Brian Bechtol, PA-C
Brian is licensed to practice by the state of North Carolina and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is a Navy veteran and holds his physician assistant degree from Alderson-Broaddus College. Bechtol is also a member of the Urgent Care Association of America and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. He is also certified to perform DOT physicals through the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
Courtney Gouge, PA-C
Originally from West Virginia, Courtney joined the UMCV family in February 2019. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Wheeling Jesuit University and her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Mountain State University. She has previously worked in primary care and is DOT certified. Courtney says she chose to become a PA because of her drive to help people and the fact that the medical field is always changing. She enjoys talking to new people and says her favorite part of her job is getting to see something new and interesting every day. Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her two dogs.
Jeff Harrell, DMSc., PA-C
Jeff joined UCMV in 2021 and has been a medical provider since 2014. He has a double Doctorate in Emergency Medicine and Medical Science from University of Lynchburg, Master of Physician Assistant from Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from American Military University. He has a strong background in urgent/emergent medicine, orthopedic and sports medicine, family medicine, and industrial occupational medicine and is a certified DOT examiner. Prior to becoming a medical provider, he worked in paramilitary and protective operations for the DOD and DOS in the Middle East, Africa and South America. He continues to guest lecture at his previous universities.
Jennifer Williams, FNP
Jennifer is a Family Nurse Practitioner originally from West Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2003 and her MSN/FNP from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina in 2007. Jennifer has extensive experience working in Family Practice, Hospitals, and Urgent Care Centers across the region. The challenge of the profession and the potential to change peoples’ lives is what encouraged Jennifer to become an FNP. She says she cannot imagine being anything else and loves interacting with patients, their families, and coworkers daily. Jennifer has a very big family, with 6 children and 7 grandchildren. When she is not spending time with family, she enjoys spending time outdoors and doing things such as camping, boating, gardening, and home improvement.
Kam Mistri, PA-C
A West Virginia native, Kam has lived in North Carolina since 2007. He received his degree from Alderson Broaddus College and has been a Physician Assistant for 23 years. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, National Commission of Certified Physician Assistants, North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, North Carolina Medical Board, DEA and DOT associations. He is certified to perform DOT physicals through the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and works in our Hickory and Taylorsville offices. Like many others that chose the profession, Kam says he chose to be a PA because he enjoys working with the public and helping others. He says that being able to help others feel better and seeing positive outcomes is his favorite part about the job. When Kam is not helping patients, he enjoys spending time with his kids and any kind of sport, whether he is watching or playing it.
Kristin Teague, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, BS, ATC-L
Kristin was born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina. She received her Doctorate in Health Science from A. T. Still University in Mesa, AZ, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, and her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Wingate University in North Carolina. She has been a Physician Assistant for 11 years and an Athletic Trainer for 24 years. Kristin has experience in emergency medicine, sports medicine, digestive disease, and occupational health. She is certified to perform DOT physicals through the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Kristin is a preceptor for PA/NP students and is a mentor for POCN. POCN Mentor Program is the largest PA/NP network nationwide that cultivates professional development, provides peer support, and helps with professional growth. Kristin says she chose to become a PA because she is passionate about medicine and wants to make a difference in a person’s quality of life. Outside work, she enjoys playing golf, skydiving, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Michaela McCall, NP
Michaela was born and raised in Taylorsville, North Carolina, and works primarily in our Hickory office. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received her Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner from Gardner-Webb University. Michaela has been in healthcare for 14 years and has worked in critical care, Surgery, and the Emergency Department. She is very passionate about healthcare and says it has always been her dream to be a nurse. After working as a nurse for a few years, her love for the career grew, and she decided to further her education to become a Nurse Practitioner. Her favorite part of her job is caring for and showing true compassion to people who are injured or sick. Outside of work, Michaela enjoys traveling and the new experiences that are gained with each new adventure.
Nick Slager, FNP-C
Rob Horner, NP
Rob Horner is a Nurse Practitioner from Virginia Beach. Before going into the medical field, Rob spent 10 years serving in the Navy and later worked for a field service electronic company. He met his wife in South Carolina and decided to pursue a career in the medical field. His wife provided him the support to go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina Upstate and his Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from the Chamberlain College of Nursing in Illinois. After receiving his degrees, Rob worked in the emergency department at a trauma center in South Carolina. Like many others in the field, Rob chose his profession to help others to the best of his ability. He enjoys meeting a wide variety of patients each day, loves that there is never a dull moment, and is blessed to see positive outcomes of each patient he treats. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, holds many certifications from Basic Life Support to Major Incident Medical Management and Support, and is certified to perform DOT physicals. Rob works primarily in our Morganton office. Outside of work, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. He says that his daughters are his motivation to continue learning, working hard, and helping others. In addition to being a NP, Rob is a published author. Visit his AllAuthor profile to learn more about his books!
Sara Harmon, PA-C
Sara Harmon joined Urgent Care of Mountain View in 2021 and practices at our Hickory location. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Gardner-Webb University and Master of Medical Science from North Greenville University’s Physician Assistant Medicine Program. She is certified by the NCCPA and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Sara has been a Physician Assistant for three years and has experience in Psychiatry, Geriatrics and Urgent Care. She became involved in medical mission trips at a young age and the desire to help others is what first prompted her to become a Physician Assistant.
Tatum Price, PA-C
Tatum received her bachelor’s degree in biology in 2017 and Master of Medical Science in 2019 from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She has worked in healthcare for 10+ years. As a PA, she has recently worked in primary care and transitioned to urgent care in 2022. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors.