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.
Kevin Wilson PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA brings the SafeWorks Illinois team over 30 years of experience as master’s level physician’s assistant in a variety of practice settings. He has worked in both urgent care and occupational medicine clinics over his career. In addition, he is a certified by the by the US Department of Transportation as an examiner of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).
Mr. Wilson’s career includes many years with the Veteran’s Administration and most recently, Express Medical Care and Memorial Medical Group/BJC, all in the Metro St. Louis area.
He earned his Bachelor of Medical Science-Physician Assistant degree at St. Louis University in 1990. In 2002, Mr. Wilson obtained at Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) with specialization in Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program.
In 2008, Mr. Wilson became a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistant (DFAAPA), the highest level of expertise a physician assistant can obtain. DFAAPA Fellows demonstrate outstanding dedication to their profession in the areas of medical practice and education, leadership in medicine and healthcare, commitment to lifelong learning, and community service. Mr. Wilson earned this distinction for his community volunteer work, teaching, and mentoring of PA students for clinical rotation Preceptor/Mentor for PA students from St. Louis University and Southern Illinois University. Wilson is also a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Wamaitha Sullivan, DNP, FNP-BC brings 10 years of experience as an APRN in a variety of practice settings. 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. She is currently employed at Gibson Area Hospital as well. 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.
Chaley Shipley serves our patients as both an RN and our Executive Clinic Director. In this role, she provides advisory capacity to area employers regarding their occupational health needs when meeting OSHA compliance standards or in the implementation of other job site health and safety programs.
In addition to managing the day-to-day operations, staff schedules and clinical processes for the SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care clinical staff, Chaley also provides supervision over SafeWorks Illinois medical staff who work off-site, providing SafeWorks Illinois clients with their own outsourced, on-site medical services.
Chaley also serves as our internal nurse case manager, providing this vital role for SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care patients and employers, fast-tracking referrals and seamlessly transferring patients to other providers, rehabilitation services or diagnostic testing, as needed. This SafeWorks Illinois process helps employees and employers achieve rapid resolution of cases and aids in the restoration of function for an injured person.
Chaley is also a certified Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) drug and alcohol collector trainer and holds a certificate in hearing conservation by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation for her competency in fulfilling OSHA regulatory and best practice responsibilities in occupational hearing conservation programs. Her years of experience in the field have qualified her to become a Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) after she passes her upcoming COHN certification exam sponsored by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN). She will join a select club of well-qualified occupational health nurses as there are less than 5 COHNs in downstate Illinois.
Matt Dillon, Executive Vice President, Finance and Human Resources, brings 20 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 is working on upgrading HR functions with more automation of on-boarding and employee time management. In addition, Matt is about to embark on obtaining an Executive Healthcare Leadership Certificate training program from Cornell University.
In addition to his SafeWorks responsibilities, Mr. Dillon serves as Property Manager for Dr. Fletcher’s wife’s real estate holdings, Casey Coon Real Estate, LLC, and also manages Dr. Fletcher’s two real estate ventures; Illinois Land Restoration and Stewardship. LLC and 812 Illinois Properties, LLC, which includes the 7-acre 217 Medical Center campus on North Market Street in Champaign, ripe for development.
Matt lives with 10-year-old 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, for both SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care organizations.
Bringing 11 years of occupational health experience to the organization, Tonya joined the SafeWorks Illinois organization in 2012 after spending two years in Family Medicine in Rockford, Illinois. Her responsibilities range from managing building operations to negotiating contracts to managing the organization’s electronic health record system. She has helped develop many of the processes that streamline patient care for all of our patients and employers.
Tonya is a Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) through Presence Hospital (acquired by OSFHealthCare in 2018) and received her Medical Assistant Certification from the Midwest Technical Institute.
Tonya resides in Piatt County with her husband and two children. She serves the area communities as an EMT for her local Fire & EMS Department, a non-profit volunteer fire protection service.
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.