Physician Assistant Statement of Utilization
The utilization of physician assistants (PAs) in the field of orthopedics offers vital benefits to our practice and our patients. Steve Frantz, PA-C, who has assisted us for 18 years, is very specialized and is an integral aspect of our practice. His medical expertise and orthopedic experience, as well as that of our other PAs, is of great value to our patients and the high level of personal service we provide.
PAs will see patients individually and with physicians in the office. Every patient seen is reviewed by a physician after a PA sees them. When Drs. Barron, Homesley or Valentine are unavailable they request that their patients see one of their PAs so there is no interruption in care. Our PAs can take calls after hours, write prescriptions and, most importantly, assist in surgery. Please learn more about Steve Frantz and our other PAs, Mike Riznyk and Bryan Kerchner, below.
Bryan Kercher MMS, PA-C
Bryan Kercher grew up in York, Pennsylvania and served four years as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. He then continued in medicine with a pre-med Biology major and obtained his B.S. degree from Florida Atlantic University. He then attended graduate school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, earning a Masters in Medical Science as well as another Bachelor’s in Physician Assistant studies.
He began practicing as a Physician Assistant in 2004 while still in Florida. He practiced Emergency Medicine for the first two and a half years of his career and has been in orthopedics since then. He has been with Barron & Homesley Orthopedics since 2010, initially working with both Dr. Barron and Dr. Homesley. He now works solely with Dr. Valentine. Bryan moved to Charlotte in 2005 with his beautiful wife who is a PA-C as well, and they have two wonderful children, a boy and a girl.
Lori-Ann Hart PA-C
Originally from Florida, Lori-Ann Hart, PA-C received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She continued at the University of Florida and received her masters of Physician Assistant Studies.
In her spare time Lori-Ann enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She loves running and has completed two half marathons. She also enjoys playing tennis, any outdoor activities and cheering on her favorite team, the Florida Gators. Lori-Ann and her husband Ryan love living in Charlotte and are excited to be part of its beautiful community.
Mike Riznyk PA-C
After graduating with a B.S. in biology from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, NY, Michael began a career in telecommunications, but had always felt a draw to medicine. In the wake of 9/11 he became a New York State EMT, working EMS throughout the city.
Furthering his medical education he attended New York Institute of Technology where he earned his degree in Physician Assistant Studies, receiving national certification with the NCCPA.
Mike began his career as a physician assistant specializing in general orthopedics in Lumberton, NC for several years. After relocating his family to Charlotte, he joined the Barron & Homesley family, where he continues to assist Dr. Homesley with total joint replacement and adult hip and knee reconstruction and helping our practice in providing exceptional patient care.
Lauren Kauer PA-C
A Charlotte native, Lauren received her undergraduate degree from Queens University here in Charlotte and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Wingate University in Wingate, NC. She also has a degree in Film Studies with a Minor in Sociology from North Carolina State University. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, Lauren worked as a CNA and also had her EMT certification. She received her national certification with the NCCPA and began working for Barron & Homesley Orthopedic Specialists in February 2013.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA), and the Metrolina Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA). In the Barron & Homesley family, she assists our practice with total joint replacement, adult hip and knee reconstruction, sports medicine, and total shoulder arthroplasty.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, her husband Steven and their four-legged fur baby Ava. She also enjoys a good book, painting, watching movies and being active. She is an avid hockey and football fan and you can find her cheering on her favorite teams—the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and the Charlotte Checkers!
She is thrilled to be a part of the Barron & Homesley family and enjoys working together to provide patients with the best patient care experience.
Steve Frantz PA-C
Steven received his B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from Penn State University and did his postgraduate work in Physician Assistant Studies at St. Francis College of Pennsylvania. His experience includes assisting in team coverage at UNCC, Davidson College, Winthrop University and at local high schools. He currently assists Dr. Barron with his sports team coverage of The Charlotte Checkers, Queens University and NCDT. A former varsity soccer player, Steve was also an assistant soccer coach at the college level.