David Fletcher, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Dr. Fletcher has been on the front lines since 1995 when he developed the first national DOT medical certification training program for physicians at the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in Las Vegas, Nevada and in advocating for the development of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA) National Registry Certified Medical Examiner (NRCME) system to certify medical examiners, which became operational in 2014. In serving the trucking industry as a private practitioner, Dr. Fletcher is in the trenches daily and brings forth real-world experience in conducting daily DOT medical examinations.
In addition to being the Medical Director and CEO of SafeWorks Illinois, Dr. Fletcher is board-certified in occupational and preventive medicine, is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO), a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), and a Senior Federal Aviation Administration Examiner (FAA – all three classes).
Dr. Fletcher has provided expert witness services in 40 different states and has earned his reputation as an objective and fair-minded expert witness. In fact, Dr. Fletcher has been consistently retained by both sides of the bar because he stands behind his opinions and has not wavered in more than 1500 depositions and live trial testimony settings throughout his career.
Dr. Fletcher has continued to maintain his professional integrity as an expert by not overly expanding the areas of his expertise, and in providing opinions only in those cases within those practice areas.
For Dr. Fletcher, one of the key elements to his credibility is being a practicing occupational medicine specialist with admitting privileges to OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center (HMMC) in Urbana, IL, where he serves on the OSF Foundation Council. Another key element is his ability to manage complex workers’ compensation and personal injury cases as the primary gatekeeper from the start of each case until the injured patient has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). Since 1986, Dr. Fletcher has treated more than 19,000 injured persons and has performed more than 20,000 DOT commercial driver examinations.
Additional services provided by Dr. Fletcher are independent medical evaluations (IME), American Medical Association (AMA) permanent partial impairment (PPI) ratings, development of life care plans, and medical record reviews.
Wamaitha Sullivan, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FPA brings 10 years of experience as an APRN in a variety of practice settings. In 2021, she completed a fellowship in opioid abuse from Rush Medical Center and her PNHNP-BC. In 2015, she received her doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. In 2009, she earned her Master’s in Nursing at the University of Illinois, Chicago, (UIC). She is certified by the US Department of Transportation as an examiner of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).
A native of Kenya, Ms. Sullivan is well-known in the Champaign community as a nurse educator and community activist. She has worked at the Frances Nelson Health Center and is very involved with the Love (Free) Clinic in Champaign. Her passion for learning, giving, and teaching has earned her widespread recognition.
In addition to Ms. Sullivan’s role as a clinical instructor for the UIC College of Nursing, she also serves as the Chair of Region 4 of the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing. ISAPN is a professional organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Ms. Sullivan also became a certified yoga teacher in May 2018.
“Finding yoga has calmed my mind, cleared my focus, enhanced my outlook on life that ‘nothing is permanent’ and given me a positive outlook on life. I can see clearly the long journey I have taken for my wellness and I would like to expose other people to this goodness,” shared Ms. Sullivan.
Stacey Brown, DNP, has worked in a healthcare role since joining the Air Force after high school, where she was a medic. After serving her country, she entered Parkland’s LPN nursing program. She spent 20 years working as an RN before getting her NP in 2015.
While she has worked in a variety of healthcare settings and roles, after becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she decided to get into Occupational Medicine and has found the ability to provide focused care and treatment to workers to be exceptionally rewarding.
Stacey’s approach to healthcare is very patient-centered. Her goal is to treat everyone as an individual – a person rather than a condition. Everyone deserves to be respected, honored, and heard. It is important to her that her patients feel that their individualized care is of utmost importance to her. She is so passionate about providing quality care that she teaches nursing part-time to help others learn to provide the level of care she believes people deserve.
Outside of work, Stacey is a mother of four sons (and a dog). She is also, happily, a grandmother to five beautiful grandkids. She enjoys reading, trampoline parks, and keeping up with her fitness routine.
Jim Blatzer, received his Bachelor’s in Physician Assistant degree from Midwestern in Downer’s Grove, IL. Jim is certified through NCCPA and is a certified examiner for the NRCME. Jim has an extensive background in both urgent care and occupational medicine.
Jim excels in formulating treatment plans with various therapies for numerous pains including back and neck pain, musculo-skeletal disorders, extremity pain and chronic soft tissue pain. Jim is extremely passionate, outgoing and takes the time to truly understand what each patient is experiencing upon arrival at our clinic. Jim’s diverse background gives him the ability to approach patient care from multiple perspectives.
Matt Dillon, Executive Vice President, brings 30 years of diverse experience in finance and management in a variety of settings, including governmental bodies and the insurance industry. He is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Business and Accounting.
Matt is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and used his extensive skillset to help consolidate and integrate administrative efficiencies since joining our organization in early 2017. He and our current Operations Director have implemented and continued to utilize a more robust HR/Payroll application. In 2023, Matt led our financial system conversion/testing/implementation with the help of one temp staff employee. This has improved our financial management efficiencies along with being in a cloud-based environment gives our CPA’s ease of access when planning/preparing our corporate taxes.
In addition to his SafeWorks responsibilities, Mr. Dillon serves as Property Manager for Dr. Fletcher’s wife’s real estate holdings, and also manages Dr. Fletcher’s two real estate ventures; Illinois Land Restoration and Stewardship. LLC and 812 Illinois Properties, LLC, which owns the property upon which our clinic is located.
Matt lives with son, James, in Homer, where he also serves as the elected Supervisor/Treasurer for South Homer Township. He is an avid pool player of local renown and enjoys competing at both the local and national level when he can.
Tonya Trice serves as the Operations Director and HR Generalist SafeWorks Illinois.
Tonya brings 20 years of medical experience to the organization, with 15 years of that being in occupational health. Her responsibilities range from managing building operations to negotiating contracts to managing the organization’s electronic health record system as well as assisting with human resources. Tonya has helped develop many of the processes that streamline patient care for all our patients, clients, and employees.
Tonya is a Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) as well as a Medical Assistant. Tonya also has her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Stacy has been employed by Dr. Fletcher since 2010 serving in administrative roles, evolving into a Medical Records Coordinator and finally, Dr. Fletcher’s Executive Administrative Assistant. Stacy handles the many national cases in which Dr. Fletcher serves as a expert medical witness, developing a professional relationship with the many attorneys and their assistants.
Her other responsibilities include the organization of sensitive medical/legal files, drafting and sending retainer, deposition and IME letters and invoices as well as corresponding regularly with attorneys and work comp carriers to schedule Independent Medical Examinations, Impairment Ratings and depositions.