Meet Wilmington Surgical’s Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

Byron 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.”

I saw Byron Carter PA and he was extremely very nice and very knowledgeable about my surgery. This was my first follow up appointment after surgery. He even gave me a copy of my pathology report and answered all my necessary questions. I would highly recommend him to anyone.    – Rachel S.

Byron Carter is an EXCELLENT PA providing highly professional medical information and required medical procedures implemented on a timely basis.    – Mildred M.

This was the first time visiting Wilmington Surgical and I was very impressed.  The staff and all of the employees were very caring.    – Janice C.


Stephanie 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.”

I saw Stephanie Ivey FNP on a very busy Monday at the office. She took time to give a thorough exam and ask questions about my surgical recovery, not seeming rushed or stressed in any way. She genuinely cares for her patients and takes the time to listen to you.  A definite asset to the practice!    – Sue J.

Dr. Bebb and Stephanie were wonderful. So welcoming on my first visit.    – Arlene S.

Dr. Bebb and Stephanie were very professional, thorough and personable!    – Juliette C.


John Martin, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

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Jamie 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.”

Jamie, the PA was awesome. Great bedside manner and sense of humor. The lady who did the sonogram was very good and thorough. She’s very good at what she does and so nice!    – Deborah C.

Excellent all around from clinical/surgical skill to bedside manner to uniquely pleasant office staff. Highly recommend Dr. Eskew and his PA, Jamie. They are truly a top notch team!    – Jennifer P.

Jamie is the best PA I have ever interacted with. Very easy to talk to and explained everything, a very good listener.    –  Rose P.


Darren 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.”

Darren is a pleasure to visit. He is a good listener and helpful with ideas to help my healing.    – Valerie W.

Darren is absolutely a doll. He is very funny and has a way of making you relax.    – Beverly M.


Lacey Wildeboer, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Passed Boards: 2017
Joined WSA: 2017
Board Certification: National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Medical Degree: Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Program, Boiling Springs, NC
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Sciences, Biology with a minor in Chemistry, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC
Professional Associations/Societies: American Academy of Physician Assistants, North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants

As a PA here at Wilmington Surgical Associates, I am fulfilling my dream and passion to care for others. It is heartening to make a positive difference in people’s lives and give them the best quality of life. Through the use of my knowledge, skills, dedication, compassion, and teamwork, I am able to give my patients that best care possible. To every patient, I commit my utmost best and strive to give them the highest standard of care possible.

Very courteous staff and very professional.  Feel confident with my provider.   – Karen L.

I could not be more pleased with the quality of care that I received from Dr. Patton and his PA. My heartfelt thanks to you all.    – Linda L.

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