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Our Physicians

Michael L. Swank, M.D.

Jessica Pogue, Physician Assistant

Jess joined Beacon as Dr. Swank’s Physician Assistant in 2019. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, but after high school, she relocated to Winston Salem, North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University. Jess earned both her undergraduate degree and Masters of Medical Science from Wake Forest. Outside of work, the majority of Jess’ time is devoted to her husband and her two young children. Jess also enjoys running and being active outdoors in her free time.

Greg Newkirk, Physician Assistant

Greg has worked as an Orthopaedic Physician Assistant since 2002. He first graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a Major in Athletic Training. After working as a Certified Athletic Trainer for the Cincinnati Sports Medicine Group for five years, he returned to Kettering College of Medical Arts to obtain his degree as a physician assistant. He went on to obtain his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. His first 12 years were spent both in the office and the operating room with two orthopaedic surgeons who covered all orthopaedic issues from arthroscopies to total joint replacements. He then spent two years both in the office and the operating room with a spine surgeon. Since 2016, he has worked with Dr. Swank seeing patients solely in the office. With the supervision of Dr. Swank, he independently evaluates, diagnoses, and treats patients’ injuries. Greg was one of the first PAs in the midwest to utilize musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnostic purposes. He has spoken on this subject at both state and national conferences. Greg is also a member of the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery. When he is not working, Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children. He enjoys both playing and coaching sports as well as watching dance competitions.

Buffy Wafer-England, Surgery Scheduler

Deena Carter, Medical Assistant

Deena is the certified medical assistant for Dr. Swank. She has worked with him for 13 years, but joined Beacon about a year ago with the rest of Dr. Swank’s team. Her responsibilities are to run the clinic and satisfy basic patient needs

Vanessa Campbell, Medical Assistant

Vanessa Campbell has worked as Dr. Swank’s medical assistant for just under five years. She is in charge of scheduling appointments, rooming patients, and answering all medical questions.

Marilyn Collier, Research Assistant

Michael Nichols, Research Assistant

Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine