Staff

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

Staff Members

Yarely Solorio

Yarely Solorio

Medical Assistant/Infusion Coordinator

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.

Sowmya Radhakrishnan

Sowmya Radhakrishnan

Medical Assistant/Back Office Support

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.

Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel

Infusion Nurse

Originally from Northern California, Nisha Patel earned a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis in 2017. She then worked at the University of California San Francisco’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Genitourinary Medical Oncology department as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University’s School of Nursing to earn her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in 2019. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's of Science in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Nisha is involved with clinical research at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute where she works with chronic myeloid leukemia patients to better understand medication adherence patterns and clinical outcomes. She volunteers at the Community Advanced Practice clinic in downtown Atlanta to provide free healthcare services to low-income and uninsured individuals. In her free time, Nisha enjoys baking, cooking new recipes, hiking and enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family.

Here at our office, Nisha is committed to serving patients as an infusion nurse where she is able to devote her utmost attention to each patient, offer her compassion and care, and personalize each individual’s infusion experience. She enjoys working with the team to deliver quality patient care, as well as educate patients about their conditions and infusion medications.

Heather Grafton

Heather Grafton

Nurse Practitioner

Heather Grafton is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She specializes in family medicine with a focus on adult health, internal medicine, and women's health. She prioritizes patient education and demonstrates empathy when working with clients. She received her B.S.N., M.S.N., and D.N.P. from Mercer University.  Before becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, she was a certified 7th-12th grade Language Arts teacher and JV cheerleading and tennis coach. She is the proud mother and uber of 2 children who keep her busy with travel baseball, tournament softball, cheerleading, and wrestling. When she isn't coaching her daughter's cheerleading team, spending time at the ballfield, or in the gym, she enjoys watching football, going to concerts, and playing tennis. She is an avid Florida State, Buffalo Bills, and Atlanta Braves fan.

Anissa Bailey

Anissa Bailey

Medical Assistant

Originally from the Jacksonville, Florida area, she graduated from Fortis College in Atlanta with a Medical Assistant diploma. She is currently studying for her state certification and she is CPR certified. She plans on attending Kennesaw State University where she will pursue a degree in Biology.

Here at our office, she provides patient injection training, perform patient triaging responsibilities, chart preparation, and administer injections for various medications. She is our principal new patient coordinator where she is responsible for sending new patient paperwork and getting medical records for their consultation with the physician. She also assists in obtaining prior authorizations for injectables and biologics. In the back office, she conducts patient eligibility functions, performs accounts receivable duties, and provide support as needed.

Anissa, enjoys the outdoors and goes hiking every chance she gets. She also likes drawing and boxing in her spare time.