indy.

Therapists

Stephan Ball, DPT

Will Rochelle, PT

PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2019
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, University of Charleston
Doctor of Physical Therapy, West Virginia University

Whitney L. Belt, DPT

PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2020

Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Virginia

Doctor of Physical Therapy, VCU-Medical College of VA

Jalen D. Bridwell, DPT

Will Rochelle, PT

PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2020

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Milligan College

Doctor of Physical Therapy, East Tennessee State University

Gregory L. Cross, PT

Gregory Cross, PT

Director, Physical Therapy

PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2019

B.S. in Physical Therapy, University of Tennessee Memphis

Wesley E. DeBord, PTA

Wesley DeBord, PTA

PTA at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2019

Associate of Applied Science – Physical Therapy Assistant, Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN

Vanessa Gilley, DPT, ATC

Vanessa Gilley, DPT, ATC

PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2017
Bachelor of Rehabilitation Science, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

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

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Taylor Harmon, DPT

Taylor Harmon, DPT

PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2019
Bachelor of Science, East Tennessee State University
Doctor of Physical Therapy, East Tennessee State University

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Aaron Justus PTA

Aaron Justus, PTA

PTA at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2018
BS in Education/Exercise Science, East Tennessee State University
Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant, Walters State Community College

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

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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

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Amanda Meade, DPT

Amanda Meade, DPT

PT at Watauga Orthopaedics since 2019
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Doctor of Physical Therapy, East Tennessee State University

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

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