Lori has devoted her nearly forty-year career in medicine to education, medical practice, and business. As both a professor and a provider, she has shared her passion for medicine with students and patients. As a practicing physician assistant and former co-owner of a successful medical practice, she has worked hard to make health care more accessible and has improved access to care for thousands of people. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, and her passion for teaching is evident.

Lori earned her degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Middle Georgia College and her Physician Assistant degree from Medical College of Georgia and The University of Nebraska with her master's degree in Pediatrics. She also became the Clinical Coordinator for Physician Assistant students at the South University Physician Assistant Program and held that position for over ten years. She has nearly four decades of physician assistant experience in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Hemophilia and HIV, Urgent Care, and Orthopedics.

Lori has been the recipient of several coveted awards throughout her career. She received the Georgia Association of Physician Assistant's distinguished service award in 2004, and the Physician/PA partnership award in 2018. She was a recipient of the Dylan Maples Memorial Scholarship in 2018, with her daughter Rebecca. She is a member of AAPA (Distinguished Fellow award 2008), GAPA, SEMPA, and she is a former GAPA State Director at Large. She is also a past President of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and gave the opening address at the 2010 American Academy of Physician Assistant national conference in Atlanta, hosting over 5,000 attendees.

Lori is a Georgia native, originally from Perry, Georgia, and she graduated from Warner Robins High School. She still resides in Georgia with her husband, Tim, and her dog, Chance, who is her constant companion. She has two adult children, Worth and Rebecca.

In addition to working in patient care and assisting in surgery with Dr. Kumar, Lori will be the cleft and craniofacial team coordinator as well as the vascular anomalies team coordinator.

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