Meet Wilmington Surgical’s Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners, Wilmington Surgical

 

Darren TraftonDarren Trafton, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Passed Boards: 1992
Joined WSA: 2005
Board Certification: National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)Medical Degree: George Washington University Physician Assistant Program, Washington, DC
Undergraduate Degree: George Washington University, Washington, DC
Postgraduate Degree: Norwalk Hospital Yale University PA Surgical Residency, Norwalk, CT
Professional Associations/Societies: North Carolina Association of Physician Assistants

“Being a PA involves a lot of autonomy but is still based on working closely with physicians as part of a team, especially here at WSA. My training, skill and experience help this team extend the surgeons’ reach and maximize the attention, service and results of their care. My aim is to minimize your stress, provide the highest standard of care and get you back to your life quickly.”


Carla L. HupertCarla L. Hupert, PA-C, MPAS

Physician Assistant

Passed Boards: 1996
Joined WSA: 1999
Fellow: American Academy of Physician Assistants, North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants
Board Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Postgraduate Degree: Master’s Degree with a specialization in General Surgery, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
Medical Degree: Associate in Applied Science/Physician Assistant Degree, Essex College, Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor’s Degree, Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
Professional Associations/Societies: Coastal Cape Fear Regional Chapter of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (Past President), New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society

“I really enjoy caring for people, from the beginning of their care here to the end. I never forget that I’m here to help others. I make a point of getting to know them and to listen to them. Years ago, I learned that, if you really listen to a patient, he or she will tell you what the problem is. Plus, we all need to be listened to, right along with expert care.”


Byron CarterByron Carter, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Passed Boards: 2003
Joined WSA: 2003
Board Certification: National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Medical Degree: Wake Forest University Physician Assistant Program, Winston-Salem, NC
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Sciences, Biochemistry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

“What I love most about being a PA is that there is always something new to learn. Also, each person is unique, from the nuances of their diagnoses and health to their sensibilities and sensitivities. For these reasons, I strive to be attentive and flexible while providing reliable, understandable information that can help them achieve their best results.”


Jamie McLellanJamie McLellan, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Passed Boards: 2010
Joined WSA: 2013
Board Certification: National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Medical Degree: Masters in Physician Assistant Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, Health Services Management, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Professional Associations/Societies: American Academy of Physician Assistants, North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, Commissioned Officers Association

“I’m both proud and thrilled to be able to make a difference in people’s lives. As a physician assistant, I aspire to give my patients not just their best possible quality of life but — most of all — hope. What we do here is life-changing for the people in our care. That demands my best… each and every day.”


Stephanie E. IveyStephanie E. Ivey, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

Passed Boards: 2012
Joined WSA: 2006
Board Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Postgraduate Degree: Masters of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Medical Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Professional Associations/Societies: Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society

“After years as a nurse, I wanted to participate in the care of others at a more advanced level. Today, I’m able to combine capabilities and skill as a nurse practitioner with my nursing knowledge and experience in order to be as helpful, useful and effective as possible. I feel I was placed here not merely to care for others but to do it with vigor and dedication.”

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