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The mission of ASPA is to promote cost effective, high quality, accesible health care to all Alabamians as part of a physician directed team; to provide for professional development of individual PAs; and to work with physicians, patients, government officials and others to promote and represent the PA profession in Alabama.



Paul Harrelson, President 

Paul has been in PA education for 20+ years.  Currently, he is the Chair of the Samford Physician Assistant studies program and works in General surgery.

Heather Neighbors, President Elect

Heather graduated from the UAB Surgical Physician Assistant Program in 2008. Following graduation, she practiced with a vascular surgeon in Birmingham until 2018 when she joined the UAB Physician Assistant Studies Program as the co-Director of Clinical Education. Heather lives in Birmingham with my husband and 3 sons who are ages 11, 8, and 6. I am excited to serve as the ASPA president-elect and look forward to working with the PAs of Alabama.

Bellamy Davis, Vice President

Bellamy serves as the Vice President of ASPA for 2022-2023. She graduated from UAB in 2017 with her MSPA. She also has a Masters of Public Health. Since graduation, she has been working at Urology Centers of Alabama in Birmingham. 

Sidney Goscinski, Secretary

Sidney graduated from Mississippi College PA program in 2016. She and her husband have 2 small children, a 4 year old little girl and a 3 year old little boy. She works in inpatient Nephrology and is happy to serve on ASPA as Secretary this year. 

Natalie Barefield, Treasurer

Natalie Barefield, PA-C, is serving as treasurer for ASPA.   Natalie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and biology from Troy University. She earned her Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from the UAB in 2010. She worked in orthopedic/spine surgery for 7 years in Montana and then in general /trauma surgery back in Alabama.  Currently, she is an Instructor of Primary Clinical Skills at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, AL.

AC Davis, Immediate Past President

AC Davis is serving this year as past president. This is her sixth year on the board, as she has previously served as a board-member-at-large and secretary. She graduated from UAB's PA program in December 2015 and has been working in hand surgery in Birmingham for the past six years.


Board Members at Large:

Katie Beckham

Katie graduated in 2012 from the UAB Surgical Physician Assistant Program. She currently practices with an orthopedic surgery group at Andrew’s Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham.

Brad Cantley

Brad Cantley graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program. Brad is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Education for the Samford Physician Assistant Program. He has clinical experience in several specialties including the trauma/burn intensive care unit, family medicine, emergency medicine, and urgent care. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his family. Brad resides in Oak Mountain with his wife Stacy and their two children Bradley and Brooklyn.

Lindsay Kolasa

Lindsay is a native of Birmingham who graduated from the UAB Physician Assistant program in 2015. She has experience in both primary care and radiation oncology and currently practices in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UAB. 

Stephanie McGilvray

Stephanie McGilvray, MMSc, PA-C, has been a physician assistant since 2000.  She currently serves as the Department Chair and Program Director for the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of South Alabama and has been in that role since January, 2018. Prior to 2018, she was an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) PA Program. Her clinical experience prior to entering academia includes working in the UAB Trauma and Burn Intensive Care Unit and working in orthopedics for Alabama Sports Medicine. McGilvray has worked part-time in the emergency department and in an urgent care. She holds a Master of Medical Science from Emory University, a Master of Education in Exercise Technology from the University of South Alabama, and Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Troy University.

Bonnie Minton

Bonnie Minton serves as Co-Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor at the University of South Alabama PA Program.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University and a Master of Health Science in PA Studies from the University of South Alabama.  She enjoys teaching clinical medicine and pathophysiology in the specialties of hematology and oncology. Other areas of interest include PA student resiliency and emotional intelligence as they relate to admission practices and matriculation in addition to higher education leadership.  She is currently serving as one of ASPA's board members at large representing the Alabama Gulf coast.  She lives in Mobile with her husband, Mark, and 2 children.


Physician Assistants (PAs) are nationally certified and state licensed medical professionals who can examine, test, treat and prescribe medicine for patients. The exact work they can do depends on their level of experience, the setting in which they work, their specialty and state laws. For instance, PAs can diagnose and treat illnesses, assist in surgery and order and interpret tests among other duties.


Interested in knowing more? Click to view What Is a PA by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.



For nearly 50 years, PAs have been part of the healthcare team. In today's changing healthcare climate, the PA-phyician team can enhance the quality of care patients receive.


Click to learn more about the PA-physican team and hiring a PA from the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


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