Johnna Bridges graduated with honors from Tift County High in Tifton, GA 1998, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA 2000 Cum Laude, Associates in Pre-Medicine University of GA, 2003 Cum Laude, BS in Biology Medical College of GA, 2006 Cum Laude, BS in Physician Assistance BLS and ACLS certified. She has worked with Dr. Smith at VFM since 2006 and is married with one child.
Wendy Palen Copeland, PA is originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She completed her undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Valdosta State University. Copeland then attended South University in Savannah for her Masters as a Physician’s Assistant. Prior to joining Valdosta Family Medicine, she worked as a PA for a General, Vascular and Thoracic surgeon at Archbold Hospital. When not striving to be the best PA possible, Copeland enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, daughter Caroline, and son Collier, whether it be at the beach, playing sports or just lounging around her house.
Matthew A. Thomas was born in San Diego, Ca and enlisted in the United States Air Force after high school. He spent 10 years as a dental technician then got selected for the Physician Assistant Program and received his Masters degree from the University of Nebraska. He spent over 10 years as a Physician Assistant in the United States Air Force with one deployment to Afghanistan. He joined Valdosta Family Medicine in September of 2011. PA Thomas is married to Amy and they have five children together: Brianna, Jacob, Maggie, Hannah, and Hayden. His hobbies include coaching, watching sports, chauffeuring his children to events, and relearning middle and high school math to help his children pass each of their respective grades.
Charles Watts Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He joined the U.S. Army shortly after high school and attended the Russian Language Course and then Special Forces training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He left the Army after 22 years of service which included four deployments to Afghanistan. He graduated with honors from Valdosta State University with a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He then attended Emory University where he received a master of medical science. Charles joined the VFM staff in January 2016. He enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and son.
Kathryn “Kathy” Woltz, PA, is originally from Virginia Beach, VA. She attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, for her undergraduate studies, and graduated with a Bachelors in Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise. She then attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC for her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to joining Dr. Bishop’s team at Valdosta Family Medicine, she worked as a PA in an Emergency Department in Albuquerque, NM. Her hobbies include watching college football, working out, and spending time with family and friends.