Our Physicians

Assistants

Dorothy Allen, PA-C

 

Dorothy first came to Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic as a student in 2004. That experience led her to pursue her career as a physician assistant. After receiving her Masters of Physician Studies from Eastern Virginia Medical School, she decided to come back home to East Tennessee to practice. Dorothy joined KOC in October of 2008. Since that time she has worked in the clinic, taking care of patients and helping them get back to their full potential. Dorothy is a current member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

 

Steve Bean, PA

 

A native Knoxvillian, Steve has been with Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic since 1977. He completed the Orthopaedic Physician Assistant Program at Chattanooga State with Highest Honors. He has served as president of the American Society of Orthopaedic Physician Assistants and on the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Physician Assistants. He has served as an appointee to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners Committee on Physician Assistants. He routinely evaluates and treats injuries to the extremities and provides continuing care for arthritis patients. He is based primarily at our Old Weisgarber Road location.

 

Katelyn Holt, MSPAS, PA-C

 

Originally from Paris, Tennessee, Kate received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Savannah, Georgia. Her love for Knoxville brought her back after she graduated. Kate loves being a part of the medical team at KOC and seeing patients get back to the activities they love. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

For fun, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler, and their two dogs. She loves being with family and friends, doing anything outdoors, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals, and going to Tennessee football games.

 

Benjamin Hux, OPA-C, RN

 

Ben has been a certified orthopaedic physician assistant for more than 20 years and a registered nurse for more than 30 years. As a registered nurse, he gained extensive experience and training in emergency medicine and surgery. It was in surgery that he realized orthopaedics was his niche in medicine. Ben completed his preceptorship with Five Rivers Orthopedic Associates and has been with KOC since 1996. He most enjoys providing a broad range of comprehensive orthopaedic services, patient interaction, and teaching the patient about their condition or injury. Ben is board certified, and a member of the Tennessee Association of Orthopaedic Physician Assistants and the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants.

He and his wife enjoy caring for their two dogs and horses. In his spare time, Ben enjoys canoeing, horseback riding, and antiquing.

 

Amy Grace, PA-C, EMT-IV

 

After receiving her degree from the University of Tennessee with a major in exercise science, Amy pursued additional training to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician. In 2012 she completed her Master’s of Health Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from South College. She has worked as a personal trainer, student athletic trainer, physical therapy technician, and emergency medical technician. Amy’s desire to have a career where she could combine these experiences and make a difference in the lives of others by providing compassionate care led her to begin work at KOC in 2013. She is a member of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

When Amy is not working, she loves spending time with family, friends, and her two chocolate labs. She enjoys music and the outdoors, especially boating on Norris Lake.

 

Donald McConnell, OPA

 

Don has worked in healthcare for more than 35 years and joined Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic in 1995. He is a graduate of the Blount Memorial Radiologic Technologist Program and he completed the orthopaedic physician assistant program at Erlanger Medical Center, where he received the Highest Honors award. Don serves as the supervisor for the team of physician assistants at KOC. He is a member of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants and the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists

Don lives in Blount County with his wife Linda and son Charlie. He maintains a sixth generation farm, and in his free time enjoys the outdoors, music, and bagpiping.

 

Jessica (McGowen) Johnson, OPA-C, SA-C

 

Growing up around athletics, Jessica always dreamed of working in an orthopaedic setting. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Central Florida and then attended the University of St. Augustine where she graduated with her Master’s of Health Science in Orthopaedic Physician Assistant Studies. Jessica continued her education to receive her Certificate of Surgical Assisting at the Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting.

Jessica wanted a career to help others improve their lifestyle and provide compassionate care under a supervising physician. After completing her internship at KOC and graduating in August 2013, she decided that it would be difficult to find a career with a better group of physicians. She appreciated the opportunity to work closely with patients to get them back to their healthy, active lifestyles. At that point, she decided that she wanted to call Tennessee home!

Jessica most enjoys doing anything active and outdoors, but going back to Florida to spend time fishing and visiting family is at the top of the list.

 

Barry Perkins, PA-C

 

A veteran healthcare provider, Barry has long felt a call toward patient care and has enjoyed working with people in a number of medical settings. He earned his undergraduate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Barry has been a Certified Physician Assistant for more than 20 years. For 10 years, he served as a Captain in the Medical Specialty Corps of the US Army Reserve. 

As part of the KOC team, Barry manages the +4 Injury Clinic at the Fort Sanders West location. He especially enjoys interacting with patients and offering a high quality of care at a time of day when that's difficult to find.

Barry and his wife Ellen live in Maryville with their youngest son Zachary. Their oldest son, Lance, lives in Knoxville with his family. In his leisure time, Barry enjoys fishing.

 

Tammy Womack, MPH, OPA-C

 

Tammy began her career as an orthopaedic physician assistant more than 20 years ago at Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic. She came to KOC after completing her bachelor’s degree in supervision and training and her master’s degree in public health administration at the University of Tennessee. She earned her Orthopaedic Physician Assistant degree from Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Tammy serves as treasurer for the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Physician's Assistants.

Tammy is married and has two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys mountain climbing, hiking, and gardening.