2021 Conference Speakers

Mallory M. Aycock, MPA, PA-C

Mallory Aycock, MPA, PA-C, received her Master of Physician Assistant from the Medical College of Georgia. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, where her research focuses on Physician Assistant education models. Mallory has clinical experience in General and Trauma Surgery and Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology.

Mallory is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA), and Physician Assistant Educators Association (PAEA), Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA), and Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants (GDPA). She is an inducted member of the Alpha Eta Honor Society and Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. She was previously awarded the Medical College of Georgia Physician Assistant Department Teaching and Service Award and GAPA Faculty Achievement Award.

Recent publications by Mallory have appeared in the Journal of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the Journal of Physician Assistant Education.

Tami Dolphens, PA-C

Tami Dolphens graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and has been working as a pediatric PA since 2004.

She began her career working in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital in Omaha. In addition to diagnosing patients with chest pain, syncope, and heart murmurs, Tami enjoyed the “preventive” side of cardiology. She took care of kids with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity, leading to the development of the HEROES Weight -Management program.

Tami has spent time working in the Emergency Department at Children’s, outpatient pediatrics, a School-Based Health Center, and, more recently, making pediatric house calls with Nebraska Home Pediatrics. Tami has a passion for education, spending nearly four years as a full-time Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska. Currently, she serves as a Faculty member at Creighton University, a newly accredited PA program in Omaha. She is an instructor in the Health Administration and Policy undergraduate program at Creighton.

Early in her career, Tami became involved locally with medical staff affairs and the effective utilization of physician assistants.

She currently serves on the State of Nebraska DHHS Physician Assistant Licensing Committee as chair. She served as president for the Society of PAs in Pediatrics in 2007-2009, working with a great team to kick off SPAP’s first CME conference held in 2010. Tami has spoken at numerous local and national conferences, including AAPA, AHA, AFPPA, SPAP, and the Nebraska Academy of PAs, to name a few. Tami has authored a book chapter, participated in original research studies related to treatments for cholesterol and hypertension in pediatrics, and original research on Vitamin D and its association with risk factors in a pediatric weight management program.

She has three sons, ages 12, 10, and 7, who keep her busy doing anything outdoors. She loves to travel (pre-pandemic), read WWII Fiction, and spend time with her family and golden retriever, named Titan.

Lori B. 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 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 the 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 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.”


Debbie has been an advanced practice nurse and diabetes educator for over thirty years. She currently practices at Memorial Hospital, University of Colorado Health, in Colorado Springs on a multidisciplinary team. She provides clinical services and teaches for their ADA nationally recognized comprehensive self-management program.

Debbie is involved extensively with the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, having served as their National President.

She was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Award and was honored with their “Fellow” designation.

Debbie was also inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2003.

She has also served on the national board of directors for the American Diabetes Association. Currently, Debbie serves on the ADA board for Colorado.

Currently, faculty positions are for the University of Colorado, College of Nursing, and Wichita State University, Graduate Nursing Dept. She has served as faculty with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas and Creighton, and the Physician Assistant Program at Wichita State University. In addition to clinical and academic efforts, Debbie publishes and speaks nationally and internationally. Most importantly, she is a Yia Yia (grandmother).

Just ask if she has any cute pictures of Gar, Charlie, and bonus baby Max.

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 (Ph.D.) 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 Ph.D.

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 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 enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

Jill Mattingly, DHSc, PA-C

Dr. Jill Mattingly has been a physician assistant for over 22 years, practicing internal medicine and addiction medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Western State Colorado University and her Master of Medical Science from Emory University.

She received her Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. Currently, Dr. Mattingly is the Program Director and Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.

She practices clinically as a volunteer provider and preceptor at the Grace Village Clinic for Refugees in Clarkston, Georgia.

Prior to Mercer, she was the Director of Operations and lead PA for Breakthrough Addiction Recovery in Norcross, GA. She treated patients with opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder, and other substance use disorders. She now serves on the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Fundamentals Program Planning Committee and conducts ASAM live Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine workshops nationally. She also serves on the ASAM Opioid Use Disorder Course Committee and has been a presenter for the Opioid Waiver Course for PAs and NPs nationally. Recently, she served as a faculty presenter for the PA Foundation’s presentation ‘Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse: Empowering Future Providers through Education.’

A recent publication by Dr. Mattingly has appeared in the Substance Abuse journal addressing substance use with a focus on physician assistant competencies.

Mims Oschner, MD

M. Gage Ochsner, III, M.D., a native of Savannah, specializes in sports medicine with a focus on knee and shoulder arthroscopy, hip arthroscopy and preservation, elbow arthroscopy, ulnar collateral ligament (Tommy John) surgery, and general orthopaedics. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic in Memphis and his fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. Over the course of his training, he assisted in the care of multiple high school, collegiate, and professional teams, including the University of Memphis athletic programs, Rhodes University athletic programs, Memphis Redbirds baseball team, Memphis Grizzlies basketball team, Birmingham Barons baseball team, and the University of Alabama athletics. Dr. Ochsner and his wife have two children. He enjoys football, playing saxophone, hunting, fly-fishing, and other outdoor activities with his family.

Dr. Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Dr. Mimi Secor is a nurse practitioner, national speaker/educator, a #1 International Best-selling author, and a health and fitness advocate. She has worked for 43 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in women’s health and, more recently, health and fitness.

She is senior faculty with Advanced Practice Education Associates (APEA), Lafayette, LA. In 2015, Dr. Secor earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. She is Fellow in both the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the prestigious American Academy of Nursing (AAN).

Mimi has published extensively, including her NEW #1 International Best-selling book, “Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age,” NEW 2018 (4th edition) co-authored textbook, Advanced Health Assessment of Women; Skills and Procedures, and her new 2018 (2nd edition) co-authored textbook, Fast Facts About the Gynecologic Exam for Nurse Practitioners, PAs and Midwives- both by Springer Publishing. She has received several awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Coalition of NPs (MCNP) and the Student Service Award from Rocky Mountain University, BOTH, for her contributions to the NP profession.

Dr. Mimi Secor is in business with her daughter (a Pro Body Builder, Trainer, and Health Coach), as “Coach Kat and Dr. Mimi,” helping NPs become Healthy and Fit. They offer a variety of online programs, including a 6-month intensive mentorship program. After losing weight and becoming healthy during her DNP, a year later, in 2016, she was in her 1st bodybuilding competition, making her “Debut at Age 62,” and in 2018, she placed 2nd in her fourth competition.

Mimi has years of media experience, including radio host on ReachMD. She has also been a guest on Good Morning America, interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and many others. She is a frequent guest on various podcasts nationally, internationally and is quoted in numerous articles.




“Quality education provided by the GAPA conference gives me intellectual, social, and recreational opportunities to thrive as a provider.” — Amanda Prather, PA-C

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