Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic

Advanced Practice Providers

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.



Since 1995 Matej has worked in multiple emergency/trauma departments, critical care units, and flight nursing. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Niagara University and his Master of Science in Nursing degree from Carson-Newman University. Matej became a nurse practitioner to help foster the health and wellness of patients by providing encouragement, education, and high quality care.  

After immigrating from Croatia in 1974, his father joined the U.S. Army and the family became U.S. citizens. Matej has lived all over the U.S. and Europe. He followed in his father's footsteps and was commissioned in the Army Nurse Corps after graduating from college. After six years of military service, he was honorably discharged as a Captain. Matej made Tennessee his home in 2007. He thoroughly enjoys the vast array of outdoor activities offered by East Tennessee, including hunting, fishing and hiking. He has three children who help him and his wife rescue, foster and re-home German Shepherds. 

Richard Capo, PA-C


Richard’s love of medicine started on a humanitarian trip to Bolivia. Since then, he's always been passionate about helping the injured. He enjoys helping patients regain function in order to perform the activities they love. Richard received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and his master’s from the University of Nebraska. He also proudly served in the U.S. Army for 21 years. In his free time, Richard loves biking, hiking, traveling and photography, in addition to spending time with his children and granddaughter. 


Brandon Fickey, PA-C


Brandon was born and raised in Knoxville, and played tennis for the University of Tennessee. He earned his master’s degree from South College. He wanted to became a PA to promote health and wellness in his community.

Brandon describes his job as a collaborative member within a highly trained and specialized team of orthopaedic providers striving to provide the highest quality of care to patients. He really enjoys helping people return to their pre-injury hobbies and interests. When he’s not working, Brandon enjoys running, golfing, and spending time with his wife and dog.


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.


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.


Rachel Kohn, PA-C


Originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, Rachel completed her Bachelor of Science in Education - Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and then earned her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Lincoln Memorial University. She is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Rachel was a collegiate athlete and continues to play soccer in the Knoxville area. Rachel and her husband are happy to be raising their 3 children here in East Tennessee. When they are not traveling for sports, she and her family love spending time outdoors and traveling for fun.


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 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.


Deborah Russell, NP


Deborah works with Dr. Craig as a nurse practitioner specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She loves taking care of people and has worked in the medical field since 1994.

Deborah first became a licensed practical nurse, then a registered nurse, then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and finally her Master of Science in Nursing to become a certified family nurse practitioner.

Her goal is to help her orthopaedic patients become free of pain and get back to their daily activities. She wants to make sure they can live their lives to the fullest.

When she's not working, Deborah enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and riding in the mountains.


Hannah Schmidt, FNP-BC


Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Hannah was an ER nurse at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital for 10 years. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Carson-Newman University. She enjoys being able to provide hands on treatment and relief to her patients. When she’s not working, Hannah likes to travel and spend time with her husband, their daughter, and their dog.


Lori Sharp, PA


Lori was raised in Knoxville and graduated from UT with a degree in Education/Kinesiology. She earned a master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Athletic Training at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She then attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine for her Physician Assistant degree.    

She enjoys the opportunity to help KOC patients solve issues that cause pain or limit activities. Outside of work, Lori loves spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys the people, culture, food, climate, and landscape this area provides. She also enjoys doing yard work, gardening, and spending time on the water


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.