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Faculty and Staff

 


Deanna Oliver, MSPAS, PA-C
Program Director – Assistant Professor

Mrs. Oliver is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Studio Art from the University of North Florida. She is a 2009 graduate of South University Physician Assistant Program where she earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and was the recipient of the Robert DiBenedetto Student Achievement Award. Upon graduation, she began her clinical career in pulmonary medicine in Jacksonville, Florida, before transferring to Macon, Georgia, as a Faculty Instructor for the Department of Family Medicine, Geriatrics Fellowship Program, at Mercer University School of Medicine. In 2014, she began clinical practice in emergency medicine in Macon then transferred to Bethesda, MD, where she became the Lead Advanced Practice Provider for the Central Region Urgent Care Division of a large hospital system in the Maryland/DC area.


In July of 2019, Mrs. Oliver joined the faculty of South University as the Physician Assistant Program Director and Assistant Professor. Her teaching interests include senior seminar, special topics, emergency medicine, physical assessment, and clinical procedures. Her clinical interests include emergency medicine, acute care medicine, internal medicine, and geriatrics.
She is a member of the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants, and the Physician Assistant Education Association. Mrs. Oliver has been published as a contributing author to the fifth edition of A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examination for Physician Assistants and in The Field Guide to Home Care Medicine journal.

 

 

John Sheffield, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Assistant Program Director

Mr. Sheffield is a native of Hampton, Virginia and has been with the program since 2003. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma after completing the United States Army Physician Assistant Program in 1990. He has also earned a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Nebraska.

He is a 21-year Army veteran and retired at nearby Fort Stewart in 1994. During his Army career, he worked in Emergency and Family Medicine. After his retirement from the Army, he worked as part of a busy otolaryngology practice here in Savannah for eight years prior to coming to South University.

While part of the South University PA Program, he has served as Clinical Coordinator and now as the Evaluation Specialist. His teaching interests include ear nose and throat pathology, infectious diseases and behavioral medicine.

He is a member of Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, and the Physician Assistant Education Association where he serves as Chair of the Internal Medicine/Primary Care End of Rotation Exam review committee. He also is a member of the Assessments Institute.

 

 


Arianne M. Fredrickson, MSPAS, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education – Assistant Professor

Ms. Fredrickson is a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and worked as a neuropsychometric technician for Marshfield Clinic before returning to school. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2011. Upon graduating, she began her clinical career practicing family medicine with urgent care in rural Wisconsin but quickly developed a passion for urgent care and emergency medicine. Ms. Fredrickson worked in emergency medicine in Minnesota and then Texas for over six years before joining the faculty at South University in the summer of 2018.
Ms. Fredrickson is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association. Her clinical interests are diverse and include emergency medicine, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and women’s health. She is passionate about teaching strong history and physical exam skills, differential diagnosis development, and clinical procedures.
In addition to clinical work, Ms. Fredrickson has enjoyed staffing self-growth seminars for teens and their families, motivational speaking at K-12 schools, and being a preceptor to pre-PA and PA students.
She lives in Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband and daughter. Together they enjoy hobbies including camping, fishing, boating, biking, hiking, golfing, and of course, going to the beach!

 

Todd Stringer, MS, PA-C
Assistant Director, Clinical Education

A native of Baton Rouge, La., Mr. Stringer obtained his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in education.  He then completed his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from LSU as well.  
He is a 2001 graduate from the Wake Forest University Physician’s Assistant program in Winston-Salem, NC.
Mr. Stringer joined the faculty full time recently in July 2019.
His clinical experience includes cardiology, hematology/oncology, hospital medicine, vascular surgery, orthopedics, pulmonology/critical care.
He lives in St Simons Island, Ga and is married with two daughters.  Mr. Stringer enjoys fly-fishing, hiking and camping.

 


James M. King, MSPA, PA-C
Admissions Director

Mr. King has lived in Savannah for the majority of his time since arriving via the military in 1994. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1991 while serving in the military. In 2007, he decided to pursue a career in medicine, and began his studies toward that endeavor. This culminated with graduation from South University’s Physician Assistant Program in 2011, after which he entered the field of Emergency Medicine. He joined the faculty of South University as the Assistant Clinical Coordinator in August of 2018.

His academic teaching interests include Addiction Medicine, areas of professional development, and focusing on small group instruction. His clinical interests include pre-hospital trauma, Emergency Medicine, and Addiction Medicine.

He lives in Savannah with his wife of over thirty years. Their son and family live nearby where he serves a local firefighter. The King family loves dogs.

 

 

John J. Burns, III, MMSc, PA-C
Associate Professor

Mr. Burns is a native of Savannah Georgia.  He has been a member of the South University Physician Assistant Program faculty since 2001.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in Health Promotion and Behavior, from the University of Georgia.  He is a 1997 graduate of the Emory University Physician Assistant Program.  Upon graduation, he began his clinical career in Family Medicine at Fayette Medical Clinic in Fayetteville, Georgia.  In 1999, he returned to his hometown of Savannah and began clinical practice in Endocrinology.  In 2001, he joined the faculty of South University as the Associate Clinical Coordinator.  He has also served as the program’s Academic Coordinator and Associate Director.  In 2009, he assumed the role of Program Director.

His academic/teaching interests include PA admissions, medical communication, endocrinology, ophthalmology and physical assessment.  His clinical interests include endocrinology, specifically Type 1 diabetes, and thyroid disorders.

He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).  He currently serves as Lead Faculty for the PAEA Admissions PANDO Workshop.  He previously served as a committee member for the CASPA Advisory Committee.

He lives in Savannah with his wife and their two children.  His hobbies include reading, gardening, and golf.

 


 

Lisa Zammit, MSHS, PA-C, SA
Faculty Instructor - Assistant Professor

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ms. Zammit obtained her first Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at Northwestern State University.  She obtained a second Bachelor’s with Surgeon Assistant Certification from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  She then graduated from George Washington University with a Master of Science in Health Science.

Ms. Zammit joined the faculty full time in the fall of 2011 and serves as a Faculty Instructor, Assistant Professor. She has experience in various fields including emergency medicine, hospital medicine, urgent/emergent care, and head and neck surgery; currently she works as a clinical trials investigator. 

Ms. Zammit has been published in Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and continues to write and teach about communication and ethical issues.

She lives in Savannah with her children and an assortment of animals. 

 

 

Dr. Krystal Goodwin, CCMA, DC
Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Faculty

Dr. Krystal Goodwin, CCMA, DC currently serves as Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Faculty for the Physician Assistant Program at South University. Prior to joining South University, she worked as an allied health instructor for pre-clinical and clinical education, as rehabilitation consultant in primary care practices and served in private practice.

Dr. Goodwin should have been born in the 60’s or 70’s. She has the soul of a hippie. She and her husband have two beautiful children. Along with her healing knowledge, Dr. Goodwin also graciously shares eggs and honey produced by the chickens and bees she raises.  When she is not taking care of the family, her animals or teaching, you can find her leading 5:30am spinning classes.

As a graduate of McKendree University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Logan University with a Doctorate of Chiropractic with emphasis in biomechanics and sports rehabilitation, Dr. Goodwin strives to reveal the interrelationships between structure and function of the human body by utilizing radiologic imaging, 3-dimensional models, illustrations and dissection. Dr. Goodwin has been awarded honors for her excellence in teaching at the college-level and distinctions form research and clinical practice. She effectively shares her educational passions and clinical experience with students through her lectures.

 

 


Ray Rudolph, M.D., MPH, FACS
Medical Director – Assistant Professor

Raised in Houston, Texas, Dr. Rudolph served in the Army completing his studies as a licensed practical nurse at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.  He worked as a chief line medic in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 where he received the Bronze Star for valor. After eight years as an LPN, he entered the Physician Assistant Program at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, graduating in 1976. His first assignment as a Physician Assistant brought him to South Dakota to serve the Sioux Nation at Lower Brule for four years. Dr. Rudolph then had the opportunity to attend the University of South Dakota, where he earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed his surgical residency training at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia where he joined the faculty upon graduation in 1991. Dr. Rudolph received his master’s degree in public health from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah in 2004.

In 2001, he and Dr. Paula DeNitto established the Center for Breast Care, the first practice in the region dedicated exclusively to care of the women with breast problems. He was nominated for the Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award in 2008, received the Alumni Achievement Award, Baylor College of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program in 2009, was named Surgical Oncologist of the Year 2010, National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer; Savannah Coalition, and earned the Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award 2009 from the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer.

He has done volunteer medical work in Ecuador in the area of tuberculosis and has shared breast surgical techniques in China. Dr. Rudolph is an assistant professor of surgery at both the Georgia Regents University (Medical College of Georgia) and Mercer University School of Medicine. Before becoming the Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Program at South University, he acted as a clinical assistant professor of surgery in the program since 2005. Although Dr. Rudolph retired from the active practice of surgery in late 2014, he remains a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgery. 

He is married to Barbara, a nurse practitioner and wife of 40 years and has two children and four grandchildren.

 

 

 

                 Kim Hahn, BS – Enrollment Manager

 

                     Nartaka Walls, BS – Clinical Coordinator

 

             Tricia Piascik, BS – Administrative Assistant

 

Adjunct Faculty

Joseph Crosby, PH.D., R.PH

 

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