2020 Conference Speakers

Amy Butts, PA-C, MPAS, CDE, BC-ADM

Amy Butts MPAS, CDE, BC-ADM is a physician assistant and diabetes educator that has worked in endocrinology since 2001. She attended Saint Francis University where she received her masters in physician assistant sciences in 2001. She became a certified diabetes educator in 2003. She earned her board-certified advanced diabetes management certificate (BC-ADM) in 2019. She was a certified insulin pump trainer for Medtronic diabetes and Animas Corporation for 8 years. She has been actively involved with the American Diabetes Association’s Primary Care Advisory Group since 2015. She has contributed to the publications of the yearly ADA Abridged Standards of Care for Primary Care Providers. She has also participated with this group on various publications to promote ongoing diabetes education to providers and spoke at the annual Diabetes is Primary Conference in 2018. Amy spoke at the 2016, 2018, and 2019 AAPA Conference on insulin initiation and intensification. She has been on advisory boards for Amylin/Astra Zeneca/Bristol Myers/Sanofi/Merck. She is currently on speaker bureaus for Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Novo Nordisk. She currently works as an endocrinology physician assistant for Wheeling Hospital at the Wellsburg Clinic in Wheeling, WV. Amy is passionate about educating providers and patients on managing diabetes care.

Jason Cheyney MPAS, PA-C

Mr. Cheyney is a certified physician assistant and also serves as the Director of Clinical Investigations at Skin Care Physicians of Georgia. After receiving his MPAS in 1999 from the University of Nebraska, School of Medicine in Lincoln, he spent four years as a physician assistant at the Dermatology Clinic, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, MD. Mr. Cheyney has focused on psoriasis and has been a clinical investigator in several phase III and phase IV trials studying therapies in psoriasis, rosacea, and acne. He has lectured extensively on psoriasis and is a group leader for the Mid-Georgia Support Group of the National Psoriasis Foundation. Mr. Cheyney has agreements with Columbus State University and Medical College of Georgia, where he serves as a mentor for Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner students on their dermatology rotations. Mr. Cheyney also serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants for dermatology related article submissions.


Aleece Fosnight, PA-C, CSC, CSE

Aleece Fosnight is a board-certified physician assistant specializing in sexual medicine, women’s health, and urology. She earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Kentucky in 2011 and completed a postgraduate certificate in sexual health counseling and education from the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program in 2014. She is currently a certified sex counselor, sexuality educator, and sex counselor supervisor through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Fosnight is an LGBTQIA+, kink-aware, and trauma-informed healthcare professional. Her clinical expertise includes pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, low libido, interstitial cystitis, menopause transition, pregnancy/postpartum sexuality, female sexual health, transgender medicine, low testosterone, and erectile difficulties including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and delayed ejaculation. Fosnight is the immediate past president for the Association of PAs in OBGYN (APAOG) and serves on many local, state, and national professional organization committees. She has published and contributed to several medical journals, including ones in the Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants and the PA Clinics Journal, Special Topic: Women’s Health. Fosnight regularly lectures for state, regional and national audiences, guest lectures at Wake Forest and the University of Kentucky PA programs, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program and Brevard College. Fosnight was the recipient of the Point of Care Network 2019 Top 10 PA Award for her contributions to the field of sexuality and women’s health. In 2019, Fosnight opened up her own private practice, the Fosnight Center for Sexual Health, and implemented the sexual health grand rounds curriculum at her local hospital and residency program. Fosnight is also the founder of the Fosnight Foundation, anon-profit organization dedicated to the education and training of professionals in the sexual health field and providing funding for access to healthcare services in her local community.

Chetan Deshpande, MD, FACS

Chetan S. Deshpande, M.D., is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and specializes in orthopedic trauma, joint replacement, anterior hip replacement, and general orthopedics. Double majoring in Marine Biology and Secondary Education at Boston University, he then attended New York Medical College where he received his M.D. After completing his internship and residency at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Dr. Deshpande completed a fellowship at the Georgia Orthopaedic Trauma Institute in Macon, Georgia. In May 2013, Dr. Deshpande was recognized for his work in the field with a nomination for the physician of the year. Dr. Deshpande has given lectures and presentations for various orthopedic events across the U.S. since 2006. He has also been involved in orthopedic research and has several peer-reviewed publications. In addition to his orthopedic work, Dr. Deshpande has volunteered his time as a captain, driver, lieutenant, and other positions in community fire departments.



Lori Gaylor, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA

Lori earned her degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Middle Georgia College and her Physician Assistant degree from Medical College of Georgia and The University of Nebraska. Lori has more than three decades of physician assistant experience in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Hemophilia and HIV, Urgent Care, and Orthopedics. In 1999 she became Clinical Coordinator for the inaugural class of Physician Assistant students at the South University Physician Assistant Program. (It was South College back then!) and served as Clinical Coordinator for over ten years.

Lori is a Georgia native, originally from Perry, Georgia, and she graduated from Warner Robins High School. She lives in Richmond Hill, Georgia, on the Ogeechee River with her husband, Tim. She has been blessed with two incredible children, Worth and Rebecca, who are both grown and starting families of their own.

Lori has been a member of Georgia Association of Physician Assistants since she was a student over 35 years ago, she is a past GAPA president, and she spoke at the American Academy of Physician Assistants conference in Atlanta in 2010. She received the GAPA distinguished service award in 2004, and the Physician/PA partnership award in 2018. She also was a recipient of the Dylan Maples Memorial Scholarship in 2018, with her daughter Rebecca, who is a brain cancer survivor.

“I am so lucky to be a PA. I get to make a difference every time that I take care of a patient. I enjoy helping people, I enjoy the technical skills, I enjoy the satisfaction of being part of a team, and I particularly enjoy putting the pieces of a puzzle together to solve a problem and come up with a solution to help a patient. I’m part of a terrific team. It’s so much fun to teach students and new PAs and to watch that light come on when a new skill is learned, or a connection is made. The staff where I work is a joy to be with, and we all respect each other and our individual and combined skills.”


Jason Lucas, PhD, PA-C

Jason Lucas completed his undergraduate degrees in Respiratory Therapy (1995) and Physician Assistant (2001) from The Medical College of Georgia, and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cardiovascular Physiology in 2009 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.   Jason worked in peripheral vascular and cardiovascular surgery as a Physician Assistant prior to completing his PhD. His doctorate involved studying the cellular mechanisms involved in cardiac fibrosis. Following the completion of his thesis, he worked as a scientist in the medical device industry.  Jason joined the Cardiology Critical Care Service at Piedmont Heart Institute in 2010. He currently serves on the Critical Care Services staff and also as the Co-Director of the Piedmont Heart PA/NP Fellowship in Cardiovascular Critical Care Program.  

Jason currently resides in the Atlanta area.  Jason is a road cycling enthusiast in his spare time and also enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

Allan Platt, PA-C, MMSc, DFAAPA

Allan is a 1977 graduate in Health Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a 1979 graduate of the Emory PA program. He was Program Coordinator and Physician Assistant at the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Grady Health System for 20 years. Allan has co-authored a patient guide book on sickle cell disease and trait for the general public titled Hope and Destiny, a Patient and Parents guide to Sickle Cell Disease distributed by Hilton Publishing in its fifth edition in 2019. He is the editor of the monthly sickle cell e-newsletter that reaches over 5,000 people worldwide.

He is the author of the Hematology chapter in O’Connell and Zarbock A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants Sixth Edition Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 3/2017 and co-author of Approach to Anemia. In Toy EC, Toy AL. Case Files Teaching Case Collection. New York: McGraw Hill, Online 2019

In 2002 Allan received the Paragon Teacher of the Year Award from the AAPA, and the SAAPA Presidents award in May 2007, Dean’s Teaching Award – Emory University School of Medicine and the GAPA – Circle of Honor Award in 2015. He is currently Assistant Professor and Director of admissions at the Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. He teaches first-year PA students how to do medical history, hematology, pain management, and business issues.

Mary Sparkes, MD

In 1977, being somewhat unfocused, I graduated from the University of Minnesota in mathematics, German, and Classical Greek.  The University of Massachusetts Department of Linguistics accepted me to their graduate program on the basis of a musical composition “Scrambled Eggs.”  Amazing.  I obtained my Master’s degree in Linguistics in 1981. Thereafter I was accepted by the Medical College of Wisconsin, and obtained my M.D. degree in 1986.  After a brief stint in neurosurgery, I was finally boarded in Emergency Medicine and am now a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians.  I am a founding member of Georgia Emergency Associates in 1993, and we currently serve the St. Joseph’s Candler Healthcare System in Savannah as well as East Georgia Medical Center in Statesboro, Georgia.

Some twenty years ago, it was my pleasure to teach emergency medicine and electrocardiography to several classes of PA students at South College in Savannah Georgia.  I welcome several familiar faces in this audience today.  You have not changed an iota. I am perhaps a little rougher for the wear.

I am currently reading, writing, learning French, and painting, all in my spare time. I am servant to three dogs, four cats, and three aging horses.  I compete in Western Pleasure Trail with my quarter horse, Cash or Chips, and am currently converting a horse barn into my final resting place = home.  What stories you may have heard of my prior residence, the “Pink Palace,” are completely untrue.  And I have wholly recovered from my falls off of multiple horses.
Biographies are such drab things to write.  In short:  I came.  I rode.  I fell off.  I got back on again.

Brian Wingrove PA-C

Brian Wingrove graduated from the Duke PA program in 1999. He worked in primary care pediatrics in North Carolina for 3 years before moving to Atlanta, joining the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta primary care network. In 2005, he joined what was Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates, but is now part of the Children’s Physician Group at Scottish Rite. Brian has also worked in the Children’s urgent care network on a PRN basis.

He is a past president of the Society for PAs in Pediatrics and currently serves as the American Academy of PAs liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a PALS instructor, coordinates student rotations for his practice, volunteers at Camp Breathe Easy overseeing the Asthma Ambassador program, and is co-chair of the Advanced Practice Provider Practice Performance Evaluation committee. He lectures at the Georgia State Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program and the Emory PA Programs, in addition to having giving numerous presentations at conferences. In 2017, he was awarded the Advanced Practice Provider Preceptor of the Year Award at Children’s.

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