Meet the Providers: PAs and NPs

Bristol Medical Center

Brian K. Elliott, Physician Assistant

Brian K. Elliott

Brian received his bachelor of science from King College in Bristol, Tennessee. He received his bachelor of medical science and master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia.  

Prior to working in the orthopaedic field, Brian’s experience included emergency room medical care at Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center. He has been employed as a physician assistant with Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates since March 2012.

Brian has a special interest in the sport of soccer. He resides with his family in Bristol, Tennessee.

Larry Livengood, Physician Assistant

Larry Livengood

Originally from the Los Angeles area, Larry attended Cal State Northridge for his undergraduate degree in kinesiology/athletic training. He then received a master’s degree in education for sports medicine from Temple University in Philadelphia.  

After working as an athletic trainer for several years in Kentucky, Larry attended the University of Kentucky’s physician assistant studies program. Professional interests include athletic injuries and rehabilitation techniques. Personal interests include movies, music, the arts, and body weight training.

Travis Williams, Nurse Practitioner

Travis Williams

Mr. Williams received his undergraduate training and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University. He then attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Where he obtained his Master of Science Degree. 

Prior to working in the Orthopaedic Surgery field his past experience included Emergency Medicine / Critical Care.  He is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is a member of the American College of Nurse Practitioners as well as the Northeast Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association.

His special interests include orthopaedic trauma / fracture care, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and assisting with various quality and performance improvement projects. Travis resides in Bluff City, Tennessee with his wife Holly.

Leah Raettig, Nurse Practioner

Leah Raettig

A native of Bristol, Leah received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She later attended Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she obtained her Master of Science Degree

Prior to working as a Nurse Practitioner, Leah worked as a Registered Nurse and the Orthopaedic Coordinator in the Operating Room here at Bristol Regional Medical Center for several years. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Leah has a special interest in the art of classical ballet and sport of soccer. She lives in Bristol, Tennessee with her husband, Robbie, and their two children.

Bristol - Midway Office

Josh Smith, Nurse Practioner

Smith, Josh

A native of Blountville, TN, He completed his undergraduate degree in nursing at King University-Bristol, TN and Masters of Science in nursing with concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner at Lincoln Memorial University-Harrogate, TN. Prior to working in orthopedics He spent several years working as a Register Nurse in critical care. His personal and extracurricular activities consist of spending time with his wife and family, being active at his church, as well as any and all type of fishing.

Johnson City Office

Blakeley Burleson, Physician Assistant

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Tim Cook, Physician Assistant

Tim Cook

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Tim received his bachelor of science from the University of Memphis in 1987. He received his certification as an athletic trainer from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) in 1988. 

During his time working as an athletic trainer, Tim treated athletes in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl in 1999. In 2004 he received his master of medical science in physician assistant studies from the University of Saint Francis in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has been with AOA since 2004. 

Tim and his wife, Cary, have one son, Brayden. They are members of Crosspoint Church in Jonesbourough.

Jim Haire, Physician Assistant

Jim Haire

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Stacy Melvin, Physician Assistant

Stacy Melvin


A native of Bristol, Virginia, Stacy completed both his undergraduate degree and master of science in exercise physiology from Virginia Tech. After working in cardiac rehab and  the fitness industry for a few years, Stacy attended the physician assistant program at James Madison University, graduating in 2003.


Stacy worked for a number of years for a solo physician orthopaedic surgery practice in upstate New York before returning to the Tri-Cities to join AOA in August 2008. He currently lives in Limestone with his wife Sarah, and four children. Stacy and his family attend Crosspoint Church of Jonesborough.





Kyle Morgan, Physician Assistant

Kyle Morgan

Originally from Kingsport, TN, Kyle completed his undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University in 2009. He then attended the physician assistant program at Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, TN, graduating in 2012.

Kyle also completed a one-year orthopaedic fellowship program with the Johnson City Medical Center orthopaedic trauma team and joined the AOA team in November 2013. He currently lives in the Johnson City area.

Stephen Steffey, Physician Assistant

 Coming soon....

Kingsport Office