Staff - St. Mary's Hospital and Health Care System

St. Mary's Wellness Center Staff Bios

Wellness Center Staff


Joanna Ashley, LMT
Massage Therapist
(706) 389-3355
  • A.S.N. Degree in Nursing
  • Massage Certification from Georgia Massage School
  • State (GA) licensed in Massage Therapy since May 2010
  • Massage specialties include prenatal, sports therapy and rehab


Sara Hoppe, LMT
Massage Therapist
(706) 389-3355
  • Licensed and nationally certified in Massage Therapy since 1999
  • Massage specialties include neuromuscular, sports therapy, cancer and palliative care


Susan Croy, CPT
Personal Trainer
(706) 389-3355
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Graduate of Clarke Central High School and Athens Technical College
  • Strives to encourage and guide clients to better themselves with exercise and promote a healthy lifestyle


Nathan Elder, CPT
Exercise Specialist
(706) 389-3359
  • BSEd Exercise Science, Georgia State University
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Specializes in weight loss and sport specific training
  • Post-Rehab Coordinator


Claire Busby, CPT
Exercise Specialist
(706) 389-3355
  • BS Kinesiology/Exercise Science, Emmanuel College
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Specializes in bodyweight exercises, circuit training and core strengthening
  • Driven to help others meet and surpass their fitness goals


Deenene Chandler, ATC Fitness Aide
(706) 389-3355
  • BSEd Athletic Training, University of Georgia
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UGA
  • Passionate about sharing health and fitness knowledge to help people improve their physical and mental wellbeing


Brian Evans, MBA, FACHE 
Director, Corporate Health Services
(706) 389-3355
  • BSEd Exercise Science, Georgia State University
  • MBA w/emphasis in Healthcare Administration, Piedmont College
  • Graduate of LEAD Athens (‘11) and Leadership GHA (’14)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Over 16 years of experience helping individuals with chronic conditions or major health concerns improve their quality of life through physical activity and lifestyle choices
  • Serves on a number of executive committees including LEAD Athens, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the March of Dimes


Tyler Rawlings 
Exercise Specialist
(706) 389-3355
  • BSEd Exercise Science, Georgia College and State University
  • Phase III Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator
  • ACLS Certified


Kate Salamone Exercise Specialist
(706) 389-3355
  • BSEd Exercise Science, Florida State University
  • Experienced with sport specific training and general lifestyle/behavior modification to improve overall health
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer


Courtney Vickery, MS, RD, LDRegistered Dietitian
(706) 389-3355
  • Master's degree in Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia
  • Dietetic Internship, University of Georgia
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hours, and Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Passionate about helping others learn more about nutrition in a way that is tailored to their specific needs.