Karen, RN, CCRC, is a 30+ year veteran in the Nursing Field having experience in a multitude of areas, including hospitals, Long Term Care, Sub-Acute/Rehab, Community Agency, Hospice, Telephonic Medical Review, and Clinical Research, and now in Infusion Services. Karen has been a floor nurse, Shift/Building Supervisor, on up to Assistant Director of Nursing for a facility. But her first love is taking care of patients. With a small infusion suite, she is able to treat each person with the utmost concern and care, personalizing the individual infusion experience for every patient.
Michael L. Smitherman, M.D.
Dr. Smitherman was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He developed an interest in medicine and rheumatology at an early age when his grandmother was diagnosed with a rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma overlap syndrome. He attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine, graduating in 1995. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center- Miami Beach, Florida. He practiced internal medicine in Cumming, Georgia, and Tucker, Georgia, between 1998 to 2001. After which he completed a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, to achieve his goal of becoming a rheumatologist. While at the University of Florida, he was awarded an AMGEN fellowship award. As an AMGEN fellow he completed research in systemic lupus erythematosus which was presented at the American College of Rheumatology national meeting in 2003. He published research in fibromyalgia in Current Pain and Headache Reports (August, 2002) with Dr. Roland Staud (author of Fibromyalgia for Dummies) and completed research with Dr. N. Larry Edwards on new and emerging therapies for gouty arthritis. He is board certified in Rheumatology and board eligible in internal medicine
Christina M DelGaudio graduated from The University of Georgia in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and South University in 2007 with Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She has been practicing in the Atlanta area for 12 years. She enjoys educating and empowering patients to improve their quality of life. She lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband, 3 children and 2 dogs. In her spare time, she likes to run, attend sporting events and spend time with her family.
Originally from the Marietta area, Sowmya recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in animal science from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Here at our office she assists patients with securing assistance for their medications through various foundations, getting patients’ vital signs, chart preparation and administration of injections for various medications. She also assists in obtaining prior authorizations for injectables and biologics. In the back office, she conducts patient eligibility including insurance verifcation functions, performs accounts receivable duties and provides support as needed to the Practice Administrator.
Originally from the Roswell area, she is a graduate of the Medical Assistance Program from Altierus Career College. She originally joined the practice in 2013 and is presently attending Georgia State University where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in biology.
Here at our office she is a senior Medical Assistant/Infusion Coordinator who specializes in obtaining prior authorizations for injectables, biologics and infusible medications. She answers questions and educates patients on the use of various medications and demonstrates how to properly administer injectable medications. Yarely is also our Infusion Coordinator. In this capacity, she obtains prior authorizations and predeterminations for infusion medications and provides support to patients with obtaining financial and foundation assistance.